Nigel Jones gives his insight on the impact of stress on dental health and what dentists can do to help their patients.
The mental health issue raised by COVID
COVID has brought to light the importance of open communication about mental health. We have been encouraged to keep communication going with our own family and friends during lockdown. By socially distanced means of course.
For those who have had to self-isolate, stress about safety has been high. When combined with limited social interaction, the impact of the pandemic on the nation’s mental health is clear.
The ONS reports that more than two thirds of the UK’s adult population felt somewhat or very worried about the impact of the pandemic on their lives.
These are worrying statistics which can have a knock-on effect on physical health as well as mental health.
Paul Riddick gives his thoughts on the current focus on air changes per hour and suggests dentistry is overlooking a potential solution.
Recent publications still constantly focus on ACH (air changes per hour) on the basis of ‘diluting’ the air of potential contaminants (after the event) to reduce fallow times.
As you probably already know, all dentists in the UK have to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations 2002.
There are legal implications for not complying. However, SOP guidelines from both the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FDGP) and Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) constantly fail to mention this key point in relation to aerosol generating procedures (AGPs).
COSHH Regulations for Hazardous Substances in the Workplace
The COSHH Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) specifically allows the COSHH assessment to be part of the general risk assessment, which is required under regulation three of the … Read the rest
This week Martina Hodgson discusses the difficulties of juggling a family life and running a successful dental practice.
Please introduce yourself
When I was asked to write an article on what I do outside of dentistry I was a little panicked! I love what I do so much that I wonder if I have a life outside of dentistry at all!
I am the owner of The Dental Studio. An unassuming yet multi-award winning private family practice in a small ex-coal mining community in Wakefield.
I have the privilege of being at the same practice for over 15 years, and owner for the last 13 years.
I am the co-founder of Inspiring Women in Dentistry. And I spend at least 90% of my time now carrying out Invisalign. It is an honour to speak for Aligner Consulting and appear as a key opinion leader for Dental Monitoring.
A third of dentists experienced abuse from patients during the COVID pandemic, according to new Dental Protection statistics. And 5% say they experienced verbal abuse outside of the surgery. Healthcare professionals dedicate their lives to achieving the very best for their patients. The least they should expect is to be able to practise or live their lives without receiving abuse for it. The pandemic brought the best and worst out of people. But maybe this is a sign the pendulum has swung too far the wrong way.
VAT on PPE is set to resume at 20% from the end of October after the Treasury ended its ‘tax holiday’.
The tax was cut on the 1 May to ‘relieve the burden’ on frontline workers of purchasing PPE. The Guardian believes the cut on VAT has saved healthcare workers £300m over the last six months.
With a reintroduction just around the corner, the BDA is calling on Rishi Sunak to change his approach.
‘A policy designed to relieve burdens on the healthcare sector is set to go when it is most needed,’ British Dental Association chair, Eddie Crouch, says. ‘The result is dentists, care homes and tens of thousands of other businesses will struggle with added costs.
‘A short-term extension is essential, but we need to see real imagination from government. Giving health and social care providers the ability to reclaim these costs could offer a viable way forward.… Read the rest
The latest standard operating procedure (SOP) for NHS dental services in England has been released.
Published yesterday, the updated guidance follows a review into AGPs in the climate of COVID-19 and the new COVID-19: infection prevention and control dental index.
Key revisions include the reduction of fallow time and changes to mask requirements.
The updated SOP means that fallow time can be cut if practices meet the necessary ventilation and mitigation requirements.
When six to nine air changes take place each hour (ACH), a baseline fallow period of 20 minutes is recommended. This can be reduced to just 15 minutes if there are 10 or more ACH.
Confirmation of mask requirements
Additionally, it confirms that FFP3 and loose-fitting powered hoods are recommended for AGP treatments. However, if a risk assessment shows an FFP2 mask is suitable, it is recommended as a safe alternative.