Archive for the ‘Dentistry’ Category

Published on January 3, 2012

Another barrier to fluoridation: cost

The addition of fluoride to public water supplies is an emotive and controversial topic, and has been so for a long time. In the film Dr Strangelove, General Ripper obsesses over the damage fluoridation could do to ‘precious bodily fluids’, indicating that the debate was well-known enough to parody even in 1964. The 1950s flyer […]

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Published on October 10, 2011

Does NHS dentistry cost too much – or not enough?

As mentioned in a previous post, dentists’ charges in the UK are to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). At first glance, though, the focus of this study seems to be less on cost and more on simplification – the idea being that given the disparity between NHS and private treatment options, […]

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Published on September 23, 2011

Dentists disapprove of recent CQC report

Last week the Care Quality Commission (CQC) released a report on the state of the health and adult social care in England, detailing where improvements need to be made and highlighting a general overview of the industry. Despite the review, dentists have criticised the CQC in a report published by the House of Commons Health […]

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Published on September 19, 2011

OFT launch review of dental industry

Last week, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) began a market research study on whether the private and NHS dentistry markets are working well for patients. The review has been commissioned as there have been increasing concerns amongst consumer bodies such as Which?, due to patients becoming confused by treatments and prices. Sonya Branch, OFT […]

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Published on September 8, 2011

CBT helps with severe dental phobia

A recent study published by BDJ based on a session of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) could help those who fear the dentist chair overcome their anxieties. CBT is a type of therapy that aims to help manage problems by changing your outlook and the way you think about situations. The therapy encourages you to think […]

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Published on August 31, 2011

An App a day keeps the doctor away

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is calling for all of us to send ideas for an NHS health app, in the hope of helping patients make informed health choices and creating digital communication channels between health professionals and patients. From patients to GPs and nurses, everyone is invited to submit ideas and online maps. To help […]

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Published on August 25, 2011

Interesting Facts about Dentistry

Dentistry isn’t always the most interesting topic but believe it or not there are some weird and wonderful facts about all things toothy. Here are just a few: A couple of hundred years ago bad teeth were considered to be a rich man’s disease. It was only the rich people who could afford to eat […]

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Published on August 18, 2011

Tweet Tweet

Everyone’s talking about ‘it’ and doing ‘it’ but really what’s all the fuss about? Can the dental world really benefit from Twitter or is it just another fad? A recent study by Heaivilin et al, 2011 titled Public Health Surveillance of Dental Pain via Twitter (for the full article – found that there is […]

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Published on August 8, 2011

Study reveals concern over youth oral health

A recent study has shown that 11-15 year olds in the UK are putting their oral health at risk by drinking alcohol and smoking. The research was conducted by the NHS Information Centre that found nearly half (45%) of those surveyed consumed alcohol and 27% admitted to smoking. The worrying results are cause for concern […]

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Published on July 20, 2011

Ladie Go’Diva encourages students to take a trip to the dentist

NHS Coventry’s recent campaign to get students through the door of dental practices involves the not-so-beautiful looking Ladie Go’Diva singing her debut single, Bad Nashers. The music video highlights the problems with students neglecting their oral health by drinking alcohol and not brushing their teeth. The lyrics include lines like these “I need the NHS […]

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