Dental news you’ve missed this week

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

CDO Sara Hurley announces reopening date for dental practices

The CDO for England Sara Hurley has released information instructing the profession how to prepare for the return to routine dentistry. 

On Thursday we got the news from Sara Hurley that dental practices in England will reopen on Monday 8 June.

In her letter to the profession, the CDO for England says the range or care offered will be risk-managed by individual practices.

Routine dental care in Wales to resume in 2021, new plans suggest

Despite this, Colette Bridgman, CDO for Wales, has hinted that routine dentistry in Wales may not return until early 2021.

Record number call NHS for dental treatment in face of COVID-19

Dental care referrals in the West Midlands have spiked to the highest level ever recorded as the suspension of routine dentistry continues in response to COVID-19

This week we’ve continued our Back to Practice campaign, with the support of GSK. As part of the campaign we found out the demand from patients, with NHS 111 receiving a record number of calls for dental treatments.

What does becoming a clinical contact tracer involve?

dentist working as clinical contact tracer

Earlier this week the government rolled out its contact tracing system for the coronavirus. Dentist, Bhavin Patel, gives his experience training as a clinical contact tracer. He’ll keep us up to date on how it’s all going.

‘Emotionally challenging’: stories from the dental care frontline

Beth Bradley interviews four dental professionals about their working experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

We continue to hear stories from dental professionals bravely working on the frontline against COVID-19. Beth Bradley spoke to a senior dental officer, a community dental officer, a redeployed foundation dentist and an oral surgery clinical lecturer to hear their ’emotionally challenging’ experiences.

Intervention on obesity needed to prevent further COVID-19 deaths, experts say

Campaign groups are calling for an immediate government intervention in a bid to drive down the coronavirus death rate.

One of the fronts fighting against the coronavirus comes from an unlikely source. Action on Sugar and Action on Salt are calling for an immediate government intervention on obesity in a bid to drive down the coronavirus death rate.

From Baghdad to The Bearded Tooth Fairy

Our long read this week comes from Hassan Asad. He gives his story growing up in pre-war Iraq before escaping the tensions and moving to the UK to become a dentist.

UK among best in Europe for dental health despite lower number of dentists

The UK ranks sixth for the best dental health in Europe – despite having one of the lowest numbers of dentists per capita

And finally, the UK ranks second across Europe for dental health, despite having one of the lowest numbers of dentists per capita.

Latest webinars

Make sure you take a look at the latest webinars happening over on Dentistry Study Club. Next week we have:

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Rangewell’s free service and direct access to the high street banks as well as specialist lenders means they can help with every type of business finance. Click here or call 020 3936 8877  for more information.

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