Dental Tribune UK & Ireland
Statistics reveal stagnant wages, gender pay gap for Northern Ireland dentists

September 10, 2019 | News

BELFAST, Northern Ireland: New data published by NHS Digital has revealed that real wages for UK-based dentists have fallen by at least 30% over the past decade, according to the British Dental Association (BDA). Adding to the dismay caused by this news was the revelation that a large gender pay discrepancy continues to exist. Self-employed male general dental practitioners earn an average of £38,000 more annually than their female counterparts.

Research indicates mouthwash may impede benefits of exercise

September 9, 2019 | News

PLYMOUTH, UK: The systemic health benefits of regular exercise are myriad and well documented, and much the same could be said about the use of mouthwash. The latter, however, may negatively affect blood pressure reduction—a common advantage of exercise—according to a recent study by researchers from the University of Plymouth and the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona in Spain.

Analysis of ancient fossil teeth provides insight into breastfeeding habits

September 5, 2019 | News

BRISTOL, UK: The importance of mother’s milk to an infant’s development is now well established. In a recent study, researchers analysed the fossilised teeth of some of our earliest ancestors and discovered that the first humans breastfed their infants for significantly longer periods than did their contemporary relatives. This may have played a part in areas such as brain development and thus the evolution of the human species.

Interview: “Naturally occurring substances will find their place in oral health”

September 4, 2019 | Education | Interviews | News

A graduate of the specialisation programme in periodontics at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, Dr Alex Solderer mostly treats severe cases of periodontitis in his daily routine. In addition, he conducts research on periodontal and dental implant topics. In his latest research paper, Dr Solderer conducted a systematic review of the efficacy of chlorhexidine rinsing after periodontal or implant surgery.

Researcher shows how selfies could aid in identifying missing persons

September 3, 2019 | News

DUNDEE, UK: Though sometimes denigrated as a sign of vanity, self-portrait photographs—selfies, for short—are not without their advantages. One such advantage, according to a researcher at the University of Dundee, is that they often provide several new dental identifiers that could be used to help police in cases involving missing persons.

Smoking rates continue to drop steadily in England

September 2, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Cigarette smoking rates in England have been in a steady decline since the 1970s, according to the Office for National Statistics. Whereas 45.6% of adults smoked in 1974, just 15.1% did in 2018. New research funded by the charity Cancer Research UK has shown that this effectively translates into 1.4 billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year, or 118 million fewer cigarettes per month.

BDA voices concerns over reduced dental attendance rates

August 30, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: According to new statistics released by the NHS, there has been a 25% fall in dental treatments delivered to patients exempt from NHS charges over the past five years. In response, the British Dental Association (BDA) has voiced its concern that this trend is being exacerbated by the Department of Health and Social Care possibly backtracking on its pledge to break with its policy of automatically fining patients accused of incorrectly claiming free NHS dental care.

Study examines oral health behaviours in elite athletes

August 30, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Various studies have found that poor oral health may impair training and athletic performance. A recent study has examined oral health behaviours and risks in athletes and the potential for oral health intervention. The findings showed that the athletes had considerably high rates of oral disease regardless of healthy brushing habits. This disparity might be explained by their heavy consumption of sports drinks. However, the athletes showed great interest in changing their oral hygiene habits and were quite prepared to improve their oral health.

Charity shines spotlight on excessive sugar consumption

August 28, 2019 | News

RUGBY, UK: Though the April 2018 introduction of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy—otherwise known as the sugar tax—has proved effective in reducing the sugar levels of many carbonated beverages, UK adults and children continue to consume far more of this sweet substance than is generally recommended. The Oral Health Foundation (OHF), a charity that seeks to reduce the burden of oral disease and improve well-being, has found that the British population supports further taxation of high-sugar foods in the form of a “pudding tax”.

Framework for commissioning of diabetic dental patients released

August 27, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Though the mutually influential relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease has been well established, there has been limited guidance regarding the appropriate dental treatment for these patients in the UK. To help solve this issue, NHS England has released a new commissioning standard for the dental care of diabetic patients that is designed to provide a standardised framework and reduce inequalities in patient access to treatment and in subsequent outcomes.

