Should you extract or restore compromised first permanent molars?

Should you extract or restore compromised first permanent molars?

A new study1 welcomed by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) finds that the treatment of compromised first permanent molars in young people varies considerably across the UK. A research team led by Greig Taylor of Newcastle University, identifies the need for clear guidance for their management.

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Dentists without legal representation face much tougher sanctions at GDC hearings

Dentists without legal representation face much tougher sanctions at GDC hearings

The results of a Freedom of Information request by Dental Protection show nearly two-thirds of dentists erased from the register following a GDC hearing in 2018 did not have any legal representation. Raj Rattan, Dental Director at Dental Protection, said: “These figures released by the GDC show just how important it is to have a good defence team if you are the subject of an investigation.”

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29% real terms cut from NHS dental care for everyone in England since 2010

29% real terms cut from NHS dental care for everyone in England since 2010

The British Dental Association has responded to new figures revealing the full scale of cuts to NHS dentistry in England, stating the approach is now fuelling an access crisis and undermining the government’s stated commitment to prevention. They say Government contributions have fallen by nearly a third, as charges provide cover for cuts.

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New research finds link between deciduous teeth and childrens’ mental health

New research finds link between deciduous teeth and childrens? mental health

Children with thin tooth enamel are more likely to develop mental health problems in later life, a new study finds. Researchers have analysed deciduous teeth lost by primary school children and found that they could offer vital clues to their future happiness. The researchers have found that children with less enamel recorded higher levels of behavioural problems such as aggression and having problems concentrating.

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Former MP to chair dental corporates association

Former MP to chair dental corporates association

The former MP for Stroud, Neil Carmichael, has been appointed to chair the Association of Dental Groups (ADG), which represents group and corporate providers of dentistry. He  takes over from David Worskett, the ADG’s founding chair, who is retiring after seven years in the role.

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BMA and NHS England announce new GP contract package

BMA and NHS England announce new GP contract package

A new contract agreement between the BMA and NHS England has been announced. Headlines are increased funding and state-backed indemnity scheme for all GPs. Some 20,000 physios, pharmacists and paramedics are to be recruited to work with under-pressure GPs. The BDA has responded by saying that the Government now risks employing double standards in its approach to primary care.

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Government real spending on dentistry still falling

Government real spending on dentistry still falling

Figures obtained by GDPUK show that the increased patient charges mean in real terms, spending by the Government has been reduced over a 10 year period. When adjusted for inflation by whichever measure, the fall is more marked.

In reply to a question by Peter Dowd MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, health minister, Steve Brine MP, has shown that, in 2017/18, patients’ NHS dental charges amounted to £807m out of a total spend of £2,812m (28.7%). The net spending per head of the population was £36.04. 

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Faculty warns of dangers to oral health of drinking alcohol

Faculty warns of dangers to oral health of drinking alcohol

Professor Michael Escudier, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery RCS, warns that drinking alcohol carries serious oral health risks, including oral cancer, tooth decay, tooth erosion and accidental dental trauma. The FDS suggests cutting back on alcohol throughout the year should be on everybody’s plans, not just for ‘Dry January.’

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BDA backs Fizz Free Feb

BDA backs Fizz Free Feb

The BDA has thrown its support behind the Fizz Free February campaign, as it prepares to go national. Launched by Southwark Council in 2018, the campaign encourages the public to reduce their sugar intake by cutting out fizzy drinks. By committing to going fizz free for the entire month of February, supporters can develop new habits to make it easier to cut down on fizzy drinks for the rest of the year.

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