Study highlights link between gum disease and premature labour

Study highlights link between gum disease and premature labour

Pregnant women with gum disease are significantly more likely to go into early labour, according to the findings of a new study. Research discovered that women who entered labour early were one and a half times more likely (45%) to have gum disease than women who experienced a perfect pregnancy (29%).

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BDA warns of dentists leaving NHS after Brexit

BDA warns of dentists leaving NHS after Brexit

The BDA has called on the Government to recognise the workforce crisis in dentistry with Brexit looming, as new evidence from GDC suggests up to a third of the UK’s 6,300 European qualified dental registrants intend to leave UK dentistry. BDA’s Mick Armstrong said: “Government needs to wake up, and smell the coffee. NHS dentistry can’t be run without dentists.”

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New law seeks to improve access to dental care in USA

New law seeks to improve access to dental care in USA

The American Dental Association (ADA) has applauded USA Congress for passing the Action for Dental Health Act. For years, dentists have worked to improve access to oral health care for underserved Americans and have championed this patient-benefiting legislation. “This is a tremendous victory for dentistry and patients everywhere,” said Jeffrey M. Cole, ADA president.

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BDJ: More than half of dentists say stress is affecting their practice

BDJ: More than half of dentists say stress is affecting their practice

The British Dental Journal has published a large-scale study showing that almost half of dentists say stress in their job is exceeding their ability to cope and the most stressful aspects of their work are related to regulation and fear of litigation from patients.

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Superdrug to tighten screening of Botox customers

Superdrug to tighten screening of Botox customers

The NHS has told Superdrug it could do more to protect the mental health of customers who want injections to smooth skin or plump lips. The High Street chain has said it will tighten its screening of Botox customers for mental health issues after these concerns were raised. Health minister Jackie Doyle-Price has said: "the desire to change appearance can be symptomatic of a mental disorder".

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New initiative to improve child oral health in Manchester

New initiative to improve child oral health in Manchester

Thousands of young children are to benefit from a new £1.5m programme aimed at transforming the dental health of under 5s across Greater Manchester. The new initiative will see supervised toothbrushing introduced in schools and nurseries plus dental care incorporated into health visitor checks in areas where particularly large numbers of young children suffer from tooth decay.

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Ousted MP to be health minister in the House of Lords

Ousted MP to be health minister in the House of Lords

A former MP and health minister, Nicola Blackwood has been given a peerage and appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care. Ms Blackwood became the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon in 2010, and a health minister from 2016, but lost her seat in the 2017 general election to the Liberal Democrats’ Layla Moran.

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Sweets to be banned at tills

Sweets to be banned at tills

Promotional deals on unhealthy snacks placed at shop tills could be curbed under a proposed government clampdown on the epidemic in childhood obesity. Public health minister, Steve Brine, said: “Preventing ill health is critical to our long-term plan for the NHS and I want to do everything in my power to keep people healthy for longer. This must start with the health and nutrition of our children.

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