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Inquiry launched into NHS dentistry services

August 5, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee has launched an inquiry into NHS England dentistry services, stating that the focus of NHS dentistry on treatment rather than prevention is a cause for concern. The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed the news, since it has frequently worked to expose the deficiencies in dental access, funding and strategy, and has sought to raise the profile of dentistry in Parliament.

Study reveals impact of dry mouth on quality of life

August 5, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Though the exact number of people who suffer from xerostomia is unclear, some studies estimate that as many as one in five of the population could suffer from some form of the condition. A new qualitative study has investigated the physical, emotional and social impacts of dry mouth, finding that it can lead to social anxiety, a reduced ability to eat and speak, and even a higher risk of mental illness.

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SmileDirectClub launches in UK

August 2, 2019 | Business | News

LONDON, UK: The US-headquartered clear aligner provider SmileDirectClub has launched nine stand-alone stores across London, Manchester and Birmingham, its first entry into the European market. The company announced that its expansion would continue in partnership with the Well Pharmacy chain, which will oversee the opening of four additional SmileShops within Well Pharmacy stores in Cambridge, Newcastle, Cardiff and Leeds.

Union recommends practices update rules regarding assistance dogs

August 1, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: According to Assistance Dogs UK, over 7,000 disabled people in the UK rely on assistance dogs to help with practical tasks, yet many dental practices still maintain strict policies prohibiting the presence of dogs on their premises. To address this situation, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) has proposed that dental practices ensure that their policies are updated so that patients can attend appointments together with their assistance dogs.

Align Technology launches first pop-up store in the UK

July 30, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Align Technology, a worldwide market leader in clear aligner treatment, recently launched its first Invisalign Connect pop-up store at the Westfield London shopping centre. The interactive pop-up is located in one of the city’s busiest areas, with thousands of daily visitors, according to the company, including prospective patients who may be interested in tooth straightening.

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UK government announces plan to eliminate smoking by 2030

July 29, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: A green paper published by the UK government has outlined an ambitious plan for the UK to be “smoke-free” by 2030. The goal is part of a larger effort to help address health inequalities and tackle major challenges like obesity and mental health.

English dentists to receive above-inflation pay raise

July 26, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has confirmed that NHS England dentists will receive a 2.5% pay increase backdated to April. The increase represents the first above-inflation wage uplift for NHS dentists since 2005/6 and meets in full the recommendations of the 47th report of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB).

Interview: Zirconia and the art of dentistry

July 25, 2019 | Advertorial | Interviews | News

Though one is a master dental technician and the other a dentist, Daniele Rondoni and Dr Nicola Scotti share a passion for discovering new materials and technologies to better provide aesthetic, durable restorations for patients. Here, they discuss their dental journeys and how they have integrated Kuraray Noritake Dental’s KATANA Zirconia range into their workflows.

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Dundee professor honoured by International Association of Paediatric Dentistry

July 24, 2019 | News

CANCUN, Mexico/DUNDEE, UK: Prof. Mark Hector has been awarded a prestigious honorary membership of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) at the organisation’s recent 27th congress in Cancun. It is only the 20th time in the 50-year history of the IAPD that it has awarded honorary membership, the highest honour that can be bestowed on a member.

Annual renewal deadline fast approaching for dental care professionals

July 23, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The annual renewal deadline for dental care professionals (DCPs) is just over a week away, prompting the General Dental Council (GDC) to urge DCPs who wish to stay on the register for the following 12-month period to take action by no later than 31 July.

NHS practice values bounce back

July 23, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The average value of dental practices that offer care to NHS patients increased in the three-month period ended 30 April, bucking a downward trend that saw the average goodwill value of NHS practices fall consecutively for three quarters last year.

GDC invites dental professionals to share their views on continuing professional development

July 19, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The General Dental Council (GDC) has opened a public consultation that invites UK-based dental professionals to share their ideas, comments and views on the short- and long-term future of professional learning and development in dentistry.

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Oral Health Foundation announces clear guidelines for denture adhesive use

July 18, 2019 | News

RUGBY, UK: The Oral Health Foundation, a UK charity that aims at improving well-being by reducing the harm caused by oral disease, has announced clear, simple and scientifically backed guidelines on using denture adhesive. In this way, the foundation is providing uniform advice that dental professionals can give to completely edentulous patients who use denture adhesive. The guidelines were developed by a global task force and are part of a research project sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.

Interview: “DTX Studio suite really can be used on a daily basis”

July 12, 2019 | Events | Interviews | News

The recent Nobel Biocare Global Symposium saw many of the world’s leading voices on implantology and digital dentistry gather in the Spanish capital of Madrid. At the event, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr. Pascal Kunz, Vice President of Digital Solutions at Nobel Biocare, about DTX Studio suite and the benefits it provides for both dental clinicians and patients.

ITOP developer Jiří Sedelmayer dies at 73

July 11, 2019 | News

Today, Swiss oral health company CURADEN is commemorating collaborator and friend Dr Jiří Sedelmayer, who passed away last week aged 73, having lived a life richly filled with research, teaching and family. A champion of prophylaxis, Sedelmayer founded the individually trained oral prophylaxis (iTOP) programme, teaching students and dental professionals correct oral care for disease prevention. His influence in dentistry cannot be overstated: together with his beloved wife, Lucie, Sedelmayer contributed to a world where dentists are teachers and patients stay healthy.

