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 GDC’s costs. A mother and son in Essex also received a hefty fine for tooth whitening.
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 was represented by the CDO and dental head of Public Health England as well as two paediatric specialists.
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 patients ended up with perforations, the over preparation of teeth and the wrong tooth being worked on.
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 going” and 8% didn’t try because they “prefer private dentistry”. Of those who received NHS dental care in the last 2 years, 84% of respondents rated their NHS dental experience as positive, an increase of 0.5% compared with the previous year.
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 (74%) of adults reported visiting the dentist in the year prior to interview, an increase from 69% in 2009.
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 Test Accuracy Study – have important ramifications for service design in public-funded health systems, says Fiona Sandom, president of the British Association of Dental Therapists (BADT).