Dr Richard J SnoadPeriodontics
MSc, BDS, FDS, MGDS, RCS
GDC No. 54159
General Dental Council
Registered Specialist in Periodontics (54159)
Clinical Director InformDental Ltd
Richard qualified as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Dundee University in 1980. After a decade in general dental practise he joined the Royal Army Dental Corps. On his return from service as an Anaesthetics Support Officer in the first Gulf War, he gained his Membership in General Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCS (Ed.)) in 1992.
After achieving a Master of Science (with distinction) in Periodontology from the Eastman Dental Institute (EDI), University of London, in 1996, he became the first Commanding Officer of the tri-Service Defence Dental Agency Training Establishment for Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) in the rank of Lt.Colonel. In this role he combined teaching with an extensive periodontal referral service for military and civilian dental practices throughout the south of England and was a member of the Directors of Schools of Dental Hygiene and Therapy Group. During this period, he was admitted onto the Register, at its inception, as a Specialist in Periodontics by the General Dental Council (GDC) and was an examiner and member of Examination Boards of the RCS (Ed.) and the Central Examining Board for Dental Hygienists of the GDC. He retired from the Army in June 2001 to become Head of Periodontics for ORA Dental Group, London. In 2003 he gained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Richard has published internationally (including collaborations with the EDI, the University of Surrey and the UK Department of Health) and is a past Member of Council of the British Society of Periodontology. As well as his specialist teaching, he is active in Post-Graduate Education for Dentists and DCPs, including the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (Royal College of Surgeons of England), Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice diploma, Extended Duties for Dental Hygienists, International Qualifying Examination and now the Overseas Registration Examination.
From 2003 to date Richard has combined freelance specialist practise with his research and teaching. He is also experienced as a medico-legal Expert in Periodontology and is a professional panel member for the GDC's Dental Complaints Service for private patients. In addition, he is a member of the Editorial Board of Preventative Dentistry magazine.
In 2006 he was honoured by an invitation to speak at the Federation Dentaire International (FDI) World Dental Congress Sept. 2006, Shenzhen, P.R. China on the subjects; Periodontitis, Sex-Hormones and the Menopause. Subsequently, he has provided supervision for Post-Graduate students at the University of Peking School of Dentistry, the premier dental school in the P.R. China. In summer 2007 he was elected to the Board of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), RCS (Eng.) as Director SW. Thames Division.
His academic research into Periodontal Risk Assessment, "Remote-Expert" Specialist Programmes, and Systems-Based provision of dental care culminated in the ground-breaking InformDental on-line referral service launched in 2009.