Jail for tooth whitening salesman

Jail for tooth whitening salesman
Mr Barrington Thorpe has been sentenced to eight months in prison followed by an additional eight months under license for selling a tooth whitening product; and 10 charges for breaches of the Cosmetic Product Regulations 2008 for supplying a tooth whitening product that contained or released excessive levels of hydrogen peroxide.

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Dental complaints down NHS figures show

Dental complaints down NHS figures show
Dentistry has bucked the trend for increasing complaints about NHS services in England, new statistics suggest. Data released by the NHS Information Centre shows that written complaints for dental services in hospital and community health services, as well as in general dental practice services, have fallen.

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Manchester professor wins international award

Manchester professor wins international award
A University of Manchester professor has won an international award for her research in dentistry and oral health care. Professor Helen Worthington, from the School of Dentistry, received the 2012 H Trendley Dean Memorial Award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) at their session in Brazil.

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Half of U.S. adults have periodontal disease

Half of U.S. adults have periodontal disease
One out of every two American adults age 30 or older has periodontal disease, according to a new study published in the Journal of Dental Research. The findings were collected as part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the U.S.

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No mouth guards worn in Ireland

No mouth guards worn in Ireland
 

Almost 80 per cent of Irish primary schoolchildren do not wear mouth guards when playing contact sports, putting them at risk of dental injury, new research has found. More than two-thirds of children played between one and three sports, with Gaelic football, soccer and basketball the most popular.

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Patients rate their dental care highly

Patients rate their dental care highly
Dental treatment in the UK is well-explained, provides good value for money and delivers high levels of satisfaction among patients, according to a report published by the British Dental Association (BDA). The survey found that eight out of ten patients who had seen a dentist in the past two years were highly satisfied with their treatment. Almost eight out of ten of those patients who paid for their treatment thought the explanation of fees and charges was ‘good’ or ‘very good’ and more than three out of four rated their treatment as ‘good’ or ‘very good’ value for money.

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Belfast Dental School still on probation

Belfast Dental School still on probation
Last year the General Dental Council (GDC) issued an adverse report on the dental school at Queens University Belfast. A follow-up inspection this year found that there had been ‘limited progress’ and that the BDS programme remained in a fragile state. ‘What progress there has been has taken place at a far slower pace than we had anticipated or hoped’ it noted. Another inspection will take place next year.

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Oral bacteria are associated with pancreatic cancer risk

Oral bacteria are associated with pancreatic cancer risk
In a new study, researchers report that people who had high levels of antibodies for an infectious oral bacterium turned out to have double the risk for developing pancreatic cancer. High antibody levels for harmless oral bacteria, meanwhile, predicted a reduced pancreatic cancer risk. The new study finds significant associations between antibodies for multiple oral bacteria and the risk of the cancer.

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