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Travelling in Moldova with Dentaid

  This is the final blog during our week long trip to Moldova, May 2017. Jill Harding                                                                 Bubbles and balloons helped Team Moldova get the oral health message across today when we visited two kindergartens.  The children are aged 2 to 7 (when they start school) and it was so much fun to meet them.  They filed into the school hall a little apprehensive to meet their English guests – children in Moldova seem reserved and exceptionally well behaved –    Read more

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Dental Team Trip to Moldova May 2017

Moldova is one of the poorest countries in eastern European bordering Romania and Ukraine with many people living in poverty. The dental charity Dentaid is offering retired dentists, dental nurses, therapists and hygienists the chance to join an oral health education  team to visit Moldova. Read more

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Can the digital and mobile media offer solutions for public health messages?

This is the first in a series of blogs based on recent keynote seminars organized by the Westminster Media Forums and Westminster Health Forums. Our aim is to explore the potential role of the digital and mobile news media for cost effective public health campaigns and safe messages, tailored for the needs of different age groups. Read more

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Childsmile Scotland is reducing inequalities in oral health

  The Childsmile programme is reducing oral health inequalities and ensuring access to dental services for every child across Scotland. The interim demonstration phase began in 2008 and involved rolling out a fully integrated Childsmile model (Core, Practice, Nursery and School) by 2011 across all 14 NHS Board areas, divided into East, West and North regions, for more information go to http://www.child-smile.org.uk Read more

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A New Start for the GDC?

  Upstreaming and CPDs for Reforming the Regulation This blog is in response to a presentation by Matthew Hill , Director of Strategy, General Dental Council titled “Improving clinical and professional regulation: ‘fitness to practice’, indemnity and collaboration” presented at Westminster Health Forum, Keynote Seminar  “ Next steps for dentistry and oral health: regulation, prevention and dental contract reform”, 5th July 2016. Read more

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The Dental Workforce is Changing

This post is partly based on a presentation by Elizabeth Jones, dean of postgraduate dentistry, Health Education England(HEE).  She has a bird’s eye view of the key issues facing the dental workforce, career development and education in the UK. In her presentation at the Westminster Health Forum 5th July 2016: “Next steps for dentistry and oral health: regulation, prevention and dental contract reform”, this is how she describe what the dental workforce will need:   Read more

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BDA Conference - Saturday28th May2016

The sun shone down on the Manchester Central building, where thousands of GDC Registrants flocked to hear about the latest innovations in Dentistry, Seminars, CPD Sessions and not forgetting those freebies being handed out! There was a buzz in the air and the biggest names in dentistry took centre stage when entering the impressive arena. I eagerly took my lanyard and goodie bag and off I went. Read more

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Oral Health Inequalities in Scotland

Recently I attended an interesting presentation by Professor Peter Mossey, Dundee University on"Oral Health Inequalities" at the Scottish Dental Show, 2016 Glasgow 13-14 May http://goo.gl/AxxejL Read more

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Irn Bru and the Sugar Tax

I recently came across this article talking about how the sugar tax will affect AG Barr - the makers of the fizzy drink Irn Bru which is particularly popular in Scotland. In the article, the firm confirm their profits are up 7% this year and do not think Osborne’s sugar tax will have much of an effect on their business. They say ‘brand loyalty’ will continue to drive demand. The sugar tax itself will not be introduced for another 2 years, but it will be levied into two bands: Read more

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Dementia and dentistry...an everyday and growing challenge

In March 2014 I took up the post of speciality registrar in Special Care Dentistry, Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust, one of 3 StRs in this specialty (http://www.bhamcommunity.nhs.uk/about-us/services/dental/special-care-de...). The post offer the opportunity to work in primary and secondary care services, covering community clinics and some hospital based care. Read more