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Oral health challenge reveals knowledge gap

The OH! Challenge has indicated knowledge gaps among the dental profession on a number of oral health topics, with an average knowledge score of just 51 per cent.
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Three new surgeries for Moldova

International dental charity Dentaid has sent three new surgeries to replace old and broken dental equipment in Moldova.
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A great leap forward for public health education

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Dental dangers of breastfeeding past two

A new study carried out to understand the effect of breastfeeding on children’s teeth has found there is a higher risk of dental caries if breastfeeding continues for two years or more.
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Ditch the junk

Oral health campaigners welcomed new regulations from the Committee of Advertising Practice clamping down on junk food advertising aimed at children, hailing it as a significant step forward in improving...
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Health unions call for action on pay

Seventeen unions representing employees and staff across the NHS have today expressed anger and deep disappointment at the government's failure to deal with the ongoing public sector pay crisis.
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New requirements for CPD

Changes to continuing professional development – ‘Enhanced CPD or ECPD’ - have been agreed by the General Dental Council (GDC) and will come into force in 2018.
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Measuring public health impact

Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) have today published Everyday Interactions, a report which aims to support healthcare professionals to record and measure their...
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Exchange of ideas on inter-professional learning

Three educators and clinicians from Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry have visited New York University College of Dentistry to exchange ideas and experiences of inter-professional learning...
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NHS pay cap must end, say unions

The British Dental Association (BDA) has joined health associations and unions to urge a ‘change of direction’ on NHS pay restraint in this week’s Queen’s Speech.
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Improving quality of oral health in care homes

The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT), has welcomed new quality standards released by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) which focus on improving the oral...
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CQC seeks views on next phase of regulation

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is consulting on a further set of proposals which will help shape the next phase of regulation for health and social care across the country.
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Rap recorded to promote oral health

A team of adults with learning disabilities has recorded a rap to promote important messages about oral health.
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Take the oral health challenge

Today, Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Listerine, launches The Oral Health (OH) Challenge at the 2017 British Dental Conference and Exhibition.
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‘Red tape’ for vape

Health campaigners have praised new laws on e-cigarettes, claiming it could signal a significant breakthrough in helping people quit smoking, but share concerns over potentially unknown side effects.
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Oral clefts study

Breast-feeding is a common struggle for children born with a cleft palate. Because of this issue, it is important to differentiate between ‘breast-feeding’ and ‘breast milk feeding’, or the delivery...
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National Smile Month competition winner

A young and brave boy from Finchley has been names as the first winner of this year's 'Nominate A Smile' - a nationwide competition to find a very special person with a touching smile.
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Chewing sugar-free gum could save billions

Chewing just one additional piece of sugar-free gum each day could save £3.3bn worldwide on dental expenditures from treating tooth decay, according to a new study published in the American Journal...
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Unite to drive change

The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) and the British Association of Dental Therapists (BADT) have united to apply for prescribing exemptions that would broaden dental hygienists’...
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Prescribing rights

The continued disadvantages dental hygienists and dental therapists have faced by being denied the ability to provide prescription only medicines (POMs) necessary for effective patient treatment is a huge...
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Shining examples

Philips Oral Healthcare is showing its appreciation of dental hygienists and their commitment to improving the oral care of their patients through its new ‘Shine On’ initiative launched on...
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Toothache costs UK economy £105m every year

The Oral Health Foundation is urging workplaces and employees to prioritise their oral health as new research reveals that oral health problems such as toothache are costing the UK economy more than £105m...
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Response to Conservative Party manifesto

Responding to the launch of the Conservative manifesto, Mick Armstrong, chair of the British Dental Association (BDA), said, “We need to see today’s pledges on dentistry translated into tangible...
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Support for charity mission

Henry Schein Dental UK supported Burmadent charity’s recent mission to Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) by donating urgently needed healthcare products.
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Get ready to smile in pink

