Row over illegal whitening gel in Belfast hots up

Row over illegal whitening gel in Belfast hots up

A Belfast tooth-whitening clinic whose previous owner was convicted for using carcinogenic gel has refused to confirm that it no longer uses the banned substance, according to a report in the Belfast Telegraph. The HD Smile Clinic in the City has also refused to confirm if any of its staff are legally permitted to apply the product it promises will lift colour by eight shades in just one session.

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London Mayor makes moves to improve child oral health in capital

London Mayor makes moves to improve child oral health in capital

All schools in London should be sugar-free by 2022, according to health experts.  The London Assembly Health Committee said some schools in the capital have already banned sugary drinks, crisps and chocolate in packed lunches. But it said bad dental health is unfairly spread around London and sugar is one of the biggest causes of bad teeth.

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Severe reaction to nickel implants reported

Severe reaction to nickel implants reported

A 54-year-old woman in Japan has developed eczema on her hands and feet because of an allergic reaction to nickel implants. BDA’s scientific adviser, Professor Damien Walmsley, said: ‘Nickel allergy is very common so it is unclear why this woman in Japan had implants/dentures with nickel in them in the first place. Because it is such a common allergy, nickel isn’t used in dentures or implants available in the UK.”

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Three NHS dental practices close in Portsmouth

Three NHS dental practices close in Portsmouth

Just a week after hosting world leaders for the ceremonies commemorating D-Day, the City of Portsmouth is once more in the news, with the closure of three dental practices leaving ‘thousands without access to NHS treatment’. Colosseum Dental Group, which is owned by an investment company based in Switzerland, is closing the practices next month.

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‘Don’t tell us what will work until you have done it yourself’, says Vijay

‘Don’t tell us what will work until you have done it yourself’, says Vijay

In a  hard-hitting speech to the LDC Conference dinner, Chair Vijay Sudra said dentists were sick and tired and fed up with the ‘great and good’, who have never had to work in the UDA world, let alone in general dental practice, coming up with ideas on what is good for the profession and patients, yet have no idea what the reality is like at the enamel face. “NHS practices are struggling, he said, “The system is broken.”

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GDPC Vice-Chairs report to LDC Conference

GDPC Vice-Chairs report to LDC Conference

Following the resignation as GDPC chair of Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, after his election as an MEP, the report to LDC Conference was given by the two vice-chairs, Shawn Charlwood and David Cottam. Much of their report centered the little progress on GDS contract reform, but included recruitment and retention, Brexit, amalgam and patient charge revenue.

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LDC Conference voices widespread concerns in the profession

LDC Conference voices widespread concerns in the profession

The 2019 Annual Conference of Local Dental Committees took place in Birmingham last week. The motions put forward showed a wide range of dissatisfaction with the NHS and the 2006 contract, as well as low morale and concern about the mental health of dentists. The Conference was also addressed by French dentist Marco Mazevet, economist Stephen Tidman and special advisor, Paul Batchelor.

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Four dental honours are in Queen’s Birthday list

Four dental honours are in Queen’s Birthday list

Richard Welbury, professor of paediatric dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire and Professor Jason Leitch have been appointed CBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Fiona Ellwood, founder and patron of the Society of British Dental Nurses, and Julie Fountain, long-standing Trustee and Programme Co-ordinator of Teeth Team receive the BEM.

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GP practices closing causing access difficulties

GP practices closing causing access difficulties

Analysis of replies to Freedom of Information requests submitted to all local NHS areas in the UK by Pulse, the magazine for GPs, suggested 367,937 patients were displaced from their (GP) surgeries last year, forcing them to make longer journeys to see a GP. Earlier this year the BDA reported that 1 million new dental patients were unable to access NHS dentistry, ‘as recruitment and retention crisis mounts’.

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