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BDA Northern Ireland labels dental amalgam phase-out “unworkable”

April 14, 2021 | News

BELFAST, UK: The phase-out of dental amalgam is currently taking place in a number of countries owing, in part, to its deleterious effects on the natural environment. The Northern Ireland branch of the British Dental Association (BDA) has released a statement requesting that the European Commission (EC) reconsider its plans for a complete amalgam phase-out by 2030, arguing that it might end up “exacerbating health inequalities” and “destabilising health systems already under considerable strain”.

BDA mourns the death of Prince Philip

April 12, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passed away on Friday at the age of 99. Over the course of his long life, the prince was a supporter of many causes and associations. One of these—the British Dental Association (BDA)—appointed him its president of honour in 1980 and paid tribute to Philip upon the announcement of his death.

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Have your say in DTI’s global reader survey

April 8, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Since 2003, Dental Tribune International (DTI) has provided essential information for the dental community through its global print publications and has delivered the newest dental content to its readers online. To continue evolving this service to you, we are asking for just a few moments of your time to let us know your thoughts.

Three hundred million toothpaste tubes go to landfill

April 5, 2021 | News

YORK, UK: Enough plastic waste to circle the globe twice is the annual result of the current population cleaning their teeth with toothpaste from tubes that cannot be recycled. The UK waste management company BusinessWaste.co.uk is concerned about the volume of plastic waste being thrown away owing to toothpaste tubes and is calling for plastic-free alternatives.

Lenders upbeat on dental funding in 2021—report

March 31, 2021 | Business | News

LONDON, UK: More than one-third of UK practice owners report that private revenue is higher now than it was before the pandemic, according to an insider view on corporate and independent dental operators by London-based Christie & Co. The specialist property advisor says that, although banks are now taking a more cautious approach, they remain positive about lending to dentists and dental groups in 2021.

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East Lancashire dentist investigated for unsafe clinical practice

March 26, 2021 | News

CLAYTON-LE-MOORS, UK: The Interim Orders Committee (IOC) of the General Dental Council (GDC) has imposed interim conditions on the practice registration of East Lancashire dentist Dr Waqar Mohammed. The IOC heard submissions relating to Mohammed’s provision of clinical care, which included allegations relating to the treatment of 27 patients over a four-year period.

BDA: “Scotland’s huge oral health inequalities cannot be allowed to widen”

March 17, 2021 | News

EDINBURGH, UK: The havoc wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic across the world has meant that patient attendance levels at dental practices have dropped quite substantially since March 2020. Although government-mandated lockdowns have played a role in this outcome, new data released by Public Health Scotland has indicated that access to NHS dentistry services remains a point of concern in the country.

Dental technicians: The missing link

March 11, 2021 | News

If you ask a dental patient to which member of the dental team we should give our thanks, many of them would say to dentists and dental nurses. What do you think is the correct answer? I assume we all agree that dentists cannot provide an appropriate healthcare service without their team. Members of the dental team who are registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) are clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental nurses, dental technicians, dental therapists, dentists and orthodontic therapists. Unfortunately, it seems to me that some members of this team have not been treated equally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, I want to talk about dental technicians as an integral part of the dental team.

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COVID-19 and dental education: Will dental schools admit new students in 2021?

March 3, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Since the COVID-19 pandemic has severely restricted access to clinical practice, students around the world have been adversely affected by the far-reaching consequences the pandemic has had on dental education. To make the most of the current situation, numerous schools have instituted video and virtual platforms in order to familiarise students with standard clinical procedures. However, the knowledge gained through online learning is limited, and some students are now being asked to repeat the 2020–2021 academic year in order to complete the necessary clinical training. To this end, some dental schools have announced that they will not be admitting new students in 2021.

Business interruption insurance: Will dentists be covered for lockdown-related losses?

March 2, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: At this point, it has become clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly reduced dental patient numbers. It follows naturally from this, then, that the financial performance of many dental practices has likewise taken a hit. A common method of protecting one’s business against certain disruptions—business interruption (BI) insurance—has now become a point of focus in courts across the world, as its validity is being assessed in the context of these difficult times.

NHS dental activity targets continue to attract controversy

February 17, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Since being implemented on 1 January, the UK government’s new system of NHS targets has drawn its fair share of detractors from both inside and outside the dental profession. Now, a member of parliament (MP) has accused mydentist, the UK’s largest dental chain, of advising its members to “prioritise routine check-ups over treatments in order to meet the new targets”.

Oral care during pandemic: Report shows surge in sales of DIY dental kits

February 5, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: The UK government has recently imposed a new system of targets that is planned to increase dental activity in the country and to help address the backlog of COVID-19 patients. However, many dental professionals fear that the targets are unattainable and that the only way to comply with the new conditions is by prioritising non-urgent care over urgent cases. Now, a new report has shown that sales of at-home dental care kits in the UK are increasing, and the British Dental Association (BDA) believes that this surge in sales is a consequence of the recent policies adopted by the government.

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New insight into control of dental treatment spray emission during SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

February 4, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: One of the greatest challenges for the dental profession in returning to normal business is the inherent risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission via emitted sprays, associated with commonly performed dental procedures. A recent study by researchers at Imperial College London, King’s College London, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust found that controlling certain parameters could help during the current crisis to alter the key properties of sprays.

SARS-CoV-2 infection, reinfection and immunity: What researchers say

January 28, 2021 | News

HARLOW, UK: Now that many questions regarding COVID-19, including its symptoms, risks and recovery time, have been answered, researchers are faced with a new dilemma: SARS-CoV-2 reinfection and immunity. Although unusual, it is evident that reinfections do occur, and in a recent study, researchers explored whether individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 are protected from future infection. The findings suggested that past infection may provide natural immunity and that the said immunity is effective for approximately half a year after the initial infection.

Oxidative stress links periodontal and chronic kidney disease

January 25, 2021 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: Previous studies have confirmed a connection between periodontitis and chronic kidney disease (CKD), as they showed that patients with severe inflammation of the gingivae also had poorer kidney function. A new study led by researchers from the University of Birmingham has found, for the first time, that a biological imbalance causes the correlation between these two diseases.

New system of targets in the UK: a step backwards for dentistry?

January 22, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Dentists in England currently receive their former National Health Service (NHS) contract value provided they spend the same amount of time working on providing NHS care as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, slowing down or completely halting all business operations. However, the new system of targets imposed by the UK government states that dentists who are unable to deliver 45% of their pre-pandemic dental activity will face financial penalties plus potential breach of contract consequences. Naturally, dental professionals have opposed the new contractual arrangement, claiming that it threatens the viability of many practices and undermines patient care.

Dwindling patient numbers leave UK clinics short of lockdown targets

January 19, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: The British Dental Association (BDA) warned in early January that hundreds of dental practices would be put out of business if the government did not abandon NHS targets for patient volumes during the national lockdown. New polling has since revealed the extent to which UK residents are cancelling or avoiding dental treatment altogether, and Dr Dave Cottam, the BDA’s chair of the General Dental Practice Committee, says that when the facts change, so must the policies.

New dates announced for British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show

January 18, 2021 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: The advantages of hands-on training and in-person learning are innumerable, especially in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as the UK is currently navigating through the third national lockdown, CloserStill Media has decided to postpone the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show (BDCDS), one of the UK’s largest dental events, to June 2021. The event organisers hope that the postponement will allow a safe and enjoyable experience for dental professionals who seek to advance their industry expertise.

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