Monthly Archives: February 2016

Dental Protection appoints Raj Rattan as new Dental Director

Dental Protection has appointed Raj Rattan MBE as the new Dental Director, to succeed Kevin Lewis who steps down in summer 2016. Mr Rattan has over 30 years’ experience in dental practice and has been associated with Dental Protection for over 20 years, first as a dentolegal adviser and more recently as a senior dentolegal […]

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Fizzy drinks need child-friendly ‘teaspoon labels’ to spell out sugar content, say councils

Fizzy drink companies should put child-friendly labels on the front of their products spelling out the sugar content in teaspoons, in a bid to beat tooth decay and child obesity, councils say. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils – with responsibility for public health – says many youngsters and parents are […]

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Periodontitis linked to a higher mortality rate in patients with kidney disease

New findings from the University of Birmingham show that patients with chronic kidney disease patients and periodontitis have a higher mortality rate than those with chronic kidney disease alone. The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, adds to the growing evidence for poor oral health being associated with other chronic diseases. Data from 13,734 […]

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How to tackle the global sugar problem

A new briefing paper by a University of Warwick academic outlines six proposals for UK policy that could help the country tackle sugar-related problems at home and abroad. The paper, called Sugar Shift: Six Ideas for a Healthier and Fairer Food System, argues that a reduction in sugar consumption, recommended by the World Health Organisation […]

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Sugarfree gum could save NHS £8.2 million a year

The NHS could save £8.2 million a year on dental treatments – the equivalent to 364,000 dental check-ups – if all 12 year olds across the UK chewed sugar free gum after eating or drinking. That's according to a study involving researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry published in the British Dental Journal […]

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Cochrane reviews triclosan/copolymer containing toothpaste

In 2013, the Cochrane Oral Health Group carried out a review of triclosan/copolymer containing toothpastes for oral health. This review assesses the effects of triclosan/copolymer containing fluoride toothpastes, compared with toothpastes containing fluoride only, for the long-term control of caries, plaque and gingivitis in children and adults. Some 30 published studies were reviewed, involving 14,835 […]

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Mouth breathing while sleeping may increase tooth decay risk

People who breathe through the mouth during sleep have higher risks for tooth decay. That's according to new research by scientists at the University of Otago's Sir John Walsh Research Institute who analysed the oral pH levels of 10 participants. Alternately, these healthy volunteers were asked to sleep with and without a nose clip that forces […]

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Break down barriers to turn the tide on kids’ dental health

The healthcare profession and the government need to break down key barriers if we are to ensure ‘efficient and effective’ future dental care for the nation’s children. That’s according to Fiona Sandom, president of the British Association of Dental Therapists (BADT), who was speaking in response to a call for a national oral health programme […]

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Dental therapists devise communication aid for stroke survivors

A group of dental therapy and hygiene students from Plymouth University are working with the Stroke Association in Plymouth to develop a communication aid to help stroke survivors when they visit the dentist. People who have suffered a stroke can be prone to oral health problems. Loss of dexterity and feeling may mean that they cannot […]

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