Dental academic’s ‘top tips’ become most accessed collection in prestigious journal

A dental academic has recently seen a series of publications become the most accessed portfolio collection in the British Dental Journal (BDJ).
Ewen McColl, Director of Clinical Dentistry at the University of Plymouth’s Peninsula Dental School, has written the series alongside the school’s lead clinicians and nationally recognised experts in their clinical disciplines.  
The series is designed to pass on expertise to the dental team, and impact on patient care nationally and internationally through practical tips. The series is advertised by the British Dental Journal as:
What are the things you wished someone had told you at dental school, but never did? These accessible articles bring together top clinical tips gleaned from years of practice across a variety of specialties. 

Plymouth’s dental students see such experts teach them directly on a daily basis, and the articles highlight the clinical philosophy of the dental school, which has helped it top the Guardian League table for Dentistry last year.
Ewen said: 
“The BDJ series is a collaboration of a range of leading clinicians from not only from the University of Plymouth, but nationally. All my co-authors are clinicians I have worked with over the years, and I was very keen to share their expertise more widely. I am delighted that the clinical tips are impacting directly on patient care and helping hard pressed dentists to optimise outcomes for patients.”
In addition to being an active clinician, Ewen has a broad based primary research portfolio, investigating links between periodontal (gum) disease and Alzheimer’s disease, and oral bacteria and brain abscesses as part of the dental school’s Oral Microbiome Research Group. Additionally, he is involved in a global trial investigating the natural history of oral infection with Human Papilloma Virus, a virus which has been linked to a significant rise on oropharyngeal cancer.
In close collaboration with Professor Patricia Schofield in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, he has been successful in obtaining a significant grant from the Pearn Charitable Trust in order to investigate undiagnosed Dental Pain in care homes, with a related paper recently submitted to the European Journal of Pain.

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