Record-breaking dental show

More delegates, more speakers and more exhibitors meant the 2016 show was the biggest and best so far

31 May, 2016 / indepth
 Bruce Oxley    Mike Wilkinson

Nearly 2,000 people were welcomed through the doors at the 2016 Scottish Dental Show as the biggest dental event in Scotland continued to break records.

The 2016 Show, held for the third year at Braehead Arena in Glasgow, saw a 23 per cent increase in delegate numbers from last year with record numbers at the lecture sessions as well.

Two speaker sessions, Laura Wilson’s infection control and decontamination update and Christine Park’s child protection lecture, saw crowds of more than 300 attend and five other sessions, including Prof Mike Lewis’s two-part mouth cancer presentation, attracted more than 200 delegates.

There were then three lectures that broke the 100-delegate barrier, including Ian Robertson’s resuscitation guidelines update, Aubrey Craig from MDDUS’s ‘Once more unto the bleach’ talk and Professor Tim Newton’s presentation on managing stress in practice.

All in there were nearly 50 lectures and hands-on workshops at the event, providing up to nine hours of verifiable CPD including 10 sessions of core CPD.

The workshops at the show covered everything from implants and extractions with Philip Friel to BLS with Lezley Ann Walker and Liz Webster from Glasgow Dental School. We also had hands-on composite workshops with Arshad Ali from the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry and Professor Brian Millar from King’s College London.

The trade show was also the busiest yet with more than 140 stands, featuring some of the biggest names in the dental industry. Dentsply Sirona, who hosted a series of workshops on the trade show floor, won the Best Stand Award which was presented by Scottish Dental’s sales and events manager Ann Craib.

The 2016 show was supported by 10 fantastic sponsors – Leca Dental Laboratory (Diamond), DTS (Platinum), The Dental Directory (Gold), Dentsply Sirona (Silver), A-dec (Bronze), MDDUS (Media) and four Associate Sponsors –
AWB Textiles, Barry Packaging, {my}dentist and Coltene.

Ann Craib said: “Without our sponsors and exhibitors this show wouldn’t have got off the ground five years ago. With the support of the dental industry in Scotland we have managed to grow the event to become the biggest dental event of its kind in Scotland.

“I’m already taking bookings for next year’s show and I’m delighted to say that I’ve already sold more than 80 stands in the 2017 exhibition.”

As well as the Best Stand Award, intu Braehead presented a £500 shopping voucher to dentist Sam Lockhart from Enhance Dental in East Kilbride and Andrea Stevenson, a dental nurse from Kingsport Dental Clinic in Livingston, won the iPad in our registration prize draw.

Planning is already well under way for the 2017 show, which will return to Braehead Arena on 19 and 20 May. If you haven’t already done so, please complete the online feedback questionnaire which you will find in your CPD certificate email. We rely on your feedback to help us shape the show and keep giving the Sottish dental community the great show it deserves.

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