The Faculty of Dental Surgery has awarded more than £150,000 in grants for dental care professionals to undertake research.
Some of the grants have gone towards investigation into outcomes for treatments of oral cancer and cleft lip, and the most effective ways to improve children’s oral health.
‘We are offering these research fellowships to look at how we can reduce inequalities in children’s oral health and identify the best treatments for craniofacial anomalies,’ Professor Paul Speight, the Faculty of Dental Surgery’s research chair at the Royal College of Surgeons, said.
‘We know, for example, that tooth decay is the most common reason why five to nine-year-olds are admitted to hospital despite this being 90% preventable through better diet and oral health education.’
Emma Pacey has been awarded a grant to help her investigate how supporting parents can help reduce children’s sugar consumption.
The dental hygienist and therapist is currently undertaking a masters degree at the University College of London and Professor Speight is hoping that Emma will inspire more dental hygienist and therapists to go for the grant next year.
‘Research projects such as the one Miss Emma Pacey is undertaking will help us to identify how we can improve children’s diets and reduce tooth decay,’ Professor Speight continued.
‘We are delighted to have awarded a dental care professional funding and hope that others will follow Miss Pacey’s example, by applying next year.’
Research fellowships have been awarded in partnership with the British Orthodontic Society (BOS), the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) and some small grants were offered in partnership with the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD).