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Dentists advertising Botox injections urged to be legally compliant

January 23, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: As aesthetic dentistry continues to grow in popularity, cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers and botulinum toxin injections—most commonly Botox, but also Vistabel, Dysport, Bocouture and Azzalure—have been increasingly offered by dental practices. To prevent breaches of current advertising regulations regarding these services in the UK, the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have issued new guidance on the subject.

Survey reveals stress, anxiety and burn-out among UK dentists

January 22, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK/WASHINGTON, US: Dental Protection, the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals, has recently surveyed the well-being of dentists in the UK and reported increased levels of burn-out in the profession. Since burn-out may affect the dentist’s behaviour, diminish the quality of work and affect those around him or her, Dental Protection called for dental organisations to establish a corresponding role in which a trained professional would recognise burn-out and offer the necessary support and to include well-being as one of the key performance indicators for dental practices.

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Oral health programme for Welsh elderly has its funding doubled

January 17, 2020 | News

CARDIFF, UK: Thanks to improved healthcare and living conditions, and a range of other factors, life expectancy in the UK has been increasing steadily in recent decades. Maintaining one’s oral health into old age has thus become of greater importance. It comes as welcome news, then, that the Welsh government has announced that it will double the annual funding for an oral healthcare programme specifically for older people living in nursing and residential homes.

UK makes progress on sugar reduction in yogurts

January 14, 2020 | News

LEEDS, UK: The UK government has recently taken action to reduce sugar intake in the country and called for industry reformulation of foods that contribute most to sugar consumption in children’s diets, such as yogurts. Subsequently, scientists from the University of Leeds examined product and nutrient information from 893 yogurts available in UK supermarkets and compared all products to a 2016 baseline survey. The findings revealed that there has been a significant decrease in total sugar content in the last two years.

Art and dentistry collaborate in London

January 13, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: In the dental clinic setting, communication is key to both successful results and satisfaction. At a recent exhibition, titled “Heads up! Shining a light on innovations in oral health”, the goal was to shine a new light on the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London in order to improve understanding from both a practitioner’s and a patient’s point of view.

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Dental professionals voice concerns over low-quality dental care

January 10, 2020 | News

MANCHESTER, UK: Over a thousand dentists, including Dr Dave Cottam, chair of the General Dental Practice Committee, have recently signed a letter published in the Daily Telegraph and titled “A lack of funding and an increase in bureaucracy have left NHS dentistry in a rotten state”. The letter was drafted by Dr Tony Kilcoyne, appointed dentist member at the General Dental Council, and addresses current issues in dentistry in the UK, such as the difficulty experienced by many in finding an NHS dentist and dental patients turning to illegal providers for cosmetic work.

Interview: “We want to reinvent the way patients think of dental treatment”

January 9, 2020 | Interviews

Described by its creators as the UK’s first dental video calling app, Tooth Fairy was recently recognised as “App of the Year” at the 2019 Dental Industry Awards. Dental Tribune International thus spoke with Dr Deepak Aulak, co-founder of Tooth Fairy, about the app’s benefits and future direction.

BDA pressures UK government to address oral health inequalities

January 7, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: In last month’s UK general election, the Conservative Party recorded a resounding victory, securing 365 seats to achieve an outright majority in Parliament. The British Dental Association (BDA) chair Dr Mick Armstrong has wasted no time in contacting the government, penning an open letter to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock on the topic of funding for NHS dentistry.

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Novel technology may improve early detection of mouth and throat cancer

January 7, 2020 | News

DURHAM, N.C., U.S./BIRMINGHAM, U.K.: Cancers that occur in the back of the mouth or in the upper throat are difficult to spot and, as a result, are often diagnosed only when they are advanced. In an effort to improve early cancer detection, researchers have recently used acoustofluidics, a novel, noninvasive method that analyzes saliva for the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-16, the pathogenic strain linked with oropharyngeal cancers (OPC). The technique proved to be successful in detecting OPC in whole saliva in almost half of the patients tested and in the majority of confirmed OPC patients.

Interview: “Digitalisation was the missing element”

December 18, 2019 | Advertorial

A 2013 graduate of Leipzig University in Germany, Dr Michaela Sehnert currently runs her own dental practice in the nearby city of Halle (Saale). In this interview, she discusses the process of transitioning to an entirely digital workflow and how it has benefited her practice.

General Dental Council publishes results of in-depth survey

December 17, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: As part of the General Dental Council’s (GDC) commitment to using evidence and insight to guide its work, the regulator has recently published the results of its 2018/19 Patient and Public Survey. The research, which includes both quantitative and qualitative elements and represents the seventh survey since 2011, examined public attitudes on various key issues relating to dentistry and how the profession is regulated.

European CanCer Organisation resolves to target HPV-related cancers

December 16, 2019 | News

BRUSSELS, Belgium/RUGBY, UK: At the recent 2019 European Cancer Summit of the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO), the ECCO Oncopolicy Committee agreed on a resolution stating that, by 2030, all European countries should have effective strategies in place to eliminate cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). A disease can manifest many years after infection with HPV, which is the leading cause of oral cancer, particularly among young people, and incidence rates are rising steadily throughout Europe.

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Periodontitis could increase stroke risk, new study says

December 9, 2019 | News

BELÉM, Brazil/RUGBY, UK: A recent study has investigated the association between stroke and periodontitis, one of the most common human diseases affecting over 700 million people worldwide. The data indicated that inflamed gingivae lead to changes in how blood and oxygen flow to the brain and may, therefore, increase the risk of stroke.

Study shows fillings may not be best treatment for childhood dental caries

December 6, 2019 | News

LEEDS, UK: Though dental fillings are an established method of treating the presence of dental caries in permanent dentition, their usefulness for treating caries in primary dentition remains under debate. A new study has cast further doubt on the appropriateness of this approach, suggesting that there is no evidence that conventional fillings are more effective in stopping further caries and/or pain in children than other treatment modalities are.

Analysis reveals millions unable to access NHS dentistry across England

December 4, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: A general election is right around the corner, and access to NHS dentistry has been a hot-button issue for some time in the UK. New analysis conducted by the British Dental Association (BDA) of the government’s most recent GP Patient Survey has estimated that more than four million adult patients throughout England are unable to have their dental needs met by these services, suggesting that access is a problem in every region of the country.

Health officials demand smoke-free England to tackle oral cancer rates

November 28, 2019 | News

RUGBY, UK: As part of November’s Mouth Cancer Action Month, the Oral Health Foundation is currently helping to raise awareness of oral cancer in the UK. Since recent years have seen a significant increase in mouth cancer incidence, the charity believes that encouragement to quit smoking in the next decade might help save thousands of lives.

Interview: “Social sciences need to be taught to dental students”

November 27, 2019 | Interviews

As a senior lecturer in social science at the University of Bristol’s dental school, Dr Andrea Waylen understands the importance of the behavioural and social sciences for developing well-rounded dentists with an ability to communicate effectively. Dental Tribune International recently spoke with her about an article she wrote for the British Dental Journal on this topic as well as about some of the shortcomings of current pedagogical approaches.

UK dentist wins Swedish prize for minimally invasive dentistry

November 27, 2019 | News

ADDLESTONE, UK: UK dentist Dr Tif Qureshi and his colleague from Oslo, Dr Erik Svendsrud, have recently received the Sverker Prize, which is awarded in memory of Dr Sverker Toreskog, an internationally renowned clinician in the field of minimally invasive dentistry. The Sverker Prize recognises an individual’s commitment to conservative and effective dental techniques.

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