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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Cornwall Council to act over dental access problems

Cornwall Council to act over dental access problems

Cornwall Council has voted to take action to help tackle the shortage of NHS dentists in the county with more than 48,000 people on the waiting list. They have agreed to ask the health and adult social care overview and scrutiny committee to work with health partners to look at what could be done to solve the problem. The Council will also be contacting the Secretary of State for Health to highlight the issue and present potential solutions.

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Misleading dental incomes figures in Scotland published

Misleading dental incomes figures in Scotland published

Over the weekend, articles in The Sunday Times and The Scotsman reported that ‘Scotland’s highest paid dentist grossed more than £1 million last year’ The data from NHS Scotland revealed that 18 individuals achieved income of more than £500,000 in 2017-18. The articles failed to point out that these gross earnings figures were for all the dentists in each practice(s) rather than individuals.

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Simplyhealth reports on sugar tax one year on

Simplyhealth reports on sugar tax one year on

According to new figures released by Simplyhealth, over half of UK adults (53%) say they support the Soft Drinks Industry Levy or ‘sugar tax’. In an encouraging change of heart, 6% said they were initially opposed to the tax but they now support it. One in five people (20%) are ambivalent and say they neither support nor oppose the tax, and only 17% say they oppose the tax.

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