Missed out on this week’s dental news? No problem, here’s what happened over the past seven days…

Sugary drinks and fruit drinks linked to increased cancer risk

sugary drinks

Drinking 100ml of sugary drinks every day could increase cancer risks by 18%, a recent study shows.

A French study looked at the impact sugary drinks, including 100% fruit juices, can have on adults.

It found the association with cancer is just as strong with fruit juices as it is with sugary drinks.

Tackling high sugar content in baby food

nutritional survey of baby food on sale in Europe has shown that a high proportion of products contain high sugar levels that contradict World Health Organisation recommendations

Researchers from the University of Leeds’ School of Food Science and Nutrition and the School of Medicine have developed a draft Nutrient Profile Model in collaboration with WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe), for infants and young children aged from six to 36 months.

Under-16s to be banned from buying energy drinks

energy drinksChildren will be banned from purchasing energy drinks under new plans from Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Some drinks contain five times the amount of caffeine found in a can of Coca Cola.

The move has been welcomed by the British Dental Association (BDA), saying energy drinks ‘have no place on the menu’.

‘Inadequate’ oral health action leaving 3.5 billion with poor dental health worldwide, experts say

‘Inadequate’ oral health response is leaving 3.5 billion people with poor oral care, dental experts are claiming.

A series in The Lancet is calling for radical reform of dental care and tighter regulations of the sugar industry.

It argues that around 3.5 billion people suffering from oral diseases worldwide have been let down.

‘Visionary document’ on standards for restorative dentistry published

NHS England is publishing new standards for restorative dentistry, which it hopes will serve as a handbook for dental commissioners.

The standards for restorative dentistry include endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics.

Average value of dental practices slowly rising

The average value of dental practices is slowly recovering, according to the latest quarterly goodwill figures from NASDAL.

Dental practice valuations have been declining from a high of 153% of fee income in October 2017.

The latest quarterly results show practice valuations are rising, from 126% to 131% of fee income in the latest quarter.

Financial incentives could help smokers quit and save NHS billions

New evidence suggests that paying people to quit smoking could save the NHS billions of pounds

The findings, published by the Cochrane Library, contained the results of 33 trials in eight countries, encompassing more than 21,000 participants trying to give up smoking.

Bupa Dental Care acquires 13 new practices

Bupa Dental Care has acquired 13 new practices across the UK and Republic of Ireland, taking the business’ national footprint to 483 sites*

The latest acquisitions follow another 23 that completed in 2018.

Align Technology launches Invisalign pop-up in London

This Wednesday saw the launch of Align Technology’s first Invisalign Connect pop up at London’s Westfield shopping centre.

The attractive, interactive pop up shop is located in one of the city’s busiest shopping centres, with thousands of daily visitors – including prospective patients who may be interested in teeth straightening.