Sheffield student all smiles after winning dentistry competition

Caitlin Yates (L) has got through to the national final of a dentistry competition

Caitlin Yates (L) has got through to the national final of a dentistry competition

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A Sheffield student has something to smile about - after winning the heat of a national dentistry competition.

Caitlin Yates, aged 24, has got through to the final of a competition for final year dentistry students in which they have to demonstrate their skills in a series of challenges.

Students were judged on complex dental work they carried out on a mouth mould.

There will be 16 heats in total - one at each of the UK dental schools - with the winners taking part in a national final in Edinburgh in March.

Caitlin Yates, who lives and studies in Sheffield, said: “I was so surprised when I was announced as the winner of the regional heat. After the initial shock, my emotions turned to excitement.

“This feels like a real achievement after such a long period of studying.

“I am absolutely delighted to be invited to the final in Edinburgh this coming March and really look forward to the challenge but also have a twinge of anxiety at the prospect of the competition.

“This has been a great opportunity to improve my skills and meet new people.”

The finalists will be judged on their ability to complete a series of clinical procedures.

James Newton, aged 31, who grew up in Chesterfield and studies dentistry in Sheffield, came second in the regional heat.

He said: “The experience will benefit me in my future career as it’s something extra to put on the CV to try and stand out in a very competitive profession.”

The competition was run by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and sponsored by DENTSPLY.

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