Monthly Archives: April 2016

Make hand hygiene go viral

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and Association of Clinical Oral Microbiologists (ACOM) are asking oral health professionals to take to their social media accounts to promote good hand hygiene. Healthcare-acquired infections affect more than four million patients a year in Europe, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and cost around […]

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Dental charity seeks dental therapist volunteers for refugee camp

Dentaid is seeking volunteers to provide emergency dentistry at two refugee camps in northern Greece. The charity has been approached by the Red Cross which says there is a desperate need for dentistry at its camps in Cherso and Nea Kavala which are each home to 4,000 people. Although there is some basic healthcare in […]

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Making child protection simple – discounted safeguarding course just for you!

Child protection issues are an increasingly important part of your role as a health professional. The General Dental Council (GDC) expects all registrants to be aware of the procedures involved in raising concerns about the possible abuse or neglect of children and vulnerable adults. And now an online education resource is offering BADT members discount […]

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Smokers face tough time getting jobs – and earn less

A study comparing employment in smokers and nonsmokers showed that by 12 months, smokers were less likely to have found a job than nonsmokers, and those who did earned less than nonsmokers. A one-year longitudinal study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine strongly suggests that smokers remain unemployed longer than nonsmokers. And when smokers […]

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Child tooth extraction costs rocket

The cost of removing decayed teeth in children in hospital has rocketed by 66% since 2010-11, according to councils demanding tougher action to tackle sugar addiction. The Local Government Association (LGA) says £35 million was spent on extracting rotting teeth from under-18s in 2014-15, amounting to 40,970 procedures, compared with 32,457 in 2010-11. The LGA believe […]

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An end to publishing registrants’ addresses in sight

The GDC has agreed to end its policy of publishing registrants’ addresses online. This new approach follows extensive lobbying that included a petition organised by dentist Victoria Holden and signed by more than 2,000 supporters. However, the decision cannot be implemented immediately because the rules and regulations governing such a change mean that there will […]

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Study suggests periodontitis can be reversed

A study offers new hope that periodontitis can be effectively reversed. The work, which appears in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, employed an inhibitor of a protein called C3, a component of the body’s complement system, which is involved in immunity and inflammatory responses. Delivering this inhibitor, Cp40, to the periodontal tissue just once a week reversed naturally […]

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Breakthrough toothpaste hardens teeth while you sleep

A new toothpaste ingredient that puts back the lost minerals from tooth enamel and helps prevent decay and treat sensitivity while you sleep is now available. The new BioMinF toothpaste ingredient provides a new tooth repair technology which will bring relief to the millions of adults and children around the world who are prone to […]

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GDC to check English language competence of dental team

Powers that came into force on 1 April allow the General Dental Council (GDC) to check the English language competence of any new dentist or dental care professional before they can practise in the UK. A change to European Union law means that all applicants – including those from the European Economic Area (EEA) who were previously […]

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