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Article: Volume 48 Number 9 Page 719 - October 2021

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Radiology:  Public Health England (PHE) and Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) (FGDP(UK)) Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners on the Safe Use of X-ray Equipment 2020: An Update for the Dental Team

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Abstract: PHE and FGDP(UK) co-published Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners on the Safe Use of X-ray Equipment in 2020 to encompass all relevant information to safely use and maintain radiographic equipment by dental practitioners. This guidance supersedes the first edition, previously published in 2001 by the Department of Health, and there are a number of notable changes that should be highlighted to the dental team. The document is freely available and accessible on the FGDP(UK) website and should be an essential tool to ensure the safety of the dental team, patients and the public.

Clinical relevance: Members of the dental team must acknowledge the updated guidance notes and look to incorporate these changes into their working routine to ensure good clinical practice.

Author notes: Mark Gribben, BDS, MFDS RCPSG, Dental Core Trainee (DCT1), Dundee Dental Hospital, NHS Tayside, Scotland email: mark.gribben@nhs.scot

Objective: This article describes the recent changes to the Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners on the Safe Use of X-Ray Equipment published in 2020, and how they impact dental practitioners’ clinic and non‑clinical practice.