General Dental Council (GDC)

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The General Dental Council (GDC) is the regulatory body for dental professionals in the UK.

What is the General Dental Council?

The GDC maintains a register of qualified dental professionals, which includes dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists, dental nurses, orthodontic therapists, clinical dental technicians, and dental technicians. Only those registered with the GDC are legally allowed to practice dentistry in the UK.

Its primary role is to protect patient safety and maintain public confidence in dental services by making sure that dental professionals comply with high standards of practice and conduct.

The GDC sets standards for dental education, training, and practice. It develops guidelines and codes of conduct that dental professionals must follow to ensure the provision of high-quality and safe dental care.

Furthermore, the GDC investigates allegations of misconduct, incompetence, or health issues that may impair a dental professional’s ability to provide safe care. If necessary, it can take disciplinary actions, which may include issuing warnings, imposing conditions on practice, suspending, or removing individuals from the register.

The GDC also requires dental professionals to engage in continuing professional development to maintain and improve their skills and knowledge. It is essential to make sure that practitioners keep up to date with advancements in dental care and practice standards.

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