The gradual reduction in the use of dental amalgam must be supported by investment in strategies to prevent tooth decay, particularly in England and Northern Ireland, where no national oral health improvement schemes for children currently exist, says the BDA, in response to the consultation on the UK’s implementation of the EU Regulation on Mercury, which comes into force next year.
Coca-Cola should put the brakes on its Christmas red lorry tour because it hampers efforts to tackle child obesity, Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, has said. “Councils that allowed the lorry to stop in their towns and cities should reflect on whether it’s in the best interests of the health of local children and families”, he said.
The CDO Scotland (@CDO_Scotland) has sparked a debate on Twitter reporting on a presentation by the iQuad team who found no benefit from having routine scale and polish. This echoes the findings of an earlier Cochrane Review, but has sparked a fierce debate. Scale and polish is the most frequent NHS treatment carried out.
The BDA has announced the results of the recent elections to its Board – the Principal Executive Committee (PEC). Re-elected are Eddie Crouch, Tim Harker, Jason Stokes and Len D’Cruz. New to the Board is John Edwards from the North West (England). They join 10 other sitting members and take office on January 1, 2018.
Millions of Britons have no local dentist willing to take on new NHS patients, a Times investigation has found. The BDA has long criticised the ‘cost limited funding system’ for dentistry that can provide care for little over half the population. It also says the government is failing to honour two successive manifesto pledges to make a decisive break from the target driven contract system introduced in 2006.
A private dental practice in Cheltenham has closed after being labelled as unsafe by the CQC. Patients arriving at the surgery found a handwritten notice on the front door saying that it is closed “due to unforeseen circumstances”. Those telephoning have been told that it is “temporarily closed”.