Construction of the new £9 million University of Portsmouth Dental Academy is on target and planning is well under way for it to begin training students from September 2010.
The Dental Academy is the beginning of an innovative partnership between the University of Portsmouth and King’s College London Dental Institute with funding from the NHS.
For the first time, student dentists will be trained in teams alongside dental hygienists, dental therapists and dental nurses mirroring how dental professionals work in practice.
Despite bad weather delays earlier in the year, work on the building remains on schedule.
‘From a construction perspective the building is exceptionally complex because of the vast quantity of technical equipment it’s required to accommodate. Remaining on time despite the snow and icy conditions in January, and being ready to welcome the students at the start of the new academic year, is very important, said project director, Tony Horne.
The new facility is physically linked to the University’s existing School of Professionals Complementary to Dentistry (SPCD) by an overhead walkway and will provide first class training facilities.
The building on Hampshire Terrace will bring to the University an additional 20 dental chairs, a radiography suite and a state of the art instrument decontamination centre.
Since 2007 the University’s William Beatty Dental Service has provided members of the public with NHS dental services by staff dentists and students. From September 2010 the current chargeable service will close and a new service will open offering free dental care to suitable patients.
The care will be provided by final year dental undergraduate students from King’s College London Dental Institute and student therapists, hygienists and dental nurses from the University of Portsmouth. All students will treat patients under supervision of qualified dental tutors.
Student treatment will be the only treatment available as part of the new service at the Dental Academy. Existing William Beatty patients will be given the option to continue their treatment with dental students or helped to enlist with a local NHS dentist.
The role of the Dental Academy will be to work with patients to achieve good oral health.
Once a patient is in good oral health and current treatment needs are completed, they will ultimately receive help to enlist with an NHS dentist for future routine care.
Dental treatment at the new facility will include oral health promotion, fillings and preventative treatment, gum treatment, crowns and bridgework, dentures and root canal fillings but will not include complex or cosmetic treatments.
The William Beatty Dental Service will operate as normal until 30 June from when it will begin to wind down its service.
All patients who have started treatment will have their treatment completed before the service closes finally at the end of August.
The Dental Academy is funded by the Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight PCTs, the Department of Health and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
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Oral sex may be to blame for rise in mouth cancer^
The rapid rise in cases of oral cancer caused by a virus transmitted during oral sex has serious implications for health services around the world, warn researchers.
They suggest that the sexual transmission of HPV might be the reason for the rise.
Despite an overall marginal decline in most head and neck cancers in recent years, the level of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) has increased greatly, especially in the developed world.
In the US, cases increased by 22% between 1999 and 2006, after showing no change between 1975 and 1999, while the UK has seen a 51% increase in oral and oropharyngeal cancer in men between 1989 and 2006.
This increase seems to be accounted for by a rise in HPV-related tumours, say the authors, led by Hisham Mehanna at the Institute of Head and Neck Studies and Education, University Hospital, Coventry.
A recent study showed a 70% increase in the detection of HPV in biopsies taken to diagnose oropharyngeal carcinoma in Stockholm since the 1970s.
HPV-related oropharyngeal carcinoma has also been reported in 60-80% of recent biopsy samples in studies conducted in the US, compared with 40% in the previous decade.
HPV-related oropharyngeal carcinoma seems to be a new and distinct disease entity, explain the authors.
It has a better prognosis than non-HPV related oropharyngeal carcinoma, particularly in non-smokers, but the reason for this improved survival is not fully understood.
They suggest that sexual transmission of HPV might be the reason for the rise.
A recent study found that the risk of developing oropharyngeal carcinoma was associated with a history of six or more lifetime sexual partners, four or more lifetime oral sex partners, and – for men – an earlier age at first sexual intercourse.
But, whatever the reason, the rising rate of HPV related oropharyngeal carcinoma has implications for health service providers and commissioners, they warn.
For instance, patients are typically younger and employed, and – because outcomes seem to be more favourable than for patients with non-HPV related carcinoma – they will live longer.
Consequently, they need prolonged support from health, social, and other services, and may require help in returning to work.
There are also public health implications, they add. For example, including boys in HPV vaccination programmes before they become sexually active.
They write: ‘At present, we have no good evidence to support managing patients with HPV related head and neck cancer differently from those whose tumours are not HPV related, although several studies are being planned to evaluate different treatment options. Until data from such studies are available, we suggest that clinicians should not change their current treatment policies, but should aim to offer all patients with oropharyngeal cancer the opportunity to enrol in an appropriate clinical trial.’
Elsewhere around the globe, researchers from the University of Sydney found that almost two thirds of all throat and tonsil cancer cases are caused by the HPV virus.
Research now suggests the HPV, which is transmitted by oral sex, could soon rival smoking and drinking as a main cause of mouth cancer.
The findings from Australia could also suggest an increasing practise of oral sex.
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Plaque index scores reduced over six months by 51.9 per cent^
A recent study reveals that for patients with gingivitis who brush and floss routinely, the adjunctive use of a mouthrinse containing essential oils provides a clinically significant and meaningful benefit in reducing plaque that can lead to gingivitis.
These are the results of a randomised, controlled, observer blind, parallel group six-month trial conducted by Sharma et al.
The researchers concluded that mechanical methods of dental plaque removal have for many decades been based on the recommended twice daily toothbrushing and daily flossing, or other means of interdental cleaning.
For many patients, this mechanical routine does not appear to be entirely sufficient as supported by increasing incidence and prevalence data.
The results of the Sharma six month study provide substantial evidence that the adjunctive use of Listerine (Coolmint Antiseptic mouthrinse in this trial) provides a clinically significant and meaningful benefit in reducing plaque in patients with gingival inflammation.
• 56.3% reduction in plaque index scores of regular brush and floss users who additionally used Listerine
• 52.4% reduction in interproximal plaque by adding the essential oil containing mouthrinse to a brushing and flossing routine. By comparison, the addition of flossing only to the brushing routine reduced interproximal plaque by only 8.9%
This long-term study demonstrates that the adjunctive use of an essential oil containing mouthrinse twice daily provides a meaningful and clinically significant incremental benefit to a recommended regimen of brushing twice daily and flossing once daily.
Dental professionals should consider recommending a brush, floss and rinse regimen to their patients when brushing and flossing are not enough to maintain gingival health.
For a copy of this scientific paper and for more information about the Listerine range of mouthwashes, please contact Johnson & Johnson on 0800 328 0750.
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3. Brown LJ, Brunelle JA, Kingman A. JDent Res 1996; 75 (special number):672-83
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Dentistry Top 50 – and a new number one!^
Thousands of you voted online here and via Dentistry magazine and here are the results in full!
A hugely influential academic with a bulging CV, Edward Lynch has been voted your number one for 2010.
Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Gerodontology at Queen’s University Belfast, as well as Consultant in Restorative Dentistry to the Royal Hospitals, Dr Lynch has been awarded more than 90 research grants (totalling over £5 million), successfully supervised more than 50 MSc, MPhil and PhD students, and been awarded many prizes for his research.
His enthusiasm to provide continuous support for his students’ dental education and scientific endeavours well into their careers has also won him much praise
He is also chairman of the European Experts Group on tooth whitening and has presented on the subject to the EU parliament.
His clinical commitment has been in restorative and prosthodontic care of patients for more than 25 years. He believes that promotion of better health is best served by research, and to this end is constantly encouraging the development of more young, enthusiastic researchers.
His research team at Queens University has been awarded first prize at several annual award meetings of the International Association for Dental Research.
Edward has served on many committees including secretary, treasurer and president of GORG, Council of the Irish Division of IADR, the University of London Dental Subject Panel of the Medical Faculty, and is on the editorial board of numerous international journals.
He presents at many prestigious courses worldwide each year, and is a highly esteemed postgraduate teacher throughout the UK.
His courses are well received in terms of content and presentation, with his hands-on teaching in high demand, enabling him to enhance the careers of GDPs, community dentists, hospital dental staff and many more over the years.
His enthusiasm to provide continuous support for his students’ dental education and scientific endeavours well into their careers has also won him much praise.
2. Chris Barrow
[Last year: 17]
Kevin is always there or thereabouts and once again received a huge number of votes this year. Voted number one in this poll for three straight years from 2006-8, he is still clearly very high in most people’s thoughts when casting their votes.
During 20 years in full-time general practice – and a further ten practising part-time – Kevin developed special interests in preventive dentistry and practice management. He became involved in the medico-legal field in 1989, joining Dental Protection Limited (DPL) as a member of its Board of Directors. Three years later he was appointed dento-legal adviser and in 1998 became DPL’s dental director, which he remains today, while he is also the Dental Protection lead for members in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
He is a member of the Executive Committee and Council of the Medical Protection Society and has lectured extensively all over the world, including at five FDI World Dental Congresses since 1995.
Kevin has written two textbooks on dental practice management and countless articles.
From 1981-2006 he was the associate editor of Dental Practice, and is now consultant editor and a regular columnist for Dentistry magazine. It is through his writing that he has become a hugely popular figure in the profession, his incisive and witty style – when dissecting all aspects of UK dentistry – striking a cord with many readers.
4. James Goolnik
[Last year: N/A]
A perennial top-ten figure in this poll, Amarjit is a big name throughout the profession, but over the last few months may well have picked up votes due to his work in helping set up Dental Xpress, the UK’s first mobile dental surgery.
The self-sufficient unit, containing four surgeries, a decontamination area, a reception and a staff room, has proved very popular in its first outing in Leicester, providing NHS treatment in an area where access has long been a problem.
The hope is that further contracts can be agreed with PCTs up and down the country so the mobile unit can travel to wherever it is needed. Amarjit is the company’s spokesman and non-executive director, and is likely to have his work cut out in the coming months as he will be the next British Dental Association (BDA) president in 2010-11.
He was on the BDA’s Executive Board from 2000-2009, at one point being the deputy chairman, and over the years has influenced many dental professionals’ lives, in particular drawing on his own business and entrepreneurial experience to offer guidance to BDA members to become more successful by embracing the commercial opportunities around them.
Amarjit has lectured throughout the UK on the future of dentistry and tooth whitening, while he still works as a prevention-based cosmetic dentist in Nottingham.
When he takes over the BDA presidency, he aims to develop a more integrated profession, with a closer and more structured way of co-operation between the trade, hygienists, nurses and therapists.
6. Anoop Maini
[Last year: N/A]
Another high new entry, Anoop is one of the leading cosmetic dentists in London, and the rising reputation of his thriving aesthetic business may well be behind his surge into the Top 50.
The clinical director of Aqua Dental Spa in the heart of London’s West End, Anoop is going a long way to proving that high-end aesthetic dentistry is still alive and kicking in the UK, despite the recession.
Following an extensive refurbishment and brand change, Aqua Dental has the reputation of being at the cutting edge of private, elective dentistry, with its spa philosophy and décor that is a reflection of its high-end, aesthetic approach.
Anoop qualified in 1992 and, after initially being frustrated at not being able to do the dentistry he loved, he left behind the NHS to pursue his interests – namely smile makeovers, full-mouth rehabilitations, implants and facial aesthetics, which form the heart of Aqua Dental Spa.
The practice has also earned a national reputation for treating phobic patients, and Anoop has undergone extensive training in this area. He is also on the board of directors of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, where he is the chair of its Learning Committee.
7. Paul Tipton
[Last year: 25]
Paul’s passion for teaching through his company Tipton Training has seen his influence continually spread throughout the profession, and once again this acclaimed restorative dentist achieves a high placing in our Top 50.
He qualified in 1978 from Sheffield University and, after teaching in Sheffield and Australia, established a mixed practice in Manchester, turning fully private in 1986. Paul studied in London for three years under Michael Wise and completed the Branemark implantology course in Sweden. After a further two years’ study at the Eastman Dental Hospital and London University he graduated with an MSc in Conservative Dentistry. In 1999 Paul was awarded specialist status in prosthodontics from the General Dental Council.
He is on the editorial board of Private Dentistry magazine and was a founding member of the British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry and the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Regarded as a leading authority on cosmetic and restorative dentistry and implantology, Paul lectures on these subjects across the UK, Europe, North America & Asia.
