Face mask shortage: BDA hails breakthrough

Face mask shortage: BDA hails breakthrough

The BDA has applauded swift action from government and the dental industry to unlock stocks of face masks to ease the mounting supply problems facing UK dental services. BDA Chair Mick Armstrong said: "The clock was ticking on this face mask shortage, and dentists and patients will applaud decisive action from the industry and government.”

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Funding doubled for older people’s oral health programme in Wales

Funding doubled for older people’s oral health programme in Wales

A Welsh Government programme which helps improve the oral health of older people living in care homes has had its yearly funding doubled to half a million pounds. This will enable the programme to be offered to all care homes in Wales from 2020/21.

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GDC acts on ‘direct-to-consumer orthodontics’

GDC acts on ‘direct-to-consumer orthodontics’

The BDA has welcomed the GDC’s call for evidence on the risk presented by remote orthodontic providers, such as SmileDirectClub, and urged the regulator to engage with the growing weight of evidence emerging overseas. The GDC has said they are ‘aware’ of a number of organisations offering services remotely which could constitute dentistry as defined in law, including the growth in ‘direct-to-consumer orthodontics’.

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Australian dentist wins case to find name of bad review author

Australian dentist wins case to find name of bad review author

An Australian court has ordered Google to identify the person behind an anonymous bad review of a dentist. Dr Matthew Kabbabe, a teeth-whitening specialist in Melbourne, sought the order so he could sue for defamation. He claimed user CBsm 23 had damaged his business by telling others to "STAY AWAY".

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Queen: ‘I had braces too - a very long time ago’

Queen: ‘I  had braces too - a very long time ago’

The Queen was formally opening the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals when she told Ilia Aristovich, 10 who was having orthodontic treatment, that she had ‘had braces’, a very long time ago.  “I think it’s worth it, in the end,” she said. Her Majesty saw first-hand the work being carried out across the facility’s specialties, visiting the adult dental treatment floor, the paediatric treatment floor and the auditory implant centre.

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NBC News investigates complaints about at-home dental aligners

NBC News investigates complaints about at-home dental aligners

An NBC News investigation into a growing list of complaints about SmileDirectClub, the largest at-home dental alignment company, and others found that this new trend in straightening teeth is leading to painful problems for some people. The Better Business Bureau reports more than 1,800 complaints across the USA involving SmileDirectClub.

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Impetus from on high for community water fluoridation

Impetus from on high for community water fluoridation

NHS England is signalling strongly that community water fluoridation is the optimum intervention to improve the oral health of children and tackle health inequality among disadvantaged communities. The new impetus is fully supported by the Community Water Fluoridation (CWF) network, which is pressing for targeted water fluoridation in areas of high need.

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BBC: Reports of illegal teeth-whitening: up 26%

BBC: Reports of illegal teeth-whitening: up 26%

Reports of illegal teeth-whitening that could leave patients at risk of health problems including burns or lost teeth have increased, the BBC has found. GDC figures showed a 26% rise in reports last year. One beauty school claimed to have provided "thousands" of candidates with illegitimate qualifications, an undercover investigation found.

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Face mask shortage risks 'imminent disruption' to UK dental services

Face mask shortage risks ’imminent disruption’ to UK dental services

The BDA has warned the shortage of face masks sparked by the coronavirus outbreak now poses an imminent risk of disruption to UK dental services, unless officials and industry are prepared to ease rationing. The Association reports it has been inundated by calls from member practices unclear on their options, in the wake of panic buying and supply problems.

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