About Us

The SDCEP Dental Companion has been developed to support the dental team to provide high quality patient care.

The app includes toolkits based on the following SDCEP guidance publications:

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

Who is this app for?

The SDCEP Dental Companion is primarily directed at dental professionals working in primary care dental practice, including the general dental service and public dental service.

It is also of relevance to the secondary care dental service, those involved in dental education and undergraduate trainees.

The app may also be of relevance to other healthcare providers.

How to use this app

Each SDCEP guidance is presented in a separate 'toolkit'. Up to five toolkits can be in use at any one time.

  • Download the guidance-specific toolkits you require using the 'cloud' icon at the foot of the main menu.
  • Switch between toolkits via the main menu.
  • 'Pin' favourite pages and access these via the main menu.
  • There is also a facility for attaching notes to each page.

What is SDCEP?

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) is an initiative of the National Dental Advisory Committee (NDAC) in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (www.nes.scot.nhs.uk).

SDCEP provides user-friendly, evidence-based guidance on topics identified as priorities for oral health care.

SDCEP guidance supports improvements in patient care by bringing together, in a structured manner, the best available information that is relevant to the topic, and presenting this information in a form that can be interpreted easily and implemented.

SDCEP also contributes to the research and development of interventions to enhance the translation of guidance recommendations into practice through its participation in the TRiaDS (Translation Research in a Dental Setting) collaboration.

Guidance Development

For each SDECP guidance topic, a group of healthcare professionals with a particular interest or experience in that area of oral health is convened to develop and write the guidance.

Recommendations are developed through considered judgements, made by the group, based on existing guidelines, the available evidence, clinical experience, expert opinion and patient and practitioner perspectives.

The impact of potential barriers identified during guidance development and through stakeholder involvement and external consultation are also considered when formulating the recommendations.

More information on the SDCEP Guidance Development Process can be found at www.sdcep.org.uk.


The use of this app is subject to the disclaimer and terms and conditions set out below. By using this app, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

The guidance presented in this app is based on information contained in the SDCEP guidance publications. It should be taken into account when making decisions about a particular clinical procedure or treatment plan in discussion with the patient and/or guardian or carer.

As guidance, the information presented here does not override the individual responsibility of the health professional to make decisions appropriate to the individual patient. However, it is advised that significant departures from the guidance be fully documented in the patient’s case notes at the time the relevant decision is made.

The recommendations within this app are based on current evidence and best practice, however they are intended to be applied alongside sound clinical judgement. As such, SDCEP is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis or management decision made on the basis of the information provided via this app.

SDCEP will not be held liable for information that is inaccurate. SDCEP does not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense resulting from use of this app.

Use of this app within patient care settings should always be in accordance with local policies and guidance with regard to mobile device usage.


This resource may be made available, in full or summary form, in alternative formats and community languages. Please contact us on 0131 656 3200 or email altformats@nes.scot.nhs.uk to discuss how we can best meet your requirements.

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© Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme 2019. You may copy or reproduce the information in this resource for use within NHSScotland and for non-commercial educational purposes. Use of this document for commercial purposes is permitted only with the written permission of SDCEP.