Oral health

Yearlong waiting times for children must be fixed, says association

Ministers must show they are willing to put prevention at the heart of NHS dentistry, as new figures from the Liberal Democrats show children in some parts of England are now waiting up to 18 months...

Making a difference to lives in the UK

A look at the impact of a charity’s new mobile dental unit.

Promoting patient compliance

Ross Walker explains how it can benefit patients’ oral health long term.

Harrogate and district has the longest average waiting time in England for children

The NHS waiting list for specialist dental care in Harrogate & District has reached 1362 children. The figure includes some with severe tooth decay or other serious dental problems, figures uncovered...

Councils call for ban of disposable vapes

Single-use vapes, such as Elf bars and Lost Mary should be banned on environmental and health grounds, councils say for the first time on July 14, 2023.

Patients with type 2 diabetes who regularly clean interdentally significantly lower blood glucose levels

A cross-sectional study investigating oral hygiene habits and blood glycemic control indicators has found compelling evidence that good oral care habits, such as interdental cleaning in people with...

Nearly two-thirds of youth would stop vaping with no added sweet flavors, menthol or cooling agents

Major progress could be made in fighting the youth vaping epidemic with a complete restriction on sweet flavourings and cooling agents in both cartridge and disposable e-cigarette devices, according...

Task force aims to boost NHS capacity in Plymouth

Plymouth’s city-wide Task Force, set up to tackle the city’s growing dental crisis, hit-the ground running on July 7, 2023, with organisations committing to working together to improve NHS capacity.

Standardised packaging on vapes reduces appeal to teenagers

Research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London and Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has found that standardising e-cigarette (vape) packaging...

Fundamental reform of NHS dentistry needed to end a ‘crisis of access’

Following the conclusion of the Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry into NHS dentistry, it has described the evidence of pain and distress due to being unable to see an NHS dentist as “totally...

Poor dental health linked to decline in brain volume

Taking good care of your teeth may be linked to better brain health, according to a study published in the July 5, 2023, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of...

‘Vaping is a fast-growing problem’: Children’s commissioner responds to government consultation

Rachel de Souza, the children’s commissioner for England, released a statement following the conclusion of the government’s consultation on youth vaping.