Row erupts over energy drinks

Row erupts over energy drinks

Experts advising the Government have said there is not enough scientific evidence to warrant a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children. But dental paediatric consultant and past president of BSPD, Claire Stevens tweeted “I see first-hand the damage these sugar-loaded drinks cause to the teeth of my patients.”

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Guide published to provide better oral health for vulnerable old people

Guide published to provide better oral health for vulnerable old people

Public Health England had issued a commissioning guide to provide better oral health for vulnerable older people. Dr Sandra White, national lead for dental public health, said “Maintaining good oral health throughout life and into older age not only improves our general health and wellbeing, but plays a part in helping us stay independent for as long as possible.”

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BDA gets some clarity on 24-month appointment plans

BDA gets some clarity on 24-month appointment plans

BDA Scotland has welcomed clarity from the Scottish Government that it will not proceed with 24-month recall intervals for ‘low risk’ patients by default. Robert Donald, Chair of the BDA’s Scottish Council said:  “We welcome assurances that 24-month dental recall intervals will not be introduced - and that ‘high-risk’ patients will be seen more frequently than those in good oral health.

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Tooth whitener ‘did not know’ it was against the law

Tooth whitener ?did not know? it was against the law

A woman convicted of illegally whitening people’s teeth has told BBC Scotland she did not know what she was doing was against the law. Brenda McFadyen was fined £1,000 after she pleaded guilty to the illegal practice of dentistry, by offering illegal tooth whitening treatment from her home address. She used the name “Pearly Whites Teeth Whitening”.

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Northern Ireland has ‘worst dental health’ in UK

Northern Ireland has ?worst dental health? in UK

The Derry Journal reports that the lack of an updated Northern Ireland oral health strategy in a region with the ‘worst dental health’ in the whole of the UK has been branded ‘entirely unacceptable’ by the SDLP health spokesman Mark Durkan MLA. He was responding to scathing criticisms by the BDA over what it branded a lack of direction in oral health policy.

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Mick Armstrong re-elected to BDA PEC

Mick Armstrong re-elected to BDA PEC

Mick Armstrong has been re-elected to BDA’s Principal Executive Committee (PEC) as the representative for the Yorkshire and Humber region. Also re-elected were Northern region - Paul Blaylock, South West - Nigel Jones, UK-wide - Paul Woodhouse. Elected unopposed for Northern Ireland was Peter Crooks. The new members will take office for three years in January 2019.

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Consultation on indemnity cover launched

Consultation on indemnity cover launched

The Department for Health and Social Care has announced a consultation into indemnity cover for healthcare professionals who are not covered by existing or proposed state-backed schemes. They say that there are concerns that the current arrangements could prevent patients getting appropriate compensation and put healthcare professionals at risk of being personally liable for the costs of claims.

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Matt Hancock says he will listen

Matt Hancock says he will listen

Speaking in the House of Commons, Matt Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care promised that before Christmas, the Government would bring forward a long-term (10 year) plan for the NHS and outline how the additional funding promised by the Chancellor would be spent. Answering questions, he said he would listen to suggestions to get (the dental contract) right.

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Benefits claimants hit by fines

Benefits claimants hit by fines

Community Health Councils in Wales have reported that benefits claimants are being put off going to see a dentist due to confusion over what free treatment is available and have said the system needs to change. Some patients have faced £100 fines after wrongly filling in claim forms. The Welsh Government said it was considering simplifying the process.

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