The British Dental Association (BDA) has said underinvestment in dentistry is bringing NHS services to the brink, as the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) announced its recommendation of a below inflation pay uplift of 1% for dentists in 2017/18. The BDA said that the report had ‘comprehensively failed to recognise the impact that a collapse of 35% in earnings since 2006 has had on investment in dental practices.’
A survey of 12 countries commissioned by the FDI World Dental Federation show that Britons are taking much better care of their teeth than Americans, but are lagging behind Brazilians, Mexicans, South Africans and Poles when it comes to making the right choices to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
The single-handed dentistry model may be a thing of the past in the UK, according to the latest NASDAL (National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers) Benchmarking Report which has just been released and shows a decrease of almost 12% in profits for such practices in two years. Associates see profits slip – again.
A new review has found that dental patients with substance use disorders are more likely to have tooth decay and periodontal disease than the general population, but are less likely to receive dental care. These findings mirror those of poorer oral health those with severe mental illness, eating disorders and alcohol use disorders. It was published online in the scientific journal Addiction.
The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) has appointed Edmund Proffitt, currently their Policy and Public Affairs Director, as the new Chief Executive, from 10th April. He takes over from Tony Reed, who has been responsible for running the Association for over 20 years.
Announcing a ‘Shocking 24% increase in tooth extractions performed on children aged 0-4 in last decade’ Faculty Dean, Professor Nigel Hunt, said: “We’d like to see a significant proportion of the money raised through the Government’s sugar levy spent on oral health education.”.