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North Yorkshire care homes receive dental funding


North Yorkshire care homes receive dental fundingOlder individuals in North Yorkshire who rely on home visit dentistry to ensure their oral health is maintained could be pleased to hear news about increased funding.

Four care homes across the region are set to be awarded their share of a cash injection provided by the British Dental Health Foundation and the Wrigley Tooth Fairy Fund.

As part of the scheme, in which 12 organisations will receive financial support, staff will receive more training and each resident will be given an individual care plan.

The news comes after health officials had struggled to provide oral health planning for older people as a result of limited time and resources.

Shaun Raval, associate dental director at Harrogate and District Foundation Trust, said: "This will enable us to roll out our skills to areas that we have not previously been able to develop."

According to Colgate, it is vital for individuals to ensure they have healthy teeth and gums in a bid to prevent oral health issues when they reach older age.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800700535-ADNFCR

BDA: Funding increase is disappointing


BDA unhappy with pay increases.

The British Dental Association (BDA) has claimed its funding levels for 2010-11 are “disappointing”. dentist funding

The Department of Health announced salaried dentists will see a pay increase of one per cent over the coming year, while dental practitioners are set to receive a 0.9 per cent raise.

Susie Sanderson, chair of the BDA’s executive board, said: “High street dentists will be particularly disappointed that the government has chosen to disregard the review body’s advice that efficiency savings should only be considered retrospectively.”

Indeed, Ms Sanderson noted the government would appear to be ignoring the fact that provision of dental services is getting more costly.

Elsewhere, Cosmetic Dentistry Guide recently reported access to emergency dentistry facilities remains poor in Yorkshire.

An NHS review showed 42,000 fewer adults were able to access dental health services in North Yorkshire in 2009 in comparison to 2007, despite the fact the government pledged to improve access in 2006.

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