About this event

  • Date and time Tue 2 Jun 2020 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Location Online

The COVID-19 pandemic will change the practice of dentistry in the post pandemic era. Expert speakers in their fields will cover the challenges that the virus presents in the oral cavity and dental settings, what will be appropriate personal protective equipment and how this will affect the future of general dental practice.

Aims of this session are:

  • To review the current knowledge of the viral load in the oral cavity
  • To address the future challenges of appropriate PPE for the dental team
  • To  consider the challenges for general dental practice

This meeting is held in association with the BDA.


A certificate of attendance and CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live.

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

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Key speakers

Professor Stephen Challacombe

Martin Rushton Professor of Oral Medicine, King's College London

Speaker's biography

Professor Challacombe is past President of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), of the RSM Odontology section and current president of the RSM History of Medicine Society. He has had a long professional interest in mucosal immunity, both in basic research of the mechanics of the mucosal immune system and in the role of mucosal immunity in oral mucosal diseases. This has included oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS and from 2000-2017 he was Chairman of the International steering committee on Oral Health & Disease in HIV infection. He has had a particular interest in the role of saliva in protection and diagnosis of oral diseases including Sjogrens syndrome, candida infections, dental caries and oral bullous diseases. He has been an author or co-author of over 240 peer-reviewed research papers and 160 other publications on Mucosal immunity; Immunological, dermatological and micro-biological aspects of oral diseases; HIV infection, Oral Tolerance. Editor or co-editor of 10 books on Food Allergy & Intolerance, Practical aspects of ELISA, Oral Aids Research, Oral Medicine and Immunology of oral diseases. Early in his academic career he was an Assistant Professor & Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Immunology, Mayo Clinic, USA (1978-1979) and recently was recognised as the Mayo alumnus of the year. His career includes serving as Dean for International Affairs, KCL Health Schools (2007-2012), as President of British Society for Oral Medicine, President of European Association of Oral Medicine, and British

Society of Dental Research. He has received a number of awards for his research and recently received the Samuel Charles Miller award from the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Immunological studies of saliva have remained central to his research interests.

Professor Paul Coulthard

Dean, Dentistry and Institute Director, Institute of Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London

Mick Armstrong

Chair, British Dental Association


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Deborah Bomfim, President, Odontology Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Dr Barry Quinn, Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Cranio-facial Sciences, King's College London

Saliva: A very special body fluid, but is it the most dangerous in COVID-19 transmission?

Professor Stephen Challacombe, Martin Rushton Professor of Oral Medicine, King's College London

How to make PPE decisions

Professor Paul Coulthard, Dean and Director, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Institute of Dentistry, Consultant in Oral Surgery, Bart's Health NHS Trust, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London

The impact of COVID-19 in general practice now and in the near future

Mick Armstrong, Chair, British Dental Association

Panel discussion
Close of meeting



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