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Dental information during pandemic ‘inconsistent and confusing’, says health watchdog

The dental information provided by some dental services during the pandemic was ‘inconsistent and confusing’, a health watchdog reports.

This is according to a COVID-19 review by Healthwatch, looking into the NHS and social care experiences of the UK public.

This report covers the period April to June 2020, based on experiences of more than 19,700 people.

Additionally, ‘How can you find an NHS dentist?’ was the third most viewed article on a health information website during the most severe parts of the pandemic.

Between April and June 2020, the page – hosted on Healthwatch England – racked up more than 6,100 unique page views.

Inconsistent and confusing

The page ‘How can you find an NHS dentist?’ fell behind just two other pages:

  • What does shielding mean? – 49,327 unique page views
  • What’s the difference between social distancing and self-isolation? – 11,210 unique page views

Other highly-viewed pages focus on … Read the rest

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Dentistry And Oral Health Articles

Find Chiropractic Classes in the United States and Canada. Most of the students aspire to acquire their Doctor of Chiropractic degree even though chiropractor schools offer a variety of undergraduate studies. Principles of effective diagnostic and surgical procedures are reinforced through supervised clinical training. Emphasis is placed upon history taking and examination, application and interpretation of tests and investigations; treatment planning; development of effective communication skills. Core areas include: clinical diagnosis of oral cancer and potentially malignant diseases, familiarity with their management and appropriate referral; the diagnosis of dentofacial deformity and familiarity with its management and treatment; diagnosis of oral mucosal diseases and familiarity with their management and Principles of effective diagnostic and surgical procedures are reinforced through supervised clinical training. Emphasis is placed upon history taking and examination, application and interpretation of tests and investigations; treatment planning; development of effective communication skills. Core areas include: clinical diagnosis of oral … Read the rest

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Spike in associates looking to purchase dental practices

Many more dental associates are looking to purchase practices following lockdown, figures from Christie & Co show.

In its first ‘Buyer Registration Index’, Christie’s figures show a 59% increase in buyer registrations since the UK eased lockdown measures.

The property adviser believes this increased appetite is due to associates looking to secure their future income after recent pay cuts. The COVID pandemic has also given associates time for reflection and an opportunity to shop around the market.

‘Whilst it is well documented that some investor-backed corporates have recently paused their acquisition trail, appetite from the independent market remains very high,’ Jonathan Watson, director of medical at Christie & Co, says.

‘A great example of this is a two-chair mixed practice in Cheshire that we brought to market in July. This received nine viewing requests in the first two days of marketing.

‘We’re also seeing that a fall in private associate … Read the rest

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On course to career development confidence

Dental therapist and entrepreneur, Victoria Wilson, is developing a new course to help dental professionals learn the steps to launch a sustainable oral health promotional project in five weeks, and the confidence to start a new venture.

Where did the idea of running this series of courses come from?

As a dental profession we continue to treat the most prevalent preventative disease globally.

We have so many amazing clinicians. But we are limited in our reach through clinical work alone, staying in clinic.

This is exactly why Smile Revolution is running the course. To give clinicians insight into opportunities they can explore and develop.

I have always felt passionate about sharing what I have learnt.

More recently we are witnessing a very different landscape, where many dental professionals feel more insecure, worried and vulnerable.

I know many hygienists and therapists experiencing real financial, mental health and professional challenges. This … Read the rest

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Dental teams urged to identify signs of eating disorders amidst pandemic

A dental organisation is calling on dental teams to spot signs of eating disorders over fears they could go undiagnosed.

The British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy (BSDHT) said dental hygienists and therapists are in the ‘ideal position’ to help curb the effects of the pandemic.

This includes identifying signs of eating disorders, many of which could have developed or worsened as a result of lockdown.

Statistics reveal that nine out of 10 people with eating disorders were negatively impacted by the pandemic.

Undetected eating disorders

The data shows 87% reported their symptoms had worsened due to COVID-19. Additionally, more than 30% of participants stated their symptoms were much worse.

Dental hygienist and BSDHT president, Julie Deverick, said eating disorders are among the conditions that may have gone undetected amidst the pandemic.

