Nigel Carter urges healthy eating for teeth

A new survey, for the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), has looked into some of the nation's oral health habits. It has revealed that many do not take their oral health into consideration when eating and drinking. BDHF Chief Executive, Dr Nigel Carter, says a healthy eating mind-set should be top of everybody's shopping list if oral health in the UK is to improve.

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John Milne calls for ‘continued vigilance’

Continued vigilance will be essential in assessing the pilots for a new dental contract in England, the British Dental Association (BDA) has said following the publication of its evaluation of their progress so far. Writing in a blog for the BDA’s website, General Dental Practice Committee chair Dr John Milne said that he would continue listening to the profession and continue scrutinising every turn of the pilots' progress.

 

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Over 4,000 DCPs did not pay their GDC subs

Although 58,346 dental care professionals (DCPs) have renewed their registration with the General Dental Council (GDC), 4,012 DCPs did not and have now been removed from the register. The annual deadline to pay their retention fee of £120 passed on 31 July 2012.

Those erased consist of

  • 3,423 dental nurses
  • 163 hygienists
  • 48 dental therapists
  • 6 orthodontic therapists
  • 416 dental technicians
  • 4 clinical dental technicans

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IDH issues price guidelines

In response to the recent Office of Fair Trading (OFT) market study into Dentistry in the UK, Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH) is rolling out transparent pricing guidelines to all of its 500+ practices to ensure its prices are as clear and easy for patients to understand as possible. The guidelines match a new pricing system at the group, which sees standard rates for day-to-day private services such as X-Rays, fillings, crowns and examinations.

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Claims increase against Lincolnshire dentists

Lincolnshire solicitors Bridge McFarland claim that the demand for a perfect 'Hollywood smile' has led to a rise in medical negligence cases, costing Lincolnshire dentists £250,000. The firm's medical negligence specialist, Stephanie Lock, said that lack of NHS dentistry and the fact that more people were now paying for private treatment was also contributing to a rise in complaints.

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GDC reminds DCPs about CPD deadline

In mid-2013 41,621 dental care professionals (DCPs) will come to the end of their first five year cycle of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). This means they must complete 150 hours of CPD by 31 July 2013 or risk losing their registration the General Dental Council (GDC) has warned. This deadline could prompt a rush of registrants signing up for courses and the GDC is taking this opportunity to alert CPD providers to the possibility of an increase in demand.

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Cumbria to have 17,000 new places for patients

A total of 17,000 new NHS dental places are being offered to patients currently on Cumbria’s waiting list, according to local reportsEric Rooney, NHS Cumbria’s dental public health consultant, said: “It’s great news that already so many people have been able to get an NHS dental place as a result of this extra funding”.

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Way is open to phase out mercury in dentistry

 

An EU Commission study has opened the way to phasing mercury out of dentistry. A new study recommends phasing out dental amalgam use in the next five years, while improving enforcement of existing EU waste legislation. The EU and member states will now consider this recommendation. 

 

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Oral health legislation introduced in US Congress

 

A Comprehensive Dental Reform Act has been introduced into both Houses of the US Congress. It has been described as ‘the most sweeping legislation ever to address the national crisis in dental care’ and has the intention ‘to help extend good oral health to all Americans’. 

 

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