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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

Annual renewal deadline fast approaching for dental care professionals

July 23, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The annual renewal deadline for dental care professionals (DCPs) is just over a week away, prompting the General Dental Council (GDC) to urge DCPs who wish to stay on the register for the following 12-month period to take action by no later than 31 July.

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NHS practice values bounce back

July 23, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The average value of dental practices that offer care to NHS patients increased in the three-month period ended 30 April, bucking a downward trend that saw the average goodwill value of NHS practices fall consecutively for three quarters last year.

GDC invites dental professionals to share their views on continuing professional development

July 19, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The General Dental Council (GDC) has opened a public consultation that invites UK-based dental professionals to share their ideas, comments and views on the short- and long-term future of professional learning and development in dentistry.

Oral Health Foundation announces clear guidelines for denture adhesive use

July 18, 2019 | News

RUGBY, UK: The Oral Health Foundation, a UK charity that aims at improving well-being by reducing the harm caused by oral disease, has announced clear, simple and scientifically backed guidelines on using denture adhesive. In this way, the foundation is providing uniform advice that dental professionals can give to completely edentulous patients who use denture adhesive. The guidelines were developed by a global task force and are part of a research project sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.

Interview: “DTX Studio suite really can be used on a daily basis”

July 12, 2019 | Events | Interviews | News

The recent Nobel Biocare Global Symposium saw many of the world’s leading voices on implantology and digital dentistry gather in the Spanish capital of Madrid. At the event, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr. Pascal Kunz, Vice President of Digital Solutions at Nobel Biocare, about DTX Studio suite and the benefits it provides for both dental clinicians and patients.

ITOP developer Jiří Sedelmayer dies at 73

July 11, 2019 | News

Today, Swiss oral health company CURADEN is commemorating collaborator and friend Dr Jiří Sedelmayer, who passed away last week aged 73, having lived a life richly filled with research, teaching and family. A champion of prophylaxis, Sedelmayer founded the individually trained oral prophylaxis (iTOP) programme, teaching students and dental professionals correct oral care for disease prevention. His influence in dentistry cannot be overstated: together with his beloved wife, Lucie, Sedelmayer contributed to a world where dentists are teachers and patients stay healthy.

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Nobel Biocare Global Symposium 2019: A landmark event for implant dentistry

July 10, 2019 | Advertorial | Events

MADRID, Spain: Throughout our 60+ years of history, we have consistently stood for genuine innovation, based on science, that was created to help improve the lives of patients around the world. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive training worldwide, and to work together with dental practices and laboratories to help maximise what services and products they offer to their patients. This was on full display at the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium 2019 in Madrid, Spain. We are delighted to announce that the event was a big success. If you were not one of the 1200 participants, take a look at some of the highlights provided in this newsletter.

Scottish public health minister describes dental treatment waiting time as unacceptable

July 10, 2019 | News

EDINBURGH, UK: Scotland’s Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe Fitzpatrick, has admitted that some dental patients are experiencing completely unacceptable waiting times for hospital treatment. New figures show that the number of patients waiting for longer than 12 weeks for treatment has risen dramatically over the past four years.

King’s College London dental school scores highly in global ranking

July 9, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK/SHANGHAI, China: In a new global survey, King’s College London has been ranked fourth in the world in terms of dentistry and oral sciences research. The survey, conducted by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, ranked King’s as the only European institution in the top ten and the only one located outside the US to have made it into the top eight.

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