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'Abject failure' from government driving child hospital admissions

The British Dental Association has responded to figures from the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) at The Royal College of Surgeons suggesting the number of children under the age of 10 needing hospital...
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BDA praises ChildSmile but calls on government to do more to close inequalities gap

The BDA is pleased that the latest figures from the National Dental Inspection Programme of Scottish Primary 7 children 2017 show a continuing improvement in children’s dental health –...
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New research reveals spiralling costs are causing mouth cancer survivors serious stress and anxiety

Spiralling costs of ongoing healthcare placed on mouth cancer survivors are leaving them with severe levels of anxiety and stress, research from a leading charity has discovered. 
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Northern research collaboration led by trainees in paediatric dentistry

The formation of a trainee-led collaborative research has been welcomed by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry. The official launch of CONNECT (Child Oral health NortherN rEsearch CollaboraTive)...
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BAOS Annual Scientific Conference in Belfast

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Health charity ‘severely concerned’ by study highlighting lack of awareness between HPV and mouth cancer

New research shows as many as 85 per cent of Brits are unaware that the human papillomavirus (HPV) is a cause of mouth cancer. Investigation reveals 67 per cent do not believe oral sex can increase mouth...
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BACD FD Best Case Presentation Winners Announced

Committed to professional education, the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) announced the winners of its Foundation Dentist Best Case Presentation Award.
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New report challenges that universal access to NHS dentistry is a myth

The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed a new report from the Nuffield Trust which lifts the lid on huge gaps in access and health outcomes for dental patients across England. 
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Bupa appoints Steve Gates as new Director of dental insurance and cash plan

Steve Gates has joined Bupa UK in a newly created role of Director of dental insurance and cash plan. Steve will lead the development and growth of Bupa‘s dental insurance and cash plan businesses...
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‘Next steps for dentistry’

Westminster Health Forum’s keynote seminar is set to take place on the 13th of March, 2018 in central London. The seminar is entitled ‘Next steps for dentistry: prevention, contract reform...
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King’s Study Provides Clues to Body’s Defence against Common Oral Infection

An international team, co-led by researchers at King’s College London and the University of Pittsburgh, has identified the mechanism by which the immune system first learns that the fungus Candida...
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PSA concludes that GDC meets all but one of its standards

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has concluded that the General Dental Council (GDC) has met 23 out of 24 of its standards in 2017, following its annual review. 
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IP&C competition winners awards ceremony

Milne, Spencer and Harris, a dental practice situated in King’s Medical Centre in Normanton has been announced as this year’s Infection Prevention and Control Practice of the Year. 
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GDC responds to Department of Health consultation

Ian Brack, chief executive and registrar of the General Dental Council said, “Fundamental reform and modernisation to health professional regulation is overdue – and would benefit the public by delivering...
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Greater Manchester schools and nurseries set to improve dental care

A £1.5 million-pound action plan to improve children’s oral health in Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and Bolton has been launched. Utilising a £1.5 mil grant from the health and care devolution transformation...
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Health watchdog merger not a silver bullet

The British Dental Association has responded to news that government is considering a merger of healthcare regulators. The consultation launched today. 
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Senior staff moves at the General Dental Council

Jonathan Green, executive director, fitness to practise, is to leave the General Dental Council (GDC) early in 2018. After nearly five years of hugely valuable service, including three as a member of the...
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BDA challenge case for ARF levels

The British Dental Association (BDA) has said enough is enough, and challenged the General Dental Council (GDC) to live within its means, and to set out when it will lower registration fee levels, which...
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BDIA leads EU initiative on Brexit

The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) and Federation of the European Dental Industry (FIDE), as the trade associations representing the dental industry in the United Kingdom and Europe, have today...
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3M Dental Update Study Day a Success

This year’s Dental Update Study Day, once again sponsored by 3M Oral Care, provided a wealth of information, inspiration and scientific evidence for a range of restorative materials available on...
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FGDP(UK) says more action needed on marketing of sugary food and drink

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) says further action is needed to tackle the nation’s sugar habit.
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ArchformByte reveals new ‘Choose and Lease Alliance’ initiative

ArchformByte, a leading British orthodontic laboratory, has launched a revolutionary Choose and Lease Alliance independent initiative to bring state-of-the-art intraoral scanners to dental and orthodontic...
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Time to shine for projects geared to children’s oral health

The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry’s (BSPD) Outstanding Innovation Award in 2018 is open for entries. The award, now in its second year, was established to give recognition to projects judged...
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Thousands flock to the NEC for BDIA Dental Showcase

Over 9,000 dental professionals attended BDIA Dental Showcase 2017, which took place at the NEC in Birmingham on the 19-21 October.
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Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium

The Oral Reconstruction Foundation drives progress in implant dentistry and related areas, for the benefit of the patients. Education and training are the Foundation’s utmost priorities and are realised...
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FGDP(UK) celebrates 25 years with awards dinner

