Dean’s Foreword

The core function of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is to raise the standards of care delivered to patients, through education of the dental profession and the provision of evidence-based guidance. The FGDP(UK) has long been involved in the development of its own standards, but also has an important role in supporting dental professionals to identify and implement processes which are known to lead to better care outcomes.

The first edition of Standards in Dentistry, published in 2006, was based on the FGDP(UK)’s early publications Self-Assessment Manual and Standards and Guidelines for Structure and Process in Dental Practice, with the aim of developing these guidelines to make them applicable to modern dentistry. Standards in Dentistry was viewed by many as a seminal publication and is widely respected within the dental profession. It is clear that dentistry has changed significantly since the first edition was published, and general dental practitioners find themselves operating within a very different environment to that of 2006. This second edition represents a complete rewrite of the previous publication, which reflects the changing responsibilities and requirements of the dental profession. What has not changed is our continuing desire to promote the highest standards of care for our patients, and this remains at the centre of everything the FGDP(UK) stands for.

Guidelines on safe and effective dental care are produced by a number of reputable organisations and are widely available for assimilation by the dental team. Knowing where and how to access the best quality and most up-to-date information can however be a challenge. The appendices of this edition of Standards in Dentistry have been compiled with the aim of helping the dental team identify and access robust, relevant and readily available guidelines to support effective clinical care.

On behalf of the FGDP(UK) I would like to thank David Moles and the author group from Peninsula Dental School - Ewan McColl, Christopher Tredwin, Robert Witton and Lorna Burns - for their tireless dedication in compiling and perfecting this edition. Thanks are also owed to members of the FGDP(UK) Board and Divisions who have taken time to read, review and comment upon drafts of this document, the many external consultees who took time to provide feedback and suggestions, to Kenneth Eaton for laying the groundwork in the first edition, and to Mick Horton for his wholehearted support of this project during his term as Dean of the FGDP(UK).

We hope that this second edition will further reinforce Standards in Dentistry as an indispensable reference guide for general dental practitioners and the wider dental team, and it is a welcome update to the FGDP(UK)’s growing portfolio of guidance and standards.

The provision of guidance and standards will remain among our primary purposes as we work with the Royal College of Surgeons of England to establish a new college of General Dentistry. Standards in Dentistry is central to this role, and the second edition is an indispensable reference guide which will assist the whole dental team in identifying appropriate standards for the delivery of high quality care.

Ian Mills
Dean, Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) - 2018