Toothbrushing is good for the heart, says new research

Toothbrushing is good for the heart, says new research

Brushing teeth frequently is linked with lower risks of atrial fibrillation and heart failure, according to a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Previous research suggests that poor oral hygiene leads to bacteria in the blood, causing inflammation in the body. Inflammation increases the risks of atrial fibrillation and heart failure.

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Sainsbury’s puts sugary cereals on top shelf

Sainsbury’s puts sugary cereals on top shelf

The Telegraph reports that Sainsbury’s is putting sugary cereals on its top shelves in a new trial that experts hope will prevent children pestering their parents for popular snacks that have a high level of sugar or salt. Tesco is also taking part in the trial, though a spokesman said it had not moved any sugary cereals on to its top shelves.

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A Farewell to Politics? We’ll be lucky

A Farewell to Politics? We’ll be lucky

Unless you spent the last week on Mars, you will know that the Conservatives won General Election with large enough majority to implement Brexit and other reforms. All pre-election Health Ministers were returned, so no immediate changes at the NHS or in dentistry. But Dr Sarah Wollaston who defected from the Conservatives was defeated, so a new chair will be needed for the Health Select Committee.

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GDC publishes results of its consultation on future strategy

GDC publishes results of its consultation on future strategy

In May 2019, the General Dental Council published a consultation on its proposed strategy for 2020-2022. It has now published the results of this consultation. The strategy described the organisation’s vision, values and strategic aims, and provided high-level information on the expenditure plans to support the achievement of those aims over the period.

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Dental nurse campaigns against giving dried raisins as a snack to young children

Dental nurse campaigns against giving dried raisins as a snack to young children

Jo Dawson, dental nurse and determined member of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry is trying to change the policy of the Government-funded School Fruit and Vegetable Service (SFVS) which gives out dried raisins as a snack on the first day of each half term. Jo is a Dental Nurse and Oral Health Educator at Devonshire House in Cambridgeshire.

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BDA calls for end of competitive tendering

BDA calls for end of competitive tendering

The BDA has called for the next government to end competitive tendering across the NHS, after the latest fiasco saw a process for commissioning orthodontic services across parts of the West Midlands abandoned yesterday after over 6 months. The decade-long contracts are estimated to be worth over £65 million. BDA Chair Mick Armstrong said: "This fiasco shows why it’s time to end this race to the bottom in our NHS.”

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More children seen by dentists in North than South of England

More children seen by dentists in North than South of England

The North South divide in England is turned on its head when it comes to children’s dentistry and attendance at an NHS dentist, says Dr Robin Mills, a specialist in paediatric dentistry and former BSPD President, who has used NHS Digital figures to produce a map, which shows that the children in the North of England are more likely to have seen an NHS dentist in the last year.

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BDA announces result of PEC elections

BDA announces result of PEC elections

Two new members will join the BDA Principal Executive Committee for the 2020-22 triennium. They are Raj Majithia (London) and Laura Cross (Scotland). Re-elected were Alison Lockyer (East Midlands and Central), Victor Chan (South Eastern) and Tony Kilcoyne (UK-wide). They take office on January 1, 2020.

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Dentist 'put through hell' over false £53,000 misclaiming allegation

Dentist ’put through hell’ over false £53,000 misclaiming allegation

The Herald (Scotland) reports that a Scottish dentist, who was wrongly pursued for more than £50,000 in ’misclaimed’ treatment fees only for the case against him to be dropped days before it was due to go to court, has accused the Practitioner Services Division of making practitioners sick with "protracted, false, and threatening" investigations. 

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