The BDA has expressed its concern that the freeze on service costs to Foundation Dentists’ educational supervisors has continued once again. Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, Chair of General Dental Practice Committee said: “Foundation training is a key part of ensuring the quality of NHS dentistry, and freezing these service cost payments, which cover the FD’s nurse, surgery labs and materials, is an act of unnecessary self-harm.”
A Northern Ireland dentist has been crowned a British gymnastics champion in her very first tournament at the age of 44. Ursula Goode was adjudged the best competitor in the over-40s novice section at the championships at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall near Birmingham, the home of British gymnastics.
Tooth Fairies pay UK kids an average of £1.49 per tooth – a five per cent increase on 2016, according to research. Children in London get the most, typically receiving £1.88 on average per tooth. While those living in the South West will find the lowest amount under their pillows – £1.18.
The Faculty of Dental Surgery says, in a new report, that at least 1.8 million people aged 65 and over may have their life blighted by an urgent dental condition and this could rise by more than 50% by 2040. Concerns have been raised about the effect that conditions such as toothache and oral sepsis are having on older people’s quality of life.
Campaigners have warned that some GPs and other NHS doctors are undermining a policy to stop homeopathic treatments. NHS England has announced a ban on commissioning them, yet in London and the South West family doctors continue to prescribe them, and some NHS hospitals deliver them, costing up to £6 million a year, it has been reported.
A “culture of apathy” in care homes means residents are not treated as individuals, the watchdog Healthwatch has concluded. The BDA has called on ministers, health commissioners and care home owners to act on its conclusions, which show that elderly residents do not always have access to basic care, including with their oral health.