‘The effects of the pandemic are far reaching and all aspects of the medical community need … Read the rest

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People with obesity in UK wait nine years before seeking help for weight

People with obesity in the UK wait longer than the global average before discussing their weight with a healthcare expert.

This is according to a new study carried out by the European Association for the Study of Obesity.

The data reveals that, on average, people with obesity in the UK do not seek help from a healthcare professional for nine years.

In comparison, the global average stands at six years.

As a result of the delay, people with obesity are at additional risk of developing obesity-related conditions. These include obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), type two diabetes and cancer.

Perception

Reasons for the findings include participants feeling it was their own responsibility to manage their additional weight. As well as doctors in the UK perceiving their patients to lack the motivation to lose weight.

The online survey was carried out in 11 countries, including Australia, Italy, Spain and UAE.

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Out of office – Sumeet Sandhu and a love for netball

Sumeet Sandhu talks about her passion for sport, travel – and why she thinks having hobbies away from dentistry is a must.

Please introduce yourself

I’m Sumeet Sandhu, a final year student at Peninsula Dental School. I am a co-founder of revisedental.com and won Sportswoman of the Year at the Future of Dentistry Awards 2019.

From this, I have recently started a blog called wholesum.uk, fusing a healthy lifestyle and dentistry together to encourage others to look after their mouths and bodies.

What do you get up to in your spare time away from dentistry?

This is a big question for me, as it varies so much!

It can jump from exercising to going out for meals with friends, to art and exploring the outdoors!

Recently, this list includes blogging and writing too. And with lockdown I have tried a bit of everything.

The most common one for me … Read the rest

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The root of the problem – external cervical resorption

In this month’s Root of the Problem, Kreena Patel covers external cervical resorption, how to diagnose it and how to treat it.

External cervical resorption is a pathological resorption.

It initiates on the external aspect of the root, immediately below the gingival epithelial attachment. It is therefore most often found in the cervical region.

The literature states that external cervical resorption is relatively uncommon.

However, many endodontists notice it is becoming a more frequent finding.

It is difficult to know if this is due to the disease becoming more prevalent or because of better diagnosis by our dental community.

Resorption initiation

The external surface of the root is surrounded by a protective layer called precementum. Damage to this layer allows resorptive cells (odontoclasts) to penetrate the root.

The portal of entrance into the root can range in size from pinpoint to a much larger defect.

Once the odontoclasts have penetrated … Read the rest

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How accurate are artificial intelligence systems at identifying tooth decay?

Artificial intelligence systems are able to identify tooth decay more accurately than human dentists, new research suggests.

The study, carried out by Pearl, compares the diagnostic abilities of three human dentists to that of an artificial intelligence (AI) diagnostic system.

It looked at the agreement between the human and AI diagnoses after they analysed more than 8,700 bitewing and periapical radiographs.

Additionally, the research revealed there was a lack of diagnostic agreement among the three human dentists.

Diagnostic discrepancies

They displayed a 79% unanimous agreement when it came to the absence of decay. But this dropped to 4.2% – around 370 X-rays – when it came to presence of decay.

And in nearly one in five instances, when two dentists identified decay in an X-ray, the third did not.

‘Our intention in producing this study was simply to demonstrate the efficacy of computer vision machine learning diagnostics in dental radiology,’ … Read the rest

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Dentist to take on charity swim across English Channel

A dentist is getting ready to take on the English Channel in a bid to raise money for a dental charity.

This month, Jim Lafferty will embark on a 12-hour solo swim from Dover to Calais.

Braving water temperatures of around 18°C, he hopes to raise £5,000 for Dentaid, a charity that works to improve oral health in the UK and overseas.

Although the shortest channel route is 21 miles, drifting currents will force Jim to swim around 25 miles to make it across to France. His solo journey will take place between 9 and 15 September.

Overcome obstacles

Jim will swim alongside a boat called High Hopes containing his support team, who will help him to overcome the risks of exhaustion, hypothermia and strong currents. The team includes a pilot and an observer from the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation.

‘They will be looking after me by keeping me … Read the rest

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