Missed out on this week’s dental news? No problem, here’s what happened over the past seven days…
When it comes to a second wave, it now appears to be a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’. Cases are on the rise – so much so that the UK has upped the alert level to 4. This means the virus is in general circulation, where transmission is high or rising exponentially. In response, CDO Sara Hurley spoke out about what this means for dentistry.
In one of my favourite pieces this week, we heard from Mahrukh Khwaja who talked through the transformative effects of mindfulness in dentistry. With the pandemic and the pressures that come with the job, mental health conversations are more important than ever.
New guidance was released for pregnant healthcare workers this week. But organisations are calling for the government to release additional advice owing to the now ‘complex landscape of factors’.
A petition has been set up urging for the next chair of the General Dental Council (GDC) to be a dental professional. Set up by Dominic O’Hooley on behalf of the BAPD, more than 6,100 people have signed it. It’ll be interesting to see whether this encourages the GDC to change its ways.
Our feel good story of the week has to go to dentist Jim Lafferty. He braved a solo swim across the English Channel, raising £7,000 for Dentaid. The 21-mile challenge saw him battle cold waters and jellyfish stings – and makes Jim the 32nd person to complete the solo crossing this year. Amazing!
Here at Dentistry Online we’ve also launched a brand new feature. Our ‘case of the week’ articles will bring you the latest clinical cases, which are completely free to download. This week’s was put together by Dr Richard Coates who shows how he helped bring back a patient’s smile after an alleged assault.
We also heard from the British Fluoridation Society, who talked us through the future of water fluoridation in the face of COVID-19 and the abolition of Public Health England (PHE).
Professor Damien Walmsley opened up about how his skills in dental photography inspired him to get behind the camera. We absolutely love his photos – and it shows just how transferable dentistry can be.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled his post-furlough plan, which includes a job support scheme and the extension of certain government-backed loans. Will these measures help dentistry or did he not go far enough?
Finally, it has been revealed that tooth decay remains the most common reason for hospital admission in five to nine year olds. The good news is that there was a slight fall when compared to the previous year. But more needs to be done to drive these numbers down further.
Make sure you take a look at the latest webinars happening over on Dentistry Study Club. Next up we have:
- Smartphone dentistry. Anywhere, anytime. For reluctant would-be virtual dentists with or without an online presence with Anthony J. Gedge – Sunday 27 September at 19:30
- Why and how to convert to private dentistry with Zoe Close, Nigel Jones and Les Jones – Tuesday 6 October at 19:00.
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