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How to prevent tooth damage over the festive period

Even we health professionals enjoy a little extra food and drink over the festive period, but we would be remiss not to warn our patients of the potential for tooth damage. Tooth erosion caused by alcohol, snacking between meals and increased consumption of sugary foods has the potential to escalate over Christmas. According to the

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Dentists missing out on IT

Dentists have missed out on ambitious plans to make using the rest of the NHS as simple as online banking – despite long-standing protests about their poor IT. NHS England has pledged that other patients will be able to check their health records online by 2018, setting out a blueprint to make the health service

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The search for a new dental contract

Michael Watson explains how the current dental contract could be made to work, and why it currently isn’t. Long before Harry Potter, medieval alchemists were searching for the philosopher’s stone, the magic formula that would turn base metal into gold. I see the search for a new dental contract, which will transform NHS dentistry into a

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Scottish dental company ‘proud’ to win eco award

The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) has been awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard for its success in reducing carbon emissions. A campaign, spearheaded by the company’s staff, achieved a reduction of 3.2% in carbon emissions at its Glasgow headquarters between 2012 and 2013. Overall gas usage fell by 12%, while energy costs

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Dentists face critical NHS pension decision

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

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GDC reminds registrants about counterfeit dental equipment

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

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Dental organisations say access to water fluoridation is a postcode lottery

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

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BSPD speaks out against ‘regressive’ fluoridation tactics

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

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Diabetes – Michael Watson’s perspective as a patient

Last Monday I spent an away day at a football stadium to educate myself in managing my type two diabetes. Organised by Diabetes UK and sponsored by Tesco, it was an excellent course and attracted 100+ people. We were given a list of 15 ‘care essentials’ that need to be checked, from blood sugar, retina, feet blood

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Research finds tooth enamel fast-track in humans

Research from the University of Kent has discovered a link between prenatal enamel growth rates in teeth and weaning in human babies. The research found that incisor teeth grow quickly in the early stages of the second trimester of a baby’s development, while molars grow at a slower rate in the third trimester. This is