Advocate for children’s oral health appointed CBE

Advocate for children?s oral health appointed CBE

The indomitable Claire Stevens – aka the Toothfairy – has been appointed CBE – Commander of the Order of the British Empire– in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List in recognition of her tireless commitment to improving children’s oral health. As their official spokesperson and immediate past President, the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) are proud beyond measure. There were no other 'dental' names on the list.

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Biting and fighting to the Final

Biting and fighting to the Final

Senior Dental Students have taken the bit between their teeth competing in a nationwide Dental Clinical Skills Competition. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)’s Faculty of Dental Surgery, together with sponsors Dentsply Sirona, continue with heats of their nationwide Dental Clinical Skills Competition running in dental schools across the UK and Ireland this autumn/winter 2018-2019.

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Home Secretary publishes immigration proposals

Home Secretary publishes immigration proposals

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, has published proposals for immigration controls following Brexit on March 29, 2019. The new system should allow dentists, as ‘skilled workers’, to enter the UK whether they come from the EU, EEA or anywhere in the world. However, entrants will need to earn at least £30,000 which may exclude some Dental Care Professionals.

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Row erupts over energy drinks

Row erupts over energy drinks

Experts advising the Government have said there is not enough scientific evidence to warrant a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children. But dental paediatric consultant and past president of BSPD, Claire Stevens tweeted “I see first-hand the damage these sugar-loaded drinks cause to the teeth of my patients.”

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Guide published to provide better oral health for vulnerable old people

Guide published to provide better oral health for vulnerable old people

Public Health England had issued a commissioning guide to provide better oral health for vulnerable older people. Dr Sandra White, national lead for dental public health, said “Maintaining good oral health throughout life and into older age not only improves our general health and wellbeing, but plays a part in helping us stay independent for as long as possible.”

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BDA gets some clarity on 24-month appointment plans

BDA gets some clarity on 24-month appointment plans

BDA Scotland has welcomed clarity from the Scottish Government that it will not proceed with 24-month recall intervals for ‘low risk’ patients by default. Robert Donald, Chair of the BDA’s Scottish Council said:  “We welcome assurances that 24-month dental recall intervals will not be introduced - and that ‘high-risk’ patients will be seen more frequently than those in good oral health.

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Tooth whitener ‘did not know’ it was against the law

Tooth whitener ?did not know? it was against the law

A woman convicted of illegally whitening people’s teeth has told BBC Scotland she did not know what she was doing was against the law. Brenda McFadyen was fined £1,000 after she pleaded guilty to the illegal practice of dentistry, by offering illegal tooth whitening treatment from her home address. She used the name “Pearly Whites Teeth Whitening”.

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Northern Ireland has ‘worst dental health’ in UK

Northern Ireland has ?worst dental health? in UK

The Derry Journal reports that the lack of an updated Northern Ireland oral health strategy in a region with the ‘worst dental health’ in the whole of the UK has been branded ‘entirely unacceptable’ by the SDLP health spokesman Mark Durkan MLA. He was responding to scathing criticisms by the BDA over what it branded a lack of direction in oral health policy.

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Mick Armstrong re-elected to BDA PEC

Mick Armstrong re-elected to BDA PEC

Mick Armstrong has been re-elected to BDA’s Principal Executive Committee (PEC) as the representative for the Yorkshire and Humber region. Also re-elected were Northern region - Paul Blaylock, South West - Nigel Jones, UK-wide - Paul Woodhouse. Elected unopposed for Northern Ireland was Peter Crooks. The new members will take office for three years in January 2019.

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