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Children with tooth decay

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have found that children living in more deprived areas are three times more likely to have severe tooth decay that requires a dental extraction in a hospital compared with children living in more affluent areas.

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Artwork celebrates 25 years

Bupa Dental Care has teamed up with Sophie Kamlish, paralympian-turned-illustrator, to create a unique illustration for its 25th anniversary.

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Orthodontic course for nurses

Miriam Moar and Ingrid Couper, NHS Shetland dental nurses, have been accepted on the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Orthodontic Therapy Training Programme 2024/25.

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Sexual safety advice updated

There will be a new duty for employers to take reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace from October 2024.

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Pupils get dentistry expertise

​Fifty-five students have gained a taste of a career in medicine and dentistry at a medical residential at Cardiff University.

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Cancers caused by smoking

The number of cancer cases caused by smoking in the UK has reached an all time high, analysis from Cancer Research UK shows.

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Letter to the king

​In an open letter published in The BMJ, leading charities have urged the government to make the reintroduction of the ‘Tobacco and Vapes Bill’ a central theme in the king’s speech in July 2024.

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Long queues for NHS dentist

​A dental surgery in Lincolnshire experienced large queues after it published on social media it was enrolling NHS patients.

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Letter calls for dental reform

The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) has published an open letter to the UK’s health secretary. The society hopes the minister’s appointment will lead to dental reforms.

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Smoking spurs cognitive ageing

​Smoking may be among the most important lifestyle factors affecting how quickly our cognitive skills decline as we age, suggests a study led by University College London (UCL) researchers.

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UK sugar tax cuts consumption

Daily sugar intake fell by around 5g in children and 11g in adults in the 12 months following the introduction of the UK’s ‘sugar tax’ in 2018, according to the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

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Wolverhampton toothbrushing

Sunflowers Day Nursery in Wolverhampton has been conducting oral health sessions to help tackle the high levels of childhood decay.

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GDC update specialist list

The General Dental Council (GDC) has launched a 10-week public consultation on proposed amendments to the Specialist List Assessed Application (SLAA) routes.

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Pregnant smoking drop

NHS Digital data has shown that smoking rates among pregnant women have fallen to an all-time low, with the biggest drop in smoking rates since records began in 2006. The fall from 8.8 per cent in 2022/23 to 7.3 per cent in 2023/24 follows sustained investment to provide better quit support to women who smoke within their maternity care.