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 releases ‘return to work’ SOP for dentistry

The chief dental officer for England has released the new standard operating procedures for dental teams as they prepare to get back to practice

Yesterday we received the SOP (standard operating procedure) from Sara Hurley showing exactly what dental practices in England will need to introduce when they reopen.

FGDP release guidelines for safe return to general dentistry

The FGDP (UK) and the newly-formed College of General Dentistry have unveiled their official guidelines aimed at a safe return to general dental practice

Over the last week, numerous concerns have been raised about what dentistry will look like post lockdown.

The FGDP(UK) launched its guidelines for a safe return to general dentistry.

Could COVID-19 kill NHS dentistry?

Julian English talks COVID-19 and the impact of new guidelines on dentistry

Julian English reacted to these guidelines speculating that COVID-19 could kill NHS dentistry.

Variety of UK guidance could lead to ‘cross-border dental tourism’, say BAPD

The British Association of Private Dentistry (BAPD) has spoken out following the announcement that dental teams can return to work next week

The BAPD also warned that changing guidance across the UK could lead to ‘cross border dental tourism‘.

Most practices to treat less than quarter of pre-COVID patient numbers, survey shows

The majority (more than 60%) of dental practices predict they will be able to treat less than one quarter of the patients they saw prior to the pandemic

A new survey shows that 60% of dental practices think they’ll only be able to treat a quarter of the patients they did pre-pandemic.

One in two dental professionals say finances are biggest concern, survey reveals

More than one in two (53%) dental professionals said financial worries were having the biggest impact on their mental health during the pandemic

Which may be part of the reason why half of dental professionals say financial worries are having the biggest impact on their mental health in the face of COVID-19.

Public attitudes on returning to dentistry post COVID-19


One of our long reads this week comes from Michael Heffernan, who looks at the publics’ attitudes on returning to dental practices.

Difficulties in building rapport with patients after COVID-19

building rapport whilst wearing PPE

Laura Hunter-Shaw also tackles this, discussing how we can still build rapport with patients despite an increase in PPE.

Dentist kicks off legal action against Matt Hancock and PHE

A dentist has kicked off an action group to take legal action against the government after losing his father to COVID-19

One dentist, Dr Minesh Talati, is taking legal action against Matt Hancock and PHE after he lost his father to COVID-19.

Around two in three UK adults now use electric toothbrush, study finds

Around two in three adults now use an electric toothbrush in the UK – an increase of more than 50%. 

And a few other oral health stories from around the profession show that around two in three UK adults now use an electric toothbrush.

Warning labels on sugary drinks encourage healthier drink choices, research shows

Printing health warnings on sugary drinks can lead to healthier beverage choices by consumers, a new study has revealed

And warning labels on sugary drinks encourage healthier choices.

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