Bridge2Aid is gearing up for its national fundraising day – Smile in Pink. 
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Update of guidance on supervision of OTs

The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) has updated its guidance on the supervision of orthodontic therapists (OTs).
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Fixing legal fees

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) is calling on the Government to introduce mandatory fixed limits on legal fees charged by lawyers in dental negligence claims and proposing that the scope of the scheme should...
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Grant provides dental care for children

More children living in the slums of Buenos Aires will be provided with free dental care after international dental charity, Dentaid, made a grant to Todos Juntos Children’s Trust, a charity dedicated...
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Support for gender-neutral HPV vaccinations

An overwhelming majority of dentists and GPs are backing calls for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme to be expanded to school-aged boys, according to a new survey.
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Give a toothbrush, change a life

A small community-based oral health project which has comprehensively demonstrated how effective it can be to initiate tooth-brushing programmes in schools has become the first winner of the newly-created...
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Funding for student oral cancer project

A dental student from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) has received an award of £1,000 from the Peninsula Medical Foundation, a charity which fundraises for...
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Don’t mask gum problems with mouthwash

A north east dentist has warned of the dangers of masking bad breath and gum problems with mouthwash, fearing people could be putting their health at risk in an effort to stay fresh.
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Educational resources are key

National Smile Month organisers, the Oral Health Foundation, are encouraging dental care professionals to get ready for this year’s campaign and support the charity by getting hold of their exclusive...
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Low-cost, easy prevention

Research has found that applying fluoride varnish to children’s teeth is just as effective at preventing tooth decay as the alternative and could save the NHS money.
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Children’s oral health initiative returns

The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) is thrilled to announce the return of its First Smiles initiative, bringing oral health education to young children in their own classrooms.
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Volunteering team returns from Samos

Dentaid’s first volunteering team has returned from the Greek island of Samos where they have been providing emergency dental treatment for refugees.
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GDC seeking new council members

The General Dental Council (GDC) is seeking up to two new dental professional members and four lay members to join the council.
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Unique film tackles tooth decay

Devonport children and parents were treated to a special screening of a unique film aimed at tackling the city’s growing tooth decay problem.
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Are you letting sugar crêpe up on you?

Shrove Tuesday might often be an excuse to eat a big pile of pancakes, but do we consider what effect this having on our oral health?
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Charity campaign boosted by donation

 The Oral Health Foundation has received a generous donation from Tepe UK to help support its Mouth Cancer Action campaign.  
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Dental nurse removed from register

A dental nurse has been removed from the register for dishonestly offering tooth whitening treatment and using products up to three hundred times the legal limit, despite the terms of her registration...
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Volunteering trips to Lesvos and Samos

Dental professionals are being asked to provide essential dental treatment for thousands of refugees on the Greek islands of Lesvos and Samos.
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Dental regulation consultation launched

The General Dental Council (GDC) has published plans for how its approach to regulating dental professionals will be reformed to put public safety firmly at its heart.
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Oral health promotion in the community

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published new guidance on oral health promotion in the community.
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Calls for urgent review

Following a new report into the shocking levels of sugars in UK breakfast cereals, the Oral Health Foundation has called for an urgent review in order to help address the significant impact that added...
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Project underway in Leeds

Children in Leeds have been learning how to look after their teeth thanks to the Bright Bites project run by international dental charity, Dentaid. 
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Autism advice published

A new guide has been published by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry in support of parents of children with autism. The guide covers all aspects of children’s dental health from introducing...
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Dental storybooks to help children with autism

The Oral Health Foundation is backing the use of children’s storybooks with dental narratives following a new study which has shown they can be a highly effective way of helping prepare children...
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Healthcare community comes together to show strong support for mouth cancer action

With Mouth Cancer Action Month 2016 having now drawn to a close, its organiser, the Oral Health Foundation, has hailed the impact that this year’s campaign has had across all areas of the UK’s...
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Dinosaur Douglas Books

Recent figures published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre reveal that almost one third of five year olds and half of eight year olds have fillings or missing teeth caused by decay.
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New guide to help children tackle fear

A newly published guide aimed at children who are fearful of the dentist has been welcomed by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry. Written by a team from the University of Sheffield, the guide...
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Could new children’s oral health board pave the way towards establishing ‘Childsmile’ in England?

