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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Virtual drill wins award

A new device for training dental students has ), received the excellence in education innovation award at the Medical Futures ceremony. It is called called HapTEL (haptics in technology-enhanced learning). The project is a collaboration between dentists from Guy`s Hospital, technical developers from Reading University and Birmingham City University, and e-learning professionals from King`s College London.


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Exercise your brain at Showcase

With the dental team’s hunger for information and CPD hours ever on the increase, the British Dental Trade Association (BDTA) will be repeating the Knowledge Hunt at this year’s Showcase. The BDTA has also announced that they will again have a pavilion for associations. BDTA Dental Showcase 2011 takes place between 20-22 October 2011 at the NEC, Birmingham. 


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Dental device wins medical innovation award

A team of scientists from the University of Liverpool has won an award for developing a device that can identify early tooth decay and plaque before it is visible to the human eye. iDENTifi, comprises a clinical digital camera to take images of the mouth using blue light and special filters which can show up cavities and plaque.


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GDC issues reminders to DCPs

The General Dental Council (GDC) has issued advice to dental care professionals (DCPs) that their annual retention fee (ARF) is due at the end of July. It has also reminded them of the importance of keeping track of their continuing professional development (CPD) hours by making their end of year declarations.


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Dentist MP questions minister on tooth whitening

Sir Paul Beresford MP and dentist raised the problems of dental bleaching in a House of Commons adjournment debate, including the EU restrictions, recent Trading Standards actions and unlicensed beauty salons. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Edward Davey MP, gave a sympathetic reply.


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Is your washer disinfector safe?

New research has found harmful fungal pathogens living in extreme conditions in some of the most common household appliances, such as dishwashers. Some of these are potentially dangerous to human health. The new paper, published in the British Mycological Society journal, Fungal Biology, shows that these sites make perfect habitats for extremotolerant fungi (which includes black yeasts). There could be implcations for dental washer disinfectors.


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