Free CPD Articles and Presentations

This free online CPD resource offers between 1 to 2 hours of CPD. Video presentations and articles considered of interest to the GDP are summarised to provide an easy to follow review of the main facts. After watching or reading the review you will be presented with a series of related questions to answer within a set time period.

At any time it is possible for you to place your assessment on pause to start again when convenient. During the pause period you will not be able to view the article until you recommence your CPD assessment.

Following marking you will receive a CPD Certificate which you can save showing the allotted CPD hours for the exercise providing you have achieved a minimum 50% pass mark. The CPD assessment can be taken only once for each account. You will also be given the most appropriate or correct answers to the questions on submission of your completed CPD assessment.

All you need do is follow the instructions below and start collecting your free CPD today. All we ask is that you complete an evaluation form to receive you CPD certificate.

How to Begin

1. Click on "View Article" from anyone of the articles listed below to start.

2. You will be sent to the Registration page. All first time users must register with the site.

3. Once you have correctly submitted your registration details you will receive a verification email from CoLDS. Please make sure you have entered a valid active email address. Follow the link in your email to activate your account.

4. The link will return you to the login page, to access the CPD review enter your user name and password. Anytime you want to access a CPD review  just click on the "View Article" tap and start your free CDP assessment.

*If you are not GDC registered enter your student ID or licence certificate number*

Online Submission of Assessment

On completing of the  CPD review assssement the “download certificate” button will take you first to the online evaluation form. Only once you’ve filled that out, will the download button show so that your Certificate can be down loaded subject to satisfactory score.

Enhanced CPD Requirement

From January 2018  enhanced CPD is mandatory and all GDC registered dentists must undertake a CPD  comprising of the following:

1. The use of a personal development plan (PDP) to identify areas of learning need and guide CPD

2. An emphasis on reflection

3. Removal of the requirement to record non-verifiable CPD and an increase in the number of hours of verifiable CPD required for different registrant groups:

  • Dentists - 100 hours
  • Clinical dental technicians, Orthodontic/Dental Therapists and Hygienists - 75 hours
  • Dental nurses and Technicians 50 hours

4. Requirement for annual declaration of CPD activity  to demonstrate an even spread throughout the five-year cycle.

CPD Choices

CoLDS offers a number of free CPD review assessments from which you may choose the topics that best meet your learning requirements. It is advisable that you are guided in your decision making by carefully consider the  Standards for the Dental Team, based on your scope of practice.

A Personal Development Plan will help you to prioritise and  identify your learning requirements  so that you can select what CPD topics most effectively advance your professional development and interests . This should be in relation to your scope of practice and also to the work you do; the team in which you work; the patients you treat; and your contribution to safe and good quality dental care in the UK.

Core CPD required in a five CPD Cycle

Dentists and DCPs are required by the General Dental Council to undertake

  • 10 hours of verifiable CPD in medical emergencies - it is recommend that you do at least two hours of CPD in this every year
  • 5 hours  in disinfection and decontamination and
  • 5 hours in radiography and radiation protection.  If you are a Dental Technician you may do 5 hours in every CPD cycle  in materials and equipment.

Additionally, the GDC recommends that you keep up to date in the following areas:

  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Complaints handling
  • Early detection of  Oral Cancer
  • Safeguarding children and young people
  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults

Click here to view the Terms and Conditions

Does the use of saline mouthrinse following dental extractions reduce post-operative complications?
Assessment time: 75 minutes | CPD Hours: 1.00 hour | Number Reviewed: 185


It is a common to  recommend the use of a salt water mouthwash postoperatively following extractions to reduce post operative infection and aid healing. But the evidence for this practice seems to be non-existent, This study looks at  the actual effectiveness of warm, saline mouthwashes and whether it reduces the incidence of three post-operative complications (acute inflamed socket, alveolar osteitis and acute infected socket) following  uncomplicated extraction in healthy individuals. It also investigated the effect of different frequencies of mouth rinsing.Saltwater Mouthwash

Review:  Comparative study of the effect of warm saline mouth rinse on complications after dental extractions. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2014; 43: 649–653. Osunde OD, Adebola RA, Adeoye JB, Bassey GO.

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Are there any benefits to antibiotic use at dental implant placement?
Assessment time: 120 minutes | CPD Hours: 2.00 hours | Number Reviewed: 160


Prior to implant placement it is a common practice to give antibiotics to prevent post operative infection although the reasoning and evidence for this is poorly understood and the antibiotic regimes prescribe numerous and various. Current evidence does not support this  belief but the use of antibiotic prophylactic prior to surgery is indicated  to prevent  Implant failures due to bacterial contamination at the surgical site.Amoxil

This review considers  the actual effectiveness of giving antibiotics prior to implant placement and tries to suggest possible regimes and their indications based on current evidence and best practice.

Review:  By Stewart Harding

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