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Lengthy waiting times for dental patients in Scotland draw criticism

October 10, 2019 | News

STIRLING, Scotland: Freedom of information requests by the Scottish Liberal Democrats have highlighted the extremely long waiting times for oral surgery that some patients have had to endure. The British Dental Association (BDA) has responded by calling on the Scottish government to “stop treating dentistry as an optional extra”.

ACFF addresses need to limit sugar intake in children

October 8, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) is a not-for-profit organisation formed by a group of dental professionals. According to the ACFF, between 60% and 90% of schoolchildren and nearly 100% of adults worldwide have dental caries, and it is the single biggest contributing factor in hospital admissions of British children.

Interview: “The link between oral disease and oxidative stress is still not that widely known”

October 4, 2019 | Advertorial | Business | Interviews | News

Dr Lenka Banasova runs her own dental centre, Pearl Dental, in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, where she has a passionate staff of dentists, dental assistants and dental hygienists. In recent years, her focus has increasingly shifted from conservative dentistry and prosthodontics towards periodontics. Most importantly, however, she is one of the few dentists to touch on the largely neglected topic of oxidative stress. In this interview, she explains how natural antioxidants can improve periodontal therapy.

Teeth from victims of Irish famine reveal dietary insights

October 4, 2019 | News

EDINBURGH, UK: The Great Irish Famine is something etched into European history. The impact of the famine has been well documented, and in a new study that adds to this cache of information, researchers have analysed the dental calculus and plaque build-up on the teeth of the famine’s victims, finding evidence of maize, oats, potato, wheat and milk foodstuffs. They believe that this information is important because it confirms historical accounts.

Report shows sugar reduction goals not yet on track

October 4, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The negative impact that excess sugar consumption has on both oral and overall health is a well-established fact at this point. It comes as concerning news, then, that an ambitious plan by Public Health England (PHE) to reduce the country’s sugar intake by 20% by 2020 has delivered mixed results so far, according to a recent report on the campaign’s progress.

New research shows teething products may have side effects

October 2, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Though teething is a difficult experience for both parents and their babies, a judicious decision-making process should be employed when selecting a product to relieve it. This, at least, is the conclusion reached in a recent study regarding teething products in the UK.

Align Technology announces “Digital Excellence Series—Powered by iTero” for dental professionals

October 1, 2019 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: Align Technology has announced that, throughout October, it will be hosting the “Digital Excellence Series—Powered by iTero”, a new event series for dental professionals in the UK. The events will be hosted in Birmingham, Motherwell, Manchester and London.

DDU sees increase in aggression against dental professionals

September 30, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Dentists may sometimes encounter patients who are agitated during a dental appointment and who become violent or aggressive. The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has said that there has been an increase in reports of such patients over the years, which is why dental professionals are finding it necessary to seek the support of the union and advice on how to deal with them.

Results from research into soft drinks cause for concern

September 24, 2019 | News

DUBLIN, Ireland: The negative impact of sugar-laden drinks on oral health is something dentists have known about for many years. However, that these drinks may also be a factor that leads to death is something new. In a large European-wide study, researchers have found that those who had a high consumption rate of soft drinks had a higher all-cause mortality rate than those who drank less than one glass per month.

Study finds Irish 3-year-olds are consuming too much sugar

September 23, 2019 | News

DUBLIN, Ireland: Free sugars (FS) are sugars added to food during its production, as well as the sugars naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices. The term is used to distinguish between sugars that are naturally present in unrefined food such as fruit or brown rice and sugars that have been refined, typically by humans but sometimes by animals. In a recent study, researchers at the Dublin Dental University Hospital at Trinity College have found that a large majority of 3-year-olds in Ireland are consuming on average ten level teaspoons of FS a day.

Campaign to raise awareness of DIY orthodontics risks announced

September 23, 2019 | News

GLASGOW, UK: At the recent British Orthodontic Conference in Glasgow, the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) and the Oral Health Foundation (OHF) have taken the opportunity to announce their joint plans for a national campaign to warn patients about the risks of direct-to-consumer orthodontics—also known as DIY orthodontics.

