Portsmouth City Council launches animation to improve child oral health

Portsmouth City Council launches animation to improve child oral health

Portsmouth City Council and the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy have developed an animated film encouraging young children to look after their teeth. Councillor Winnington said: "We know it can be a struggle for parents to encourage their children to avoid sugary foods and drinks, and to brush their teeth twice a day, but hopefully the characters in this fun video will help them learn why it’s so important."

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Audit Office to probe fines imposed on exempt patients

Audit Office to probe fines imposed on exempt patients

The Daily Telegraph reports that the National Audit Office (NAO) is to probe claims of a deliberately “aggressive” official policy intended to deter patients from claiming their right to exemption from payment. According to the BDA more than 400,000 NHS dental patients a year are being fined £100 for form-filling mistakes, it has emerged as watchdogs launched an investigation.

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LaingBuisson gives optimistic report on UK dentistry market

LaingBuisson gives optimistic report on UK dentistry market

The UK market for dentistry is estimated to be worth £7.1 billion as of 2017/18, according to a market report from LaingBuisson. This represents real terms growth of 0.2% during the year and suggests an optimistic future for UK dentistry market. They say that £3.6 billion is attributable to the private sector, and £3.5 billion to NHS spend.

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Eddie Crouch: “High Street NHS dentistry is on the brink”

Eddie Crouch: ?High Street NHS dentistry is on the brink?

More than 1 million patients unable to get NHS dentist amid rising tooth decay crisis. Many are left in pain without the care they need and paying the price for ministers’ “indifference”, the BDA says. Analysis of the NHS GP Patient Survey found one in four patients, roughly 1.03 million people, are not on the books of an NHS dentist and have been unable to get an appointment in the past year.

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Gum disease–causing bacteria could spur Alzheimer’s

Gum disease?causing bacteria could spur Alzheimer?s

Poor oral health is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, says new research, published in Science Advances. What was not clear was whether gum disease causes the disorder or is merely a result—many patients with dementia can’t take care of their teeth, for example. The study has confirmed that the bacteria that cause gum disease are present in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s, not just in their mouths.

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Prescribing self-audit tool re-launched as 5-year antibiotics plan unveiled

Prescribing self-audit tool re-launched as 5-year antibiotics plan unveiled

The Faculty of General Dental Practice and British Dental Association have published an updated version of their Antimicrobial Prescribing Self-Audit Tool. Dr Nick Palmer, Editor and co-author of the Faculty’s prescribing guidance, said: “The government’s renewed focus on tackling AMR is very welcome, and dentists have a vital contribution to make in keeping antibiotics working.”

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BDA honours dentists for outstanding achievements

BDA honours dentists for outstanding achievements

Fourteen dentists have been honoured in the annual round of BDA Honours and Awards for their outstanding achievements, and their commitment to the BDA and the dental profession as a whole. Acting BDA Chief Executive Martin Woodrow said: “We are delighted to announce these fourteen honours and awards recipients. Congratulations to everyone.”

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Dental Helpline reaches milestone

Dental Helpline reaches milestone

The Oral Health Foundation has announced that it has given direct support to 400,000 people through its Dental Helpline. For more than two decades, the Dental Helpline has provided invaluable support for those looking to seek advice, help and reassurance about their oral health and wellbeing. Many of the people who reach out to the charity’s free-advice service are anxious, confused and not sure where to turn.

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Reduction in practice goodwill values – a trend or a blip?

Reduction in practice goodwill values ? a trend or a blip?

NASDAL (The National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers) has published its latest practice goodwill statistics. The quarter saw a reduction in the average goodwill values of all types of practice. There is also an ever increasing Private Equity interest in acquiring larger practices, or small groups.

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