Oral health

Rugby players to trial instrumented mouthguards for concussion management

The Guinness Six Nations will feature instrumented mouthguard technology, with players across all six unions able to use custom-fitted mouthguards designed to deliver in-game alerts as an indication...

Diagnosing and managing dry mouth

Richard Thomas discusses how to ease your patient's symptoms.

Over 100,000 child hospital admissions for rotting teeth since 2018

A Liberal Democrat Freedom of Information request has found that there have been 218,005 admissions to hospital for rotting teeth, including more than 100,000 child admissions, since 2018.

Brush biopsy enables early detection of oral cancer without surgery

A test invented by University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) researchers allows dentists to screen for the most common form of oral cancer with a simple and familiar tool: the brush.

8,500 people in Bridlington waiting for NHS appointments

With two practices for a town of 35,000, patients in Bridlington are on "a waiting list, for a waiting list".

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.