UK schools ranked worst for educating children about their oral health

UK schools ranked worst for educating children about their oral health

According to the findings of a new YouGov survey, less than one in three (29%) British children aged between five and 16 are given lessons about the importance of good oral care. The research highlights how far UK schools are falling behind when it comes to teaching young children about looking after the health of their mouth.

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Dentistry minister resigns after Brexit vote

Dentistry minister resigns after Brexit vote

Steve Brine MP for Winchester and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Primary Care, including Dentistry and Public Health resigned from the Government last night to vote for an amendment tabled by Oliver Letwin allowing Parliament to take control of Brexit process. Two others resigned, Richard Harrington, business minister, and Alistair Burt, who was previously a dentistry minister.

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Junk food TV ads to be banned before 9pm

Junk food TV ads to be banned before 9pm

The Department of Health and Social Care has issued a new public consultation which asks people for their views on ways to reduce the number of adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt that children are exposed to. Steve Brine, Public Health Minister, said: “It is not right that our children are so widely and easily exposed to adverts promoting foods high in fat, sugar and salt.”

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Shelagh Farrell becomes first recipient of Faculty Medal

Shelagh Farrell becomes first recipient of Faculty Medal

At the FGDP(UK) dinner last week, Shelagh Farrell became the first ever to receive the newly instituted Faculty Medal. The presentation was made by the Dean, Ian Mills, who said that her contribution to the Faculty of General Dental Practice could not be understated. “Her energy, passion and enthusiasm is unlimited and this has allowed her to make a substantial contribution to dentistry in the UK,” he said.

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Public satisfaction with NHS fell in 2018

Public satisfaction with NHS fell in 2018

Satisfaction with NHS dentistry services was similar to the previous year at 58%, but overall satisfaction with the NHS and social care fell by 3% to 53%. This is according to the British Social Attitudes survey carried out between July and October 2018, which asked a nationally representative sample of 2,926 people about their satisfaction with the NHS overall.

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NASDAL figures show costs up and profits down

NASDAL figures show costs up and profits down

The latest NASDAL (National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers) Benchmarking Report for 2017-18 shows a decrease of 3% in net profits for a typical dental practice. Whilst income for NHS and private practices has increased, there has been an increase in most expenses – notably Associates’ costs and wages, possibly the cost of Brexit

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Birmingham University unveils blue plaque for two dentists

Birmingham University unveils blue plaque for two dentists

A new ‘blue plaque’ has been unveiled as part of the University of Birmingham’s history trail which celebrates the work of two innovative dentists, Harold Round and his colleague Arthur Parrott, who were both instrumental in developing an early version of the airbag to prevent impact jaw fractures during the First World War.

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Minister expresses ‘concern’ over recruitment of dentists

Minister expresses ‘concern’ over recruitment of dentists

During a short debate on children’s oral health in the House of Lords, health minister, Baroness Blackwood, said There is a level of concern about recruitment and retention of dentists, and those difficulties needed to be addressed by NHS England. She was replying to an intervention by dentist Lord Colwyn who said that dentists’ morale was so low that every week practices were closing.

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Oral health of elite athletes: cause for concern

Oral health of elite athletes: cause for concern

Whilst elite athletes appear healthy and free from obvious health issues making them ideal brand ambassadors, high-calorie, low nutritional value foods can cause damage to their teeth and gums.  Professor Ian Needleman and Dr Paul Ashley of the Centre for Oral Health and Performance have described their research into athletes’ oral health in a blog in the publication Healthy Stadia.

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