Daily Mail says ‘costly’ scale and polish 'may be unnecessary’

Daily Mail says ?costly? scale and polish ’may be unnecessary?

The Daily Mail article quotes a Cochrane Review that found little or no difference between regular planned scale and polish treatments compared with no scheduled scale and polish for the early signs of gum disease. But the article says that ‘the often costly service’ may be unnecessary for those with good teeth and makes ‘no difference’ to dental health.

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Diabetes UK is official charity partner for Simplyhealth in 2019

Diabetes UK is official charity partner for Simplyhealth in 2019

Diabetes UK has been chosen as the official charity partner of the Simplyhealth Great Run Series 2019, including the Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon. By partnering with Diabetes UK, Simplyhealth is able to continue supporting people with their health, encouraging as many people as possible to become more active on a regular basis for better physical and mental wellbeing.

Read more: Diabetes UK is official charity partner for Simplyhealth in 2019

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Clinical waste collection for dentists in Scotland threatened

Clinical waste collection for dentists in Scotland threatened

Employees at a Scottish waste disposal firm that is under criminal investigation have been laid off, after Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) lost nearly 20 health service contracts. NHS Scotland said its contract, which covered every hospital, GP surgery, NHS pharmacy and dental practice, would not be renewed in April 2019.

Read more: Clinical waste collection for dentists in Scotland threatened

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New study: Dark-coloured berries may lower the risk of tooth decay

New study: Dark-coloured berries may lower the risk of tooth decay

A new study has found that nutrients in cranberries and blueberries can be highly effective in protecting the teeth against a strand of bacteria responsible for accelerating tooth decay. However, along with other fruit, they may also contain high amounts of natural sugar. One portion of cranberries contains up to four grams of sugar while a serving of blueberries is nearly ten grams.

Read more: New study: Dark-coloured berries may lower the risk of tooth decay

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NHS10-year plan leaves dentistry on the rocks

NHS10-year plan leaves dentistry on the rocks

NHS England says its new 10-year plan could save up to 500,000 lives by focusing on prevention and early detection. GPs, mental health and community care will get the biggest funding increases to shift the focus away from hospitals. But it has come in for criticism from the BDA who said that dentistry had been ‘overlooked’ in the Long-Term Plan.

Read more: NHS10-year plan leaves dentistry on the rocks

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Alaskan city will rethink decision to abandon water fluoridation

Alaskan city will rethink decision to abandon water fluoridation

A paper published in BMC Oral Health has found that the average number of caries procedures per child under six in Juneau, Alaska, has jumped from 1.55 to 2.52 per year since the city voted to stop adding fluoride to the water supply in 2007. Medicaid records before and after fluoridation ceased show that there has been a significant upsurge in the number of procedures taking place, just as predicted.

Read more: Alaskan city will rethink decision to abandon water fluoridation

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BDA: Savage public health cuts are perverse

BDA: Savage public health cuts are perverse

The BDA has slammed news that the government will proceed with £85 million of cuts to public health grants, which have disproportionately hit oral health services. BDA Chair Mick Armstrong said: "It’s utterly perverse that wholly preventable conditions are now going effectively unchecked. Starving local authorities of needed resources is hopelessly short-sighted, and is only piling pressure on NHS services.”

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CQC opening its door to change

CQC opening its door to change

A report from the Care Quality Commission looks at NHS safety culture and the need for transformation. They have been working with NHS Improvement to look at issues in NHS trusts that contribute to ‘Never Events’ taking place. They visited 18 NHS trusts and carried out one-to-one interviews, visited different services and reviewed policies and procedures.

Read more: CQC opening its door to change

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Dentists - a valuable part of Crisis Dental Service at Christmas

Dentists - a valuable part of Crisis Dental Service at Christmas

The Crisis at Christmas Dental Service @CrisisDental had seen over 320 people, plus @DenTech_charity have been making dentures for the homeless. Some amazing dentists and their teams volunteered on Christmas Day and over the holiday to give their guests the best smile possible.

Read more: Dentists - a valuable part of Crisis Dental Service at Christmas

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