The BDA hopes the launch of the Children’s Oral Health Improvement Programme Board (COHIPB) will bring us a step closer to establishing a national prevention plan to end the scandal of tooth decay...
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Charity aims to educate 10,000 children about oral health

Too many children under the age of five have poor oral hygiene, according to a new survey published by charity, Action for Children.
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Improving oral health in Europe’s poorest country

International dental charity Dentaid is offering retired dentists, dental nurses, therapists and hygienists the chance to join an oral health education team in Moldova.
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Food manufacturers must “fall in line”

Leading oral health organisation, the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT), have given their full support to the Action on Sugar following their call today for UK food manufacturers to...
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Your profession, your experiences, your opinions

This October, the FGDP(UK) is undertaking an ambitious initiative called the ‘Mass Observation’ project. Subtitled ‘Your profession, Your experiences, Your opinions’, the project aims to capture...
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Indemnity reminder

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) is reminding dental care professionals that it is their responsibility to ensure they have access to indemnity in their own right or that appropriate arrangements are in...
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Volunteers needed

International dental charity Dentaid is seeking volunteers to provide emergency dentistry at two refugee camps in northern Greece.
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All smiles

The Oral Health Foundation is delighted to announce the return of National Smile Month for 2016, this year the campaign promises to be bigger and better than ever as it marks its 40th birthday.
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Women in dentistry

Minford specialist dental accountants is delighted to extend an invitation to all dental professionals – both male and female – to complete its online ‘Women in dentistry’ survey...
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Outstanding contribution to dental nursing

BADN is delighted to announce that the 2016 BADN Outstanding Contribution to Dental Nursing Award, sponsored by W/R/B Underwriting, has been awarded to RAF Warrant Officer Pam Daley.
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Sugar tax

George Osbourne announced yesterday in his Budget that a tax on the soft drinks industry will be introduced in the UK.
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Supervised brushing

Almost four million under 14’s in the UK are at risk of developing serious oral health problems due to inadequate tooth brushing supervision, according to a leading oral health charity.
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Proposed student bursary cuts

The proposed changes to NHS bursaries will mean many talented dental professionals will have their careers ended before they get a chance to begin, according to the British Society of Dental Hygiene and...
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Chewing gum could save the NHS £8.2m a year

A new study, published in the British Dental Journal, has revealed that up to £8.2m of costs to the NHS could be saved – the equivalent to 364,000 dental check-ups - if twelve year olds across the UK...
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Charity launches new programme for schools

The British Dental Health Foundation have launched its new school tooth brushing programme ‘Brush Time’ at the Nursery World Show 2016.
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Volunteers needed for Morocco trip

International dental charity Dentaid is inviting dentists, hygienists and nurses to join a volunteering trip to northern Morocco from April 30 to May 8.
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Parents taking action

Parents are leading the way in the fight against increasing childhood tooth decay with almost half of them showing their support for sugar free treats.
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Dental care assistant course

More young people are getting the chance to start careers in dental care in Scotland with a new course at Edinburgh College that is widening access to the industry. 
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Progress, but no breakthrough

The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed news the Government will extend the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine to men who have sex with men (MSM) aged 16 to 40 via genitourinary medicine clinics,...
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National design competition winner

The Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programme (WOHP) and British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy (BSDHT) have announced that Michelle Coles, a dental hygienist at the Dental Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire,...
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CPD opportunities

There are amazing learning and vCPD opportunities for every member of the dental team at this year’s BDIA Dental Showcase.
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"Consider yourself as one"

