The number of Scots registered with an NHS dentist has almost doubled over the past decade - and now stands at five million people. But children and adults from the most deprived areas were still less likely to have seen their dentist within the past two years than those from the most affluent areas. Health minister, Shona Robison, described the figures as ‘really encouraging’.
Four stories on teeth and sugar in the media very recently. Toothbrushing only partly protects against the effects of sugary snacks on children’s teeth, research suggests. Coca-Cola has announced it will cut the size of a 1.75l bottle and put up the price by 20p. Teenagers who watch lots of television adverts eat far more junk food, researchers have warned. Starbucks has been criticised for selling a hot chocolate with too much sugar.
Junior doctors should be forced to pay back some of their training costs to the NHS if they work abroad after qualifying. Niall Dickson, head of the NHS Confederation which represents senior managers, said staff shortages were the biggest concern for the health service. It costs the taxpayer £220,000 to train each doctor and some trusts are suffering from severe shortages.
Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen has been re-elected as chairman of the General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC), of the BDA. Henrik is a GDP based in Fulham, London and started an NHS practice in 1999 and since then it has treated over 100,000 NHS patients. He said he was honoured to have been re-elected.
The GDC should remain the dedicated regulator in reform plans, but opportunity for improvement must be seized, Dental Protection said in its response to the Department of Health consultation on the future of professional regulation in healthcare. Raj Rattan, Director at Dental Protection, said: “In many areas reform is long overdue.”
People with heart problems could be prompted to adjust their medication by the toothbrush. A smart toothbrush that can spot signs of deadly heart problems in saliva is being developed by scientists. Spanish researchers believe a toothbrush that monitors vital signs will be a simple way to incorporate checks into patients’ daily routines.