Nobel Biocare Global Symposium 2019: A landmark event for implant dentistry

July 10, 2019 | Advertorial | Events

MADRID, Spain: Throughout our 60+ years of history, we have consistently stood for genuine innovation, based on science, that was created to help improve the lives of patients around the world. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive training worldwide, and to work together with dental practices and laboratories to help maximise what services and products they offer to their patients. This was on full display at the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium 2019 in Madrid, Spain. We are delighted to announce that the event was a big success. If you were not one of the 1200 participants, take a look at some of the highlights provided in this newsletter.

Scottish public health minister describes dental treatment waiting time as unacceptable

July 10, 2019 | News

EDINBURGH, UK: Scotland’s Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe Fitzpatrick, has admitted that some dental patients are experiencing completely unacceptable waiting times for hospital treatment. New figures show that the number of patients waiting for longer than 12 weeks for treatment has risen dramatically over the past four years.

King’s College London dental school scores highly in global ranking

July 9, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK/SHANGHAI, China: In a new global survey, King’s College London has been ranked fourth in the world in terms of dentistry and oral sciences research. The survey, conducted by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, ranked King’s as the only European institution in the top ten and the only one located outside the US to have made it into the top eight.

Report calls for better training in oral healthcare for retirement home staff

July 5, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: An ageing population is a topic of concern in many countries around the world. It is estimated that the number of those over 60 will have doubled by 2050, and the need for the establishment of quality services is imperative. As oral health is an important key to quality of life, a recent review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has called for the implementation of comprehensive oral health training for all retirement home staff.

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Scottish professor wins international dental research award

July 4, 2019 | News

DUNDEE, UK/VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada: In recognition of his prominence in the world of dental academia, Prof. Graham Ogden of the University of Dundee has been awarded the 2019 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Award in Oral Medicine and Pathology Research. Ogden was presented with this accolade at the recent 97th General Session and Exhibition of the IADR held in Vancouver in Canada.

The KATANA Zirconia Block—Clinical experiences from Italy

July 3, 2019 | Advertorial

Earlier this year, Kuraray Noritake Dental invited dental professionals from all over Europe to a symposium in Berlin in Germany that highlighted the newest research and clinical findings on the KATANA Zirconia Block, the latest addition to the KATANA family. One of the presenters was Dr Nicola Scotti, an assistant professor at the Department of Cariology and Operative Dentistry at the University of Turin’s Dental School and operator of his own private practice.

Oral Health Foundation launches new guidelines for denture adhesives

June 27, 2019 | News

RUGBY, UK/VANCOUVER, Canada: The Oral Health Foundation (OHF) has recently published a new set of global science-based guidelines for denture adhesives. The new recommendations will combat the current lack of guidance for complete denture wearers regarding the correct use of denture adhesives.

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New Chair of the BDA General Dental Practice Committee elected

June 26, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Dr Dave Cottam has been elected Chair of the British Dental Association (BDA) General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) in a special meeting held in Wimpole Street. Cottam’s election comes after Dr Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, the previous chair, stood down last month after his election to the European Parliament.

Study evaluates staining properties of tobacco products

June 24, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Studies by scientists at British American Tobacco (BAT) have shown that aerosol from potentially reduced-risk products (PRRPs), such as vapour and tobacco-heating products, causes significantly less staining on tooth enamel and skin than does the smoke from conventional cigarettes.

UK healthcare regulators unite in support of reflective practice

June 21, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The chief executives of nine of the UK’s healthcare statutory regulators have released a joint statement stressing the benefits and importance of becoming a reflective healthcare professional. Among those to sign off on the statement was Ian Brack, Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Dental Council (GDC).

EssenSeal: A new-generation root canal sealer

June 20, 2019 | Advertorial

VEVEY, Switzerland: Introduced by Swiss endodontic company Produits Dentaires (PD) at the 2019 International Dental Show, EssenSeal is an innovative sealer designed for advanced root canal therapy. Engineered and manufactured by the company, it enables more effective root canal sealing to limit the growth of residual bacteria and prevent any resumption of infection. This is possible because of its unique formula featuring melaleuca, or tea-tree oil.

Nobel Biocare getting ready to reshape implant dentistry

June 19, 2019 | Business | Events | News

ZURICH, Switzerland: From 27 to 29 June, the Spanish capital of Madrid will play host to the 2019 Nobel Biocare Global Symposium. At this event, dentists will be able to see and experience the future of implant dentistry through the innovations being showcased. Among these will be the new Nobel Biocare N1 system, which combines the company’s latest surface technology with a biologically driven design to reduce treatment time and improve patient comfort.

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Survey reveals many dental practices concerned about missed enquiries

June 17, 2019 | Business | News

LONDON, UK: A new survey of UK-based dentists and practice managers has found that more than half fear they are missing out on treatment enquiries from potential patients owing to a lack of investment in effective digital systems. The majority of these practices do not use a digital system for managing leads, instead relying on pen and paper or sometimes not logging the enquiry at all.

Primary teeth reveal unknown group of ancient people

June 14, 2019 | News

CAMBRIDGE, UK: Scientists have recently found two primary teeth buried deep in a remote archaeological site in north-eastern Siberia. The discovery has revealed that a previously unknown group of people lived there during the last Ice Age and has been described as an exciting moment that delivers more insight into human history.

London Assembly praised for new report addressing children’s oral health

June 13, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The London Assembly has released a new report addressing oral health inequalities among children in the nation’s capital. The British Dental Association (BDA) has praised the report’s recommendations, which include a call for a media campaign promoting the key messages that NHS dental services for young children are free and that all children need to see a dentist by age 1. The report also calls on the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to encourage all local schools to become sugar-free.

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