8. Chris Orr
[Last year: 16]
Chris, one of the UK’s most renowned cosmetic dentists, once again achieves a high placing.
He is a founder and past president of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) as well as being a past president of the Odontological Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and a former director of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Chris is a still an Accredited Member of the BACD, and also a certified member of the European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry and the British Dental Bleaching Society.
Chris is the course director for Advanced Dental Seminars’ year-long course in Cosmetic Dentistry and Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry, one of the UK’s most popular postgraduate dental programmes, with more than 500 participants over the last six years. It is held at his purpose-built training centre in London Bridge, one of the largest privately owned postgraduate training facilities in Europe.
In addition he lectures extensively around the UK and abroad, having been an invited speaker at meetings throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia.
Chris frequently writes articles on subjects related to cosmetic dentistry in the press. His work has featured in the Daily Mail, the London Evening Standard, the Independent on Sunday, as well as in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Heat, and has also appeared on radio and TV programmes such as Extreme Makeover UK and Horizon.
9. Wyman Chan
Last year: 10
Wyman has become one of the biggest names in the field of UK tooth whitening, and it’s no surprise to see him maintaining a high position in this poll.
After forming the Smile Studio in London – the first dedicated tooth-whitening specialist centre in the UK – in 2002, the network of Smile Studio outlets has stretched to major cities such as Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool and Bristol. Wyman has been at the forefront of the growing rise in popularity of tooth whitening over the last decade, holding five British patents in the field (with several more pending) and constantly updating his
techniques and products through innovative research and development.
Through his research he developed and patented the ‘Wy10 Whitening System’, a pain-free technique that eclipsed conventional methods of teeth whitening based on the theory that cumbersome, intrusive lasers were needed to help penetrate the tooth’s enamel.
His success has led to him earning a ‘dentist to the stars’ reputation, and several famous celebrities are said to have made the trip to the Smile Studio’s spa-like setting in Shaftesbury Avenue for the Wy10 treatment, including Cheryl Cole.
Wyman is much published, lectures internationally and runs monthly hands-on power whitening seminars in London.
10. Raj Rattan
[Last year: 9]
Raj is another familiar name in our top ten, and he features highly once again this year after receiving many votes.
He is a GDP and owner of practices in London and Oxford, and practises part-time now in order to fulfil his role as Associate Dean at the London Deanery with responsibility for postgraduate dental vocational training. He is also a dento-legal adviser for Dental Protection and a consultant to a number of professional organisations both within the private and NHS sector, both of which he has a wealth of experience in.
Raj is a former policy adviser to the Department of Health, and was a member of the original Options for Change task group in 2001.
He has had a major impact in the world of publishing, authoring and co-authoring seven textbooks including Clinical Governance in General Dental Practice, Understanding NHS Dentistry and Quality Matters: From Clinical Care to Customer Service. He has also had hundreds of articles published in the dental press on various aspects of general dental practice.
Raj frequently lectures in the UK, particularly on the subjects of practice management and endodontics.
Here, the Top 50 in full:
1. Edward Lynch
2. Chris Barrow
3. Kevin Lewis
4. James Goolnik
5. Amarjit Gill
6. Anoop Maini
7. Paul Tipton
8. Chris Orr
9. Wyman Chan
10. Raj Rattan
11. Linda Greenwall
12. Eddie Crouch
13. Tif Qureshi
14. Barry Cockcroft
15. James Russell
16. Michael Wise
17. Stephen Hancocks
18. Tony Jacobs
19. Paddi Lund
20. Laura Horton
21. Trevor Burke
22. Sia Mirfendereski
23. Jimmy Steele
24. Tim Bradstock-Smith
25. Stewart Harding
26. Philip Friel
27. Ruby Austin
28. David Bloom
29. Mervyn Druian
30. Elaine Halley
31. Roy Higson
32. Nairn Wilson
33. David Houston
34. Manny Vasant
35. Julian English
36. Jane Armitage
37. Ian Buckle
38. Gordon Christensen
39. Ian Benington
40. Frank Spear
41. Ellis Paul
42. Tony Kilcoyne
43. Paul Brunton
44. John Besford
45. Alison Lockyer
46. Paul Batchelor
47. Jamie Newlands
48. Per-Ingvar Branemark
49. Mike Gow
50. Ashok Sethi
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Mouthwash scoops Product of the Year 2010 award ^
Product of the Year awards is the UK’s largest, independent and most representative consumer vote into product innovation; with more than 10,000 consumers voting in this year’s survey conducted by TNS.
Consumers voted for the ‘must have’ products which they believe are genuinely ‘new and improved’ or in some way groundbreaking.
This year’s survey split products into thirty-five categories.
Listerine Total Care Sensitive was voted Product of the Year in the ‘oral care’ category.
Johnson and Johnson, oral care brand manager Emma Howe said, ‘We are delighted to receive the Product of the Year 2010 Award for Listerine Sensitive.
‘We are pleased also that consumers recognise that Listerine Total Care Sensitive provides total protection for sensitive teeth.
‘It is clinically proven to target the multiple causes of sensitivity by: protecting nerve endings against that sharp sudden sensitive feeling, through Potassium Nitrate; strengthening and protecting tooth enamel, even between the teeth through fluoride; killing up to 99% of oral bacteria, in lab tests only, which can cause gums to recede and expose sensitive areas; keeping gums healthier as it cleans hard to reach places that brushing may miss; and reducing plaque formation by up to 56% more than brushing alone.’
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Dentist pioneers a painless jab^
A dental practice which leads the way in pain free treatment is giving new hope to patients who dread the needle – by offering painless injections.
Lubiju, in Edinburgh, will now be established as a centre of excellence in the use of the innovative QuickSleeper system, which instantly numbs teeth with a single painless injection.
Cosmetic dentist Dr Biju Krishnan, who set up Lubiju, expects the new anaesthetic to be a hit with those who normally avoid the chair because of needle phobias.
He says: ‘This really is the kind of exciting new technology which dentist’s have been dreaming about for decades, so we are proud to be at the forefront of introducing it in Scotland.
‘It is our aim at Lubiju to bring the best available treatments to Scotland from around the world. The QuickSleeper system has been developed over 10 years and is a huge leap forward.’
While the QuickSleeper anaesthetic still requires a needle, it is specially engineered in shape and combined with the injection technique, ensures the patient feels only a slight vibration.
With just a single injection a dentist can numb up to eight teeth, ending the need for multiple jabs. The anaesthetic is so carefully targeted at specific nerves, it also means patients are not left with numb tongue lips or cheeks.
The revolutionary method works by injecting anaesthetic into the soft bone area around a tooth – whereas traditional injections go only into the gum.
Dr Krishnan adds: ‘As the needle enters the gum the patient may feel a very slight vibration, but nothing more. The major difference is that this system injects anaesthetic into soft bone, rather than the gum.
‘Bone hardly has any nerve endings so patients feel nothing. Not only is it completely painless, but it only numbs the teeth being worked on, not the cheeks or lips.
‘As well as benefitting the patient, for the dentist it is fantastic that up to eight teeth can be numbed at once, where previously a single injection per tooth was required.
‘One of the biggest obstacles we face is working with patients who have a deep-rooted fear of injections. Being able to offer a genuinely pain anaesthetic is groundbreaking.’
General Medical is the UK distributor for QuickSleeper and Paul McPherson, agent for Scotland, Northern Ireland and North England, says: ‘For many people who go to the dentist, what they most fear is the injection. Our new approach to anaesthetics makes the injection painless, so we believe it will help both patients and dentists.
‘QuickSleeper is great for kids and it’s very quick, which means the dentist can save a lot of time and potentially treat more patients.
‘The team at Lubiju is recognised for its expertise and we are delighted to be working with them towards creating a centre of excellence to train others how to use QuickSleeper.’
Dr Krishnan and fellow Dundee University graduate Dr Lubino do Rego, set up Lubiju in March 2009, to concentrate on adopting and developing emerging, hi-tech techniques in cosmetic dentistry.
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Get ‘Up To Date’ with free Oral B lectures^
P&G Oral Health (Oral-B) has launched a new ‘Up To Date’ scientific exchange seminar and are inviting dental professionals to attend a complimentary CPD accredited evening event at one of three locations.
Taking place in London (Royal College of Physicians, 10 June), Manchester (Cranage Hall, 24 June) and Bristol (the Aztec Hotel, 29 June), guest speakers are Prof Trevor Burke and Dr Julian Satterthwaite.
The evening will be hosted by Dr Stephen Hancocks.
Professor Burke’s lecture is provocatively entitled ‘Does Size Matter?’, while Dr Satterthwaite will be exploring ‘The Management of Failing Dentitions’.
As well as two verifiable hours of CPD every delegate is invited to enjoy a complimentary meal at the beginning of the evening.
Registration and buffet is from 6pm with the first lecture starting at 7pm.
The evening will finish at 9.30pm.
Spaces at these events are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so if you would like to attend contact Michelle Hurd on 07920-178179 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Report emphasises value of dental commissioning guidance, says BDA^
A damning report on commissioning in health in England published by the House of Commons Health Committee emphasises the challenges that commissioners must overcome and the need for them to be supported properly in their work.
That’s according to the British Dental Association (BDA).
It also provides a reminder of the value of the BDA’s 2009 guidance for commissioners of dental care, the BDA believes.
The Health Committee report cites numerous concerns about many aspects of commissioning, including that articulated by the BDA in the evidence it submitted for the report about the importance of properly interpreted and well-managed data as the backbone to high quality commissioning.
Its report also reiterates the concerns it had expressed in its previous reports about PCTs’ effectiveness in particular areas of health, including dentistry.
Susie Sanderson, Chair of the BDA’s Executive Board, said: ‘This is a critical report that highlights some of the concerns dentists share about local commissioning. It also reflects the results of BDA research carried out in 2009 that identified problems facing PCTs.
‘It is clear that PCTs must be properly supported and engage constructively with dentists if they are to discharge their commissioning duties effectively. The 2009 BDA guidance on commissioning provides an excellent resource for PCT staff getting to grips with dentistry and has been embraced by commissioners across the country.
‘We know dentists value constructive relationships with PCTs and hope the guidance builds that co-operation and helps to deliver improved care for patients.’
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Periodontist spotlights latest clinical innovation^
One of the highlights of the 2010 Clinical Innovations Conference at the Royal College of Physicians on 7-8 May 2010 is a presentation by periodontist Dr Peter Galgut.
The talk – supported by Philips Sonicare – will highlight the latest periodontial innovations to help patients achieve superior results.
Undoubtedly one of the most innovative is the FlexCare+, Philips’ most recently launched sonic toothbrush, which has been specifically designed for patients with periodontal conditions who require advanced home care to manage their conditions.
In clinical studies, it was shown that patients brushing with FlexCare+ in its Gum Care Mode brushed for significantly longer, with the consequence that they reported back with fewer bleeding sites than those using a manual toothbrush.
Notably, returning patients who took part in the trial, showed significant improvements in their gum health in just two weeks.
Gum Care Mode encourages patients to brush for longer and allows them to target specific areas of concern.
Using this three-minute cycle patients can hone in on areas that need more attention in order to improve the health of the gingiva, most specifically interproximally and along the margins.
The Gum Care cycle starts with two minutes of whole mouth cleaning and is followed by another minute of gentle site specific cleaning for the most problematic areas.
The new system is completed by a built-in UV sanitiser which kills 99% of select micro-organisms* on Sonicare brush heads to ensure that they remain primed in peak condition.
Those not attending the Clinical Innovations Conference and who want to find out more about the brush can visit www.sonicare.co.uk/dp or call 0800 0567 222.
* E coli, Strep mutans, Herpes Simplex
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BDA helps dental team with essentials^
The BDA has launched a new set of training courses designed to help the whole dental team keep up to date with the skills they need to keep practices running smoothly.
The cost-effective one-day Training essentials courses will each concentrate on different aspects of dental practice life and the courses will be open to all members of the practice team.
As well as providing valuable practical updates, many of the Training essentials courses will also provide CPD in core areas.
The courses, which will be held at the BDA’s London headquarters, will tackle topics including law and ethics, performance management, medical emergencies, dental radiography, business planning and record keeping.
