This blog by a UK-based dentist, who blogs under the name Fang Farrier, highlights the dangers of popular media presenting rumour about dentistry services as fact. She refers to an incident where a presenter on the TV show Good Morning Britain said that NHS doctors were no longer trained to be able to perform tooth extractions, describing it as a "categorical fact [presented] by a private dentist."
The blog highlights four related issues concerning public perception of dentists, dentistry training and the impact of fear of complaints and litigation on NHS dentistry services:
- We need to be more mindful about how we talk about dentistry, particularly other dentists
- Our new graduates seem to be graduating with less experience and less confidence in most procedures, most notably extractions and root canal
- Fear of failure and taking risks
- The NHS question… will it stay or will it go?