Dental Companion launches in Scotland today, offering easy mobile access to evidence-based guidance to dental professionals.

The app, which is also available from a computer, offers four diverse guidance ‘toolkits’:

  • Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal Diseases in Primary Care
  • Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs
  • Oral Health Management of Patients at Risk of Medication-related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
  • Prevention and Management of Dental Caries in Children.

‘We are keen to employ novel approaches to the delivery and implementation of guidance,’ Professor Jan Clarkson, director of SDCEP, said.

‘The Dental Companion allows dental professionals to access SDCEP’s evidence-based guidance from their mobile devices.

‘It will build on the success, popularity and usefulness of our Dental Prescribing app.’

Launch welcomed

Each toolkit on the app includes key recommendations, with supporting tools such as flowcharts and links to patient information.

The app is available on Google Play or the Apple App store, while the desktop version can be accessed at companion.sdcep.org.uk.

‘NES welcomes the launch of the Dental Companion app as a valuable resource for dental professionals in Scotland and across the rest of the UK,’ Dr David Felix, postgraduate dental dean for Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland (NES), said.

‘This innovative way of delivering SDCEP’s evidence-based guidance will appeal to many dental professionals and will support the delivery of high-quality healthcare which is safe, person-centred and effective.’