Many will appeal to the whole dental team and some are targeted specifically at dental care professionals, including a course looking at employment law for practice managers.
Speakers will include both the BDA’s expert advisors and guest speakers.
The courses begin in May and are already scheduled to run until the end of September, with each course taking place on more than one date so that they are easy to squeeze into diaries. Further courses will be scheduled for the autumn and beyond.
Full details and information about booking can be accessed at: www.bda.org/training. Places for BDA members are priced at just £150 per course, while dental care professionals pay just £95.
All delegates are eligible for a group booking discount, gaining half price entry to a third Training essentials course for every two they attend.
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Chip offers hope for mouth cancer sufferers^
A new diagnostic tool to help the early detection of oral cancer has successfully been developed by researchers in America.
The US team now hope the eventual deployment of nano biochips will cut the cost of medical diagnostics and contribute significantly to the task of bringing quality health care to the world.
Eventually, dentists may be the first line of defence against oral cancers, with the ability to catch early signs of the disease in the chair.
The highly-receptive instrument, which looks similar to a toothbrush, is able to achieve extremely accurate results by lightly touching a lesion on the tongue or cheek.
Trials carried out on the nano biochip sensor showed it was 97% ‘sensitive’ and 93% specific in detecting which patients had malignant or premalignant lesions – results that compared well with traditional tests.
If introduced, the brush could be used by dentists chairside with the minimally invasive technique delivering results in 15 minutes instead of several days.
It would also offer an alternative to often invasive, painful biopsies.
A larger trial involving 500 patients (including some from England) has been planned.
The new nano-bio-chip was developed professor John McDevitt and his team at Rice University in Houston, Texas and the study appears online in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.
Professor McDevitt says: ‘One of the key discoveries in this paper is to show that the miniaturised, non-invasive approach produces about the same result as the pathologists do.
‘This area of diagnostics and testing has been terribly challenging for the scientific and clinical community. Part of the problem is that there are no good tools currently available that work in a reliable way.’
He said patients with suspicious lesions, usually discovered by dentists or oral surgeons, end up getting scalpel or punch biopsies as often as every six months.
‘People trained in this area don’t have any trouble finding lesions. The issue is the next step – taking a chunk of someone’s cheek. The heart of this paper is developing a more humane and less painful way to do that diagnosis, and our technique has shown remarkable success in early trials.’
Professor McDevitt and his researchers hope the eventual deployment of nano biochips will dramatically cut the cost of medical diagnostics and contribute significantly to the task of bringing quality health care to the world.
He adds: ‘The chips should also be able to see when an abnormality turns precancerous. You want to catch it early on, as it’s transforming from pre-cancer to the earliest stages of cancer, and get it in stage one. Then the five-year survival rate is very high. Currently, most of the time, it’s captured in stage three, when the survivability is very low.’
News of the technology was welcomed by chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter.
Dr Carter said: ‘Mouth Cancer is a deadly and debilitating disease that would greatly benefit from such early diagnostic technology as the nano-bio-chip.
‘Currently, the best chance of beating the cancer comes from early detection, which improves survival rates to 90%.
‘Mouth cancer is a potentially fatal condition that is taking more lives each year. Without early diagnosis chances of survival plummet down to 50%.’
The study appeared online in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.. Click here to read the research.
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Expert advice for non-invasive aesthetic treatment ^
Renowned expert in the area of aesthetic dental care Dr Irfan Ahmad will be chairing a presentation at this year’s British Dental Conference and Exhibition.
Aimed at general dental practitioners and young dentists, the lecture has been designed to give clinicians a practical treatment approach that allows for the predictable enhancement of the smile.
Dr Ahmad will be introducing Dinos Kounturas, a general dental practitioner at The Dental Implant Clinic in Thessalonki, Greece, as the speaker for the session.
His presentation, Customised aesthetic treatment using minimal or non-invasive feldspathic porcelain veneers, will explore the rationale behind the use of such veneers as an alternative to composite resins.
The session will provide a step-by-step guide using clinical case studies to demonstrate the processes involved in order to create successfully an enhanced smile for patients.
The 2010 British Dental Conference and Exhibition takes place at the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre between 20-22 May.
The event features top level national and international speakers will provide delegates with a wealth of information and advice that they can directly translate to situations that they experience in their practices.
The information will inspire the entire dental team to implement new strategies aimed at providing better patient care, and increased practice revenue.
For more information on the conference and exhibition, register on www.bda.org/conference or call 0870 166 6625.
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Founder of the Institute for Postgraduate Dentistry commemorated^
At a commemorative day held at the University of Central Lancashire in March, a plaque was unveiled in honour of Professor Shahram Tabibi who founded the Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education at UCLan.
The pro-vice chancellor and colleagues from UCLan attended the event in recognition of the achievements of an innovative and forward-thinking peer.
Pro-vice chancellor Eileen Martin said: ‘When Professor Tabibi joined the university in 2003, there was no dental activity at UCLan at all. He has made an outstanding contribution to the development of dentistry at the university.’
Registered specialist in oral surgery, Professor Shahram Tabibi has worked closely with Professor Martin since 2003.
He introduced the very first clinical dental course to UCLan and worked as senior lecturer and internal examiner for this course.
In 2006, he was appointed head of department to establish an Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education, providing excellence through skill to dentists wishing to embark on further training.
Core disciplines included MSc programmes in Implantology, Restorative Cosmetic Dentistry, Periodontology, Oral Surgery and Endodontics, and a Certificate of Higher Education in Orthodontic Therapy.
Professor Tabibi was instrumental in developing initial relationships between UCLan and the GDC and the Faculties of General Dental Practitioners.
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Dental practices can waste money chasing patients, say consultants ^
Owners of dental practices often waste considerable time and money looking in the wrong direction for new patients, a newly formed practice management consultancy warns.
The firm, Yes!Results, says that a dental clinic’s own staff and patient lists can offer far greater potential for increasing revenue than expensive glossy brochures and advertising.
By improving the communication between staff and the practice’s existing and prospective clients, it claims, the take-up of treatment plans can be raised by more than 25%.
The consultancy’s partners, who have worked with many of dentistry’s best-known corporate names, are aiming to help practice owners develop staff-led business building strategies.
The team of professionals comes from dental management, marketing and finance backgrounds, and have formed Yes!Results to advise both independent and group practices.
Partner Lesley Bailey, whose career has included a senior consultancy role at James Hull Associates, says she has seen many examples of practices failing to maximise their existing income potential.
By auditing staff performance and monitoring feedback from patients, she says, it’s often possible to introduce new working methods which will greatly increase treatment uptake.
In addition to possibly substantial savings in marketing expenditure, says Lesley, patient satisfaction can also rise dramatically, leading to more referrals at no extra cost to the practice.
‘Investing in new literature or media advertising is an entirely understandable response to the need to increase revenue, but the pay back is over a very long period – if at all,’ she says.
‘Far more effective can be a reality check on whether human and other resources you already have at your disposal are being properly exploited – and often this isn’t the case.
‘Many treatment opportunities are lost through staff adopting the wrong approach, and patient retention can also be an issue if clients feel they will receive better attention elsewhere.
‘The remedy, however, can be very quick and economical to implement – but depends on the practice head accepting that the business’s existing policies may not be the most effective.
‘It’s not just the practice’s income and patient attitudes which can benefit from change: staff too will often become better motivated and keen to help achieve better results,’ adds Lesley.
Based in Sale, Cheshire, Yes!Results works across the UK – and, says Lesley, its strategies take into account the time restraints often imposed on practitioners by their professional work.
For more information, call 08456 44 80 66 or visit www.yesresults.co.uk.
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BBC’s Panorama reveals kids’ tooth decay epidemic^
The extraction of eight teeth from the mouth of a five-year-old girl featured on BBC1’s Panorama as the programme reveals how preventable diseases are reaching epidemic proportions among the UK’s children.
Alder Hey in Liverpool is the busiest children’s hospital in Europe, treating more than 200,000 patients a year.
More than £1 million and hundreds of hours of treatment time are being spent tackling conditions such as tooth decay, alcohol abuse, obesity and the problems caused by passive smoking.
And more than half of the 1,000 dental operations carried out each year there are on children under the age of six.
Dental surgeon Sharon Lee said she sees a constant stream of toddlers: ‘It obviously upsets me immensely but we do have a job to do to look after the child.’
In Spoilt Rotten? The realities of preventable childhood illness five-year-old Kaitlyn has eight molars removed due to tooth decay.
Dental surgeon Dr Rod Llewelyn says having the teeth out so early will have an impact on how her permanent teeth grow in and is likely to result in more extractions to relieve crowding.
Her mother, Sharon, said the culprits were her daughter’s love of sweets and tomato sauce.
But after the traumatic experience of seeing her daughter undergo the extractions, Sharon vowed to ban the ketchup entirely and cut back on the sweets served to her three children.
She said that in the months since her daughter had the operation last summer, she has required fillings in two baby teeth, but the family is making good progress in cutting down on the sweets and the tomato sauce.
Doctors at the hospital say basic health messages are still not being understood by parents.
Alder Hey’s Steve Ryan admitted to his frustration at the situation: ‘I think what a terrible shame this is that we have to be doing these things that we shouldn’t be doing.
‘All the time we’re under pressure to use taxpayers’ money we receive in this hospital as effectively as possible, so it is awfully disappointing that that money’s wasted. We could be using that money to do amazing things.’
He said the very real prospect of a generation of British children dying before their parents is a sleeping giant.
‘I think that we’ve never been here before. We’ve never faced this epidemic. It didn’t happen in history. There were cholera epidemics, measles epidemics, whooping cough epidemics… (this) is subtle. It is in the background. But it’s massive.’
Panorama is available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer. Click here to see it.
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GDC launches ‘Student Fitness to Practise’ Guidance^
When students pass their exams and apply to join the General Dental Council’s (GDC) registers it expects them to understand and live up to the same high standards required of the dental professionals already registered.
The GDC, and all other health regulators, were asked by the Government in its 2007 White Paper ‘Trust, Assurance and Safety’ to think about how to ensure the safety of patients who are being treated by students.
The GDC believes patients can best be protected through creating detailed guidance. Most other healthcare regulators have done the same.
With this in mind, and after a full public consultation, the GDC has produced published guidance to help promote a positive approach to professional behaviour among students and to help education providers deal with issues which call into question whether a student is fit to practise.
The guidance covers:
• The types of professional behaviour and health standards expected of dental students
• How fitness to practise can affect registration with us
• When and how to make decisions about fitness to practise
• The key elements of student fitness to practise procedures
The guidance includes a table of the areas of concern which most commonly arise.
However, it’s not possible to produce an exhaustive list of all examples so issues must be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by appropriate investigators and panels.
Students’ behaviour should be measured against the principles set out in the GDC’s guidance document ‘Standards for dental professionals’ as well as against the training provider’s own regulations.
If a student’s behaviour falls below these expected standards, the education provider should consider if this amounts to a fitness to practise concern, and therefore warrants consideration through its formal procedures.
The guidance offers advice on how these procedures might be carried out by providing an example of what formal procedures might look like in practice.
There is also useful information about the kinds of action which might be taken in the event of issues being identified. These include giving warnings or imposing conditions.
Chair of the General Dental Council, Alison Lockyer says: ‘Professionalism is such an important part of dentistry and anyone joining our registers needs to meet and maintain certain standards.
‘It makes sense to get students thinking about these standards, and the expectations the public have of them, while they are still learning. We hope the Student Fitness to Practise guidance helps both students and education providers with that.’
Copies of the guidance are being sent to education providers and the guidance is already available through the GDC website.
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New dental skills suite opens^
A new fully-equipped dental skills suite is providing students in the school of health at the University of Northampton with valuable practical training experiences.
Chief dental officer Barry Cockcroft officially opened the new suite that provides access to fully operational dental equipment including:
• an inter-oral camera
• digital imaging facilities
• a decontamination room
• dental computer software.
It gives students on the university’s dental nursing foundation degree programme the opportunity to gain practical experience using key instruments and equipment.
Dr Cockcroft said: ‘Improving dental services for patients requires quality education, training and research. This excellent facility will help the University of Northampton develop the dental care professionals of the future.’
