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…

GDC registrants do not have to self-isolate, BDA says

It’s summer holiday time. But this year many sun seeker’s plans have been scraped due to COVID-19. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that those returning from Spain to the UK would have to quarantine for 14 days. But the BDA says this isn’t necessary if an employee is a GDC registrant.

All dental staff in primary care must wear face masks, PHE advice says

dental receptionist wearing face masks

Face masks and coverings became compulsory in shops last week and it seems they may become essential for dental staff too. PHE advice this week says that if a practice is not COVID-19 secure, all dental staff in primary care environments must wear a face mask. This includes non-clinical staff too.

Less than 50% of countries recommend fallow time for non-COVID patients, report finds

Under half of the international dental guidelines assessing AGPs recommended a fallow period for non-COVID patients

The 60-minute recommended fallow time is a real sticking point in dentistry at the moment. Shutting down a surgery for 60 minutes after each patient makes running a successful business almost impossible. And it seems that less than half of countries worldwide recommend a fallow time for non-COVID patients. Surely there has to be a better solution.

Obesity plan targets ‘buy one, get one free’ deals

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a number of measures to tackle obesity as part of a national crackdown

Following his own battle with COVID, Boris Johnson has vowed to tackle the obesity epidemic in the UK. This week he announced a number of new measures to bring down the nation’s weight, including a ban on junk food adverts, buy one get one free deals and the display of chocolates and sweets at checkouts. This is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to reduce the sugar content in packaged and processed foods and drinks.

Alcoholism and dentistry – how one dental therapist turned her life around

One of our long reads this week comes from dental therapist Sarah Thomson as she talks about her battle with alcoholism and how she turned her life around.

More than nine in 10 dentists say lockdown worsened UK’s oral health

The significant majority of dental professionals (96%) believe lockdown has negatively impacted the UK's oral health

And finally, 96% of dental professionals believe lockdown has negatively impacted the UK’s oral health. As a result, dental leaders are calling for greater access to affordable dental care.

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