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15 Tips For Planning Your Elective



1. Plan EARLY! Like from 1st year (kidding), but seriously at least a year in advance.


2. Shortlist countries in the world that will actually let you practice…


3. Find out which vaccines you’ll need for your travel.


4. Make sure you have a valid passport…Duh!😂


5. Ensure you have the correct Visa(s) too!


6. Double and triple check your dates, just incase your have to miss clinics or need special leave.


7. Check if you need specialist insurance/indemnity or if it’s included by your elective practice or hospital.


8. Budget accordingly and then add an extra amount just in case!


9. Check if your elective practice needs a confirmation letter from your university.


10. Check if your university needs a confirmation letter from your elective practice.


11. Various dental charities offer student elective programs, so check them out beforehand!


12. Lots of prizes and funding are available, so be sure to look around.


13. Know where the British Embassy is in the country you visit, just in case you fancy some proper tea and biscuits. No seriously, their tea is amazing!


14. Double check what cards or currency they use and what your bank will charge you. (Monzo is a great alternative)


15. Don’t forget your floss!


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Moments From The Office That Sum Up Your Day On Clinics




When your master GP fits the apex perfectly

When the lab work comes back and nothing fits as it should then you realise you have to re-do all the impressions 

Seeing that you’ve fallen short of your UDA target 

How you think when you’re giving better diet advice, 

When the patient actually listens to your OHI and now their plaque score is <10%

Remember have you had to apply for your performer number? 

When you just nod and agree to every thing your clinical partner says 

So water fluoridation could stop tooth decay as it’s completely preventable? 

Seeing your patients outside of the practice 

Remembering to pay your ARF and realising it’s just going to increase for no reason again 

When you and your nurse are in sync and treatment just flows 


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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dentistry




1. Originally dental care was free to all when the NHS was set up 70 years ago

2. The 3 streams of dental care made available in 1948 are still going today ( General practice, hospital and schools)

3. When costs were first introduced in the NHS, dental treatment was charged at a flat rate of £1

4. The first dental degree awarded by any British university was by the University of Birmingham in 1901

5. Cocaine was originally used as an anaesthetic for tooth related pain in 1884

6. The first ‘modern toothbrush’ was designed and created by William Addis in 1780

7. In 1921 the Dentists Act was published permitting only registered dentists to practise.

8. Fluoride toothpaste came to Britain in 1958

9. The first dental contract was introduced in 1990 by the family health services

10. Lillian Lindsay was the first woman in the UK to qualify as a dentist.

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9 Trump Gifs That Summarise Your Day On clinics




1. When you give your treatment plan to your tutor to confirm

2. When the coronal aspects fractures whilst accessing during your endo.

3. Selecting the right shade be like

4. When you try to describe your crown prep

5. When you do you’re first surgical extraction and your tutors asks “How’s it going?”

6. Then the you actually tell your tutor about the extraction

7. When your patient talks to you about their cat, last holiday to somewhere in europe, being gluten free and crossfit whilst you just sit there like…

8. When you finish seeing all your patients and get to leave at 3

9. When your tutor asks you anything

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