Sue Allen, dean of the school of health at the University of Northampton, said: ‘The new dental skills suite shows our commitment to providing excellent teaching and training facilities that will enhance the skills and learning experiences for our students.’
Janine Brooks, lecturer at the University of Northampton, said: ‘The registration of dental nurses has led to a need for developing and delivering new and innovative models of education. I feel privileged to be part of the creation of this unique training facility.’
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Good news for oral health as more smokers kick the habit ^
The number of smokers to successfully quit the habit has increased in the last year, leading the way for a greater level of oral health.
Almost 250,000 people in England quit smoking between April 1 and December 31 2009, a rise of 10% compared to the same period in 2008 – according to the results of a new national survey.
Results from the NHS Stop Smoking Services survey also showed that more than another 375,000 of the country’s smokers have decided to kick the habit for good and set a quit date.
Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, has welcomed the results but insisted that more needs to be done to educate people on the hazards of smoking.
Dr Carter said: ‘Most people are now aware that smoking is bad for our health. It can cause many different medical problems and in some cases fatal diseases. However, many people do not realise the damage that smoking does to their mouth, gums and teeth.
‘Smoking can lead to tooth staining, gum disease and tooth loss. When people think of the dangers of smoking they instantly think of lung and throat cancer, but many are still unaware that it is one of the main causes of mouth cancer, too.’
Mouth cancer has become one of the UK’s fastest growing cancers, diagnosing more than 5,000 people every year.
Without early diagnosis chances of survival could plummet down to 50%.
‘The best chance of beating the cancer comes from early detection, improving survival rates to more than 90%, so it is important to follow the slogan of the Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign: If in doubt, get checked out. Many people with mouth cancer go to their dentist or doctor too late.’
The results of the survey, published at the end of last week, also revealed a dramatic increase in expenditure on NHS Stop Smoking Services.
Figures released showed almost a 20% rise in spending to £60.6 million, almost £9 million more than the same period in 2008.
Of those who set a quit date success at the four week follow-up increased with age, from 32% of those aged under 18, to 56% of those aged 60 and over finally managing to give up the habit for good.
But less than half of the 14,608 pregnant women who set a quit date successfully stopped smoking after the four weeks.
Among strategic health authorities (SHAs), the East Midlands SHA reported the highest proportion of successful quitters with 55%, while North East SHA, North West SHA & London SHA reported the lowest success rate at 44%.
Among primary care trusts (PCTs), Warrington PCT reported the highest proportion of successful quitters with 68%, while City & Hackney Teaching PCT reported the lowest success rate at 29%.
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Dentistry Awards 2010: the launch^
Now in its fifth year, the Dentistry Awards is the most celebrated event in the dental calendar,
honouring regional and national excellence in dentistry.
This year, the chairman of the judging panel will be cosmetic dentist Amarjit Gill.
Amarjit was recently voted the 5th most influential dentist here at www.dentistry.co.uk and in Dentistry magazine’s Top 50 poll, and over the last few months has also helped set up Dental Xpress, the UK’s first mobile dental surgery.
Amarjit also lectures on the future of dentistry and tooth whitening.
The Dentistry Awards were created to recognise exceptional individuals, teams and practices who have showed an active interest in reaching – and often staying – at the top of the profession.
These awards present a fantastic opportunity for practices to show just how remarkable they are. Additionally, they give them the welcome chance to compete against others in their own areas, creating some friendly rivalry on the most exciting night of the year!
The awards ceremony will be held on Friday 10 December 2010 at the stunning Athena in Leicester – a beautiful, art-deco banqueting venue in the heart of the country.
Best Practice UK went to Reece Associates incorporating Smilescool
If that wasn’t enough, the evening continues after the awards with great music, guaranteed to have you dancing into the early hours.
This year sees the welcome return of 2009’s successful extension of the Website Awards, as well as the Best Marketing category which also made its debut last year.
There are more than 40 coveted awards in total, and everyone who takes one away can be proud that they have set a new benchmark in dental excellence.
• Best Practice (regional)
• Best Young Dentist (regional)
• Best Team (regional)
• The UK Outstanding Achievement Award (national)
• Best Marketing (national)
The Dentistry.co.uk Website Awards
• Best Website
• Best New Website
• Most Improved Website
• Best Specialist Referral Website
• Northern Ireland
• North West
• North East
• South West & Wales
• South East
Grab your ‘early bird’ saving
An ‘early bird’ offer of £35 per category is available until 30 June, so it’s well worth getting your entries for Best Practice, Team, Young Dentist, Marketing, and Outstanding Achievement in
sooner rather than later! Full details can be found online at www.dentistry.co.uk/awards.
For more information please call 01923 851739 or email email@example.com.
If you fancy entering the website awards, it couldn’t be easier.
Simply visit www.dentistry.co.uk/webawards to find out how to enter. With each entry costing just £15 for the website awards, what are you waiting for?
Why you should enter
• The Dentistry Awards provide a perfect opportunity to motivate your practice and build on the desire to strive above the competition
• Receiving recognition for offering an excellent service gives you great satisfaction. Enjoy a great team building experience and generate some excitement in your practice while you do so!
• Success at the awards can improve team morale, too. What better way to reward your team and show them you recognise their hard work?
• It’s a great way to get press coverage for your practice – even being shortlisted is a massive achievement.
Simply choose all of the categories you wish to enter and produce an entry to impress. The final deadline for all entries is Monday 13 September, leaving plenty of time to create a fantastic, award-worthy submission.
We are looking for extra special practices that can prove they are the finest in their region, presenting clinical excellence, accompanied by patient testimonials. From small practices to large specialist surgeries, each entry will be judged on its individual merits. Let us know how your practice has improved and how your team works together. Inform us about charity or community work your practice is involved with and what you are most proud of, and then let us help you put your practice’s name on the map.
Tell us how your team goes that extra mile for the patients and practice. Show us testimonials from satisfied patients and proof of how exceptional every single person in your team really is. Let us know how hard they work to make your team so special, and then let us lend a hand in telling everyone in your region all about it.
Best Young Dentist
This award is aimed at dentists of 35 years and under (on 10 December 2010) who have achieved a standard of practice management seemingly beyond their experience, or who have achieved notable things at this early stage of their career. We are looking for people who deserve recognition such as: someone who has continued to train since graduating and who achieved phenomenal results as a VDP, young dentists involved in community projects or who have championed a scheme local to their practice, or an individual who has had to overcome extreme or adverse circumstances in order to create a successful practice.
Are you particularly proud of a recent marketing campaign? Has it delivered measurable growth for your practice? Tell us about your practice’s unique selling point and how you have marketed and differentiated yourself. We are looking for evidence of integrated marketing campaigns, branding and new ideas that have generated growth at your practice.
The UK Outstanding Achievement Award
Unlike the Oscars or National TV Awards, our Outstanding Achievement award does not honour longevity. Instead, it focuses on an individual’s performance during the calendar year, rewarding an outstanding contribution during 2010. It is not necessary to have worked in UK dentistry for a lifetime to be nominated for this award.
The Website Awards
We know exactly how much hard work goes into producing a top-class website. The dentistry.co.uk Website Awards give you the chance to have that hard graft officially rewarded across three categories: private, mixed and specialist.
To enter, please visit www.dentistry.co.uk/webawards.
Hints and tips
• To ensure we choose the correct winners, a personal statement of 500 words, outlining why you feel you deserve to win the category, must accompany your entry
• Think of your entry as a means of presenting you as well as your practice: bound booklets, laminated pictures and practice marketing material will all help the judges get a feel for your practice
• Letters of reference and testimonials from patients can back up your entry
• Patient testimonials can be backed up by before-and-after shots
• Creativity and originality help applications stand out
• Press cuttings are a great way to prove your work within your
• Ensure you include high-quality professional pictures of your practice – either hard copies or on CD.
Good luck and see you on the night!
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Dental expert slams dangerous ‘sweetie culture’^
Parents should resist their children’s demands for sugary treats.
That’s the call following a new study exposing the problems surrounding a ‘sweetie culture’.
The British Dental Health Foundation believes the report has flagged up a severe lack support for parents and says that more oral health messages, particularly around diet and toothbrushing, must be made a priority.
Research showed that parents experienced particular difficulty in refusing their children’s constant demands for sweets, biscuits and chocolate in a society where sugary snacks are so easily available.
Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter says the study highlights the need for stricter measures to be put in place so that children’s health does not deteriorate further.
Dr Carter says: ‘The research underlines the struggles parents have in today’s society where sweets are sugary foods have become the norm. It also gives us an insight into why children’s dental health in the UK is so poor, despite the constant hard work we do in making information available to the public.
‘The UK in general has developed a very unhealthy food environment, making it even harder for us to improve the dietary habits of children in this country. Cutting sweets and high-in-sugar foods in schools is a start and a step that the Government must radically think about adopting.’
The research was undertaken at the University of Dundee’s Dental Health Services and Research Unit and studied parents from varied social backgrounds with children aged three to 12 whose teeth had to be extracted.
Many parents confessed to using sweets ‘to control their children’s tantrums’ and made a plea for schools to ban sweets because they were ‘everywhere.’
They were also found to have limited knowledge of oral health maintenance which was poorly applied. These factors, combined with the difficulties of family life – in particular illness and life events – created circumstances in which their children experienced tooth decay.
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Decontamination training vital for dental practices^
Effectively managing medical instrument reprocessing whether in a sterile services department, a doctor’s surgery or dentist’s practice carries significant responsibilities.
Eastwood Park Training runs three courses to assist senior staff improve their skills in successfully overseeing vital medical instrument decontamination processes.
This training is only available at Eastwood Park and will significantly improve understanding in order that managers become even more effective in their role:
The Decontamination Lead Courses in both acute and non-acute sectors, are for those heading a strategic operational team, placing emphasis on the importance of performing the decontamination lead role to the standards set out in relevant Health Technical Memorandum (HTM).
The Sterile Services department supervisors/manager’s course is for effective management and production of all sterile services and goods as set out in HTM 2010/2030, and HTM 01-01 Part A.
The Decontamination of flexible endoscopes (HTM 01-06) will help improve the management skills of endoscope washer-disinfector users, decontamination leads and estate managers.
Sue Peckham, Eastwood Park’s Training Manager (Decontamination) said: ‘It is vital that those in charge of significant medical instrument decontamination operations have a broad and sound understanding of the practical decontamination processes.
‘Our courses include microbiological testing as well as audit and quality control measures right through to strategic planning and reporting.’
All the above courses are City & Guilds accredited.
For more information, visit www.eastwoodpark.co.uk or ring 01454 262777.
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Dentists get into bed with opticians in joint venture^
Ideal Dental Care has signed a groundbreaking agreement to open four new joint venture partnership practices within the high street premises of a chain of opticians across Yorkshire.
Premier Vision Opticians has ambitious plans to open the fully branded dental practices within its Castleford, Huddersfield, Bradford and Wakefield stores by the end of the year. It expects the first one in Huddersfield to be open in July.
The agreement is a coup for both Ideal Dental Care and Premier Vision Opticians who see a synergy between dentistry and optometry to create a one-stop shop on the high street for patients.
This is a new venture for both parties according to Ideal Dental Care’s Managing Partner, Peter Thompson, and one which he claims is centred on delivering a value for money, patient-orientated experience.
He says: ‘Both companies have a remarkably similar outlook on business and the way we want to deliver service and treatment.’
‘We are committed to delivering the very highest standards of care which represent excellent value for money and having this proposition on prominent high street locations makes it very accessible for customers to choose to seek a range of treatment under one roof.”
Premier Vision managing director, Steve Keough, said he had been looking to develop his business model and saw dentistry as the perfect partner for his opticians.
Steve, a former operations director with Specsavers, says: ‘Ideal Dental Care were the first people I came across that were serious about joint venture partnerships and had a well-developed and robust franchising model. I know that in the conception of Ideal Dental Care, Peter Thompson studied the Specsavers model in great detail and this goes a long way in explaining how he has created a business model which resonates with the way I run my business.’
Both men said they were delighted to have reached agreement and were excited about rolling out the dental-optical proposition.
