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... »

A team effort for National Smile Month

We had tons of fun during the Month and managed to educate our patients too with a sugar-free bake off, which was followed by an oral education and ‘meet the team’ party morning. National Smile Month is a great way to get all the team involved in promoting and running events. It also gives us an opportunity to team-build and motivate our team by doing something a little bit different by thinking o... »

Securing better dental health for Northern Ireland: prevention at the heart

Northern Ireland has some of the worst oral health inequalities in the UK. And with an oral health strategy that is almost 10 years out of date, the next Executive has a chance to put prevention at the heart of policy. Securing Better Dental Health for all is the BDA Northern Ireland Manifesto, setting out areas for priority action over the next five years. More than double the number of 15-year-o... »

Better oral health for Scotland: addressing the NHS dentistry funding shortfall

Scotland is an oral health innovator. The Childsmile programme has been a great success, lowering treatment costs and delivering enormous improvements in the oral health for children under the age of five. Once you look past that age group, you see 36% of children living in areas of higher economic and social deprivation have obvious tooth decay compared to 15% in more affluent areas. 7,025 childr... »

Better oral health for all – four nations’ dentistry

Dentistry in the UK has never been one size fits all. The contracts, public health priorities and funding constraints are very different for dentists operating out of Andover, Anglesey, Antrim or Auchtermuchty. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all go to the polls on 5 May. The winners will be setting national dental policy for the next five years, so it’s vital that the profession engages and ... »

Winter Lecture 2015: a festive celebration

Over 100 BDA members and friends gathered on 2 December to hear Professor Philip Preshaw give this year’s prestigious Winter Lecture, on the hot topic of diabetes and periodontal disease. Here’s how it happened in pictures: BDA members had an opportunity to socialise before the event and chat to friends old and new   BDA Publisher James Sleigh and BDJ Managing Editor Ruth Doherty were on hand... »