People trust dentists more than doctors

There is a long held view of the traditional family GP widely trusted within the community, always on hand to dish out advice. But new research reveals that dentists are winning the race for trust, as 88 per cent of people surveyed in a new poll confirmed that they have a very high degree of trust in their dentist, even greater than in their doctor.

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Dental patients ‘at risk’ newspaper claims

The Daily Telegraph has claimed that dental patients are being put at risk of infection by dentists ‘who fail to clean surgical equipment properly.’ Using freedom of information requests the paper reports that one in nine practices inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was found to be in breach of Department of Health guidelines on cross infection control.

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Dentist jailed for fraud on an ‘industrial scale’

West Midlands dentist Joyce Trail has been jailed for seven years for conspiracy to defraud, Her offences mainly involved denture work for older people in care homes.. Between 2006 and 2009 she submitted 7,000 invoices for work she had never done, 100 of which were for patients who were actually dead. She managed to extract £1.4 million from the NHS through fraud.

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Dental pilots to be extended

Around 25 further dental practices are set to be added to the existing 70 programmes as work continues to develop the new contract.  

The extra sites will help fine tune different parts of the new contract which will see dentists paid for the number of patients they care for and the health results they produce rather than the number of courses of treatment they perform. The 25 new pilot sites will join the scheme from April 2013.

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First practice adopts partnership model

The launch of a new business model for dentistry has been celebrated with the signing of the first practice in the UK to adopt the scheme.  The ‘Partnership’ model offers dental professionals the opportunity to recapture their aspirations to provide consistency and high quality patient care which is often compromised by the pressures and constraints caused by red tape and bureaucracy.

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Employers refuse staff time off for dental appointments

Fewer than half (43%) of UK workers are given time off by their employers to visit their dentist, potentially putting their oral health at severe risk, the British Dental Health Foundation has warned. The situation is even worse for parents, with just one worker in four allowed to take paid time off work to take their children to the dentist, added the organisation.

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New study finds little difference between 1 or 2 visit RCT

A new study has found little difference between 1 or 2 visit Royal canal Therapy (RCT). The authors concluded that the evidence showed that a meticulously instrumented 1-visit RCT can be as successful as a 2-visit treatment. There was no significant difference in radiographic evidence of periapical healing between 1-visit and 2-visit RCT.

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More details emerge on Foundation Training places

Answering a series of questions in the House of Commons from dentist MP Sir Paul Beresford on Sept 14, Minister Dr Poulter said that 35 UK graduates had not been allocated on Dental Foundation Training this year. He also said that there had 951 placements, 41 of which are dental graduates from overseas, around half of whom came from the Republic of Ireland. The British Dental Association has issued a press statement condemning the ‘fiasco’.

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Marathon GDC meeting makes important decisions

As well as making changes to its Fitness to practise procedures on which it has been criticised, The General Dental Council (GDC) made decisions that will affect all registrants:

  • The Annual Retention Fee will remain unchanged in 2013
  • Public consultation will take place this autumn on Direct Access and a new Standards and Ethics guidance
  • The GDC will start work on the possibility of introducing a pre-registration year.

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