Archives

Posts Tagged ‘dentist’

Published on September 6, 2016

People who visit GPs for toothache cost NHS £26million

People who visit GPs for toothache cost NHS £26million

It has been revealed around 600,000 GP appointments per year are being taken up by patients who are experiencing toothache and other dental issues. This trend not only potentially costs the NHS £26m in wasted appointments, but also lengthens waiting times for patients who would genuinely benefit from seeing a GP. But what is driving […]

Read More Add comment
Published on September 5, 2016

‘Night owl’ teenagers risk tooth decay

‘Night owl’ teenagers risk tooth decay

New research suggests that adolescents who prefer to stay up late at night are at a significantly higher risk of tooth decay. The study, published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, has found that teenagers who stay up late are up to almost four times more likely to suffer from tooth decay than those who […]

Read More Add comment
Published on August 28, 2014

A pain-free future for dentistry?

A pain-free future for dentistry?

A survey by the British Dental Health Foundation has revealed one in three people find visiting the dentist frightening. 31% of respondents claimed needles and injections were their main cause of fear whilst 25% were most concerned about pain. Are you among those scared of visiting the dentist? If so, you’ll be pleased to hear […]

Read More Add comment
Published on January 24, 2014

A cinematic experience in the dental chair

A cinematic experience in the dental chair

For many, visiting the dentist is a nerve-wracking experience. To combat this, a German company called Zeiss has recently brought to market the Cinemizer OLED Dental Kit. The kit consists of a lightweight display which is worn as glasses and can show a variety of films to calm and distract patients during the appointment. For […]

Read More Add comment
Published on November 12, 2013

Simple measures save £6m in dental costs

Simple measures save £6m in dental costs

According to a new study, Childsmile scheme – a programme to encourage nursery children to brush their teeth, has saved more than £6m in NHS dental costs. Childsmile involves nursery staff providing free guidance and supervising children when brushing their teeth, every day at school. Despite the costly amount to setup the programme, £1.8m a […]

Read More Add comment
Published on January 28, 2013

Shortlist of dental practices to continue trialling the new NHS dental contract

Shortlist of dental practices to continue trialling the new NHS dental contract

Last week, the Department of Health (DoH) announced an additional 29 practices to join the existing 70 practices for the new contract pilot scheme. The reason for adding more practices to the scheme is to test one of the biggest changes of the new contact – how dentists are paid. Previously, this was based on […]

Read More Add comment
Published on November 16, 2012

The art of communicating with your patients

The art of communicating with your patients

The simple act of communication is not always so simple to do. Being a dental professional there is a pressure to communicate effectively with patients to recommend treatments and educate them about their oral health. Yet the truth of the matter is, taking the time to communicate effectively can be difficult, especially when we are […]

Read More Add comment
Published on November 2, 2012

Money spent on treating oral health diseases exceeds cancer, heart disease, stroke and dementia

Money spent on treating oral health diseases exceeds cancer, heart disease, stroke and dementia

Shockingly, we spend an estimated 0.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) on treating oral health diseases, in comparison with other conditions including cancer. The most shocking part is that the majority of cases are preventable! Preventative dentistry is often at the heart of debates surrounding dental care in the UK and across the world. Simple […]

Read More Add comment
Published on October 3, 2012

Dentists urged to check for mouth cancer

With the NHS Stoptober promotion well on its way the government’s battle to stop smoking is fresh in our minds. Health professionals across the country have long been campaigning for smokers to quit and now dentists are being urged to play their role. Regular dental check-ups provide a great, and often missed opportunity for dentists […]

Read More Add comment
Published on September 4, 2012

From popcorn to dental care products

Have you guessed what it is yet? We’re referring to the use of coconut oil. As strange as it may seem, the oil receives a lot of bad press – just last week I was at the cinema and ate a medium bag of popcorn, often viewed as a relatively healthy snack, to later find […]

Read More Add comment