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…

More than 3,000 DCPs did not re-register in 2020

Thousands of DCPs left the profession last year, according to the latest GDC statistics. More than 3,000 didn’t renew, with 1,218 of these voluntarily removing their registration. Despite this, there was a 0.8% increase in the overall number of registrations in 2020.

Hundreds of NHS dental vacancies in Wales left unfilled

Hundreds of NHS dental vacancies in Wales unfilled

As many as 3,000 NHS vacancies are left unfilled in Wales, latest statistics show. Of those, 700 are for dental and medical professionals. Shadow health minister Russell George MS described it as a ‘brain drain’ on public services. He says Wales needs a recruitment and retention strategy with ‘real teeth’.

CDO Sara Hurley announces change to fallow time requirements

CDO Sara Hurley announces changes to fallow time requirements

Sara Hurley announced changes to fallow time requirements this week. Post AGP down time (fallow time) isn’t necessary for successive appointments between members of the same household. However, the CDO says dentists should still use mitigating measures such as high volume suction.

One in four dentists in Scotland report depressive symptoms

Over a quarter (27%) of Scottish dentists report ‘significant depressive’ symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic. This compares with 18% of the rest of the Scottish population. The study raises important issues around trauma, depressive symptoms and emotional exhaustion within dentistry.

COVID-19 – social media and family ‘most common’ sources of oral health information

COVID-19 – social media and family 'most common' sources of oral health information

Family, friends and social media were the most common sources of dental information during the pandemic. That’s according to new research looking to identify where dental fear originates from. The study shows dental pain, female gender and reduced dental attendance relate to increasing dental fear.

Dentistry Gym – sitting and the importance of movement

Dentistry Gym

Dentistry Gym is back this week. Khalil Hussein explores the problems with sitting and the importance of movement. Make sure you take 20 minutes out of your day to complete the latest round of exercises.

Dentistry CPD

Dentistry CPD

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