December 2013

BSDHT Oral Health Conference And Exhibition 2013

As many of you will know, the BSDHT (British Association of Dental Hygiene & Therapy) held their annual conference recently, and dental hygienists and therapists from across the UK came to support and learn from the event. A great line-up of speakers were gathered to cover a wide range of relevant topics, and the exhibition hall hosted leading product suppliers and service providers.

Waterpik International, Inc. was proud to sponsor the Poster Competition again this year. Entrants each created an A3 poster presenting research into a topic of their choice. We were delighted to award our Student Prize to Connor Curran, Runner Up to Najla Aldos and Emma Fisher was our Winner.

Julia Rosse, president of the BSDHT, was kind enough to offer a few words about the Competition:

"The partnership with Waterpik International continues to go from strength to strength and I am delighted that the number of entries to this year's poster competition has again increased from 5 entries last year, to seven this year.

"Although our UK colleagues still seem to be reluctant to blow their own trumpet in the things that they can and have achieved, it is worth acknowledging that this is indeed a step in the right direction in recognising the invaluable contribution that UK dental hygienists and hygienist-therapists make in the world of dental research.

"All of these wonderful pieces of work show an outstanding contribution and level of commitment to the profession, and BSDHT is extremely grateful for the generosity and support that we have once again received from Waterpik International to enable us to achieve this.

"Indeed, one of the goals of the Society is to offer support and mentorship to those members with an interest in research and development, and this competition serves to do just that by providing a platform in which to showcase this research."

New Year Resolutions

We all know what it's like - we make resolutions with the very best intentions at heart and we really try for the first few weeks, but we quickly lose momentum and our resolutions are eventually forgotten. According to new research found by the British Dental Health Foundation, 26.5 million people - over half of adults in the UK - made a New Year's Resolution for 2013. They were not however, all successful. Various online sources suggest that somewhere between 25% and 45% of these resolutions lasted longer than the first 6 months!

Most sources agree however, that making small resolutions that are realistic and sustainable is the key to success. Below are a few resolutions you could suggest to those of your patients who perhaps need to focus a little more on their oral hygiene:

  1. Eat the 5-a-day fruit and veg
  2. Quit smoking
  3. Limit alcohol intake
  4. Book regular check-ups for the year
  5. Trial a Waterpik® Water Flosser! This is one resolution that will be easy to keep.

Thank You For A Wonderful 2013! We Could Not Have Done It Without You.

As 2013 comes to a close, we wanted to say thank you for being a loyal Waterpik® recommender and wish you and yours a happy and healthy New Year.


Deborah Lyle, Alec Hilton and Alex Booler