New PDJ online now

News Published: 
9 July 2020

The new special care dentistry issue of the Primary Dental Journal is now available to read online.

Featuring seven clinical papers by experts in the field, the issue provides an update on how primary care dental professionals can improve the treatment offered to special care dentistry patients. It covers the impact of dementia and diabetes on oral health and treatment planning, the management of patients with bleeding disorders, the capacity to consent, how to make dental treatment more accessible to patients with disability, and more.

This issue of the journal is guest edited by Dr Charlotte Curl, Consultant in Special Care Dentistry at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London.

To read and download the issue, please go to or click on the papers listed below. All previous issues of PDJ are also available to access free of charge via the link until 31st July, after which the free access will revert to being for FGDP(UK) members and subscribers only.

Table of contents:

Editorial: Special care dentistry: considerations for the primary care team
Igor R. Blum

Guest editorial: An update on special care dentistry
Charlotte Curl

Dean’s update
Ian Mills

FGDP(UK) News: A round up of the latest news from your Faculty

Research abstracts: Special care dentistry
Ario Santini

Managing the medically complex patient: risk assessment and information gathering
Andrew Kwasnicki, Kathryn Bebb, Maeve Browne, Avril Macpherson

The impact of dementia on oral health and dental care, part 1: setting the scene for dental care provision
Kathryn Kerr, Charlotte Curl, Andrew Geddis-Regan

The impact of dementia on oral health and dental care, part 2: approaching and planning treatment        
Andrew Geddis-Regan, Kathryn Kerr, Charlotte Curl

Management of diabetes in people undergoing dental treatment in primary care
Samina Nayani, Omar G. Mustafa

Dental management of patients with acquired and congenital bleeding disorders
Sukina Moosajee, Sobia Rafique

Sedation or general anaesthetic for special care patients?
Carole A. Boyle, Helen Lane

Removing barriers to dental care for individuals with disability    
Ria Prasad, Julie Edwards

FGDP(UK) members and journal subscribers will receive their print copies in September.

We thank the authors, editors, peer reviewers and collaborators for contributing to the issue.