Clinical

Dental specialty training: Is it for you?

John Perry is a final year orthodontic postgraduate specialist trainee at Cardiff University School of Dentistry. He offers his perspective on whether to specialise or not and shares his experience of specialty training. Should I specialise? You should consider your own personal strengths, interests, and motivations, when making a decision about whether or not to specialise. There are other ways o... »

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Teeth whitening top tips

Does reading the headline “Man has been fined for illegal whitening”, sound familiar? It seems teeth whitening has been getting a lot of negative press of late, but we continue to assert that only dentists (or those who are working under a prescription from a dentist) may do tooth whitening. The run up to Christmas does seem a time when more patients are requesting teeth whitening, just ahead of t... »

Issues in orthodontics for general dental practitioners

Few GDPs might have an orthodontic contract, but there are some important things all dentists need to know about orthodontics for their patients. The BDA Oldham & Rochdale section recently held a meeting focused on ‘Orthodontics for general dental practitioners’, with key speaker Hamza Anwar, Specialist Registrar Orthodontics, at Manchester Dental Hospital, to discuss some of the issues GDPs n... »

Mouth cancer rates in Wales are soaring: dentists can help

Public Health Wales has recently highlighted that mouth cancer rates in Wales are continuing to rise sharply; and worryingly many are not being diagnosed until the later stages. We know that dentists can play a vital role in detection of oral cancers, and evidence tells us that survival rates can rise from 50% to 90% if the conditions are detected early. In Wales, 854 people were diagnosed in 2012... »

Oral cancer rates in Scotland are rising: what can dentists do?

New stats from Cancer Research UK are highlighting the fact that oral cancer rates across the UK are soaring and we know that Scotland has a shocking problem when it comes to cancer mortality rates: Scotland has the highest compared to the rest of the UK. The European age-standardised oral cancer incidence rates for both men and women are significantly higher in Scotland, 16.8 per 100,000 compared... »

Tackling the rise in oral cancer, one consultation at a time

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month. It’s a month of focus to raise awareness of signs and symptoms of the disease among the public and importantly among health professionals to spot the disease and those most at risk. Dental professionals are uniquely placed to help tackle the current rise in oral cancer rates. A coordinated effort addressing prevention, public awareness and early recognition a... »

Interview: the fight against mouth cancer

In 2013, there were 7,591 new cases of mouth cancer. In 2014, 2,386 deaths were recorded due to the disease. However startling those figures may – or may not – be, what they don’t tell you is the 40% increase in a decade. Mouth cancer is one of the few variations of the disease on the rise, which makes our job ever-more important. Professor Mike Lewis and Dr Chet Trivedy answer questions about the... »

Is flossing worth it? My patients think not…

In the news recently, floss has got some very bad press, and we have noticed in our practices that some patients have stopped inter-proximal cleaning all together, following this flurry of headlines. This is very concerning, particularly in relation to patients with gum disease. Here are some of the facts to counter the misinformation out there, and that we hope will be beneficial to other young d... »

Antimicrobial resistance: why dentists should care

Over-usage of antibiotics and the catastrophic effects on global public health is being highlighted in the press again this week, but why should dentists care about it? Well, we have data to suggest some dentists are not always prescribing following the correct guidance, and we know there are some challenging reasons for this. It matters to dentistry, because if we don’t play our part in reducing ... »

Testing migrant children’s teeth for their age is not only immoral – it doesn’t work

This article originally appeared online as a blog for the New Statesman. This week, the Home Office finally ruled out the use of x-rays to establish the age of childhood migrants. It’s welcome news, but this story predates the dispersal of the Calais “Jungle” camp. For over ten years, ministers in Conservative and Labour governments have flirted with these tests. And it’s been up to us – the pract... »

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