Public Health England has confirmed that honoraria will be available to all dental practices who agree to host its fieldwork teams for the 2017/18 Oral Health Survey of Adults attending General Dental Practices. Patients in participating practices attending for an appointment with their dentist will be asked to fill in a questionnaire and have a brief examination of their teeth by a visiting dentist from the survey team.
According to a report in the Mirror dentists in Jeremy Hunt’s constituency are ‘refusing to take new NHS patients’, with three areas in South West Surrey practices being shut to new patients. The BDA blamed years of ‘cuts on the sly’. GDPC chairman Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen told the paper: “The Government is dragging its heels over reform of a system that funds care for half the population.”
Thirteen dentists are being recognised in this year’s round of BDA Honours and Awards, for their outstanding contributions to the profession and to the Association. Amongst them is the first ever winner of the new Joy Harrild Award for Young Dentists. Mick Armstrong, BDA Chair said: “We are delighted to announce these thirteen exemplary individuals as our 2017 honours and awards recipients.”
A question from Baroness Benjamin sparked a short debate on child oral health in the House of Lords. Replying to the questions was junior health minister, Lord O'Shaughnessy, who stuck to the party line and promised that an evaluation report of prototyping is due to be published in the new year.
Dr Nick Palmer of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has been appointed dental adviser to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s Committee on Managing Common Infections. He is also currently encouraging dentists to join this year’s Thunderclap to take an antimicrobial prescribing pledge.
Almost one in five (18%) of the British only visits the dentist when they think they have a problem with their teeth, according to Mintel research. And it is the nation’s men who are the most likely to shy away from the dentist’s chair, as some 21% of men admit to only visiting the dentist when a problem arises, compared to just 15% of women.