What you’ve missed this week
Missed out on this week’s dental news? No problem, here’s what happened over the past seven days…
The north of England was the worst affected, with 25% of new patients unable to access an appointment.
In contrast, 19% of Londoners were unable to access an NHS dental appointment.
The British Dental Association (BDA) points to a ticking bomb surrounding staffing issues in NHS dental services.
Its national survey found 59% of dental practitioners in England are planning on scaling down or leaving the NHS entirely.
Those with higher NHS commitments are also more likely to leave.
Sixteen MPs from across England have co-signed the letter.
‘Unless the system is appropriately funded and commissioned,’ Ms Qureshi says in her letter.
‘The problems facing patients in constituencies like ours will soon be shared by patients in every corner of England.
‘In order to ensure that everyone has access to decent dental care, it is vital that we recognise and address this impending crisis in NHS dentistry.’
Researchers at Cardiff University said women felt irritated and alienated if they smoked or drank in public.
Around one in five women are recorded as smokers when they have their initial assessment in Wales.
Researchers concluded that women in the study needed more empathy to help with their habits.
The study found that pregnant women who were smoking and drinking had ‘awkward’ relationships with midwives.
Despite this, it did not stop them from kicking the habit.
The free-to-attend exhibition on the 2 March is a great opportunity to get hands-on with the latest dental technology available.
Delegates will also receive:
- Free food coupon upon arrival
- Free drinks reception – ‘The Great Guinness Party’ – from 11am
- Recruitment advert for free. Receive a free 5×2 advert and online listing, usual cost €350, for attending the show
- Get a free six-month subscription to Irish Dentistry, Dentistry or Oral Health magazine
- Accommodation offers available at the Croke Park Hotel.
University of Buffalo researchers have received part of a $1.5 million grant to investigate light therapy as a replacement for prescription opioids in treating oral mucositis, painful ulcers and swelling in the mouth that result from chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer.
Funded by the National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s Small Business Innovation Research programme, the grant will help researchers determine the effectiveness of photobiomodulation, a form of low-dose light therapy, in prevention and treatment of oral mucositis after cancer treatment.