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…
A dentist has been ‘physically assaulted’ whilst working at his dental practice, a Humberside Police report confirms. Minister Jo Churchill has described the assault as ‘completely unacceptable’. While deputy CDO, Jason Wong, says the dental team should practice ‘without fear for our safety’. This is a horrendous attack on people who are trying to help their patients. After the story of a patient planning to torture a dentist after stalking him for years, this again highlights how little is being done to protect dental staff, while litigation against dentists remains excessively high to help protect patients.
‘I thought it was a misprint’ – BDJ cites female professional as ‘filling a gap’ between male colleagues
The BDJ has come under fire this week after it described Linda Wallace as bridging the gap between two male equivalents who held the same position. The ‘shoulder shrug’ response was just as shocking. Stephen Hancocks, editor-in-chief of the BDJ said: ‘The BDJ always welcomes comment and debate. We will be covering developments in our future issues.’
Researchers suggest adjust COVID-19 fever temperature according to age. Fever is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. It affects more than two thirds of those who get the disease. Researchers found that using a threshold of 37.4ºC for the over 65s is an appropriate indicator of fever, similar to 37.8ºC in adults under 65.
BDA Scotland is increasing pressure on the Scottish government to establish whether dental students will graduate in 2021. It warns of excessive debts for students who have to undertake an additional year of study, as well as possible patient access problems if dentists don’t graduate. The current generation of graduates will live with the burden of COVID-19 in many ways for years to come. To add an additional unnecessary financial strain is just unfair.
This month we launched the Dentistry Gym. But don’t worry, there’s no membership! Khalil Hussein, chiropractor and ‘movement enthusiast’, will bring videos and exercises every month that dentists can do to avoid pain. This month he kicks off with exercises for neck and shoulder pain.
At what point is intervention needed to prevent the progression of periodontal disease? Professors Nicola West and Tim Newton discuss when dentists need to intervene.
We’re already in February, which means the Online Dentistry Show is next month! After 2020’s success, we’re looking forward to welcoming you all back with a leading line up of speakers and exhibitors.This week we introduced a few new names to the speaker line up:
- Les Jones – Why now is the time to create and build a plan based practice (and how to do it!)
- James Baker – pushing the envelope – using composite to restore teeth that I should probably extract.
We’ve got another exciting week ahead over on Dentistry Study Club. Make sure you register for free and add the below dates and times to your diary:
- Why the Medit I500? The perfect bridge between patient, clinician and lab – with Niall Kindersley – Tuesday 9 February at 19:00
- How to master lower facial transformations with aesthetics in a newly regulated industry – with Lara Watson and Priyanka Chadha – Thursday 11 February at 19:00.
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