Treatment for a royal smile?

Kate Middleton is said to have been receiving treatment from Harley Street dentist Dr Didier Fillion even before her engagement. Dr Tif Qureshi, from the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, says it looks as though Kate has been secretly having orthodontic treatment. “It looks as though she’s had some whitening treatment and tooth edge augmention to make her teeth all the correct length,” he said.

 


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Cardiff researcher wins international award

Breakthroughs in the regeneration of bone and dental tissue have won a Cardiff University researcher a leading award for young dental scientists. Dr Alastair Sloan received the International Association for Dental Research’s Young Investigator Award at the annual general session in San Diego, USA. He received a plaque and US$3,500.


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Scotland rules on autoclaves

The Scottish Health Technologies Group has determined that there is lack of evidence to conclude that requiring the provision of vacuum sterilisers in primary care dental practices in Scotland would increase patient safety and thereby justify the cost. This advice statement means non-vacuum phase autoclaves can continue to be used in primary care dental settings in Scotland.


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Government seeks views on red tape

The Coalition Government is pledged to get rid of unnecessary red tape. Despite some scepticism about this pledge, they are giving the public the opportunity to comment on unnecessary regulations and have created a special Red Tape Challenge website. People can make their views known by going to: http://tinyurl.com/4yyoug6


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GDC calls for views on new temporary registration guidelines

The General Dental Council (GDC) has released details of draft plans to change guidelines about the temporary registration of dentists. An online consultation on the issue is now open and closes on 22 July 2011. Temporary registration allows overseas dentists to practise dentistry in the UK in supervised posts for training, teaching or research purposes only and for a limited period.


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Audit Commission suggests savings in orthodontics

The Audit Commission has published a health briefing suggesting that the NHS could save up to £500 million a year by carrying out fewer ineffective or inefficient treatments. These include orthodontics and the removal of wisdom teeth. The Audit Commission has developed an online tool that allows the user to identify savings opportunities.


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Minister announces 62 pilots

The Government has now officially announced that the new contract pilots will start in ‘the summer’. 62 practices will trial new ideas based on registration, capitation and quality. “For the first time dentists will be paid for the quality of the treatment they give rather than the number of treatments provided”, Health Minister Lord Howe said..


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Lib Dem political adviser threatens to quit

Norman Lamb MP a close adviser to Nick Clegg has threatened to resgign unless changes are made to the proposed overhaul of the NHS. He said the plans posed a major ‘financial risk’ to the NHS, and patient care could suffer. He is currently the Lib Dem leader’s chief political adviser but before the election was the party's health spokesman in opposition.


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