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Dangerous teeth whitening chemicals seized at East Midland’s airport

Tue

Over the past year over seventeen thousand dangerous or unsafe products have been intercepted at one of England’s most popular airports for holiday makers and business professionals. East Midland’s Airport sends and receives planes from destinations all over the world, making it a haven for people trying to smuggle illegal goods in and out of the country.

Amongst the counterfeit goods, Leicester Trading Standards found teeth whitening creams with very dangerous chemical ingredients that could cause significant harm to individuals. The rise in illegal teeth whitening products has been significantly higher over recent years. This could be due, in part, to the cosmetic procedure becoming more and more popular through celebrity endorsements and people becoming more conscious of their appearance on social media.

The illegal teeth whitening trade poses a serious threat to public health, and can cause devastating consequences. Joe Orson of Leicester Trading Standards expressed their commitment, as an organisation, to stamping out criminality and counterfeit goods of any kind, “Stopping harmful goods entering the marketplace and protecting consumers and businesses from falling victim to this form of criminal activity that could put people’s lives at risk is of paramount importance.” Other items that were seized included, faulty LED Lights that posed the risk of electrocution, Jewellery with high metal toxicity levels and laser pens.

 

 

Price of dental treatment in England set to rise

Sun

The price of dental treatments in England is set to rise by 5% by the year 2017/18; a routine check-up will cost over twenty pounds and band C treatments, such as dental crowns, will cost over £240.

According to the government, the price changes will only affect ‘those who can afford it’ whilst at the same time ‘protecting the most vulnerable’. However, the British Dental Association does not agree, saying that this price rise could ultimately damage the dental health of the nation, as people avoid going to the dentist for check-ups and treatment.

A written statement to Parliament by Health Minister Alistair Burt said that the decision has been made to implement the 5% price rise, stating that ‘Dental charges remain an important contribution to the overall cost of dental services, first introduced in 1951.’

Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, of the British Dental Association, called the price hike ‘unprecedented’ and argued that this will only ‘discourage the patients that are most in need of care.’ He added that dentists were ‘being asked to play the role of tax collector, while our patients are singled out to subsidise the health service.’ Finally he said that this is likely to ‘undermine’ the relationship between dentists and patients, whilst giving patients ‘another reason to avoid visiting the dentist.’

 

 

Leicester children have the highest rate of tooth decay in England

Tue

According to a new report, over half of five-year-olds in Leicester have some level of tooth decay, which puts the city at the top of the table when it comes to tooth decay among children. The National Children’s Bureau revealed that 51% of children in this age group suffered with tooth decay; the highest level anywhere in England. Leicester was also found to be 25th out of 150 local authorities for levels of deprivation.

The report, titled Poor Beginnings, says that the Government should be doing more to help children in deprived areas with their health and development and chief executive Anna Feuchtwang called the results ‘shocking’. It reveals a so-called postcode lottery of health and wellbeing, as children in neighbouring areas receive ‘wildly different’ levels of care and their quality of life varies greatly also.

Ms Feuchtwang went on to say that ‘As these variations are closely linked to poverty, with those in areas with the highest levels of deprivation more likely to suffer from a range of health issues, we have to ask whether England is becoming a nation of two halves.’

As well as poor dental health, almost eleven percent of four to five year olds in Leicester where found to be obese and less than half the children finishing their reception year at school were at a good level of development.

Dentists say the Government is failing NHS patients

Tue

As the pressure for dentist to take on new patients increases, dental professionals are questioning government policies on payment and patient registration, with one dentist saying that the system is failing NHS patients. One in three NHS dentists in England is refusing to take on new NHS patients and patients are facing a waiting list of up to nine months for those surgeries that are taking on new patients.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said that the issues needed to be addressed ‘imminently’ or ‘we are going to see a repeat of queues round the block if somebody does manage to open a new NHS surgery.’ He added that ‘dentists would like to be doing more NHS work but are unable to because they’re unable to get the contracts to do it.’

According to NHS regulations, dentists have to be clear about their availability and should not require NHS registration before a patient can get treatment. A spokesperson for the Department of Health said ‘It is not acceptable for dentists to mislead patients about their services. Practices need to be clear on whether they accept new patients, the length of their waiting lists and charges.’

New reports show that two-thirds of Welsh children have tooth decay

Thu

According to new statistics released by The Children’s Dental Healthy Survey 2013 children in Wales are suffering with more tooth decay than their English equivalents; the survey revealed that 63% of 15-year-olds in Wales had some level of tooth decay, compared to 41% in England. Furthermore, 22% of Welsh children between the ages of five and 15 were found to have severe or extensive decay, around 10% more than English children in the same age bracket.

It was revealed that only a third of children of all ages in Wales were viewed to have a good level of oral health. Although the dental health of Welsh children is in worse condition than those in England, overall it has improved in Wales since 2003, as the Welsh Government set up the Designed to Smile programme in 2008.

The Welsh Government released a statement in response to the survey, saying that the results showed ‘a relatively high proportion of children who live in disadvantaged areas and who generally have the poorest oral health’. The spokesperson added ‘whilst it is too soon to gauge the full impact of Designed to Smile, our most recent monitoring survey showed a 6% drop in the proportion of five-year-olds with dental decay.’

Sharon Osbourne says that British people have ‘fugly’ teeth

Fri

TV presenter Sharon Osbourne has spoken about the state of British teeth on her daytime show The Talk, blaming the problems on a lack of dentists in the country. The reality star called British teeth ‘fugly’ meaning they are extremely unappealing to look at.

