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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 […]

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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 […]

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Published on August 9, 2016

Flossgate… or is flossing worth the effort

Flossgate… or is flossing worth the effort

Last week Associated Press published a report that shook to the core one of the postulates of good oral health, namely “Thou shalt floss daily”. Here at StockdaleMartin we have been following the unfolding of the ensuing drama with interest. The original report said that the evidence for flossing is “weak, very unreliable,” of “very […]

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Published on March 24, 2015

Children’s dental health is improving……or is it?

Children’s dental health is improving……or is it?

Last week saw the publication of the interim results of the Children’s Dental Health Survey 2013 – the survey that reviews the state of the nation’s dental health every 10 years.  10,000 children across England, Wales and Northern Ireland were examined for evidence of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth wear and the results showed […]

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Published on January 8, 2014

Not sure if you’re brushing effectively? Now you can let your toothbrush decide!

Not sure if you’re brushing effectively? Now you can let your toothbrush decide!

The 2014 International CES (consumer electrics and technology) show marked the launch of the new Kolibree smart toothbrush. It’s the world’s first toothbrush which uses Bluetooth technology to link to an app on your smartphone, recording your daily brushing habits. It records the number of brush strokes, the duration of brushing, and can even detect […]

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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 […]

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Published on August 21, 2013

Cosmetic dentistry – the good, the bad, the ugly

Cosmetic dentistry – the good, the bad, the ugly

The majority of news about cosmetic dentistry is in the national press, reports of unlucky consumers suffering from expensive and poor dentistry is typical. But how many of these stories reflect the true cosmetic dentistry landscape? Reports in the press state that many who call themselves “cosmetic dentists” do so regardless of their specific education, […]

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Published on June 25, 2013

Groupon works to stop illegal teeth whitening

Groupon works to stop illegal teeth whitening

Who doesn’t enjoy a great deal, especially when it comes to achieving that ‘Hollywood Smile’? Deal of the day website Groupon is working alongside the General Dental Council (GDC) to guard against the promotion of illegal tooth whitening. Groupon has already taken action not to mislead customers by offering teeth whitening deals that are regulated […]

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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 […]

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Published on December 13, 2012

How to drive patients to your practice

How to drive patients to your practice

Finding out what motivates your patients to visit you and what you can do to improve this – is the key to success. Recently, the BDTA teamed up with Ragdoll to conduct an in-depth study of how the public perceive dentistry and their dental practice. The findings were rather interesting, including: 25% of the UK […]

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