‘There are very few, if any, such partnerships and we have a great opportunity to develop a niche in the market which we are confident will prove popular with patients,’ they say.
‘The partnership is built on strong foundations because of the synergy between the two businesses and we share the same vision and commitment in making the venture something that is a brilliantly simple collaboration.’
Ideal Dental Care already has practices in Lancashire, London and South Yorkshire.
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Alcohol consumption affected by the company drinkers keep^
A new study reveals that drinking habits are dictated by the company we keep.
Data, taken from the Framingham Heart Study regarding the drinking patterns of more than 12,000 people, was examined by researcher Dr J Neils Rosenquist and others at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
The study, appearing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, concludes that people are 50% more likely to drink heavily if they have friends or relatives who are considered heavy drinkers.
The article states the researchers also found in general that being surrounded by heavy drinkers increased the reported alcohol consumption by about 70%, while being surrounded by abstainers decreased reported alcohol consumption by half.
The release of the study coincides with Alcohol Awareness Month in the States, when doctors, researchers, treatment and prevention professionals and other advocates focus on reducing the damage caused to individuals and to society by heavy alcohol consumption.
However, a recent YouGov poll of more than 2,000 English adults suggested more than one in five (22%) people who have ended up drinking more than planned put it down to peer pressure, while 39% of drinkers feel the need to make up an excuse or lie to justify refusing a drink.
The poll found:
• Only 1% of English adults who drink, think less of people who refuse a drink or choose to drink less than them
• Just 4% expect their friends to keep up with them when drinking
• Only 2% admit to piling on the pressure for friends to drink more when they don’t want to.
The NHS recommends women do not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day (about 2 small glasses of wine), and men do not regularly drink more than 3-4 units a day (about two pints of beer).
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Boy’s YouTube dental video scoops family a small fortune^
A home video of a boy groggy after a trip to the dentist which ranked as the second most watched YouTube video of 2009 has scooped the boy’s family £65,000.
The video – shot by the seven year old’s father David DeVore – notched up more than 56 million views.
‘David After Dentist’ features the son recovering from some dental work that left him feeling disoriented and wondering if he would ever feel normal again.
The video shows the child in the back of the car telling his father that he ‘feels funny’ and asking ‘is this real life?’
Within a week, the video had amassed more than five million views.
Now, Mr DeVore has revealed licensing deals, merchandise and a lucrative YouTube advertising partnership have since netted the family ‘more than $100,000 (£65,000)’ – $6,000 of which has been donated to children’s dental charity Operation Smile.
Operation Smile sends volunteer medical professionals to India to provide free reconstructive surgery for thousands of children suffering with a cleft lip and palate.
To view ’David After Dentist’, click here.
For more information about the charity Operation Smile, visit www.operationsmile.org.uk.
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Top 10 dentist to feature in new TV chat show^
The first episode of a new UK TV chat show, dedicated to cosmetic surgery, will feature dentist Paul Tipton, voted 7th in Dentistry’s Top 50 poll of the most influential people in the UK dental profession.
Dr Tipton appears in Tuesday’s episode of the new MyFaceMyBody as he takes viewers through the tooth whitening procedure.
The series, sponsored by Zoom tooth whitening, is screened next Tuesday (20 April) at 7.30pm on InformationTV, Sky Channel 166 and Freesat 402.
The show is dedicated to cosmetic surgery, non-surgical procedures, cosmetic dentistry and general aesthetic treatments.
Am I a morning person? I can probably answer ‘yes’ to that as I have become more of a morning person in the last two or three years – just don’t expect too much until after that first cup of tea.
I always have a full email inbox and working lunch is the only way things get done; not my choice, just a necessary evil.
My days don’t really vary a lot as I have a timetable that I teach to in term-time. However, the work I do outside my main teaching job varies a great deal – BADN duties, delivering on the Section 63 programme, mentoring and consultancy.
I don’t think the role of the dental nurse has changed much, but the contribution of the dental nurse has become more recognised. Being a dental nurse is a challenging role; how
challenging depends very much on your working environment and employer. I find my various roles – dental nurse tutor, mentor, consultant – to be both challenging and rewarding. Being able to make a contribution and give something back to dental nursing by sharing my knowledge and experiences is important to me.
The British Dental Nurses Association (BADN) has been key to changing the profession’s view of the dental nurse and continues to play a vital role in leading change. As the UK’s only professional association for dental nurses, it provides information and support for dental nurses, as well as representing dental nursing at all levels. BADN is often approached by dental authorities in other countries to advise on forwarding dental nursing as a profession globally. Has GDC registration made a huge impact on dental nurses/DCPs? Yes, without a doubt!
Most days, I’m home around 6.30pm, apart from Tuesdays when I teach a night class and get home around 10.30pm. Anyone who knows me will know this is something I’d like to see stopping in the near future. I do not believe it is appropriate to teach students working towards a professional qualification in the evening, their education should be part of their working week.
I never really had a career plan in the early part of my working life. However, once I returned to dental nursing after having my children, I realised I really wanted to get involved in BADN.
I started by running a Bedford local group, then became regional co-ordinator, NEG chairman, then, in 2007, I became president and I am now chairman of the council.
To relax, I enjoy listening to music, going to gigs, I’m also attempting to learn to play guitar and, in the last six months, I have taken up walking.
What am I reading at the moment? Well, I won’t count dental publications. At present, I’m not reading a novel. I usually do that during my summer holiday. I squeeze in four or five novels during a two-week holiday. My regular reading is between classic rock titles and country walking magazines – poles apart, but essential for feeding both my hobbies. Bedtime is anything between 11pm and 1am during the working week.
• Angie McBain is Dentistry’s newest columnist. She works as an oral health co-ordinator and lead tutor at Barnfield College in Luton, Bedfordshire, and is the former president of the British Association of Dental Nurses. She is now the association’s chair of the council. Here, she takes us through her daily routine. You can read Angie’s new column in Dentistry magazine every month.
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Study links gum disease with prostate problems^
A small study reveals that inflammation from gum disease and prostate problems may be linked.
The researchers compared two markers: the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) used to measure inflammation levels in prostate disease, and clinical attachment level (CAL) of the gums and teeth, which can be an indicator for periodontitis.
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center discuss their new evidence in the Journal of Periodontology, the official journal of the American Academy of Periodontology.
A PSA elevation of 4.0ng/ml in the blood can be a sign of inflammation or malignancy. Patients with healthy prostate glands have lower than 4.0ng/ml levels. A CAL number greater than 2.7mm indicates periodontitis.
Like prostatitis, periodontitis also produces high inflammation levels.
Nabil Bissada, chair of the department of periodontics in the dental school, says: ‘Subjects with both high CAL levels and moderate to severe prostatitis have higher levels of PSA or inflammation.’
He added that this might explain why PSA levels can be high in prostatitis, but sometimes cannot be explained by what is happening in the prostate glands.
He says: ‘It is something outside the prostate gland that is causing an inflammatory reaction.’
Because periodontitis has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, the researchers felt a link might exist to prostate disease.
Thirty-five men from a sample of 150 patients qualified for the study, funded by the department of periodontology at the dental school. The participants were selected from patients at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center with mild to severe prostatitis, who had undergone needle biopsies and were found to have inflammation and in some patients, malignancies.
The participants were divided into two groups: those with high PSA levels for moderate or severe prostatitis or a malignancy and those with PSA levels below 4ng/ml. All had not had dental work done for at least three months and were given an examination to measure the gum health.
Looking at the results, the researchers from the dental school and the department of urology and the Institute of Pathology at the hospital found those with the most severe form of the prostatitis also showed signs for periodontitis.
Other authors on the paper, Association between Periodontal Disease and Prostate-Specific Antigen Levels in Chronic Prostatitis Patients, were: Nishant Joshi, Sena Narendran, Rick Jurevic and Robert Skillicorn from the CWRU dental school; and Donald Bodner and Gregory T. MacLennon from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center.
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Dental team, keep the GDC up to date^
The General Dental Council is asking dental professionals to double-check their registered address is up to date.
This is a requirement of registration and helps ensure that registrants don’t miss out on important GDC information.
Dental professionals can check their details are right by logging on to www.GDC-uk.org and searching the registers using their registration number.
By law dental professionals registered details (full name, registered address, qualifications and date of first registration) are all public information. Members of the public can check any registrant’s details by contacting the GDC or by checking the Dentists Register or Dental Care Professional Register online.
Registration Projects Manager Sarah Arnold says: ‘When registrants move from their registered address whether home or work, the GDC should be on the check-list of organisations they need to contact. We regularly send things out by post – such as Annual Retention Fee information, Annual Practising Certificates and the Gazette. If these haven’t been arriving, it’s worth making sure we have the right contact details.
‘The registered address can be of a home, a practice or even a post office box number as long as it is somewhere we can get in touch, but remember, the address you give will be published on our website.’
For further details, click here.
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Duck – and no cover^
It’s going to be a busy month – off to London this week for the Dental Awards. I’ve been asked to present one of the awards, so I’m practising walking up steps in a long frock and high heels…. would hate to embarrass myself in front of le tout dentistry by falling behind over breakfast on my way up to the stage.
Then Katie, our events admin, and I are joining President Sue Bruckel at the Dental Technology Show at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 7 and 8 May – this is now open to dental nurses as well, and entry is free! You can even get a free Early Bird coffee and bacon roll by sending an SAE to Katie at the BADN office. BADN are also giving a free seminar on what you need to know about CPD on Saturday at noon – just come along. For more information on DTS, visit www.dts2010.co.uk.
Then I’m off to Belfast with our northern regional co-ordinator, Nicola Docherty, and Sharon Brennan of WRB, our indemnity providers, to talk to dental nurses there – always supposing there are flights by then.
The following weekend, we’re all in Liverpool for the BDA Conference – again, BADN have a stand and we are holding another seminar – this time it’s Dental Nurse Registration – Is It Working?.
Entry to the exhibition is free and there are special rates for DCPs attending conference seminars – visit www.bda.org/events/annual-conference for more details.
At some point during all this, will be meeting with the new GDC chairman and chief executive, Alisons Lockyer and White respectively. One of the main topics on the agenda will be the dental nurse registration fee and the need to bring it down to an affordable level. In the meantime, BADN are providing members with a free money box to save up for GDC registration and BADN membership fees – we have calculated that £3.50 a week will cover registration and membership (which includes indemnity cover and verifiable CPD) and are offering either a piggy bank or a duck to BADN members who come to our stand at DTS or the BDA with their current membership cards, or to dental nurses who join at either of those events.
The fact that the current GDC registration fee is far too high for dental nurses was highlighted by our recent salary survey. This showed that the majority of respondents earned less than £20,000 – even more disturbing when you realise that the 55% of respondents were working more than 35 hours a week and 60% had been dental nursing for more than 10 years! Out of this, they pay their own GDC registration fees, BADN membership fees and CPD costs.
What’s even more worrying, is that 18% admitted to working without any indemnity cover at all – which not only contravenes GDC regulations but means that if they were successfully sued by a patient, they could lose everything – and then still have to fork out 30 grand or so for legal fees when explaining to the GDC why they were working without indemnity cover!
The results of the survey are slightly skewed, in that the majority of respondents were slightly older and more senior – if those dental nurses working part time, or in really low-paid positions had responded, the average salary would have been even lower…… hopefully, when we repeat the survey later this year, we can persuade more dental nurses to participate – you dont have to be a BADN member.
The full survey report is available on the Latest News page of our website www.badn.org.uk, as is the report on our other survey, which shows that dental nurses have a huge influence, and quite often final authority, on purchasing decisions in their practices and clinics. Dental trade please note!
Am just finalising the programme for the National Dental Nursing Conference – so far we have radiography, professionalism, entrepreneurship, podiatry, indemnity/law and ethics, oral health, hypnosis – am still waiting confirmation on forensics, fluoride and cross infection, as well as a few others.
It’s at the Blackpool Hilton on 26 and 27 November – yes, I know, Blackpool in November, cold and windy – but its a full programme with lots of little extras (no tram ride this year, the lights will be over by then), so wrap up warm and come along. Details will be on Conference page of our website in May.
