Welsh dentist stalked by disgruntled patient

Welsh dentist stalked by disgruntled patient

The Telegraph reports that a Welsh dentist was secretly stalked for four years by a disgruntled patient who carried a “murder kit” — including a ski mask, knife, hammer and even a crossbow, according to prosecutors. Thomas Baddeley, 42, took meticulous notes as he counted down to “the event” — which officials believe was a plan to kill his target, dentist Ian Hutchinson.

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COVID-19: Update: August 10: Australia and Parliamentary Questions

COVID-19: Update: August 10: Australia and Parliamentary Questions

From Australia comes news that oral health is suffering during the pandemic. Meanwhile questions were asked in both the House of Commons and the Lords on dentistry during the Covid-19 pandemic, but received far from satisfactory answers. The BDA’s website is still down, so there have been no updates from them.

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Practice Plan marks its 25th anniversary on August 10th

Practice Plan marks its 25th anniversary on August 10th

Practice Plan’s 25th year has been uniquely challenging with the arrival of COVID-19 and its impact across dentistry and society as a whole. Like dental practices, the company has adapted to the situation and moved quickly to find new ways to support its customers. Managing Director, Nathan Beckett, said, “This year has been an incredibly testing time for our customers.”

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Periodontal disease increases risk of throat and stomach cancer

Periodontal disease increases risk of throat and stomach cancer

Harvard scientists have found that periodontal disease increases risk of throat and stomach cancer by as much as 50%, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. The risk was even higher among those who had previously lost teeth, the research found. Periodontal conditions have been linked to a number of conditions.

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BDA joins voices for action on Childhood Obesity Plan

BDA joins voices for action on Childhood Obesity Plan

The BDA has joined other bodies calling for action on elements in the Childhood Obesity Plan that relate to improving oral health, including extending the the ‘sugar tax’ to milk-based drinks, restrictions on the marketing and advertising of junk food, improved front-of-pack nutrition labelling, implementing the agreed ban on the sale of energy drinks to children, and reducing sugar in infants food and drinks.

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BOS raises awareness of dangers of DIY Ortho

BOS raises awareness of dangers of DIY Ortho

The British Orthodontic Society has been continuing to raise awareness of the potential dangers of DIY Orthodontics to members of the public. An article recently appeared in The Mail on Sunday and also in the MailOnline. It was hard hitting and the BOS hope it will educate many more members of the public about the dangers of DIY Orthodontics.

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COVID-19: Update: BDIA launches new COVID-19 ‘return to practice’ products website

COVID-19: Update: BDIA launches new COVID-19 ‘return to practice’ products website

The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) has launched a new online directory of members’ products and services that will allow dental practices to safely provide the best possible oral care to patients under challenging circumstances. The BDA has recently been the victim of a serious cyber attack, so it is currently impossible to keep up to date with Covid-19 developments from their website.

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Nicola Innes appointed head of Cardiff Dental School

Nicola Innes appointed head of Cardiff Dental School

Professor Nicola Innes has been appointed as the new Head for the School of Dentistry, at Cardiff University, where she will oversee all of the School’s activities as it looks to build on its track record in research, teaching and engagement. She comes from her current post as Professor of Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Dundee.

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Majority of dental patients find the experience ‘positive’

Majority of dental patients find the experience ‘positive’

The latest GP survey has been published for the quarter Jan-Mar 2020. 84.3% of respondents rated their NHS dental experience as positive. 91.6% of those that tried to get an appointment were successful. 42.1% had not tried to get an appointment with an NHS dentist and of these, 37.4% were seen privately.

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