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…

Patients asked ‘to wait three years’ for dental care in England

Patients asked 'to wait three years' for dental care in England

What a week! The latest Healthwatch England report was released on Monday and revealed that some patients are being asked to wait three years for NHS dental care. During the third lockdown (January to March 2021), data indicates a 22% increase in calls and complaints about dentistry. The headlines among the non-dental press seemed to – wrongly – shift all the blame onto dentists themselves, sparking reaction from the profession. We heard from three dental professionals about what they thought of the latest findings.

Up to half of patients with head and neck cancer will experience tumour recurrence

Up to half of patients who suffer from head and neck cancer will experience tumour recurrence or new tumours

In other news, up to half of patients who suffer from head and neck cancer will experience tumour recurrence or new tumours. This is according to a new study from the University of Michigan. The research team found that when a specific gene was quashed in the head and neck cancer cells, it encouraged cancer cell clusters to invade nearby healthy tissue. But good news – the researchers believe the findings could open possibilities for new treatments.

Almost half of dentists likely to leave profession in 12 months if COVID restrictions remain

Almost half of dentists will leave profession in 12 months if COVID restrictions remain

Alarmingly, almost half of dentists have said they will leave the profession or retire early in the next 12 months if COVID-19 restrictions remain. The data from the BDA reveals that nearly nine in 10 cite PPE as having a high impact on their morale. As the UK continues to ease lockdown measures, it’s about time the current dental guidelines are revised and appropriately amended also.

UK healthcare salaries – where do dentists rank?

Where do you think the UK ranks when it comes to the average salary for dentists? The number one spot was taken by the US, where a dentist earns – on average – around £179,000. In comparison, the UK falls significantly behind.

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