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Free advice as tax deadline looms for dentists^
Dentists who are DDU members and who are worried about their tax affairs can now get free expert advice from a brand new service during a critical time for tax disclosures.
The DDU has joined forces with Taxwise, one of the UK’s leading providers of advice on tax and VAT, to give members the opportunity to consult a team of professionals with many years of experience within both HM Revenue and Customs and accountancy practice.
The Taxwise telephone helpline is available in office hours until 30 June 2010, when the deadline to declare undisclosed tax liabilities, under the HMRC’s tax Health Plan, expires.
Rupert Hoppenbrouwers, head of the DDU, says: ‘We know that HMRC is now carrying out targeted investigations aimed at medical and dental professionals who they believe have not made a full declaration.
‘We anticipate that this will be a concern for dentists, even if they have nothing to declare, and they may need to seek advice on how to respond to an approach from an HMRC inspector.
‘At the same time, those who have already notified HMRC that they plan to make a declaration may need advice about how to do this. We are delighted to be able to offer this service through our partners at Taxwise and expect it will be invaluable during the coming months.’
DDU members who wish to use the service should call Taxwise on 01455 852 589 and quote the reference TXDDU1, as well as their DDU membership number.
The helpline is open between 9.00am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday.
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It’s good dental practice to go green for Earth Day^
Today (22 April) is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a time for dentists to consider reviewing and renewing efforts to go green in the dental surgery, according to the Eco-Dentistry Association.
Earth Day is celebrated worldwide through events promoting awareness of environmental issues.
In 2010, organisers hope to involve 1.5 billion people in the activities organised by 19,000 organisations in 190 countries.
Climate change legislation is a hot global topic in 2010 and will serve as the focus of an all-star Earth Day rally in Washington DC..
Becoming proactive environmentally by being a green dental surgery will impress your patients by your concern for the environment.
According to figures, 74% of the British population say that more information on a company’s social and ethical behaviour would influence their purchasing decisions. (MORI, CSR study 2003)
What can you do in your dental surgery to be green for 2010?
The Eco-Dentistry Association (EDA) – an international association promoting environmentally sound practices in dentistry – is encouraging dentists to do their part to help save the environment.
Outlining the environmental impacts of dentistry, it explains that unbeknown to most practitioners, dental processes and procedures generate significant waste and pollution.
Four processes are responsible for the lion’s share of this waste: disposable infection control and sterilisation methods; mercury-containing waste; conventional X-ray systems; and conventional vacuum systems.
At their website – www.ecodentistry.org – the Association says: ‘New products and technologies for cleaner, greener dental practices are emerging, allowing practitioners to eliminate or mediate much of this waste. In many cases, the eco-friendly alternative better serves patient health and saves money.
‘The most important environmental initiative for any dental practice is to install an amalgam separator which will filter mercury-containing filling material, preventing it from entering water supplies.
‘Pollution-based dental processes, like conventional X-rays, create unnecessary rubbish and toxic chemical-waste that the dental surgery is left to handle and dispose of.
‘Technologies like digital radiography, steam sterilisers, and in-surgery bio-waste management systems not only reduce this waste, but eliminate much of it before it is created.’
To help dentists be more environmentally conscious, the EDA has issued a checklist of standards for green dental practices.
The EDA is recommending that dental professionals make the following Earth Day resolutions to reduce waste and pollution:
• Use an amalgam separator
• Practice litter-free infection control
• Detoxify your infection control processes
• Take digital images
• Promote your practice paperlessly
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Leading UK aesthetic dental congress returns^
The UK’s leading aesthetic dental congress returns to London this June for what’s set to be another world-class, unparalleled event.
Boasting a line-up of 34 international speakers, a first-rate exhibition and a variety of lectures and hands-on sessions, World Aesthetic Congress (WAC) 2010 is certain to impress.
Now in its ninth consecutive year, WAC, organised by Independent Seminars, continues to attract attention and inspire its delegates.
Last year, more than 500 dentists, hygienists, technicians, team members and exhibitors attended and it’s expected that this number will be eclipsed in 2010. With places selling fast, now is the time to book.
The badges were then sold at the practice with all the proceeds going to Bank House, a local mental health charity. Michelle said: ‘We like the idea of the proceeds going to a local charity so we’ll definitely be doing something similar this year.’
Make the message last
Alexandra Dental Care has always been involved with Smile Month, usually through open days. However, the competition enabled the practice to get the essential message of the campaign across to patients over a longer period of time.
‘Open days are great but they only last one day. We were able to prolong the message over four weeks helping to get the essence of Smile Month across to patients better. The key messages on the entry form reached more people than one open day would, and the fact that we ran a competition attracted attention from the local press, so we were able to reach more people,’ said
Michelle. ‘We announced details of the winners on our winter newsletter, so the Smile Month messages lasted even longer in our practice. Although we try to prolong the event, I do feel that the concept could be extended for longer than a month.’
The practice also held a special winner’s afternoon and took photos of the day, making the whole event personal to the patients and staff alike.
‘It’s a nice change to do something different. Everyone gets involved with brainstorming ideas and it really brings the team together. We try to give the younger nurses lots of the responsibility organising the events, it’s nice for them to have a project to work on.’
The team at Alexandra Dental Care really liked the idea of raising money for a local charity, so the ideas for this year are aimed at enabling them to do that again.
One of the ideas they have is to sell helium balloons to patients. Each one will be tagged with a name and message, and whichever one is found the furthest away will be deemed the winner.
‘One of the girls on the team suggested the idea,’ says Michelle, ‘She took part in a similar event at school and hers was returned by a guard at Buckingham Palace, so it really does work!’ The team is also considering running a ‘guess the name of the bear’ competition, and, in the past, has encouraged patients to take part in guessing which baby photo belongs to which member of staff.
These ideas are all easy to carry out, don’t require much expense and, best of all, can be used to really promote the message of Smile Month in a fun and memorable way. One of the slightly more ambitious ideas they had was a sponsored cycle ride.
‘We’re all aware of the work that Bridge2Aid is doing, so we were going to work out how many miles away Tanzania is from our practice and all take it in turns to use a cycle machine in the waiting room. None of us really fancied getting hot and sweaty though, so we might be tempted to do something different!’
One of the great things about the ideas the team at Alexandra Dental Care comes up with is that they don’t cost the earth.
Open days are a good option for practices getting involved in Smile Month for the first time, but they can be costly in terms of shutting the surgery. Michelle recommends holding them in the evening as practices will reach more people this way and won’t lose out on a day’s work. These events work especially well for dental phobic patients as it gives them a chance to meet the dentists outside of a surgical environment and they can look around the practice at their own pace.
One of Alexandra Dental Care’s regular patients used to be so scared of the dentist he had to cross the road rather than walking past a dental surgery. Attending their National Smile Month open day resulted in him being able to look around the practice without any fear, and now he is able to attend regular check-ups.
Michelle said: ‘There is not enough in the press about the high mortality rates associated with oral cancer, it’s just not highlighted as much as other issues.
Dentistry gets a bit neglected by the media. So many people don’t go to the dentist, because they are scared, don’t have the time or think it’s going to be expensive. If we can reach just one person through the Smile Month campaign, then it’s a success in my eyes.’
Michelle advises everyone to play a part in National Smile Month.
‘Definitely get involved, it doesn’t cost much. I’ve done this job for 14 years and I have seen it make a difference. It’s great for staff morale, too.’
To order National Smile Month resources, go online at www.nationalsmilemonth.org or contact the British Dental Health Foundation on 0870 770 4000.
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Dentists clock up cash in London Marathon feat^
Two dentists raised more than their target sponsorship amount when they ran the Flora London Marathon in aid of dental charity, Bridge2Aid.
Dr Katherine Opie-Smith and Dr Chris Waith completed the 30th London Marathon on Sunday 25 April with more than 35,000 other runners and together, raised over £5,800.
Both have previously worked in Tanzania as part of Bridge2Aid’s Dental Volunteer Programme (DVP).
‘It was definitely a good day,’ said Katherine, who is also a Bridge2Aid Trustee and works at the Dulwich Village Dental Practice in London.
‘My time was 4:35:55. I was 64 seconds slower than when I did it in 2008 but ultimately I had fun. Need some time to recover though, lots of blisters!’
Chris works at Cahill Dental Care Practice in Bolton, Greater Manchester.
He said: ‘‘At first I thought I was going into it a tad under-prepared. I had shin splints and a sprained ankle in the lead-up to the Marathon and I was just praying that sheer willpower will get me through! The last six miles or so were my hardest, but the crowds were amazing and kept me going through the constant encouragement and cheering or the occasional crafty penny chew!
‘All in all, it left me extremely tired and emotional but the thought of my gorgeous family Michelle and baby Dylan, who have supported me throughout, as well as those amazing people I met in Tanzania last year kept me going until the end.’
Chris completed the Marathon in 4:15:34 and is continuing his support of Bridge2Aid by entering the BUPA Great Manchester Run on 16 May and the BUPA Great North Run on 19 September. To donate, please visit his Just Giving page, www.justgiving.com/chriswaith.
The funds that Katherine and Chris have raised will go directly towards Bridge2Aid’s work of helping Tanzanians who live in rural, remote locations to have access to safe, emergency dentistry.
• Bridge2Aid is still looking for BUPA London 10K runners to fill the remaining few places. Minimum sponsorship is £500 and deadline for registration is 3 May, so don’t delay! Any interested parties should visit www.bridge2aid.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gordon Brown dodges fluoride question ^
Prime Minister Gordon Brown dodged the issue of fluoridation of Southampton’s tap water when he visited the city on his campaign trail this week.
He refused to comment on the issue which, locally, is dividing voters and nationally could impact on the public nationwide.
Mr Brown was greeted by Labour candidates for Southampton Test and Itchen, Alan Whitehead and John Denham, and Portsmouth North candidate Sarah McCarthy-Fry at Solent University.
In a questions-and-answers session with voters, Mr Brown refused to be drawn on the issue of a referendum on the controversial decision by health chiefs to add fluoride to parts of the city’s water.
The news website, www.dailyecho.co.uk, reports him as saying: ‘That’s a decision for the local health authority.
‘Of course we want people to be able to make local decisions and national decisions and that’s why I’ve proposed a referendum on the constitution, but it’s not for me to dictate how people in Southampton make their local decisions.’
He was also criticised about the lack of support for armed forces families. A woman, who said she was herself a forces dependent, told him the housing was ‘appalling’.
‘We have lost dental care, we have lost medical care. We have to move every two years or so and we don’t get any support in schooling for our children,’ she said.
The Prime Minister said that members of the armed forces had ‘a right to expect their families and they themselves will get access to the services that they need in the British public sector’.
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Positive patient behaviour created by interdental products^
Ensuring patients carry out their interdental cleaning regime between visits is one factor dental profesionals cannot control.
In most cases, they are clinically affected by issues surrounding the subject of compliance.
Actually gaining compliance can only be acquired through demonstrating the use of interdental cleaning products at chairside, followed by a strict oral healthcare routine.
In theory, a patient should leave a practice and stick to the advice provided, but this is where problems can occur. In order to investigate these issues, Tandex, in conjunction with the German-based Life and Brain institute, recently carried out a series of tests on volunteers.
The tests investigated the possibility that patients would only use products if they really liked them.
The results showed conclusive evidence that the consumer will only purchase products upon advice provided by the professional – but not necessarily use the products if they don’t actually like them.
Supported by this evidence, Tandex realised that patients were purely guided by the look, feel, colour and shape of an interdental product.
Even the name of the product(s) on display helped patients make a real connection with the range they viewed, with nearly all volunteers describing Flexi as their favourite interdental cleaning product chosen from a range of class leading brushes.
Tandex scored highly across all categories, displaying that they were leaders in terms of functionality but also design and texture.
For more information, contact the company at email@example.com to ask for your free samples of interdental cleaning products or visit www.tandex.dk.
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Top 50 Dentistry winner joins University of Warwick ^
Edward Lynch has joined the University of Warwick as head of dental education and research for Warwick Dentistry.
Edward, voted this year’s most influential person in UK dentistry in Dentistry’s recent Top 50 readers’ poll, joins from Queen’s University, Belfast, where he was professor of restorative dentistry and gerodontology for the past 10 years.
