Veteran Olympic and Paralympic dentist Hitesh Mody has been recalled to provide dental care for elite athletes competing in the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014- Scotland’s biggest ever sporting and cultural event. “London 2012 was about inspiring a generation; Glasgow 2014 is about generating an aspiration”, explains Dr Mody.
Elite track cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny are about to compete at the Commonwealth Games. They have been a couple since the 2012 Olympics, and train together at the Velodrome in Manchester. Before the start of the games they have both embarked on Invisalign orthodontic treatment and are about to be fitted with their first sets of clear aligners to realign their teeth virtually invisibly.
Two MPs have asked questions on the proposed ARF increase. The replies from health minister, Dr Daniel Poulter, were similar. He said that, although the GDC was an independent body, the Government would not expect registration fees to increase beyond their current levels, ‘unless there is a clear and robust business case that any increase is essential to ensure the exercise of statutory duties’.
More pressure has been placed on the GDC today by the publication of an open letter to the GDC Chair, of the General Dental Council, William Moyes. A group of 23 LDCs have collaborated to produce an in depth letter of criticism and advice for the GDC, joining the explosion of protest and discontent from the dental profession.
The letter contains eight recommendations.
The letter has been published in the second part of this article.
Data released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that the number of admissions for dental problems among 5 to 9-year-olds rose from 22,574 in 2010-11 to 25,812 in 2013-14. Kathryn Harley, a consultant in paediatric dentistry, told the Sunday Times: “We have children who require all 20 of their baby teeth to be extracted. It beggars belief that their diets could produce such a drastic effect.”
The General Dental Council (GDC) has defended placing an advertisement in the Daily Telegraph saying that it was part of a publicity campaign to promote the Dental Complaints Service. It claims that 27% of patients do not know where to complain about poor treatment. It also said the cost was £5,500