Interview: “We aim to prepare dentists for care of the ageing population”

August 27, 2019 | Education | Interviews | News

As people worldwide are living longer, the proportion of elderly people is increasing. In 2015, 900 million people were 60 years or older. This number is expected to reach a staggering two billion by 2050. The consequent pressure this puts on the medical profession is significant, and dentistry is no exception. A third-generation GC Group owner, Makoto Nakao served as CEO of GC Corp. for most of his life and is still active in the company as Chief Corporate Advisor. The demographic situation in his native Japan, as well as his retirement from his position as CEO at age 70 inspired him to establish the Nakao Foundation, which aims to promote healthy ageing through oral disease prevention, education and research.

Dentures discovered in larynx days after general anaesthetic

August 26, 2019 | News

GREAT YARMOUTH, UK: Dentures need to be taken out before a general anaesthetic is administered, doctors have warned after a 72-year-old man’s dentures became stuck in his throat during surgery to remove a harmless lump in his abdominal wall. They were not discovered for eight days. Aside from causing the patient considerable pain, bleeding and difficulty swallowing, the oversight led to repeated hospital visits, additional invasive tests, blood transfusions and, eventually, more surgery.

Deadline looms for dental care professionals to submit CPD statement

August 23, 2019 | Business | News

LONDON, UK: The deadline for UK-based dental care professionals (DCPs) to make their annual or end-of-cycle continuing professional development (CPD) statement is now less than a week away, but more than 5,000 DCPs are yet to make their submission. As a result, the General Dental Council (GDC) has strongly encouraged DCPs to make their statement by 28 August or risk being removed from the register and becoming unable to practise in the UK.

Scientists uncover gene that enhances tissue regeneration in tooth healing

August 23, 2019 | News

PLYMOUTH, UK: The usefulness of stem cells in the regeneration of dental and other body tissue has been established by numerous studies, though their potential in a clinical setting has yet to be proved. An international team of researchers has discovered a specific gene that increases stem cell activation and tissue regeneration during tooth healing, potentially offering a novel approach to tooth repair.

Survey shows number of UK adults seeking orthodontic treatment remains high

August 21, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Though orthodontic treatment was once thought to be something only for teenagers, its generally non-invasive nature has led to it becoming something that adult patients increasingly request. A new survey of orthodontists by the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) has confirmed this, as an increase in adult private patients was reported by 75% of the respondents.

Oral organs of fish capable of tissue regeneration

August 20, 2019 | News

LONDON, U.K./ATLANTA, U.S.: After examining tooth renewal in animals that have tooth replacement and regenerative abilities, researchers from the U.K. and the U.S. identified similarities between the teeth and taste buds of a fish. The results suggest that the fish’s oral organs are able to regenerate tissue and can be manipulated to express the characteristics of different tissue types, under the regulation of the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling pathway.

London Dentistry Show is approaching fast

August 19, 2019 | Events | News

LONDON, UK: The London Dentistry Show is set to take place in mere weeks and promises a wide range of continuing professional development opportunities for attendees, with more than 150 educational sessions on the schedule. The event will also have more than 300 dental companies exhibiting their latest products, along with a series of power lectures providing practical advice on a range of topics essential to the dental practitioner.

Interview: Routine mentorship in the general dental practice

August 14, 2019 | Interviews

Though routine mentoring has been widely used in other professions as a form of stress management, it remains relatively under-utilised in dentistry for a multitude of reasons. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Robert Seath, Clinical Director of the University of Portsmouth’s Dental Academy and the recent author of an article on this topic, about the most frequent stressors for dentists and the resistance to routine mentorship that exists in dentistry.

FGDP(UK) leads campaign encouraging screening for erosive tooth wear

August 13, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) , the only professional membership body in the UK specifically for general dental practice, has announced its support for a campaign promoting routine screening for erosive tooth wear. The ailment is now the third most commonly observed oral condition after caries and periodontal disease and is estimated to affect up to 30% of European adults.

Interview: “Oral health should not be looked at in isolation”

August 7, 2019 | Interviews | News

Whether or not to provide dental treatment for patients with drug dependencies can be a difficult decision for dentists to make. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Charlotte Bowes, Clinical Fellow in Restorative Dentistry at Newcastle University’s School of Dental Sciences and co-author of a recent article in the British Dental Journal on this topic, about the current guidance in the UK regarding this issue, the existing barriers to treatment and what she thinks could be improved.

Why reviews have grown in importance

August 6, 2019 | News

“Before contacting you, I read all of your lovely reviews.” My clients are hearing that from patients every week nowadays. I’m not sure who actually taught us all to read and write reviews, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the source is Jeff Bezos at Amazon. We have fundamentally changed our buying habits as a result. Now, even the provider (if it’s Uber or Airbnb) can review us.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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