During his career Edward has been awarded 94 research grants totalling around £5 million.
He said: ‘I am delighted to join the excellent team at Warwick Dentistry. Warwick Dentistry aims to be a world-leading postgraduate unit, internationally renowned for the high quality and relevance of its education programmes and for the excellence and significance of its research.’
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Oral-B competition winners announced^
We announce the six winners of the P&G Oral Health competition published in the March issue of Preventive Dentistry magazine and here at www.preventivedentistry.co.uk.
‘Body language’ was the correct answer to the competition question, What is non-verbal communication often more commonly referred to?
Congratulations to the six correct entries picked at random who each receive an Oral-B Triumph SmartGuide power brush.
• Receptionist Julie Hazell of Newquay in Cornwall
• Student Keith Prince from Ilkley in west Yorkshire
• Therapist Rachel Carpenter from Maidstone in Kent
• Dentist Terry Douglas
• Hygienist Susan Bagnall in Evesham in Worcestershire
• Hygienist Claire May from Crowborough in East Sussex.
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Parties focus on dentistry in General Election countdown^
Senior politicians from the three main parties were spending the final days of the general election campaign trying to hammer home their key messages on dentistry and public health.
With opinion polls suggesting the result of the May 6 poll was up in the air, Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats all staked their claims to be the party of the NHS.
Tory shadow health minister Mike Penning, whose party’s manifesto was the only one of the three to include commitments on dentistry, said: ‘Under Labour, fewer people are able to see an NHS dentist. So, we will introduce a new dentistry contract that will focus on achieving good dental health, not simply the number of treatments achieved.
‘This will tie newly qualified dentists into the NHS for five years and allow dentists to fine people who consistently miss appointments. These changes will allow us to give one million more people access to an NHS dentist and give every five year old a dental check-up.’
Lib Dem health spokeswoman Sandra Gidley said: ‘The crisis in dentistry is one of Labour’s most shameful legacies. We would increase the number of dentists working in the NHS by making sure that every dentist who takes a public bursary does five years‚ work for the NHS.
‘We would also reform the way the contract works so that dentists are paid on a capitation basis and alongide this we would incentivise dentists to provide preventative dental health care, aiming to improve the dental health of the nation.’
Mrs Gidley added: ‘None of this will happen overnight because successive governments have let the rot set in but I would also want to see dentists as part of the decision making process and not marginalised as in the past.’
Meanwhile, health secretary Andy Burnham defended Labour’s record on health and raised questions over the Conservative Party’s commitment to the NHS.
He told Dentistry: ‘The Tories want to take money out of public spending. Things will be tougher, but look at the Labour record. We have renewed the fabric of the NHS – it’s a job nearly done but not quite.
‘People will hear competing promises but in their hearts of hearts who would voters expect to come up with the goods. Most would recognise Labour’s track record and the same can’t be said for our opponents.’
Take our online poll on the home page and vote for the Party you think offers the best dentistry pledges in the run-up to next week’s General Election.
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Lib Dems promise dental team a ‘preventive incentive’ in countdown to election^
The Liberal Democrats have made preventive dentistry a keystone in their health policy.
As 6 May nudges ever closer, the Conservatives remain the only one out of the three main runners to include commitments to dentistry within their manifesto.
However, Lib Dem health spokeswoman Sandra Gidley said this week: ‘The crisis in dentistry is one of Labour’s most shameful legacies.
‘We would increase the number of dentists working in the NHS by making sure that every dentist who takes a public bursary does five years‚ work for the NHS.
‘We would also reform the way the contract works so that dentists are paid on a capitation basis and alongide this we would incentivise dentists to provide preventive dental health care, aiming to improve the dental health of the nation.’
She added: ‘None of this will happen overnight because successive governments have let the rot set in but I would also want to see dentists as part of the decision-making process and not marginalised as in the past.’
Opinion polls currently suggest the result of the May 6 poll is up in the air but both Labour and the Conservatives join the Liberal Democrats in the claim that they’re the party of the NHS.
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Small businesses see election as platform for change^
Business owners see Thursday’s election as an opportunity to change Britain’s enterprise culture for the better, with one in ten intending to vote for the party they hope will manage the economy most effectively.
That’s according to new research from the Forum of Private Business.
But many fear their businesses could suffer because of the uncertainty created by unclear tax plans, the threat that spending cuts will jeopardise public sector opportunities and the possibility of a hung parliament.
According to the Forum’s latest Economy Watch member panel survey, 55% of respondents view the public vote as a platform on which to highlight the issues facing their businesses.
Those mentioned most frequently were red tape, economic management and the tax burden.
However, 14% of the small businesses surveyed feel threatened by the looming election because of the uncertainty they believe it could create, with many citing a lack of detail on tax plans from the main political parties and possibility of a hung parliament as the main reasons for this uncertainty.
In addition, with spending cuts inevitable in order to plug the gap in public finances, the election is viewed as a threat by businesses who undertake a significant proportion of work in the public sector.
In all, 18% of business owners consider ‘economic management’ to be a significant factor that will influence their vote. The same number believe ‘support for small businesses’ will be one of the main issues affecting their decision at the ballot box.
Further, 17% cited a better tax regime as a significant voting factor. Other influential factors included addressing the planned National Insurance rise (10%) and reducing red tape and state interference (9%).
The survey’s other findings are as follows:
Overall, business confidence has increased compared to the previous month’s Economy Watch survey, but more entrepreneurs remain doubtful about growth prospects in 2010.
In total, 44% of respondents are ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ compared to the 39% recorded in March. However, more than half (53%) are ‘not very confident’, ‘pessimistic’ or ‘very pessimistic’.
In April, orders increased for 35% of the businesses surveyed, fell for 25% and remained unchanged for 39%. Turnover increased for 38%, fell for 21% and stayed the same for 41% of respondents.
Profitability was up for 33% of businesses, down for 32% and stayed the same for 35%.
Late payment was more of a problem for 29% of respondents, less of a problem for just 4% and the same for 67%.
Almost a quarter of businesses (24%) increased investment in sales and marketing (with 11% reducing this spend and 64% indicating no change) and 22% increased investment in machinery and equipment (with 18% spending less and 60% no change). Further, 17% increased staff training, 10% reduced it and 73% made no change.
The cost of doing business – excluding tax – increased for more than a third of respondents (36%), fell for just 3% and remained unchanged for 61%. The tax burden was greater for 19%, fell for 35% and stayed the same for 78%.
Access to finance
Fewer business reported better access to finance, with just 3% saying it has improved compared to 6% in March. The same number reported a deterioration as did in the previous month (13%) while 66% indicated no change, up slightly from 63% in March.
Better financial management had resulted in businesses being able to better access finance in previous months but respondents reported a number of reasons for a deterioration in April. These include poor returns from invoice discounters, increased late payment by debtors and increased lending charges.
Cost of finance
The number of businesses believing that finance has become more affordable has increased, with 85% reporting it as ‘very affordable’ or ‘affordable’ compared to 78% in March.
In total, just 10% feel that finance is ‘very unaffordable’ or ‘unaffordable’, which is consistent with the data from the last two months.
Business priorities and needs
Improved business and consumer confidence was selected by 26% of entrepreneurs as the main factor that would help their businesses grow – up by 2% from March.
The next was ‘internal business development’, which was chosen by 24% (down slightly from 26%), followed by economic improvements and stability, selected by 21% of respondents (a slight fall from the 25% recorded in March).
Other factors were training and recruitment initiatives (11%), specific industry incentives (10%) and addressing finance issues (10%).
Anticipated business investment
One in three respondents (32%) now anticipate making no investment in their businesses in 2010, up from 24% in March.
In all, 45% expect to invest in sales and marketing (down from 54%), 14% in machinery and equipment (down from 18%) and 19% in product and process development (down from 25% in March).
Employee numbers have dropped by 4% over the last year and approximately 8% of businesses have reduced their working hours.
Some of the changes were in agency staff or use of contractors. However, a number of vacancies from March remain unfilled despite relatively high levels of unemployment, indicating that some businesses are looking for highly specialised staff.
The monthly Economy Watch member panel survey is carried out as part of the Forum’s Communications Director business support solution. For more information call 0845 612 6266 or click here.
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Visually impaired lose out in dental care^
A dentist is expressing concerns over a lack of oral health information for the visually impaired, following the results of a new report.
Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, believes that more dental health information should be available to those who suffer sight difficulties after participants of the study claimed not enough is being done to cater for their disability.
More than half of the sample group complained that there is inadequate information concerning dental care available to them in the platforms they are able to access.
Dr Carter believes that oral health educators everywhere need to be more aware of visually impaired audiences and adjust the formats of their information so that it is accessible for everyone.
He says: ‘Around two million people in the UK suffer from a range of visual impairment, from low vision to complete blindness. We need to make sure these people get the support they need.’
The latest study, conducted in a low vision aid clinic at Moorfields Hospital in London, examined 100 patients who were visually impaired.
Each participant undertook a visual oral check, where every tooth was assessed and recorded alongside the levels of plaque and calculus in the mouth.
Despite the results, which showed the group to have equal oral health levels to that of adults tested in the Adult Dental Health Survey 1998, the visually impaired were less likely to attend for dental check-ups and more likely to only visit the dentist when in pain.
Dr Carter adds: ‘To discover that twice as many people with sight problems only visit the dentist when they are in pain is very worrying indeed and highlights a severe gap in dental information to this vulnerable group – this is something that needs to change.
‘The majority of people with sight difficulties need a magnifier to read, while others rely on audio tapes. We have set out a strategy to fill this audience gap which currently exists within dentistry.
‘Our new website, which is in construction and scheduled to launch this August, will provide low vision audiences with magnified typefaces. We have also installed an audio capability to our dental health leaflets so that the public are able to listen to the educational resources we provide.’
The British Dental Health Foundation’s new website will work in conjuncture will the Foundation’s other services, such as their series of ‘Tell Me About…’ leaflets, which cover topics such as tooth care, gum disease, children’s teeth and diet, amongst others which are available via the charity’s online shop.
Kate Watson, specialist in Special Care Dentistry, from University College London, headed up the research from the Eastman Dental Institute, the results of which were published in the April edition of the British Dental Journal.
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Smiling could be key to Downing Street, reveals dental poll^
The race to become Prime Minister could all rest on a good smile – according to the results of a new poll conducted by the UK’s leading oral health charity.
A national survey from the British Dental Health Foundation found that almost 70 percent of us think that people who smile have a greater chance of being successful.
The survey, conducted to coincide with National Smile Month (May 16-June 16), showed that over half of those asked said they judge a person by their smile, with a good grin leaving a lasting impression.
Another poll carried out by the Foundation revealed Conservative leader David Cameron as the leader with the best smile, with 38% of people preferring his smile to that of his election rivals.
Labour’s Gordon Brown came in second with 33% while Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg came in third with 29%.
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, stressed the importance of maintaining a healthy smile.
Dr Carter said: ‘Teeth are often the first thing people notice about us so it is imperative we keep our smiles looking good. We tend to warm to people more if they have a healthy smile, in fact, a previous National Dental Survey found that two thirds of us are more likely to speak to someone we don’t know if they smile at us. So the key to popularity appears to be simple – smile!
‘The results of the survey share a remarkable similarity to the latest national poll ratings. Although it would be excessive to say that people actually vote according to who has the best smile, it is at least worth acknowledging the connection between the two polls. Either way, both suggest that we could be heading for a hung parliament.
‘With a surge of celebrities, as well as other well-known figures being branded for their smiles, a lot of us do now relate smiling with success.
‘I’m sure all three leaders know how important it is to smile and what message it sends across to the public. As for their smiles, all three seem quite equally matched, which seems to be shown by the results of our survey.’
Almost 80% of the 1,000 people asked in the Foundation’s survey said they thought that having a smile they are proud of makes them feel more confident, socially and psychologically.
However, nearly a third of people (31%) know someone who is hampered by their smile.
Dr Carter added: ‘As well as improving your confidence, it can help you make friends and help you to succeed in your career, so you need to keep it looking its best.’
For further details, visit www.dentalhealth.org.