Research suggests human dairy consumption has longer history than previously thought

September 20, 2019 | News

YORK, UK: The history of dairy consumption among European populations is a surprisingly contentious subject. Lactase persistence—the ability to digest the lactose in milk into adulthood—emerged approximately 5,000 years ago in southern Europe, and just 3,000 years ago in central Europe. A new study of human dental calculus at British Neolithic sites, however, has revealed that dairy may have been ingested with regularity as far back as 6,000 years ago.

Not once but twice—Jay Bowman at BOC 2019

September 19, 2019 | Events | News

GLASGOW, UK: Attendees of this year’s British Orthodontic Conference (BOC) are the lucky recipients of two presentations by the esteemed American orthodontist Dr Jay Bowman.

This year’s BOC kicks off in Glasgow

September 19, 2019 | Events | News

GLASGOW, UK: Dr David Waring, chair of the British Orthodontic Conference (BOC) organising committee, has welcomed attendees to the annual BOC, currently being held in Glasgow until 21 September. The BOC is the largest event for UK dental professionals with an interest in orthodontics, and this year’s meeting is taking place under the theme of “Looking Ahead”. The 2019 BOC also marks the 25th anniversary of the British Orthodontic Society (BOS).

The MAP System: A solution for precise and predictable MTA placement

September 18, 2019 | Advertorial

VEVEY, Switzerland: The Micro-Apical Placement (MAP) System, from Swiss endodontic company PD, provides a unique and efficient method for precisely placing endodontic filling materials with either orthograde or retrograde approaches. The company considers it to be the product of choice for perforation, root end filling, pulp capping and retrograde obturation therapies. The NiTi shape memory needles can, furthermore, be manually shaped to any required curvature and adjust easily to the shape of the root canal for effective placement of repairing materials.

Survey reveals dentists’ lack of confidence in dental profession

September 17, 2019 | News

OSWESTRY, UK: The Confidence Monitor survey has recently examined the mental health status of dentists working in the NHS and the private sector. The findings indicated that a large proportion of the dentists believed that their current role has a negative effect on their psychological well-being and that they were uncertain about where to seek advice and support regarding their mental health issues.

Acclaimed IVF pioneer opens British Orthodontic Conference 2019

September 17, 2019 | News

GLASGOW, UK: The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) has welcomed in vitro fertilisation (IVF) pioneer Prof. Robert Winston to open this year’s British Orthodontic Conference (BOC). Lord Winston's presentation will consider the question, "Can we achieve happiness?"

Greg Huang to present findings from large, prospective, practice-based network study at BOC 2019

September 17, 2019 | News

GLASGOW, UK: The American orthodontist Prof. Greg Huang, Chair of the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, will deliver the prestigious Northcroft Memorial Lecture at this year’s British Orthodontic Conference (BOC). In his lecture, Huang will outline the findings from the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (NDPBRN) adult anterior open bite study, a large prospective practice-based network study conducted in the US.

BSAD announces keynote speakers for annual conference

September 13, 2019 | Events | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: The British Society for Advanced Dentistry (BSAD) has announced several well-known speakers for its upcoming annual conference, to be held in the Hotel du Vin in Birmingham on 27 and 28 September. Prof. Iain Chapple and Dr Tif Qureshi will be keynote speakers at the event, while Dr Louis Mackenzie will be providing a hands-on session for attendees.

ADA, FDI and industry leaders join centennial global launch

September 12, 2019 | News

San Francisco, U.S.: The International College of Dentists (ICD), conceived in 1920 by two visionary leaders, is today the 12,000-strong foremost global honor society for dentists and supports hundreds of humanitarian and educational projects worldwide. Global leaders met for the launch of the ICD’s centennial celebrations during the FDI World Dental Congress held last week in San Francisco.

Dental professionals to be granted extensions in fitness to practise proceedings

September 12, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Dental Protection, the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals, has recently welcomed proposed reforms that would allow dental professionals more time to provide information when facing a fitness to practise (FtP) hearing relating to a clinical concern. The organisation is now calling for the extension to apply also to non-clinical cases.

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”.

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