Research shows scaling prevents heart attack

Two new studies claim to show links between mouth hygiene,gum disease and cardiovascular events. Researchers in Taiwan found that dental patients who had their teeth cleaned and scaled professionally had reduced risks of heart attack and stroke, while researchers in Sweden found that the type of periodontal disease may predict degree of risks for heart attack, stroke and heart failure.

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Dental networks endorsed by Minister

Replying to a question in the House of Commons on Nov 22 from Natascha Engel MP, minister Paul Burstow said he envisaged dental local professional networks ‘developing and delivering local service plans and quality improvement strategies across all dental services and providing clinical leadership and expertise at local level.’

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BDA hosts honours and awards ceremony

Janet Clarke MBE, BDA President, hosted the ceremony held in central London on Nov 24, said: ‘Our congratulations, and those of the BDTA, which has generously supported the occasion, go to all the winners. We are delighted to host these awards which celebrate excellence across the whole dental family. The ceremony was sponsored by the British Dental Trade Association,

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CQC head admits mistakes

The chief executive of the Care Quality Commission, Cynthia Bower, has admitted in an article for Health Service Journal she underestimated the “turmoil” that would be involved in setting up the regulator and admitted that she should have decided to “wave a flag” for outside help rather than carrying on trying to do an “impossible job”.

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Consultation on HIV positive healthcare workers launched

A consultation into relaxing the restrictions placed on the work that can be undertaken by HIV positive healthcare workers has been launched today by Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies, following a review by a group of leading experts. They found that there have been no reported transmissions of HIV from healthcare workers and that few other countries have such tight restrictions as the UK does.

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Pebble Mill studio to become new dental school

An application to build Birmingham’s new £31 million state-of-the-art dental hospital has been given a warm welcome by city planners. The relocation of the city centre hospital to the former BBC Pebble Mill site in Edgbaston can now go ahead and build a new Dental Hospital and a School of Dentistry with research and training facilities.

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Health Forum hears strong criticisms and concerns for future contracting

Pilots of a new dental contract based on capitation are proving successful, but more time is needed to evaluate how they can effectively replace the current UDA system, delegates from across the dentistry sector heard today.

Speaking in central London on Tuesday July 5th at a seminar of the Westminster Health Forum, which seeks to unite the views of practitioners with those of policymakers, Dr Susie Sanderson, chair of the BDA’s executive board, said the biggest challenge for the new contract was finding a way to improve oral health and patient confidence, and deliver prevention, while eliminating perverse incentives,
writes Jonathan Gilbert, GDPUK's special correspondent.

The UDA system came under fierce criticism from Dr John Milne, chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee, who said that target-driven contracts have created a “moral hazard” for dentists under extreme pressure to treat patients in order to guarantee their income.

Dr Milne said the ‘drill and fill treadmill’ that was encouraged by the item of service system has not been eradicated by UDAs, which he called “corrupted and malign”.
“The current contract puts targets ahead of health,” he said, adding that, since the system was not properly piloted, a relationship of mistrust has developed between the profession and the Department of Health.

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Half the population don’t brush at bedtime

Nearly half of the population (47 per cent) has admitted to regularly skipping brushing their teeth at bedtime putting their oral health at risk. Women are the most likely to break one of the three golden rules for clean and healthy teeth, with nearly six out of ten (59 per cent) regularly skipping brushing their teeth at bedtime, compared to just over a third of men (35 per cent).


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