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) held an anniversary dinner on Friday 13th October to commemorate 25 years since it was established. Hosted at Drapers Hall in London, the dinner included...
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Dental charities launch joint fundraising appeal

Leading dental charities Bridge2Aid and Dentaid have launched a joint fundraising campaign to ensure more vulnerable people around the world can access dental care.
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New guidelines needed for today's eating habits

Current public health guidelines for oral health are not aligned with our eating and drinking habits, a new report has found. The gap between what and when we eat and drink, and the measures we take to...
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Final Nobel Biocare symposium of 2017

Dental professionals have one last chance this year to experience the high-quality educational experience of a Nobel Biocare symposium when the final event of the 2017 series takes place in London, UK,...
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FGDP(UK) praises state of the dental profession

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has welcomed the Care Quality Commission’s findings on dental inspections, saying that the annual State of Care review provides a positive reflection...
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GDC appoints new Clinical Dental Advisers

The General Dental Council (GDC) has appointed four Clinical Dental Advisers and a Senior Clinical Dental Adviser to support the Fitness to Practise (FtP) process. The five new appointments will provide...
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Students help teach good oral health in S. Africa

Final year King’s dental students Karolyn John and Jack McSweeny spent three weeks of their summer volunteering in the villages surrounding Cape Town in South Africa as part of the dental elective programme...
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CQC gives dentistry a ringing endorsement

The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed the latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) State of Care report, which once again shows that dental services in England have topped the league...
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Dentsply Sirona World in Las Vegas proves a huge success

Speakers and participants alike described Dentsply Sirona World 2017 as an event in a class of its own. From September 14 to 16, 7,500 attendees - from 50 different countries - and 110 speakers met in...
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Practice Goodwill values, a geographic split?

The latest practice goodwill survey results have just been released by The National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL) and it does appear that the dental market as a whole...
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London Dentist donates to children with clefts

From July 2017 to June 2018, for every single hygiene appointment that is carried out at Elleven Dental, £1 will be donated to the global children’s charity, Smile Train.
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BDA fire starting gun on biggest ever election

The British Dental Association (BDA) has announced that calls for nomination have now opened for its 2017 elections.
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Study day aims to boost dental campaign funds

A fundraising study day has been planned to help boost the campaign to make it easier for dental hygienists and dental therapists to practise.
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‘Hold that smile’ film and animation now available

BOS has created a captioned film for patients explaining the importance of wearing retainers for life. The Society has also created a short animation aimed at young people. Both of these are available...
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Over 700 gather for mydentist clinical conference

Three years, Two days, one team Returning to the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham, mydentist recently hosted its third and largest clinical conference yet.
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Professor Robert Ireland’s final lecture as he retires

Professor Robert Ireland delivers a final lecture and encourages dental nurses to ‘take up research and challenge the traditional’
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Help Eradicate HPV-Related Cancer

We are all familiar with studies that are evidence-based, but how relevant are they to everyday life?
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Discover the latest innovations

Dental showcase opens its doors in just over two week to thousands of dental professionals who will be looking to expand their knowledge with lectures and seminars from leading industry experts.
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Bringing smiles to the Philippines

A team of dental professionals have returned from the Philippines where they treated hundreds of children in a joint mission with two other UK charities.
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HPV: Secrecy and false assumptions

Dentist leaders have accused the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) of leaving 400,000 boys a year at risk of cancer, after using opaque and apparently flawed modelling...
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Nurses removed from dental register for fraud

The General Dental Council has removed two dental nurses from the register of dental professionals following a prosecution for fraud.
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DCby1 logo available to dental practices

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Training research

Nobel Biocare is asking dental professionals how they go about choosing training courses and what topics are of interest right now. 
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Response to HPV vaccination decision

The British Association of Dental Nurses, the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, joined the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and other prominent dental associations in condemning...
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Volunteering trip to Zambia

International dental charity Dentaid has launched a new volunteering opportunity for dental professionals in the beautiful country of Zambia.
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Big smile world record

It is official! Guinness World Records has verified that the University of Glasgow’s Dental School, sponsored by the British Endodontic Society, successfully created the world’s biggest ever smile...
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Advice issued on conflicts of interest

The General Dental Council has joined eight other regulators in signing a joint statement following the NHS’ publication of guidance on how to manage conflicts of interest.
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CDO at the BDIA Showcase

BDIA Dental Showcase, the UK’s largest dental event, is working with the Office of the Chief Dental Officer England (OCDO), to promote and raise awareness of a range of oral health campaigns and directives...
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New members appointed to GDC Council

The General Dental Council has welcomed new members to its council, whose appointments have been confirmed by the Privy Council.
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National nursing conference

The 2017 National Dental Nursing Conference will be held at the Milton Keynes Hilton on November 17-18.
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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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