Whitening fines continue to rise

Whitening fines continue to rise

A mother and daughter from Rye have been fined thousands of pounds for offering illegal tooth whitening at their salon. Jayne and Tiffany Beach pleaded guilty to and were ordered to pay almost £4,000 by Hastings Magistrates’ Court. The magistrate said: “This was a serious offence with lots of aggravating features, which caused a lot of pain and discomfort to the complainant.”

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Supermarket yogurts contain too much sugar say researchers

Supermarket yogurts contain too much sugar say researchers

An article in the online journal BMJ Open has found that the sugar content of most supermarket yogurts well above recommended threshold, new analysis of nutrient content reveals. And organic varieties, often viewed as healthier options, contain some of the highest average sugar content, at 13.1 g/100 g, the findings indicate.

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Queues for dentists’ appointments are back

Queues for dentists? appointments are back

Hundreds of people have queued for hours to register at a dental practice in Llangollen. The BDA has called on the Welsh Government and Local Health Boards in Wales to ensure this situation does not become the ‘new normal’- pressing for real reform of the failed NHS dental system.

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Budget commentary for dentists by NASDAL

Budget commentary for dentists by NASDAL

The Chancellor’s budget has been analysed by the the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers, with an emphasis on how it will affect GDPs. Most, but not all will benefit from an increase in the personal tax-free allowance and raising the level at which higher rate applies. On the downside it has been confirmed that the business rates relief will not apply to private practices.

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Welsh dentistry has lost 20 million pounds but patients travel further for care

Welsh dentistry has lost 20 million pounds but patients travel further for care

The BDA has told Welsh Assembly Members that £20 million has been pulled out of local NHS dental services, as patients travel further or wait longer for care. Patients across Wales are now facing a ‘postcode lottery’ of care, with new patients facing ‘wholly unacceptable’ journeys to see an NHS dentist.

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The jigsaw of care essential to tackle dental neglect

The jigsaw of care essential to tackle dental neglect

Dentistry is part of a ‘jigsaw of care’ which is essential to identify and support children at risk of dental neglect and possibly wider neglect, says Claire Stevens, spokesperson for the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry. Her comment was made on BBC Breakfast where she was interviewed about a paper published in the BDJ.

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Too many patients going to their GP with dental problems says new research

Too many patients going to their GP with dental problems says new research

Research reported in the British Journal of General Practice found that GPs see 380,000 patients a year with dental problems, with the result that pressure is “piled on overstretched GPs who are simply unequipped to help”. In response the BDA has urged ministers to to end the “hostile environment” to having access to a dentist in the UK.

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BDA slams inflation-busting CQC fee rises

BDA slams inflation-busting CQC fee rises

The CQC has published plans for inflation-busting fee rises for dentists which would see GDPs face a 13% increase in fees – over £100 for the average provider – from April 2019, while GPs will see their fees unchanged. The BDA says this represents a wholly disproportionate burden, particularly on smaller practices and is calling on GDPs in England to respond to the consultation.

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Princess Royal receives Fellowship from FDS

Princess Royal receives Fellowship from FDS

Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal has received an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons in recognition of her strong commitment to children’s health. She received the Honorary Fellowship from the Dean Professor Michael Escudier, on the occasion of the Faculty’s 70th anniversary.

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