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Hot tips to make your dental practice more profitable^
Legal and financial firms have combined forces to help professionals in the dental sector become more commercially focused in the way they develop and run their dental practices.
Accountants Ballard Dale Syree Watson and Smith & Williamson Investment Management will join law firm Harrison Clark and other key partners to deliver an intensive evening seminar devised to give guidance and advice to dental professionals.
Dr Alun Rees, a former dentist turned professional business coach, will also be contributing to the content of the event, which takes place on 29 June at the prestigious Sixways Stadium, home of the Worcester Warriors.
Dr Rees will be talking to the delegates on some of the challenges they will face in running a dental practice for which their education has left them unprepared.
Keynote speakers also include Michael White, independent financial planning manager, at the Birmingham office of Smith & Williamson, who will be addressing the audience on retirement planning.
His career in the financial services spans some 19 years, having advised many ‘high net worth’ clients in the medical sector.
Ballard Dale Syree Watson advise many dental practitioners on tax and business matters.
They are experienced in the field of tax planning; assisting clients with the most efficient ways of reducing tax liabilities, such as maximising capital allowances claims.
Partner Matthew Watson, feels the timing of the seminar is critical in today’s climate of post-recessional recovery and says: ‘The seminar offers a huge resource of legal and financial guidance in one intensive evening session. Like many other healthcare professionals, dentists are facing a raft of challenges as dentistry is becoming far more regulated and commercially competitive.’
Members of Harrison Clark’s healthcare team will also be contributing to the seminar by providing expert legal advice on preparing a practice for registration with the Care Quality Commission under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, a new challenge for dental practitioners.
Associate solicitor, Clare Emery, who has extensive experience in acting for dental practitioners dealing with a range of matters including acquisitions and the disposal of practices says: ‘Drawing on our experience in other healthcare sectors, we are aiming to demystify the registration process. We will provide practitioners with user-friendly, practical advice on meeting the Commission’s registration requirements.’
For further information on the seminar, or to book a delegate place, please contact
Joanne Nicholls on: 01905 744844 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GDC announces another interim Chief Executive and Registrar^
Ian Todd is to take over as Interim Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Dental Council (GDC) as Alison White concludes her time in the role.
Ian will hold the post until the arrival of Evlynne Gilvarry later this year, who was recently announced as the permanent appointment.
Ian joins the GDC from the Nursing and Midwifery Council where he was Director of Fitness to Practise. Prior to entering the world of regulation Ian spent 13 years in the NHS ambulance service in both clinical and management roles, including at director level. He was a paramedic registrant of the Health Professions’ Council until 2008.
Ian said: ‘I know that the GDC has seen a 40% year-on-year rise in fitness to practise complaints and has committed extra resources to dealing with this. My primary challenge will be to begin to implement the agreed changes in order to take steps forward on the improvement journey. I’ll then hand the progress over to Evlynne Gilvarry when she arrives.”
Of the departing Interim Chief Executive and Registrar, Alison White, Alison Lockyer said: ‘Alison has led the organisation through a complex and difficult re-budgeting process, and built the framework which will underpin future planned improvements in our regulatory processes. I would like to thank her very much for her commitment and hard work.’
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‘Fat tax’ may reverse spiralling dental costs^
A ‘fat tax’ could be levied on junk food and sugary drinks in a bid to reduce obesity, spiralling dental costs and reduce the deficit.
The Food Standards Agency is planning to consult on whether taxing such foods would encourage people to make healthier choices.
In much the same way as tax is applied to alcohol and tobacco, the most processed food are likely to be targeted.
All food is currently exempt from VAT.
The FSA fears that the nations excessive consumption of saturated fat is leading to increased numbers of deaths through clogged arteries and heart disease.
But Nigel Carter, chief executive at the British Dental Health Foundation, is sceptical of the effects of such a tax.
He says: ‘As I understand the current proposals, these are specifically to look at fats in food which would have little or no impact on dental health. Other regimes have proposed tax also on sugar containing foods and drinks which could clearly have an impact on dental health.
‘At present it does not seem that the academic research around the subject is sufficiently robust to justify such taxes as a health measure and it may well be that the poor are more hit by such taxes increasing inequalities.
‘It will be interesting to see the form of any proposed consultation and the evidence which is produced to back up a proposal for any changes in the current zero tax regime.’
Some research has claimed a fat tax could save up to 3,000 lives per year.
Last year the British Medical Association only narrowly voted against putting a fat tax on chocolate.
However, research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies also warned that any fat tax would have a negative affect on poorer families and have a greater impact on their food budget than on richer families.
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Small firms urgently need post-election certainty, warns business group^
The Forum of Private Business has commented on the high likelihood of a hung Parliament.
While remaining politically neutral, the small business support group had hoped one party would win an overall majority in order to secure swift economic recovery.
However, with the election result creating an uncertain outcome, the Forum is calling for MPs to put aside their differences and create a functioning administration as soon as possible.
The Forum believes small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are crucial to Britain’s economic recovery, with the potential to create jobs and spearhead innovation.
But the not-for-profit organisation is concerned that the uncertainty and confusion caused by a hung Parliament will jeopardise this and hamper business owners’ attempts to plan ahead.
Recent Forum research found that almost three quarters (70%) of small business owners were already finding it difficult to plan for 2010, even before this morning’s general election result.
With a hung Parliament potentially threatening to hold up tax and spending proposals aimed at tackling Britain’s record deficit, this uncertainly is likely to increase further.
Forum chief executive, Phil Orford, said: ‘I expect many smaller businesses will be disappointed that the election has resulted in a hung Parliament.
However, the outcome can’t be changed so it is vital that the newly elected MPs put aside party politics and work together to come up with a credible system of governance.
‘With the economy still in a very precarious state and a mountain of public debt to be tackled, businesses owners need our elected representatives to move away from inter-party point-scoring and show political responsibility.’
Mr Orford added: ‘Small businesses are the lifeblood of UK Plc. I would urge all the political parties to do everything they can to come to a swift, workable consensus in order to secure the prosperity of Britain’s SMEs and the wider economy.’
The Forum has already set out what it thinks the priorities for the new Government should be in its election manifesto, which has been circulated among prospective MPs and policymakers.
Those priorities are:
• Free enterprise
The Forum believes that the greatest drivers of growth in the UK economy will come from small businesses, with new ideas borne in rapidly changing sectors and developed at a speed that traditional models of government spending will not have the agility to support.
• Fiscal responsibility
Securing the UK’s reputation as a good place to do business will mean bringing Britain’s finances under control. That will mean a combination of smart taxation and smarter cuts to public spending.
Whichever party is elected, the Forum believes that any drastic cuts to government programmes and initiatives should be balanced out with the need to ameliorate the damage of the recession. Put simply, there should be a continuity of support that goes beyond party politics.
• New technologies, new markets
As new technologies develop and new markets open around the world, there should be equal opportunities for small businesses to develop new business models in innovative ways.
The Forum is also calling on the new Government to completely scrap the planned rise in National Insurance contributions.
The Conservatives have pledged to cut that rise in half but the Forum is arguing that it should be dropped completely to avoid taxing employment as the economy heads out of recession.
The Forum’s Tax and Budget Member Panel recently found that 68% of small businesses feel that the tax burden is already unfair for small employers and 65% said that taxes overall are a serious problem for their business.
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Anti-bacterial silver toothbrush is launched^
The anti-bacterial power of silver has been observed in the mouth and – for the first time in the UK – this has been used to create a toothbrush with a difference.
Less well known are the powerful germicidal properties of silver but now these have been highlighted and harnessed in a new generation of toothbrushes, which claim to offer some of the most hygienic and effective dental products for home use.
Silver’s health benefits are largely due to the fact that it exerts a detrimental effect on some bacteria and viruses, and this germicidal effect is widely used in healthcare.
The new SilverCare range are unique toothbrushes whose silver-plated heads (0.015g per head) have normal bristles inserted into them.
When the head comes into contact with water, it releases biologically active silver ions that cause irreversible damage to key enzymes in the cell membranes of pathogens, causing them to become unstable and break apart . This anti-bacterial and self sanitising process is totally natural and continuous.
This beneficial effect is supported by a published clinical study in which half a patient group used a SilverCare toothbrush and half a traditional brush and the quantity of Streptococcus mutans remaining on the brush compared.
The silver-plated headed brushes showed significantly reduced colonisation of S. mutans than the conventional toothbrush.
Although S. mutans still get onto the silver headed brushes, the silver ions that are released significantly reduce the concentration of S. mutans after a period of time equivalent to the normal interval between brushing.
Apart from the silver head the brushes are just the same, and as easy to use, as conventional brushes, offering a new generation of dental care for children and adults. The adult range also includes replaceable silver heads.
Furthermore the SilverCare range also includes a dental floss that uses the silver ions concept to create a powerful anti-bacterial effect.
Also in the floss is xylitol, the natural sugar alternative that has been shown by scientists all over the world to have positive health benefits, including reducing plaque and oral bacteria.
This is the first time the SilverCare range has become available in the UK and they are available exclusively from Simply Vital, an alternative health company with a difference – please see below.
For more details about the Silver®Care range, visit www.simplyvital.com or call 08706091180.
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2. Bacterial Contamination of Toothbrushes. Prof Laura Strohmenger et al. Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry, University of Milan. Il Dentista Moderno, December 1999.
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‘Slumdog Secret Millionaire’ dentist launches charity^
A millionaire dentist who took part in the TV series, The Secret Millionaire, has returned from her TV stint to set up a charity to help underprivileged children.
Dentist and entrepreneur Seema Sharma took part in a special Indian Winter edition of the Channel 4 which features millionaire benefactors saying goodbye to their luxury lifestyles and going undercover in deprived areas to find out who needs their help.
The episode saw her helping those in need in Mumbai, the financial capital of India.
During her stay, Seema lived in one of the largest slums in India, volunteering with a number of organisations that enabled her to meet some of the inspirational people who help India’s poorest people deal with their plight.
Having returned to the UK, she established a new charity – The Sharma Foundation – to help underprivileged communities in east KLondoSeema knew that her trip had been a life changing experience and she set about establishing the Sharma Foundation, in the hope of providing on-going funding to the three projects she choose to help at the end of the programme.
The Sharma Foundation is now organising fundraising events throughout the UK and Henry Schein Minerva is proud to be supporting a charity dinner being held on 30 June 2010 in London.
The evening will feature a three-course dinner created by Cyrus Todiwala from his award-winning restaurant, The Spice Café in London and will be followed by comedy and entertainment from comedian Paul Sinha.
Tickets cost £55 per person or you can buy two for £100.
To reserve your place, call Lynn on 0208 2979100. For further information, visit www.seemasharma.co.uk.
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‘Healthy’ snacks loaded with sugar^
So-called healthy low-fat snacks sold by Britain’s supermarkets contain up to 69% sugar — more than three times the amount found in chocolate ice cream.
A range of foodstuff, bought as healthy options for children’s lunchtime snacks, are being sweetened with extra sugar and glucose syrup.
Many low-fat options have a sugar content significantly higher than in the conventional products.
Health experts are now demanding the food industry reduce its reliance on sugar in many popular processed foods. They warn new research shows too much sugar not only makes you fat and causes tooth decay, but might increase the risk of heart disease.
They say savoury foods from tinned spaghetti to chilli con carne sauces are also being over sweetened with extra sugar.
Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, president of the Faculty of Public Health, said: ‘Sugar is a cheap commodity and is used in bulk in a lot of foods. There needs to be pressure on the industry to produce foods which have a lower sugar content.’
Popular options for lunchtime snacks can contain as much as two-thirds sugar.
In recent years, the food industry has focused on reducing saturated fat in products because of its links to obesity and heart disease.
In many cases, sugar was used to compensate for the loss of taste and texture from lower fat content.
Soups, baked beans and chilli con carne sauce can also contain up to 6% sugar.
The Food Standards Agency classifies a high amount of sugar as more than 15g per 100g, and a low amount as less than 5g per 100g. Officials have urged the industry to reduce sugar, fat and salt in products.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested people who ate more added sugar were more likely to have lower levels of good cholesterol and higher levels of some blood fats, which are risk factors for heart disease.