Dental Nurse Eloise Meldrum on why you should attend BDIA Dental Showcase

Dentistry can be lonely, which is why Dental Nursing Journal editorial board member, and Dental Nurse, Eloise Meldrum, suggests we should all seek out great networking opporturities.

Why dentistry?

I fell into dentistry when I was 21. I applied for a receptionist job and was asked if I wanted to try dental nursing – and I thought, 'why not?' I’m so glad I did. I haven’t looked back.

Best and worst aspects?

BEST: Patient care, being able to carry out varied treatments and working with an amazing team.
WORST: I enjoy all aspects of what it entails.

Biggest challenge?

Finding myself being held accountable for my actions, care and skills after I qualified. I knew I was a good dental nurse and patient care was my passion. I asked for feedback from my dentist to see if I could improve and this provided the reassurance I needed.

Lessons learnt so far?

The biggest is how to deal with anxious or nervous patients and how to make them feel at ease by learning the best strategy to calm them down and empowering them so they feel in control.

Any advice for newbies?

Be confident and never forget the standards you learn. Strive to be the best version of yourself and carry out all protocols to the highest standard. Be confident in your achievements and aim high.

Most important skill?

I would say people skills – if you don’t have this, your time spent nursing will not be enjoyable. We deal with people every single day so, if you know how to strike a conversation, be warm, welcoming and open, then you’ll get a better response.

Who inspires you?

There are many people who have inspired me. My goal of becoming a hygienist came from Catherine Soloman, the hygienist who works at City Dental. Her passion and the way she works really roused my interest. The owners of my practice generously shared their experience of owning two successful surgeries and have advised and encouraged me to pursue my ambition. Dr Behrooz Sahami is phenomenal. His love for dentistry remains strong after 30 years in the industry. He always motivates me and recognises my skills and the potential I have to go further. He regularly reminds me I can achieve my goal.

How best to beat loneliness?

Reach out to other people in their network, as it’s so important that we support each other and grow together. By networking, we can also build skills and learn from one another.

There are so many ways to network. I would suggest attending an industry event, such as Dental Showcase (NEC Birmingham, 17-19 October 2019). It’s not just for dentists and suppliers but for other members of the team such as dental nurses, too. By attending these conferences, you’ll meet like-minded individuals with whom you can share ideas and best practice. If you’re looking to change employment, it’s also a good way to meet prospective employers who could be looking for someone just like you. I know there are expected to be many more practice owners at this year’s event. Besides the people, you’ll also learn about the new technological advances that are coming into dentistry. Furthermore, Dental Showcase is an ideal opportunity to top up your CPD. The lectures are free and are published well in advance, covering all key compulsory areas, so you can plan your day.

BDIA Dental Showcase returns to Birmingham’s NEC, 17-19 October 2019. To register visit,

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BDIA Dental Showcase is the leading trade show exhibition for the dental industry. As the largest dental show in the UK, thousands of professionals attend to discover the very latest dental innovations across an unrivalled selection of exhibitor stands. Visitors enjoy personalised product demonstrations, snap up unbeatable ‘Showcase’ deals and take part in highly engaging lecture sessions whilst toping up their CPD hours, all under one roof.


BDIA Dental Showcase is organised by MA Exhibitions (MAX), an award-winning exhibition business. MAX organises in excess of 200 events annually, from small, highly focussed seminars to large scale events. Within MAX’s portfolio there are events, spread across sectors including electronics, manufacturing, engineering, communications, education, healthcare and print.

A dedicated, experienced and passionate team of events professionals will offer an unparalleled experience for dental professionals and exhibitors alike.



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