About The Dental Elf

Dental friends and colleagues tell me they find it difficult to keep up to date with the latest  evidence.  They want to keep in touch but they don’t have time to wade through everything that’s published.

We aim to take on that burden and find just what you need to keep abreast of all the important and reliable dental health research and guidance.

Through our regular blog we will provide brief summaries highlighting evidence-based publications relevant to dental practice in the UK and around the world.

Follow us so you can be first to hear about key systematic reviews, trials, guidance as well as high quality patient information.

Who started the Dental Elf?

The first Dental Elf blog was written by Derek Richards, a Dental Public Health Consultant in June 2011. From the start he has been supported by Douglas Badenoch an Information Scientist from Minervation Ltd an evidence-based healthcare consultancy based in Oxford. The Dental Elf is one of a team of elves that comprise the National Elf Service:-

Who writes for the Dental Elf?

  1. Derek Richards, Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Dentistry, Senior Lecturer, Dental Health Services Research Unit, School of Dentistry, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK.
  2. Dominic Hurst, Clinical lecturer in Adult Oral Health at Queen Mary, University of London.
  3. Jacqueline Burns, Specialist Registrar in Dental Public Health based within NHS Fife.
  4. Mark-Steven HoweGeneral Dental Practitioner and Doctoral researcher in clinical risk, Peninsula Dental School, University of Plymouth.
  5. Kenny Strain, DCT1 Maxilllofacial Department, Rotherham District General Hospital.
  6. Colin Levey, Clinical Lecturer and Honorary speciality training registrar in Restorative Dentistry at Dundee Dental School.
  7. Marianne Dobson, DCT3 in Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Quality Improvement at Dundee Dental School.
  8. Thibault Colloc, DCT2 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
  9. Manas Dave, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Honorary Lecturer in Dentistry at The University of Manchester.
  10. Rajpal Tattar, Junior Clinical Fellow in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Royal Preston Hospital.
  11. Alex Orchard, Specialty Dentist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Berkshire.
  12. Sergio Uribe, Specialist (MSc) in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and PhD in Medical Sciences.
  13. Carly Ross, Clinical research fellow and honorary specialist registrar in special care dentistry at the University of Dundee.
  14. Aoife McDougall, DCT1 in the Public Dental Service in Tayside.
  15. Iris Vaid, General Dental Practitioner with a special interest in Oral Surgery.
  16. Rebecca Manson, DCT1 Public Dental Service in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
  17. Aljeeta Kadam, DCT1, Oral Surgery Raigmore Hospital Inverness.
  18. Gemma Gaw, Specialty Registrar in Special Care Dentistry in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
  19. Suzy Harkness, Specialty Registrar in Special Care Dentistry working across NHS Tayside.
  20. Emma O’Donnell, Clinical lecturer at the University of Glasgow and honorary Speciality Registrar in Special Care Dentistry with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  21. Diana Ispas, Final Year Dental Student at the University of Dundee.
  22. Harry Gordon, Final Year Dental Student at the University of Dundee.

How is it paid for?

Currently The Dental Elf is free to all and funded by the writers.  We hope to continue to make it freely available indefinitely by establishing a sound funding base.  However, we will never compromise our editorial integrity because of what any funding body tells us.

Derek Richards, Director, Centre for Evidence-based Dentistry