Monthly Archives: September 2015

Ban on smoking in cars ‘significant step’ for kids’ dental health

From tomorrow [1 October], smoking in vehicles with anyone under the age of 18 will become illegal in England and Wales – a move which will have a profound effect on children's oral health. That's according to the British Dental Health Foundation that has previously highlighted how passive smoking puts children at higher risk from tooth decay […]

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Home care of children crucial after oral sedation

Dental practitioners should give parents a better idea about what to expect at home after a child has been sedated for dental treatment. That's according to research that investigated common lingering effects of oral sedatives on children and the best ways to care for them once they return home. The research, published in the current issue of the journal Anesthesia […]

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‘Ask, advise, act’ on smoking, chief dental officer tells dental teams

  Today's (Friday 25 September) BADT National Conference keynote speaker – Chief Dental Officer for England, Sara Hurley – has welcomed the role the dental team plays in motivating patients to quit smoking. Welcoming Stoptober – Public Health England's (PHE) 28-day mass quit smoking campaign – ahead of its launch next month, she said: 'It is a sad reality that […]

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Can blueberry extract help treat periodontitis?

Scientists have discovered that wild blueberry extract could help prevent dental plaque formation. Their report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry could lead to a new therapy for periodontitis and a reduced need for antibiotics. Daniel Grenier and colleagues wanted to see if blueberry polyphenols, which work against foodborne pathogens, could also help fight Fusobacterium nucleatum, […]

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Children in special schools more likely to have teeth removed

Children in special support schools have slightly lower levels of tooth decay than children in mainstream schools but are more likely to have their teeth extracted, according to a new survey published today by Public Health England. The first national survey of oral health in special schools – schools for children with severe special education […]

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Everybody’s business – clamping down on FGM and human trafficking

Can the dental profession have a role in identifying and reporting girls at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)? Delegates at the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry annual conference were left in no doubt that they should raise concerns where they believe a girl might be at risk. Dentists and their teams also have a […]

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Maternal chronic stress linked to more dental cavities in children

Chronic maternal stress has been found for the first time to be associated with a higher prevalence of cavities among children, according to a study by King’s College London and University of Washington.   Chronic stress was also found to be linked to lower probabilities of breast feeding and dental visits by children, according to the […]

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UK dentistry lends its voice to European cancer awareness campaign

Dental therapists have joined other dental professionals in the UK in supporting a European-wide campaign to raise awareness of head and neck cancer. The Make Sense Campaign is launching its third European Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week today (Monday 21 September) in a bid to improve people’s understanding of the signs and symptoms in […]

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LA may affect kids’ teeth development, claims study

Local anesthetic may affect tooth cell growth and the development of children’s health. That's according to a study led by Dr Bing Hu at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. Using pig teeth and human young permanent tooth pulp cells, the research identified that local anaesthetics can affect the proliferation of tooth cells. According to […]

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Dental nurses support dental therapists in call for health summit

The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN) today announced its support for the British Association of Dental Therapists (BADT) call for an across-the-board health summit to tackle the inequalities of child health provision. A report released by charity The National Children’s Bureau, which compared the 30 most deprived local authorities with the 30 most affluent, shows that whilst only […]

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