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UK medical organisations team up to raise awareness of antibiotic overprescription

November 25, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Antibiotic resistance is one of the key challenges that dental and medical professionals will face over the coming decades, yet its causes and significance remain relatively unknown. To raise public interest in this issue, a number of UK-based medical organisations, spearheaded by the British Dental Association (BDA), joined forces to highlight the message that “Antibiotics do not cure toothache”. The campaign was launched to coincide with the World Health Organization’s World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, which takes place from 18 to 24 November each year.

COVID-19: Vaccines to be mandatory for frontline dental staff

November 17, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Last week, UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid announced that frontline healthcare workers in England—including dentists working either for the NHS or in a private setting—will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 from April 2022 to continue working in their current capacity. The news has drawn a mixed response thus far from medical unions and organisations including the British Dental Association (BDA), whose chief executive stated it “risks undermining already fragile access at practices across the country”.

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Numerous professional dental bodies reach consensus on DIY orthodontics

November 11, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Seeking to promote patient safety in dentistry, the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) has recently announced that it has joined a Europe-wide consensus on the remote treatment of malocclusion. The consensus involves 31 professional dental and orthodontic societies, associations and institutions in 25 countries endorsing a joint declaration by the European Federation of Orthodontic Specialists Associations (EFOSA) regarding the remote treatment of malocclusion, which they regard as unacceptable and potentially hazardous.

NHS dentists feel left behind in budget plan

November 5, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: In a recent press release, the British Dental Association (BDA) lamented the budget’s failure to recognise the challenges facing dental services across England. Over 40 cross-party MPs have backed calls from both the BDA and Healthwatch England for the government to provide vital funding for the recovery and rebuilding of services.

King’s launches student society for sustainable dentistry

November 2, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: All industries are implicated in the need to reduce carbon emissions, and dentistry is no exception. A new student society at King’s College London’s Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences is dedicated to sustainable dentistry, and its founder says that incorporating the practice into dental curricula could increase environmental awareness in the profession.

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Research provides new insights into how acid damages teeth

October 27, 2021 | News

GUILDFORD, UK: Researchers from the universities of Surrey and Birmingham in the UK have recently examined microstructural changes to dentinal tubules during acid demineralisation. The findings aim to provide new insights into conditions such as dental erosion and caries and to help develop new treatments that can restore the structure and function of dentine.

Back with a bang—Dentistry Show London set to return in 2022 after successful staging

October 21, 2021 | Events | News

LONDON, UK: The Dentistry Show London aims to present a hybrid expo and educational programme that is suited to the entire treatment team, and it has come “back with a bang!” the organisers said. Thousands of dental professionals visited the event this year, and the organisers have announced that it will return to the UK capital next year on 7 and 8 October.

Dental clinic in the cloud: Toothfairy app receives £3 million funding boost

October 18, 2021 | Business | News

LONDON, UK: According to Western folklore, children with a wiggly primary tooth can look forward to a visit from the tooth fairy, making an otherwise distressing experience a positive one. The creators of the Toothfairy mobile app, however, say that at-home dental care can provide a more comfortable experience for patients of all ages. With a £3 million (€3.5 million) funding boost, Drs Deepak Aulak and Kian Dhinsa hope that their app will challenge an industry that they say is ripe for disruption.

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UK chief medical officers endorse water fluoridation

October 14, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Though the benefits of fluoride in drinking water for oral health are firmly established, it is estimated that just six million UK residents have access to either artificially or naturally fluoridated water—less than 10% of the total population. A bill currently before the UK Parliament that proposes giving the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care “the power to directly introduce, vary or terminate water fluoridation schemes” in England and Wales has received the backing of Britain’s chief medical officers (CMOs), who have released a joint statement outlining the impact widespread fluoridation could have on dental caries.

Today is World Cavity-Free Future Day

October 14, 2021 | News

DUNDEE, Scotland: World Cavity-Free Future Day (WCFFDay) is a global awareness day and is celebrated around the world on 14 October. The campaign is largely community driven, and the events are led by the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF).

Dental education during COVID-19: Stress, anxiety and isolation

October 13, 2021 | News

Dental students, especially those at the undergraduate level, face various challenges during their studies, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made it an exceptionally difficult time. In addition to practising hand skills and acquiring theoretical knowledge, dental students are required to see patients in person at a relatively early stage of their studies, which sets dentistry apart from other courses of study. Even though students are often nervous to see their first patients, we hope that after completing their portfolio they will be confident enough to work on their own in the future.

Ethics in dentistry: Dentist makes racist remarks during panel hearing

October 8, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Questionable standards of conduct among dental professionals jeopardise both patient safety and the integrity of the dental profession, especially when racial discrimination is involved. Unfortunately, inappropriate behaviour among dentists does exist and can take years to come to light. Just recently, one specific case attracted close media attention when a dentist and chair of the Professional Conduct Committee of the General Dental Council (GDC) made racist remarks directed at dentists during a panel hearing at which he was officiating.

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Disruptive technology—enhancing dentistry

September 30, 2021 | News

The speed of the proliferation of new technologies is breathtaking. Although initially disruptive to our traditional practices, technologies can, and have, enhanced dentistry, improved health outcomes and attracted more fully engaged patients. Now, disruptions are being catalyzed by the intertwined technologies of smart sensors, telemedicine and artificial intelligence (AI).

Prof. Liz Kay assumes role of BDA president

September 15, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: On 7 September, renowned academic and dental public health specialist Prof. Liz Kay was inaugurated as the British Dental Association’s (BDA) 135th president. For the first time in the post-World War II era, the role will be occupied by an individual for more than one year, as Kay is set to stay as president until 2023 owing to the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interview with Dr David Warning on UK orthodontics: “Overall, we are in a positive place”

September 2, 2021 | Interviews | News

As the dental market is slowly getting back on its feet, industry professionals once again have the opportunity to attend leading dental events that had to be cancelled or postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the run-up to the 2021 British Orthodontic Conference (BOC), which is less than a month away, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr David Waring, chair of the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) conference committee. In this interview, he talks about the current state of orthodontics in the country and discusses some of the highlights of the upcoming event.

Study finds teledentistry a valid substitute for in-person initial consultations

September 1, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the widespread adoption of videoconferencing tools in many industries, and dentistry is no exception. A new study has found that, for triage purposes and initial consultations, teledentistry has a relatively high acceptance rate among dentists and patients alike and is largely perceived to be a viable alternative to in-person dental check-ups.

Oversubscribed dentistry degrees in England: Students offered payment to switch university

August 30, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: The UK government has adjusted the cap for medical and dentistry courses for 2021 in order to support the National Health Service workforce of the future. To meet the needs of the increased number of students, medical and dentistry schools across England will receive additional funding to expand courses for the coming year. However, as a result of this change, some classes in universities are oversubscribed and dental students have been offered a financial incentive to switch to a different university.

Quest for tooth whitening: Study reports extensive damage to dental cells by carbamide peroxide

August 27, 2021 | News

TORONTO, Canada/LONDON, UK: As the quest for having whiter teeth continues, it is crucial to fully understand the extent of damage that tooth-whitening agents could have on oral health. In the first study of its kind, researchers sought to dig a little deeper into the issue and investigated the possibly deleterious effect of hydrogen peroxide-derived free radicals on dental cells. They found that exposing teeth to certain concentrations of carbamide peroxide gel harms the dental pulp cells and that this damage is irreversible.

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