A mydentist practice in Taunton, Somerset is to close due to ‘high running costs’. The practice team has written to patients telling them it will no longer offer NHS or private dental services after the end of October. NHS England says the practice recently handed in its NHS contract and dental provision in the area is being reviewed.
A new map of the UK which depicts levels of NHS dental access for children aged two and under has been created for the first time by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD). The map has been drawn up to coincide with the national launch of Dental Check by One.The data highlights the challenges that lie ahead in raising public awareness of this important milestone in children’s oral health.
New data from NHS digital show that the total number of written complaints from patients about primary care practices in 2016-17 was 90,579, an increase of 9.7% since last year. Of these complaints with 83.2% were related to GPs and 14.6% to dental practices. Just over half of these (50.2%) were not upheld.
Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have discovered that aspirin could reverse the effects of tooth decay resulting in a reduction in the need for fillings. Currently about 7 million fillings are provided by the NHS each year in England alone. Tooth decay imposes a huge financial burden on the NHS, particularly in Northern Ireland says the University.
Children in England's poorest areas will be given free toothbrushes as part of new Government efforts to beat decay 'epidemic'. This is part of a new programme, called Starting Well, which Ministers are launching in 13 of England's poorest areas. 'Tooth brushing clubs' are also being set up in nurseries.
The Sunday Times has reported that parents will be urged to take their children to the dentist by the age of one, according to the chief dental officer, as part of an NHS drive to reduce high rates of tooth extractions among pre-school children. The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) and NHS England will this week launch a campaign, “Dental Check by One”.