The distinctive roles within a dental team need to be overlooked if dentistry’s workforce is to successfully meet the oral health needs of a future population.
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Stoptober returns

Stoptober – Public Health England’s (PHE) 28 day mass quit smoking campaign - has launched as the most recent statistics reveal 2,790 new cases of oral cancer were diagnosed in England in 2013.
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Don't miss out

BDIA Dental Showcase is one of the UK’s biggest and best attended dental trade shows, with over 12,000 attendees from the dental industry.
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Annual retention fee reminder

Dental care professionals (DCPs) are being reminded to pay their annual retention fee (ARF) to the General Dental Council (GDC) by July 31, 2015.
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Get in now

As the saying goes, it’s not only what you know, but also who you know.
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Annual Performance Review of regulators

The Professional Standards Authority’s report has been laid before the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly Government and Northern Ireland Assembly.
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Through the eyes of a dementia sufferer

A thought provoking new film aimed at dental professionals to raise awareness of the issues faced by patients with dementia when attending a dental appointment has been launched today by Health Education...
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Undermining bargaining power

The British Dental Association (BDA) has criticised government plans to undermine bargaining powers for healthcare professionals.
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CPD Code of Practice

The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) is delighted to announce the launch of its ‘Code of Practice for Dental CPD’.
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Chief Dental Officer

NHS England is pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Hurley as Chief Dental Officer. Sara will serve as principal dental adviser and the professional head of dental staff in England. As a senior...
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Training for carers

A new online initiative to improve the oral health of the elderly has been launched with the help of the UK’s leading oral health charity.   
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National Smile Month

Oral health charity the British Dental Health Foundation is delighted to announce the return of National Smile Month for 2015. 
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World Cancer Day

The alarming increase in new mouth cancer rates in the United Kingdom can be reduced, according to leading mouth cancer campaigners.
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The nation's ideal smile

The results of a survey launched on January 29, has revealed the nations ‘ideal’ male and female smiles.
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Which? campaign responses

Which? ‘Clean up dental costs’ campaign calls for NHS England and its regulators to improve communication with patients about treatment options and prices.
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Dental contract reform

The Department of Health have published the next stage of the dental contract reform today and opened an expression of interest for dental practices to take part in the new dental prototypes. 
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Election results 2014

The British Dental Association (BDA) has announced the results of elections to its Principal Executive Committee (PEC).
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Fluoride decision

Following the news that Southampton City Council have withdrawn plans to fluoridate the area’s water supplies, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, issued the following comment,...
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Patients recalled over virus risk

Some 22,000 patients of a Nottinghamshire dentist are to be recalled for tests to see if they have been infected with blood-borne viruses.
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Don’t be caught out

Dental professionals can face real life horror stories at any time of year, warns the Dental Defence Union (DDU). 
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Divorce Vs dentist

One in seven Brits would rather endure a divorce than take a trip to the dentist.
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House of Commons turns blue

MPs at the House of Commons were urged to help address one of the UK’s most increasingly prominent cancers by donning on a pair of blue lips to raise awareness. 
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CDO retirement

NHS England has announced that chief dental officer, Barry Cockcroft, has decided to step down in early 2015. 
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Blue Wednesday

Blue Wednesday is the new Blue Monday – Raising money and awareness for Mouth Cancer.
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High risks

 Survey reveals dental nurses are still at high risk of sharps injuries, 51.2 per cent of respondents said to have received a sharps injury at some point, with the majority of injuries caused after...
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Mouth cancer awareness

New statistics, published by the British Dental Health Foundation, reveal there were 6,767 new cases of oral cancer in 2011, a rise of 33 per cent since 2000. 
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Make Christmas happen

National homelessness charity Crisis is calling on dentists, dental nurses and hygienists to provide treatment for homeless people at its temporary centres this Christmas. 
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Prevention and education

Responding to PHE’s figures Christopher Allen, chair of the BDA’s Dental Public Health Committee, said:
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