The Missing Piece: BDA sets out 2019 manifesto for oral health

The Missing Piece: BDA sets out 2019 manifesto for oral health

The British Dental Association (BDA) has called on all parties to stop treating oral health as the missing piece in health policy, as it launches its 2019 manifesto. BDA Chair Mick Armstrong said:  “Our message to politicians of all parties is that oral health can no longer be the missing piece in health planning and budgets.”

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Free dental check-ups for all says Labour

Free dental check-ups for all says Labour

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged that dental check-ups will be free in England, if Labour is elected. Band 1 courses of treatment, currently costing £22.70 will be charge-free. The policy would be the "first step towards making all dentistry services free of charge", Corbyn declared. They claimed that the move would encourage more people to go to the dentist.

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Government reports on healthcare arrangements in event of No Deal Brexit

Government reports on healthcare arrangements in event of No Deal Brexit

Ministers have notified Parliament about transitional healthcare arrangements across the EU if the Government is unable to secure a deal. They say they are working hard to secure a deal that covers healthcare arrangements, but ‘it is important that people understand what will happen if the UK leaves without a deal and what support the Government has put in place for that scenario’.

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Two thirds of British children regularly refuse to brush their teeth

Two thirds of British children regularly refuse to brush their teeth

Research from Oral-B has revealed that British kids brush their teeth just nine times a week. But 46% of children have already had a filling or cavity as a result of tooth decay. Oral-B has launched #strongteethstrongkids campaign to support parents and encourage them to take part in their #bedtimebrushchallenge to improve their children’s oral health.

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Lord Colwyn tells fellow peers about the problems facing dentists in the NHS

Lord Colwyn tells fellow peers about the problems facing dentists in the NHS

Before Parliament was dissolved, retired dentist Lord Colwyn made a speech in the House of Lords saying that that, for a variety of reasons, newly qualified dentists were increasingly deterred from the prospect of a career offering NHS dentistry. He cited as reasons suspicion about the way that the GDC operates as well as ‘the onerous and detested dental contract’.

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FGDP(UK) to MPs: NHS dentistry is neglected, unviable and unattractive

FGDP(UK) to MPs: NHS dentistry is neglected, unviable and unattractive

The Faculty of General Dental Practice has told a committee of MPs that NHS dentistry is “highly neglected and under significant strain”, and “increasingly unviable and professionally unattractive” for dental practices and dentists. This was in evidence to the Health Select Committee’s inquiry into dentistry services.

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New BSPD president sets out her mission

New BSPD president sets out her mission

The unmet dental needs of children with craniofacial deformities are a priority for Sarah McKaig, the incoming President of British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD). In the year ahead she plans to raise awareness of the need for a national care pathway in the management of this cohort of children, a group she supports routinely in her working life.

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Government minister visits Peninsula Dental School

Government minister visits Peninsula Dental School

James Cleverly MP, Chairman of the Conservative Party and cabinet minister, has visited staff and students at the Devonport Dental Education Facility. He praised the work of the staff there in offering free treatment to people currently experiencing homelessness in the city. He met staff and students from the Dental School and heard about community engagement work including the weekly community clinic.

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Mistrust and mental health issues revealed in survey of dentists

Mistrust and mental health issues revealed in survey of dentists

Eighty-four per cent of NHS dentists, compared to 51% of private dentists, believe their current role has negatively affected their mental health, according to the latest Dentistry Confidence Monitor survey, released by Practice Plan. Even more worrying is that 72% of dentists said that they were not confident about which organisation to turn to for support if they were feeling overly stressed or worried about their mental health.

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