Stephen Shimberg elected to BDA PEC

The final member of of the British Dental Association’s (BDA’s) Principal Executive Committee (PEC) has been elected a closely-contested by-election in the north west of England. Dr Shimberg is a general dental practitioner in Worsley Village, Manchester. He has been a GDP since qualifying from Liverpool Dental School in 1971. He is well known on GDPUK.

 

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All change at Department of Health

Not only does the Department of Health have a new secretary of state, Jeremy Hunt MP for South West Surrey, but the three other Commons ministers have been changed. They are LibDem Norman Lamb MP for North Norfolk, Tory Dr Dan Poulter MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and Tory Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe. Only Earl Howe remains of the old team. Responsibilities have not yet been allocated.

 

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Seaweed bacteria may prevent tooth decay

Scientists claim the use of bacteria found on seaweed to see more effective results in the fight against tooth decay rather than any of the branded toothpastes. A team of dentists and scientists from Newcastle University are developing a new product from a marine microbe to protect dentures, teeth and gums from bacteria in the mouth.

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Americans have poor knowledge of oral health

A new survey from the American Dental Association (ADA) shows that Americans seriously need to clean up their act when it comes to oral health. The survey shows that Americans' average score was a 'D' in the survey's range of 'true or false' questions, which included questions like how often should teeth be cleaned, what causes cavities and the age of a child's first dentist visit. 

 

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Patient fraud costs NHS £110m in Scotland

Thousands of patients have been caught conning the NHS in Scotland and the number is rising every year. New figures revealed more than 15,000 cases where patients had claimed free treatment to which they were not entitled from NHS dentists and opticians. Counter Fraud Services (CFS) investigators recovered £538,000 from these patients, but there are fears the problem is much greater.

 

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Download your BDTA Dental Showcase App now

The British Dental Trade Association has  introduced the first ever BDTA Dental Showcase interactive app, specially designed to help you plan your visit to the exhibition, from 4th-6th October at London ExCeL. The BDTA Dental Showcase is the first dental exhibition in the UK to offer a free app. So access all the information you’ll need in one place.

 

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Government responds to OFT report on dentistry

The Department of Health has responded to the recent OFT report into dentistry. It acknowledges that the vast majority of patients are happy with their dental treatment and that the majority of dentists behave ethically.PCTs will dentists misleading patients about availability of NHS care. It welcomes the recommendations on better direct access and improved information for patients.

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More patients seen: more women working

The number of dental patients seen under the NHS continues to grow. 1.4 million more were seen in the two years to June 2012 compared with 2006. As a percentage of the adult and child populations the rise is more modest. Courses of treatment including a fluoride varnish continue to rise for both adults and children. The number of female dentists working showed an increase during the last year.

 

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