Russ Ladwa elected BDA President for 2020/21

Russ Ladwa elected BDA President for 2020/21

At the BDA AGM, held in London on May 2, Dr Russ Ladwa was elected BDA President for 2020/21. He has been a member of the BDA’s PEC since 2012 and has chaired its Health and Science Committee since 2015. A GDP in London and with a distinguished career in the profession, he was FGDP Dean from 2009-12 and was a postgraduate tutor with the London Deanery for 23 years.

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Survey asks dentists about contract reform, the GDC and mental health

Survey asks dentists about contract reform, the GDC and mental health

A year before the new NHS contract is rolled out, a survey is being launched by Practice Plan to ask dentists for their thoughts. The Dentistry Confidence Monitor survey asks about both NHS and private dentists’ knowledge about the contract to be introduced from April 2020, how well they feel it will work for different groups and how it may impact profitability, workload and goodwill. It is can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/confidencemonitor7

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Differing views on obesity expressed at Conference

Differing views on obesity expressed at Conference

Leeds has shown the way in reducing childhood obesity by 6.4% over recent years. But a new nationally representative UK survey of children (aged 4-10 years old) has found no strong/direct link between drinking sugar sweetened beverages and greater energy consumption or higher BMI. Both claims were made at the recent European Congress on Obesity.

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Roz McMullan inaugurated as BDA President

Roz McMullan inaugurated as BDA President

The force behind British Dental Association’s presence in Northern Ireland, and former Chair of both NI and UK Councils, Roz McMullan has been installed as BDA President. She was consultant orthodontist from 1991 until her retirement in 2016. She said: “I am passionate about making a difference to the wellbeing of my chosen profession, and it’s my honour to continue doing that as President.”

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FDS says dentists could play greater role in detecting disease

FDS says dentists could play greater role in detecting disease

Dentists could play a greater role in detecting health conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease the Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Professor Michael Escudier, has said.  He pointed out that while examining the patient’s mouth there was the opportunity to monitor the state of their general health. He spoke out as the FDS published its ‘Position Statement on oral health and general health’.

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Denture wearing during sleep doubles the risk of pneumonia

Denture wearing during sleep doubles the risk of pneumonia
 
New research, published in the Journal of Dental Research, shows denture wearing during sleep is associated not only with oral inflammatory and microbial burden but also with incident pneumonia, a potentially life-threatening condition in the very elderly. These results suggest that simple denture care habits could reduce the risk of pneumonia in the community.
 

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Simplyhealth Professionals to sponsor third season of Boundaries For Life

Simplyhealth Professionals to sponsor third season of Boundaries For Life

Building on the success of the past two years, Simplyhealth Professionals is gearing up for a third season of support for Boundaries For Life, an initiative that offers free health checks for spectators and ground staff at major cricket venues across the UK. Founded in 2010 by Dr Chet Trivedy, a dual-qualified dentist and doctor, it provides a valuable service to help users to understand their current health as well as any risk of developing health issues in the future.

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Dental Protection speaks out over threat to pension rights

Dental Protection speaks out over threat to pension rights

Dental Protection opposes a Government proposal that could deprive dentists of the NHS Pension Scheme prior to a criminal conviction. Raj Rattan, Dental Director at Dental Protection, said: “We are strongly opposed to the Department of Health and Social Care’s proposal, which goes against the basic principle of natural justice of being innocent until proven guilty.”

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Danish dental politician to stand for the Brexit Party in coming Euro elections

Danish dental politician to stand for the Brexit Party in coming Euro elections

GDPC Chair, Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, (@brexithenrick) has announced that he is standing as the Brexit Party (@brexitparty_uk) candidate in the North West of England. As well as being the Chair of the General Dental Practice Committee, Henrik is a Danish national.

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