THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW Highlighting best practice
Dr Christina A. Kyrkou
Future plans As regards my dental practice, I would like to see further progress and the addition of new specialist colleagues to cksuperdent. This would allow us to carry on the provision of high-standard dentistry without unnecessary challenges. I hope that political stability will return and that dental practices in general will not be affected by any changes in the future, or any costly new regulations and taxes post-Brexit. Educating patients on health issues, prevention and new treatment options should be a priority for all practitioners, an important task that dentists should encourage and promote. I would like to see the profession focus even more on prevention in dentistry, in conservative orthodontics, in TMJ- related conditions and non-surgical approaches to relieve symptoms. One thing that I am hoping will change in Marylebone and nearby Mayfair in the future is the further improvement in the quality of the air that we breathe. It seems to me that air pollution is still significant in central London despite all the good measures to date; perhaps one day the air will be as pleasant as that of a floral garden in the spring. One can only dream.
in this affluent part of London, in our practice we have already had a few European patients mentioning potential relocation to another country post-Brexit. In general, people tend to put extensive treatments down the list of priorities in times of political uncertainty, especially those living and working in London, while others prefer to confirm with their dental insurance policies first. At our practice we see patients from all age groups and from different backgrounds , although most are British and affluent, from the worlds of finance, law, sports, showbusiness or politics. Others come from Europe, or even as far as the USA, Kuwait and Canada. Recruiting the right members of staff for any business is a challenge. From our experience, finding new assistants in London who met most of the necessary criteria has been a difficult task. The regulatory costs of dentistry have always been significant, with the enormous indemnity fees in particular increasing annually nowadays due to the high number of litigation cases in dentistry. It has created a rather overcautious climate when providing treatment, with many new practitioners focusing on referrals and minimal provision of care.
Our local and international patients have remained loyal over the years, despite the new, smaller premises, the travelling distance and changes in their own circumstances