Study finds no evidence to suggest fillings are more successful in treating tooth decay

Study finds no evidence to suggest fillings are more successful in treating tooth decay

A three-year trial from the University of Dundee, comparing three treatment strategies for tooth decay in children’s teeth found no evidence to suggest that conventional fillings are more successful than sealing decay into teeth, or using preventive methods alone. The study, named the FiCTION trial, has recently been reported in ScienceDaily.

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Norway leads the way on sugar taxes

Norway leads the way on sugar taxes

The Guardian reports that Norway has had a sugar tax since 1922 and more recently has created separate taxes for confectionary and sugary drinks. Norwegians are eating less sugar than at any time in the last 44 years, the health directorate in Oslo has said, announcing that annual consumption per person had fallen by more than 1kg a year since 2000.

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What’s big and red and goes up and down at Christmas?

What’s big and red and goes up and down at Christmas?

As the Coca-Cola trucks start out on their annual tour of UK cities, the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) has warned parents not to allow their children to develop a taste for the drinks that are handed out free of charge at each location. The drinks company website says: “The iconic Coca-Cola Christmas truck tour will be back for 2019, spreading holiday magic across UK.”

Read more: What’s big and red and goes up and down at Christmas?

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NHS looking for temporary ‘fix’ on pensions for GPs and dentists

NHS looking for temporary ‘fix’ on pensions for GPs and dentists

The NHS is looking to extend a temporary fix for pension tax issues to GPs and dentists, who currently aren’t covered by the government’s pledge to cover any bills arising this year FTAdviser has reported. But the NHS said “we will need to work through the detailed implementation mechanism with GPs and dentists, and their representative bodies.”

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Slow down, dentists are told

Slow down, dentists are told

A new campaign is calling for a national shift towards “Slow Dentistry”. The Swiss-based movement is claiming that rushed appointments endanger patients and increase infection risks. But BDA Chair Mick Armstrong has said, in a letter to the Sunday Telegraph, the sad fact is that “Fast Dentistry” is the reality for NHS patients across England and Wales.

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Derby man, fined for illegal teeth whitening, caught doing it again

Derby man, fined for illegal teeth whitening, caught doing it again

The Derby Telegraph has reported that Colin Vernall, who was fined £7,000 last year for illegal tooth whitening, is continuing to offer it after a ‘sting’ operation by an undercover reporter, after the paper saw we saw he was still offering the unlicensed service on Facebook. The report contains a full transcript of the interview, which gives some insight into the accused’s thinking.

Read more: Derby man, fined for illegal teeth whitening, caught doing it again

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NHS dentistry ‘a perfect storm for patients’ says BDA

NHS dentistry ‘a perfect storm for patients’ says BDA

Much media attention across the country has followed the publication of figures from the BDA which indicate that access problems for NHS dental services are now blighting communities across every English region. GDPC Chair Dave Cottam said: “Underfunding, failed contracts and recruitment problems are creating a perfect storm for patients.”

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Corbyn promises radical reform of NHS

Corbyn promises radical reform of NHS

The Labour Party has published its General Election manifesto promising, on health, to repair ‘our health services’, with their urgent priority being to end NHS ‘privatisation’. Our mission is to create the conditions to prevent illness and enable people to live longer, healthier lives, they say. They have also promised to provide free annual NHS dental check-ups.

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Boris Johnson launches Conservative Party manifesto

Boris Johnson launches Conservative Party manifesto

The headlines of the Conservative Party General Election manifesto are: “Get Brexit Done: Unleash Britain’s Potential” and these themes dominate the message. They claim that “a Conservative Government will give the public services the resources they need,” but there are few pledges as far as primary care is concerned and no mention of dentistry.

Read more: Boris Johnson launches Conservative Party manifesto

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