Sharon joked that ‘there is only one dentist in England’ and no one can find him, so everyone in the country has ‘fugly teeth’. The 62-year-old made the comments as she discussed her own dental condition, recalling how her dental implant came out on live television last year – she blamed the dental damage on poor restorative work. Sharon tried to stick the tooth back in with superglue during a commercial break for the show but it didn’t work and the presenter was left without a tooth for the remainder of the broadcast. She joked ‘as if nobody my age has a tooth that doesn’t come out?’

The dental problem surfaced after only a few weeks with the implant, and Sharon explained ‘I am sat there two weeks later on the show and I can feel grit in my mouth, and I thought what had I eaten. And then I realised it was big bits of grit and then the tooth is waggling, and I am like ‘oh my Lord – right on air.’

New report suggests that dental health can be improved by fluoridation

Wed

Experts at Public Health England (PHE) have suggested that adding fluoride to tap water could reduce the chances of tooth decay and improve dental health overall, in a new report released by the department.

Research has shown that areas of England with certain levels of fluoride in the water were found to have fewer cases of tooth decay, so schemes have been put in place over the past fifty years to adjust the fluoride levels in other areas of the country, to try and reproduce the results. 14 out of 152 local authorities have schemes in place, making sure that six million people have improved levels of oral health. On average, the number of five-year-olds with tooth decay in fluoridated areas was 15% lower than those that did not have fluoride added to the water.

The report refers to tooth decay as ‘a significant public health problem in England’, and added that ‘Sizeable inequalities exist between affluent and deprived communities, and it is a common cause of hospital admissions in children.’

Professor John Newton, chief knowledge officer at PHE, said that ‘There is a good deal of speculation about water fluoridation schemes. This report provides new data which is direct evidence of the safety and efficacy of water fluoridation in England. Director of dental public health at PHE, Sue Gregory, added that ‘Theses findings highlight the important contribution that water fluoridation makes to children’s health and general well-being. It is notable that the benefits of this public health measure appear to be greatest for children living in the most deprived areas of the country.’

Prescriptions and dental fees to rise for 2014/2015

Fri

Prescription fees in England are set to increase by 20p to £8.05 in 2014/15 and by a further 20p to £8.25 in 2015/16, according to Health Minister Norman Lamb. NHS dental charges will also rise in England from April 1st, with increases of between 50p and £5.

The new prices are going to affect all bands of NHS dental treatment and will see band one raise by 50p to £18.50, for things like x-rays, band two treatments will cost an extra £1.50, rising to £50.50 for extractions and fillings, and the cost of band three procedures, such as crowns and dentures, will reach £219, a £5 increase.

A statement made by another Health Minister, Earl Howe, said that the changes would come into effect in England at the beginning of next month. Mr Howe said ‘This government has made tough decisions to protect the NHS budget and increase it in real terms, but charges for some items remain an important source of revenue to support the delivery of high quality NHS services. This is particularly important given the increasing demands on the NHS, with spending on medicines alone almost doubling since 2000.’

He went on to say that ‘Dental charges represent an important contribution to the overall cost of dental services. The exact amount raised will be dependent upon the level and type of primary dental care services commissioned by the NHS England and the proportion of charge-paying patients who attend dentists and the level of treatment they require.’

Ministers warned; NHS dentistry is ‘unfit for purpose’

Fri

More than 100 family dentists in England have signed a letter to the Telegraph, accusing Ministers of hiding the true state of NHS dentistry from patients, calling the service ‘compromised and mismanaged.’ The clinics have spoken out in response to the Francis Report, which revealed failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust that let to 1,200 deaths.

In the letter, the dentists complain that ‘We are witnessing the manipulation of Government figures and statistics that hide the rotten truth.’ Adding ‘The Government and their civil servants continue to promise the public that all the dental clinical health and prevention needs for the population of England are met under the NHS dentistry system, to the highest standards, yet clearly under their continuous limitations and compromises on a national scale, that is frankly mission impossible for dental professionals to deliver from the start.’

Dr Anthony Kilcoyne, the West Yorkshire dentist who organised the letter, said that he and his colleagues felt ‘massive frustration’ at the pressure that was being put onto dentists to see patients as quickly as possible; a problem that he says has been getting worse since Labours treatment targets were introduced to NHS dentistry in 2006. He says ‘All the targets are biased towards quantity rather than quality.’

NHS England’s chief dental officer, Barry Cockcroft, was not in agreement with the dentist’s viewpoint, saying that access to NHS treatment has been improving since 2010. He also said that ‘There is no credible evidence to support the suggestion that there is a ‘growing disaster’ in NHS dentistry.’

Peter Crouch returns to Newcastle after dental trauma

Fri

Stoke City player Peter Crouch was only off the field for a couple of games after suffering some fairly shocking dental damage during a clash with Newcastle’s Fabricio Coloccini, and now the 32-year-old is returning to the scene of the accident, as Stoke are scheduled to play at St James’ Park on Sunday.

Crouch lost three teeth in November after colliding with the Newcastle defender and catching an elbow right in the mouth. He had to leave the pitch and receive emergency dental treatment to save the remaining teeth – fortunately, a fan at the ground who was a qualified dentist offered his services and helped the former England player get some early treatment to make sure the damage was not aggravated. He has since been fitted with a mouth guard for games, so that his teeth are not dislodged further.

Although it was Coloccini’s elbow that caused all the problems, Crouch maintains that there is no reason to think that the Newcastle player did it deliberately, saying ‘I certainly don’t attach any blame to Coloccini’. He went on to say that he could even look at the accident positively, adding ‘My nose was wonky and I had it put right after a knock. And my teeth weren’t ideal until I had them knocked out and repaired – so I’m slowly improving as I get older!’

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