Catch up with this week’s dental news – 30 March 2024

It’s been a busy week for dental news. Missed it? Here’s what’s happened over the past seven days…

New powers granted to dental therapists and hygienists, government announces

The government has announced plans for dental hygienists and dental therapists to supply and administer certain types of medicines without sign off from a dentist.

Announced yesterday (28 March), this move will streamline processes within dental practices. It will also improve patient experiences and relieve NHS dental access issues, the government has said.

This comes after two government consultations were held on its proposal – the government said the feedback from the consultations was ‘overwhelmingly positive’.

Find out more here.

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Are dental therapists used to their full potential in the UK?

Last week, we asked you if dental therapists are being used to their full potential in the UK . We’ve put together your response – here’s what the profession thinks…

Work underway to report cause of death during active FtP cases, says GDC

The GDC has provided an update to address coroner’s concerns about the level of detail that is put into the public domain during an Interim Orders Committee (IOC) hearing.

Dentistry Talks podcast: let’s talk about s*x with Dr Naomi Sutton

We’ve relaunched our podcast! In this first episode of Dentistry Talks, we speak to Dr Naomi Sutton about why conversations on sexual health are crucial in dentistry. Listen now!

Water fluoridation – consultation launched on expansion in north east

The government this week launched a new consultation that proposes expanding community water fluoridation schemes in the north east of England.

ChatGPT found to spread incorrect health information

AI assistants found to spread incorrect health information

Research has revealed that many AI assistants such as ChatGPT do not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent health disinformation from being shared.

Replacing sugar with sweeteners can improve weight loss in adults 

New research suggests that replacing sugar-sweetened food and drinks with low or no energy sweetened products can help weight control after rapid weight loss.

Menopause and oral health – it’s not just hot flushes!

Dental hygienist Sakina Syed discusses the link between oral health and menopause, and how dental professionals can help patients.

Over one third of dental helpline callers are newly qualified dentists looking to leave

Over one third of calls to the Confidental helpline service come from dentists who have qualified in the last five years.

Your guide to the 2024 Dentistry Awards

The Dentistry Awards have returned for 2024 – find out everything you need to know about entering, including the full list of categories.

Dentistry magazine and the green transition 

Dentistry magazine and the green transition 

That’s right – Dentistry magazine is changing and the ‘why’ is just as important as the ‘how’. You can read all that you need to know here.

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