Dentistry, News

Dentists face critical NHS pension decision

Thousands of dentists who qualified before 2008 have just a few months to decide which NHS pension scheme will be best for them in the long term. The ‘Choice two’ exercise being undertaken by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) offers scheme members the opportunity to move their 1995 section benefits to the 2008 section

Articles, Dentistry

The buck stops there

Kevin Lewis looks at the current scapegoats in dentistry and how the news broke about the dentist who allegedly breached infection control procedures. It is probably just as well that Harry S Truman, the US President who served two terms at the end of and following World War II, is no longer with us. There

News, Ortho

BLOS takes international stage

The British Lingual Orthodontic Society, is delighted to announce that it has been given a role on the orthodontic profession’s international stage and will be offering a lingual master class during the 8th International Orthodontic Congress in London in September 2015. Established over 10 years ago and with 170 members in seven countries, BLOS has

News, Private

Increase in heart infections due to fewer prescriptions for prophylactic antibiotics

A new study has shown that the incidence of life-threatening heart infection has increased since the introduction of the 2008 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines. The study puts the rise down to dentists having written fewer prescriptions for prophylactic antibiotics before invasive procedures. In the UK, the 2008 NICE guidelines recommended

Articles, Oral Health

Diagnose and prevent oral cancer

Howard Thomas discusses the signs and symptoms to look out for with oral cancer and how the Curaprox toothbrush can help. Cancer is a deadly disease caused by an uncontrolled division of cells. If left untreated the uncontrolled growth, commonly referred to as a tumour, can spread to normal tissues nearby; create pressure on other

Aesthetics, Articles

Changing the ageing process

Nick Mohindra explains how dentists can change the ageing process by increasing vertical occlusion and leveraging its effect on facial features and the ageing triangle.  It has been established that increasing occlusal vertical dimension (OVD) affects lower facial height and can have a profound effect on the whole of the face. Eyes look wider and

Dentistry, News

GDC reminds registrants about counterfeit dental equipment

The General Dental Council (GDC) is reminding all its registrants of the need to ensure they follow the appropriate procedures when purchasing dental equipment. The recent campaign by the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) highlighted the growing trade in counterfeit dental equipment, with a huge seizure

Dentistry, News

Dental organisations say access to water fluoridation is a postcode lottery

The British Dental Association (BDA) has echoed concerns expressed by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) that limited access to water fluoridation – 10% of the UK’s population – means we are failing children who live in communities with high levels of tooth decay. The BSPD highlights in its latest report on fluoridation that 60,683 children

Articles, Endo

Restodontics – better together

Dentsply explains the benefits of using ‘same systems’ in the practice of restorations and endodontics. Some practitioners are still unaware of the benefits of using the ‘same system’ or materials from the same manufacturer, and with so many different products and manufacturers on the market it’s not surprising there is confusion. This can result in

Dentistry, News

BSPD speaks out against ‘regressive’ fluoridation tactics

The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) has announced its support for fluoridation of water as a public health measure in areas where it is needed. The society has issued a position statement under the guidance of Professor Emeritus Andrew Rugg-Gunn.   The statement advocates the fluoridation of drinking water as a public health measure