OHF calls for stress-free working environments to end sugar binges

OHF calls for stress-free working environments to end sugar binges

New research reveals that more than a quarter (28%) of British adults turn to sugar when put under stress. With half of workers reporting feeling stressed in their jobs the Oral Health Foundation is calling on employers to do more to help combat stress and offer more support to their employees to maintain good oral health. According to the charity’s research, those in work can be significantly (up to 28%) more likely to binge on sugar than those out of work. 

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Water coolers banned at Glasgow dental hospital

Water coolers banned at Glasgow dental hospital

Glasgow dental hospital workers’ have voiced their fury as NHS bosses have banned water coolers over health risks, according to a report in the Daily Record. Employees say the only safe drinking water is now on the second floor. Staff at the hospital have accused NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde of leaving them ‘hot and bothered’ because of the water cooler ban.

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Number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment in the UK remains high

Number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment in the UK remains high

A British Orthodontic Society survey reveals that three quarters (75%) of orthodontists in new survey report an increase in adult private patients. Over half (60%) say this is due to heightened awareness of adult orthodontics and more than 10% of orthodontists say their adult patients are influenced by celebrities and bloggers.

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Elite athletes have poor oral health despite brushing twice daily

Elite athletes have poor oral health despite brushing twice daily

Elite athletes have high rates of oral disease despite brushing their teeth more frequently than most people, a new University College London study has found. The findings, published in the British Dental Journal, highlight potential for improvement as most of the athletes expressed an interest in changing their oral hygiene behaviour to improve their oral health.

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First ‘healthy’ supermarket opens in London

First ‘healthy’ supermarket opens in London

The London Evening Standard reports on the UK’s first ’healthy’ supermarket, following recommendations by public health experts, which has been launched in Central London. The store gives greater visibility to healthy foods, such as fruit, vegetables and pulses and less shelf space to products such as chocolate, crisps and sugary drinks.

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Low income people globally miss out on dental care

Low income people globally miss out on dental care

Only 35% of people in low-income countries have access to oral health care compared with 82% in high-income countries, a study published in The Lancet has found. The most vulnerable people in Ireland have the worst access to dental care and marginalised children and adults and people with disabilities have the most difficulty accessing a dentist, said Prof Blánaid Daly, of Dublin Dental University Hospital.

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Gig economy workers entitled to holiday pay

Gig economy workers entitled to holiday pay

In a recent ruling, judges have said that ‘Gig economy’ workers are entitled to a minimum amount of annual holiday pay. The Court of Appeal said that a business must calculate a worker’s average pay over 12 weeks to determine an average weekly wage for holiday pay. Whether this will mean a change for self-employed dentists, working as associates, remains to be seen.

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RCS calls for sugar free schools to tackle scourge of child tooth decay

RCS calls for sugar free schools to tackle scourge of child tooth decay

The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the RCS (England) says that all schools in England should be encouraged to become sugar free to tackle worrying levels of child tooth decay. The call comes as analysis shows more than 100,000 hospital admissions for children under the age of ten in England due to tooth decay over a three-year period.

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PHE warns infant diets have too high sugar content

PHE warns infant diets have too high sugar content

Public Health England has found evidence that children under three are being turned into “heavy snackers” by crisps, biscuits and dried fruit aimed at babies and young children. It said misleading labelling meant that baby snacks marketed as healthy may contain as much sugar as sweets. It has called on the Government to take action to how such products are marketed.

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