2021 06 04
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Issue #9, May 2021
Dentistry | Healthcare | Technology | Politics | Students
Not only is Ema my partner in putting together the Dental Mirror, but she is also my clinical partner. On the 13th of March 2020, Ema and I had our last ever paediatric clinic at the Guttman centre. Personally, this session was one of my most memorable experiences to date at Dental School. Our imagination was stretched from playing ‘pee-ka-boo’ with the patient behind the OPG to ‘painting nails’ with micro-brushes. Our love for this speciality inspired us to dedicate this issue of the Dental Mirror to this topic.
Caring for the ‘younger patient’ is a multifaceted job that encompasses aspects of all dental specialities which we tried to cover in this edit! With the issue of dental disease being so prominent in Paediatric Dentistry before the pandemic, I am sure you would agree it is now even more of a pressing issue that many children have been unable to see a dentist or even go to school. Having read Wafaa’s article, what is even more worrying to me is the obstacles for children in refugee camps to receive any form of dental guidance or help with projects such as ‘Miles for Smiles’ being halted due to the circumstances.
I took joy in reading every single article and appreciate all of the hard work that has gone into these coming to life. I would like to thank all of the team for tirelessly reading and editing articles as well as the meticulous design, and the elaborate front cover of this issue!
Yours, Shiva Naser
Shiva and I being fans of Paediatric Dentistry, wanted to dedicate an issue to this wonderful speciality. I’m sure many of us can agree that treating children, can often reinvigorate and make us tap into our sense of imagination, which we use to make children feel more relaxed during treatment. One of the universal fantasies many children believe in is the idea of a ‘Tooth Fairy’ and that’s the inspiration behind our front cover design – a tribute to our imaginations and one fantasy that has been passed on through centuries.
I hope you enjoy this issue, we cover a wide range of topics related to the treatment of children from restorative and orthodontic practices, to potential benefits of sedation and current public health issues.
I want to thank our whole team once again, for spending hours; reading articles repeatedly, designing and creating the front illustration entirely with pen strokes, and formatting with finesse. It’s been a pleasure working alongside Shiva as Deputy Editor-In-Chief, and we would highly welcome any feedback from staff or students on our second issue!
Yours, Ema Rutkeviciute