Oral health

UK’s paediatric dentists welcome CMO’s statement in support of water fluoridation

A landmark statement from the UK’s four chief medical officers in support of water fluoridation has contributed to the growing momentum in favour of this most cost-effective of measures to reduce...

A brush with the law

Rachel Lawton explores practising dentistry in a prison.

Free mouthwash for homeless and vulnerable patients thanks to Christmas charity partnership

Homeless and vulnerable people across the UK are receiving free bottles of mouthwash thanks to a charity partnership between CleanCert Hygiene Ltd and Dentaid.

Oral health: the multidisciplinary series

In November 2021, Dental Update – in partnership with Denplan, Oral-B and the Oral Health Foundation – are bringing you a brand-new multidisciplinary webinar programme, to coincide with Mouth Cancer...

Award winners announced

{my}dentist has announced the 15 winners of its annual Excellence Awards which celebrate its teams and individuals across the UK. 

Is dentistry becoming privatised?

Despite Nicola Sturgeon vowing to prevent the NHS from becoming privatised, some fear that dentistry is being privatised by stealth.

Could heartburn drugs be used to treat gum disease?

That’s the question now being asked, after a study from the University at Buffalo revealed that patients who used proton pump inhibitors were more likely to have smaller probing depths in the gums.

Water fluoridation: a statement from the UK chief medical officers

Recently, the UK government published a statement on water fluoridation from the UK chief medical officers.  

Children facing long waits for dental treatment

NHS dentistry delays are affecting the oral health, and general wellbeing, of children.  

Tooth emergence: timing is everything

The ages that most people get their three adult molars are six, 12 and 18 – much later than our closest living relative, the chimpanzee, who gets those same teeth at around three, six and 12.

Spider’s silk used to treat infected teeth

Historically, spider silk has been used to treat a variety of ailments, ranging from skin lesions to warts. There was even a time when doctors would advise patients to place cocoons on infected teeth.

Delays in NHS dentistry

NHS dentistry access delays are now so severe that some patients are resorting to removing their own teeth, as reported by the BBC.