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.
Kellog’s has been accused of a “weaselly” attempt to get around child obesity sugar rules after rebranding Frosties as an adult cereal. From 2020, food brands targeting children with sugary products face being named and shamed by the Government if they fail to reduce the sugar content by 20 per cent.
Morgan Stanley has warned dental investors that "Amazon is here," sending shares of dental supply distributors Henry Schein and Patterson Cos tumbling by more than 4% after after analyst Steve Beuchaw said that Amazon is buying supplies directly from manufacturer Dentsply Sirona.
Latest research supports the theory that teeth in the animal kingdom evolved from the jagged scales of ancient fish, the remnants of which can be seen today embedded in the skin of sharks and skate, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge. This ancient dermal skeleton has undergone considerable reductions and modifications through time.
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.