The Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, says that excessive consumption of sugary food and drink and poor oral hygiene is likely to be a major cause behind the high number of cases. New figures show there were more than 40,000 hospital operations to remove teeth in children and teenagers last year – the equivalent of more than 160 a day.
Simplyhealth announces that, after a 21 year career with Denplan and Simplyhealth, Steve Gates is stepping down as Managing Director, Denplan and will be leaving the Company at the end of January 2017. Following Steve’s departure, Caroline Coleman will now lead their dental and vets business.
Bristol is aiming to become a low-sugar city, curbing sweet drinks and snacks to tackle poor dental health and obesity. Latest figures show that 57% of adults and a quarter of the city’s five-year-olds have tooth decay. There are 20,000 diabetics in the city and in the past three years 227 people had a limb amputated because of the disease.
The BDA believes that dentists could ease the much-reported pressures on Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments if more in-hours urgent care slots were commissioned. The Chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee, Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, has today written to Chief Dental Officer (CDO) for England Sara Hurley seeking a meeting to establish if such an agreement can be reached.
The General Dental Council (GDC) will be publishing, on January 26, initiatives to make the current system of regulation better for patients and fairer for dental professionals by shifting the balance of activity onto prevention as part of a series of wide-ranging proposals to improve dental regulation. The plans cover work that is already under way as well as new proposals.
Scientists say that they have found a way to stimulate the stem cells in teeth using a drug containing a GSK-3 inhibitor so that dentine, which is found underneath tooth enamel, regrows. This research has been highlighted in the media as the ‘end of fillings’ and lead author Prof Paul Sharpe is confident that it could get ‘quickly into clincs’.