The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has made Standards in Dentistry, its flagship publication for general dental practitioners and their teams, available free of charge online.
Standards in Dentistry is a comprehensive collection of standards and guidelines for primary care dentistry. Acting as a guide to personal or practice-based quality assessment, it sets out specific basic and aspirational standards covering consultation and diagnosis, paediatric dentistry, orthodontics, management of acute pain, periodontics, endodontics, removable partial dentures, complete dentures, minor oral surgery, implant dentistry, management of dental trauma, making and receiving referrals, oral medicine, direct, coronal and root surface restorations and indirect coronal restorations.
Developed by a team led by Professor David Moles to reflect the contemporary clinical, organisational and dento-legal contexts in which dentistry is practised, the publication also summarises almost 70 standards and guidelines publications by the Faculty and 30 other organisations, encompassing emergency dental care, examination and record-keeping, infection prevention and control, medical emergencies, medications management, oral health, pathology, patient information, practice management, prevention, radiography, restorative dentistry, risk management and communication, sedation, special care dentistry and staff training.
Standards in Dentistry has now been added to the Faculty’s guidance and standards webpages, which already include Clinical Examination and Record-Keeping, Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography, Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners and Dementia-Friendly Dentistry, and which have received over half a million page views since 2015. FGDP publications are available at https://www.fgdp.org.uk/guidance-standards, and can also be bought in print at www.fgdp.org.uk/shop.
Ian Mills, Dean of FGDP(UK), commented:
“The Faculty’s core function is to raise the standards of care delivered to patients, and the provision of guidance and standards by dentists, for dentists, is central to this. Standards in Dentistry is an indispensable reference guide which assists the whole dental team in identifying appropriate standards for the delivery of high quality care, and we’re delighted to be able to make it freely available for the benefit of all dentists, dental practices and their patients.”