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  • MPsquiz dentists about child oral health

    The Commons Health Committee has held a one off evidence session on children’s oral health. They were concerned about dental decay being the main cause of admission to hospital for children aged 5-9 and the high level of decay among some children. Only three MPs were present and the profession Read More
  • GDCgives Aberdeen Dental School a poor report

    Inspectors from the GDC have raised concerns about a visit to the Aberdeen Dental School in April 2014. They found that twelve patients suffered poor treatment at a the school. This included damage to an adjacent tooth after work was carried out and tissue damage caused by hypochlorite. Some endodontic Read More
  • Whiteningfine reduced on appeal but prosecutions continue

    Wayne Roberts who runs a private medical clinic in Liverpool had his fine of £15,000 reduced by £3,500 on appeal. The owner of a tanning and beauty salon in Hartlepool  and another who ran a beauty clinic in Lancashire were both given a conditional discharge, but ordered to pay the Read More
  • MostNHS dental patients rate their care as positive

    The dental results of the latest GP Patient Survey for July/Sept 2014 have been announced. They show that 58% said that they had visited an NHS dentist in the last two years. 11% didn’t try to see an NHS dentist because they “didn’t need to go” or “do not like Read More
  • MemorialService for the late Richard Thomas

    The family of Richard Thomas, who died last weekend, have announced the arrangements for a Memorial Service, to which all are welcome. To gauge numbers, those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to the email address given below.Richard Thomas, who had been ill for some time, was General Secretary, Read More
  • MoreNHS dental patients seen in England

    Figures released by HSCIC show that during the years 2013 and 2014 a total of 30 million patients saw an NHS dentist, 1.9 million more than in 2006, although expressed as a percentage of the population this is a slight decrease since then. During the second quarter (Jul-Sep) of 2014 Read More
  • Straumannto reduce salaries for Swiss staff

    Reuters reports that Swiss dental implant maker Straumann will reduce bonuses for Swiss-based staff and management to cut costs after the Swiss National Bank scrapped its cap on the franc, triggering a strengthening of the currency. Straumann also wants to pay cross-border workers in euros to counter the negative effects Read More
  • Oralscreening is a role for dental hygienists and therapists study suggests

    A new study suggests that dental hygienists and therapists should be used to screen for dental caries and periodontal disease in a bid to improve the delivery of primary dental health care. The findings of the report – The Efficacy of Screening for Common Dental Diseases by Hygiene-Therapists A Diagnostic Read More
  • FewerScots are edentulous and more visit a dentist

    The Scottish Government has reported that in 2013, nine in ten adults had some natural teeth, in line with their target that 90% of all adults living in Scotland would possess some natural teeth by 2010, although the proportion for women remained below the target level. In 2013, three quarters Read More
  • Scottishnewspaper runs article critical of dentists’ allowances

    The Herald in Scotland reports that Scottish dentists ‘have pocketed nearly £17m in ‘reward’ bonuses from the public purse for carrying out work for the NHS’. It says: ‘Over the last two years dental surgeons have taken home golden hellos and extra ‘seniority’ and ‘commitment’ payments at a time of Read More
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The GDPUK Blog

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    by DentistGoneBadd
    Sunday, 22 February 2015
  • 50 shades of G.R.E.Y

    I bid you all a good day.  Those of you that have read “the books” will have no doubt pondered the extracurricular uses of a dental dam and floss for example. This weekend of course see the film emerge – regarded by many as a rather poor representation of the book, in itself not exactly a liter ...

    by Enamel Prism
    Monday, 16 February 2015
  • Dental Awards



    by DentistGoneBadd
    Sunday, 15 February 2015
  • The Dental Professions and the 2015 General Election

     The Dental Professions and the 2015 General Election I write this at a time when I'm a dentist, and a candidate for what will be the most unpredictable General Election that most people can remember. There are just so many factors in this election that only a fool would even attempt to pr ...

    by Pramod Subbaraman
    Tuesday, 10 February 2015
  • Irate Patients - A Strategy

    Irate Patients


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Sunday, 08 February 2015
  • Are you scared?

