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…
Providers of remote orthodontic devices now have to register with the CQC. In the latest move against direct-to-consumer orthodontics, providers are now subject to registration and therefore inspection. Since the launch of Smile Direct Club, there’s been a lot of talk about how to protect patients and ensure dentistry is provided by dentists. But nobody in the UK has been willing to put their stake in the ground. This is the first move to keep companies like Smile Direct Club in line. We wait to see what will happen if providers don’t adhere to the CQC’s rules, but at least now there are consequences.
The weight loss market is worth billions with more and more extreme methods helping to control consumption of high-sugar foods. The latest product is a dental device that prevents patients from opening their mouth. It uses magnets and locking bolts (seen above) so patients can only open their mouths 2mm wide. Ultimately, weight loss and diet change comes down to lifestyle choices. Devices like these are not changing those choices, instead they are just stopping when somebody can consume food. As soon as the device comes off, the patient can continue with their previous lifestyle and put the weight back on. In my opinion, this will do little to combat an obesity crisis.
The next Secrets to Success article is out! This week Jana Denzel speaks to Kyle Stanley about his life in dentistry and how he has become an advocate for mental health in the profession.
Oral health is linked to all kinds of conditions, from heart disease to dementia. But there are also signs that it affects fertility rates. Rachael Lilley explains why she believes a comprehensive gum health assessment is an essential part of the fertility journey. Even making patients aware of potential links could be hugely motivational.
Yesterday was The NHS to Private Dentistry Show. But if you’ve missed it, don’t worry. From next week, all the lectures are available On Demand. The leading speakers will walk you through the future of NHS dentistry and also explain how to make the transition to private dentistry.
Dentistry Webinars is buzzing with webinars at the moment! Next week there are two webinars from leading speakers with some CPD. But we understand you have busy lives. So you can catch everything On Demand. Here’s what’s coming up in the next seven days:
- Why ‘work smart, not hard’ dentists are using AI to increase their cases without increasing their time – Julie Dale – Tuesday 6 July at 19:00
- Social media and dentistry – the biggest thing to happen to our profession since the invention of the radiograph – Nilesh Parmar – Wednesday 7 July at 19:00.
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