The things patients want!

According to the Chicago Dental Society the strangest request any of their members had received was: ‘Can you give my dog braces?’ It surveyed more than 300 members to find out the strangest dental requests they'd ever received from patients. The survey was conducted for the Chicago Dental Society's 146th annual Midwinter Meeting, this February 24-26.


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Call for dentists to be ‘fined’ in Wales

Dentists in Wales who refer patients to more than one orthodontic waiting list to try and get them seen sooner should be fined. So says Jonathan Morgan AM chair of the National Assembly’s Cross-Party Health, Wellbeing and Local Government Committee. Its report calls for fines to be introduced for practitioners who persistently make duplicate or inappropriate referrals, to avoid clogging up the system.


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Implants and injectables set to show growth

According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), a market intelligence group in Canada, dental procedures such as implants and ‘facial injectable’ are set to show growth over the next five years in North America. The aesthetic and dental areas have consistently shown greater than average growth, according to MRG. Dental implants will show a growth of nine per cent and facial injectables 12 per cent, both driven by consumer demand for anti-ageing treatments.

 


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Deferring dental treatment unwise, warns BDA

Concerns about the economic climate are leading patients in England to cancel dental appointments and defer treatments they need, according to research by the British Dental Association (BDA). The unfortunate knock-on effect of these decisions is an increase in the number of patients presenting at surgeries requiring emergency treatment said BDA chair Susie Sanderson.


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BDA and GDC on collision course over title doctor

The General Dental Council (GDC) will put itself on a collision course with the British Dental Association (BDA) and most of its dentist registrants if it accepts a recommendation from its Standards Committee that dentists should not be allowed to use the courtesy title doctor. Despite the facts that large majority (90.4%) of respondents to the 12 week consultation on advertising believed that dentists should be allowed to use the courtesy title, it seems likely that the GDC will go ahead and ban it.


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DCP Committee formed at FGDP(UK)

Dental Care Professionals now have their own committee at the Faculty of General Dental Practice - FGDP(UK). The DCP Committee was established to build on the work undertaken by the previous DCP Advisory Board. Its role is to develop standards and educational opportunities in support of the dental team. It is chaired by Tony Griffin.


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Jailed Stourbridge dentist loses NHS contract

A Stourbridge dentist who was jailed last year for fraud has had his contract pulled by Dudley health chiefs. NHS Dudley has announced Jaspal Bachada has lost his contract to provide NHS treatment. He was sentenced to 20 months in prison after admitting two charges of fraud, one relating to conning money out of the NHS and the other relating to defrauding patients. The General Dental Council will decide later this year if he should be struck off the register.


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Irish Dental Association calls for priority for dentistry

The Irish Dental Association (IDA) has launched its Manifesto for the forthcoming general election. It says the new Government must prioritise dental health. IDA Chief Executive Officer Fintan Hourihan, said: “We are calling on all of the political parties to let people know what plans they have in relation to dental services and we are urging the new Government to examine the cuts to dental services made in recent times and consider their reinstatement”.


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