    The Health Select Committee will be holding an accountability meeting with the GDC on the 3rd of March. It’s about time too, as they haven’t been asked to account at all to anyone but the judiciary recently (and they lost). It will be interesting to see if they try to spin that meeting in the same w ...

    by Simon Thackeray
    Thursday, 05 February 2015
  • Dental Philosophy

    Dental Philosophy


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Tuesday, 03 February 2015
  • Good Record Keeping

    Record Keeping


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Sunday, 25 January 2015
  • The GDC - Clarity of purpose?

    A "Daily Clarion" call for Clarity What ever happened to January being a dead month when we hunker down to pay all our Christmas credit card bills?  The CQC close a Salisbury practice facility [albeit for a month only]. [1]  The GDC’s CEO has written a feisty fob off letter to the BDA ...

    by Enamel Prism
    Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Prototype or re-hash?

    Will there ever come a time in the dental profession when solidarity will create meaningful change?Recently some bus drivers in London realized that some drivers were getting paid more than others, so they called a 24 hour strike last week, with less than a days notice.  Around 2.3 billion bus ...

    by Sandeep Senghera
    Wednesday, 21 January 2015
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  • This review identified 5 trials reported in 11 publications and found that the chewing of xylitol gum by mothers significantly reduced transmission of mutans streptococci to their children. However the effects on caries were inconsistent. The post Xylitol gum reduced mutans streptococci transmission appeared first on The Dental Elf.

  • Thirty six studies were identified for this review of maternal-child transmission rates for mutans streptococci. Rates varied from 52.5% - 84.5% with a meta-analysis finding a cumulative event rate of 0.650 (95% CI; 0.565 to 0.726). The post Mutans Streptococci: maternal-child transmission confirmed by review appeared first on The Dental Elf.

  • While this review of zirconium restoration included 27 studies, only 5 were RCTs. Furthermore only 4 studies had more than 5 years follow up. Ten studies included fewer than 20 restorations, so while good survival data was presented, the results should be viewed with caution. The post Zirconium based dental restorations –available evidence limited appeared first on The Dental Elf.

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  • The dental profession raise concerns over the balance between treatment and prevention

    Almost half of dental professionals (NHS performers, Providers and Business Owners) working within the NHS (44%) are less confident that practising dentistry within the NHS will offer the right balanc ...

    Tuesday, 24 February 2015
  • Dental Marketing Investment – Sail through 2015

    Now we know that we need to market our practices, we need to know how much to spend and where to spend it. As I have suggested on numerous other occasions, 5% of the practice’s gross revenue shou ...

    Tuesday, 17 February 2015

    For your chance to win an iPad, simply visit to fill in Future Health Partnership’s (FHP) survey and share your opinions on the business of dentistry.F ...

    Tuesday, 17 February 2015
  • Association of Dental Groups announce 2015 Bursary Award Winners

    Every year the Association of Dental Groups’ (ADG) member companies invest significantly in their training and development for their people, as well as in surgeries and equipment to ensure that dentis ...

    Monday, 16 February 2015
  • Restore implants with confidence

    Brand new course dates have been released for the popular and in-depth Implant Restorative Course run by the experts at Ten Dental.Learn from top-class implant mentors and trainers – Dr Martin Wanende ...

    Friday, 13 February 2015
  • ‘It’s time to smile’ for World Oral Health Day 2015 - and take care with how often we consume sugary foods and drinks

    Geneva, 19 January 2015 – As World Oral Health Day (WOHD) 2015 approaches, FDI World Dental Federation is advising people to consider the impact of frequent sugar consumption on their ‘Smile for Life’ ...

    Monday, 19 January 2015
  • Free London Seminar: Staying ahead of the game

    Patient Plan Direct is proud to be hosting a free evening seminar for Dentists and Practice Managers with drinks and canapés, held at the impressive and prestigious Drummonds Bank in central London on ...

    Saturday, 17 January 2015

    For your chance to win an iPad, simply visit to fill in Future Health Partnership’s (FHP) survey and share your opinions on the business of dentistry.F ...

    Thursday, 15 January 2015
  • Euphemisms: it’s not what we say, it’s what we do - Michael Sultan

    We all use euphemisms for many different reasons. We may choose to simplify our language when talking to adults, so that we don’t come across as arrogant and full of technological jargon, or when talk ...

    Wednesday, 14 January 2015
  • Fight against illegal whitening

    Illegal whitening continues to remain a serious problem for the dental profession and uneducated public. Many home whitening kits or those offered by beauty salons do not contain enough whitening ...

    Wednesday, 14 January 2015
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