Oral health

NHS update: Green dentistry and sustainability

The January 2024 update from the interim chief dental officer focused on encouraging professionals to become more sustainable and take action against climate change through utilising NHS resources.

Future benefits of water fluoridation not guaranteed, study suggests

Existing drinking water fluoridation programmes in England still provide marginal savings for the NHS, but there is no guarantee new schemes would continue to do so, a study led by University of...

Scotland invests in head and neck cancer services

A new diagnostic pathway for head and neck cancer will help ensure patients have cancer ruled in or out faster.

Association voices support for breakfast club brushing plans

The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed Labour's move to roll out supervised brushing programmes in breakfast clubs.

Easington MP reveals his mother has resorted to DIY dentistry

Minister says his elderly “frail” mother has pulled her teeth out due to “desperation” and being unable to access NHS services.

Recognising excellence in paediatric dental care

Dental practices are reminded that there is only a month to get their entries in for the 2024 NASDAL Dental Check by One Practice of the Year award. The closing date for entries is February 9.

Smart headband to stop teeth grinding and jaw clenching

A smart textile headband is being developed to stop teeth grinding and jaw clenching – a common and painful condition which affects about a third of adults.

Empower implant patients to optimise oral hygiene

Tom Alcraft explains the importance of home care.

Toothbrushing tied to lower rates of pneumonia among hospitalised patients

Researchers say toothbrushing is associated with lower rates of hospital-acquired pneumonia, lower rates of ICU mortality, shorter duration of mechanical ventilation, and shorter ICU length of stay.

NHS dentistry ‘gone for good’ without radical action, think tank warns

A report from The Nuffield Trust has concluded that dentistry is at its most perilous point in its 75-year history, and radical action will be needed to prevent its further decline: either through...

Good tidings for bad breath sufferers

How can patients combat bad breath over the festive season? Sharon Kidd explains.

Charity voices concern as aligner company closure leaves patients in the lurch

The Oral Health Foundation has raised alarms over the recent closure of SmileDirectClub, leaving a significant number of patients in a precarious position.