The Times reports that parents are paying huge mark-ups for children’s toothpaste when the standard product is just as effective at protecting teeth. Toothpaste marketed at children is double the price of ordinary toothpaste even though it contains the same amount of fluoride, the paper has found. The average price of 100ml of standard branded toothpaste in the big five supermarkets is £1.21 but the average price of 100ml of children’s toothpaste is £2.40.
The Chief Dental Officer for England, Sara Hurley, has been appointed Honorary Professor in Dentistry at the University of Manchester’s School of Dentistry. Her first official visit to the School was for a meeting with health service researchers to help develop her priorities for national policy.
Restaurants should routinely offer tap water to families to help fight child obesity, councils have said. Many restaurants only give tap water on request, despite a legal requirement for licensed premises to provide it, and most diners do not ask for tap water, a survey for the Local Government Association (LGA) found. It also found that 13% of parents feel awkward about asking for free water when eating out as alternative to sugary drinks.
In reply to Parliamentary Questions, health minister Alistair Burt MP has outlined the steps he is taking to improve dental standards amongst primary school age children. Separately he said in reply to Paula Sherriff the Labour MP for Dewsbury that a reformed dental contract could begin to be rolled out nationally from 2018/19 onwards.
In answer to a Parliamentary Question the Minister of State, Alistair Burt, has published figures on NHS dental spending. Government expenditure on GDS was £2.03bn last year, with an additional £716m recovered in patients charges. In real terms the total spend (including charges) has decreased from £2,205bn in 2004/06 to £2.045 last year, despite the increase in patient charges.