GDC fails to obtain ‘whitening’ conviction

GDC fails to obtain ‘whitening’ conviction

The GDC has lost a case against Gemma Salter, a beauty salon owner accused of offering an illegal teeth whitening service who has been cleared. The case against her was dismissed when it was found two retired detectives who were investigating her had failed to caution her when they should have done. After the case Mrs Salter said: “All I do is sell a product – and certainly do not do any dentistry.”

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New minister for dentistry appointed at Department of Health

New minister for dentistry appointed at Department of Health

Seema Kennedy MP was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care on 4 April 2019. Her responsibilities include dentistry, as part of primary care, and public health. She takes over from Steve Brine MP, who resigned over Brexit.

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No more routine scaling and polishing on NHS says new study

No more routine scaling and polishing on NHS says new study

The NHS dental budget needs reform to meet patients’ needs according to the RAINDROP study carried out by a team from the University of Newcastle. Their proposal that routine scaling and polishing of teeth should be stopped as the NHS dental budget would be better spent elsewhere, may be controversial. But Dr Chris Vernazza, who led the study, said: “Public money used for NHS dentistry is not being spent in the most effective way to ensure that patients are given the best care possible.

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Anti-inflammatory plant-based diet helps reduce gingivitis

Anti-inflammatory plant-based diet helps reduce gingivitis

A plant-based whole food diet reduced gingivitis in a recent randomized trial published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. "Study results clearly demonstrate the possibility to naturally reduce gingivitis by an optimized diet that also promotes general health. Dental teams should address dietary habits and give adequate recommendations in the treatment of gingivitis, since it might be a side effect of a pro-inflammatory western diet"

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Len D’Cruz speaks out about child dental health in London

Len D’Cruz speaks out about child dental health in London

The BDA’s Len D’Cruz, giving evidence to a London Assembly inquiry, said: “Decades of improvement in children’s dental health are heading into reverse.” The BDA urged the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to follow the example of other city leaders, and tackle deep seated oral health inequalities among the capital’s children.

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Promising new treatment could regenerate gum tissue and prevent tooth loss

Promising new treatment could regenerate gum tissue and prevent tooth loss

In a new study into periodontal disease, scientists have been able to combine biological and mechanical techniques to repair and regenerate bone and gingival tissue. They surgically implanted a thin, film-like membrane between the inflamed gingivae and tooth, which blocks the infection from the gums and delivers antibiotics, medication and growth factors to the gingival tissue.

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Today's latest news digest

Today’s latest news digest

Three news stories breaking in dentistry today. 

The news desk has been informed that HMRC have finally decided on the status of associates. As a result of their investigations into whether associates can be termed employees or not, HMRC have come to the conclusion that indeed most associates, and particularly those on the NHS, are not able to show they have the independence of working conditions that protects a self-employed status. HMRC are expected to begin to implement reclamation of what they consider is unpaid tax and NI from the employers of associates, and are expected to back date this for six years as is their legal ability to do so.

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New Medical and Dental High Court Proposed

New Medical and Dental High Court Proposed
New Medical and Dental High Court Proposed

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Don Burnett

There has been growing disquiet among the UK’s dental and medical representative bodies following the leak of an interim report on radical changes to the organisation of the judiciary.

GDPUK.com received a copy of the report on Friday. The document was officially released to the Bar Council and Law Society on Thursday and the timing was thought by dental organisations to have been cynically coordinated to coincide with the extensive parliamentary Brexit debates so that it gained little attention, although the Financial Times carried a piece on the release on Friday.

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Rise of 13% in CQC fees for 2019/20 confirmed

Rise of 13% in CQC fees for 2019/20 confirmed

Changes to the fees that CQC will charge for the year 2019/20 have now been confirmed and will take effect from 1 April this year. Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said the rise would “enable us to fulfil our purpose of making sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care.”

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