New law seeks to improve access to dental care in USA

New law seeks to improve access to dental care in USA

The American Dental Association (ADA) has applauded USA Congress for passing the Action for Dental Health Act. For years, dentists have worked to improve access to oral health care for underserved Americans and have championed this patient-benefiting legislation. “This is a tremendous victory for dentistry and patients everywhere,” said Jeffrey M. Cole, ADA president.

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BDJ: More than half of dentists say stress is affecting their practice

BDJ: More than half of dentists say stress is affecting their practice

The British Dental Journal has published a large-scale study showing that almost half of dentists say stress in their job is exceeding their ability to cope and the most stressful aspects of their work are related to regulation and fear of litigation from patients.

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New initiative to improve child oral health in Manchester

New initiative to improve child oral health in Manchester

Thousands of young children are to benefit from a new £1.5m programme aimed at transforming the dental health of under 5s across Greater Manchester. The new initiative will see supervised toothbrushing introduced in schools and nurseries plus dental care incorporated into health visitor checks in areas where particularly large numbers of young children suffer from tooth decay.

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Ousted MP to be health minister in the House of Lords

Ousted MP to be health minister in the House of Lords

A former MP and health minister, Nicola Blackwood has been given a peerage and appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care. Ms Blackwood became the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon in 2010, and a health minister from 2016, but lost her seat in the 2017 general election to the Liberal Democrats’ Layla Moran.

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Sweets to be banned at tills

Sweets to be banned at tills

Promotional deals on unhealthy snacks placed at shop tills could be curbed under a proposed government clampdown on the epidemic in childhood obesity. Public health minister, Steve Brine, said: “Preventing ill health is critical to our long-term plan for the NHS and I want to do everything in my power to keep people healthy for longer. This must start with the health and nutrition of our children.

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Daily Mail says ‘costly’ scale and polish 'may be unnecessary’

Daily Mail says ?costly? scale and polish ’may be unnecessary?

The Daily Mail article quotes a Cochrane Review that found little or no difference between regular planned scale and polish treatments compared with no scheduled scale and polish for the early signs of gum disease. But the article says that ‘the often costly service’ may be unnecessary for those with good teeth and makes ‘no difference’ to dental health.

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Diabetes UK is official charity partner for Simplyhealth in 2019

Diabetes UK is official charity partner for Simplyhealth in 2019

Diabetes UK has been chosen as the official charity partner of the Simplyhealth Great Run Series 2019, including the Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon. By partnering with Diabetes UK, Simplyhealth is able to continue supporting people with their health, encouraging as many people as possible to become more active on a regular basis for better physical and mental wellbeing.

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Clinical waste collection for dentists in Scotland threatened

Clinical waste collection for dentists in Scotland threatened

Employees at a Scottish waste disposal firm that is under criminal investigation have been laid off, after Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) lost nearly 20 health service contracts. NHS Scotland said its contract, which covered every hospital, GP surgery, NHS pharmacy and dental practice, would not be renewed in April 2019.

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