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Emergency dentistry prevention scheme rolled out in Wales


A scheme in Wales hopes to reduce emergency dentistry cases.A scheme designed to prevent a future need for emergency dentistry has been rolled out in schools across Wales.

Designed to Smile will be presented to 30,000 pupils in a bid to improve children's oral health, teach them how to brush their teeth effectively and halt the threat of decay.

Free toothbrushes and toothpaste will also be distributed to get youngsters into the habit of regular cleaning and polishing.

Health minister Edwina Hart told the Western Mail: "By targeting these children, Designed to Smile will deliver a range of preventative care interventions for children in schools and nurseries to help reduce the risk of dental decay."

This comes after research from the Office for National Statistics published last month showed that emergency dentistry may be more common in Wales than in the rest of the UK, as one in ten people in the country have no natural teeth.

Some 20 per cent reported that they cannot eat comfortably because they have dental problems.

One in ten people in Wales ‘has no natural teeth’


Emergency dentistry has been in demand in Wales.New research has revealed that emergency dentistry may be more common in Wales than in the rest of the UK.

According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics today (December 8th 2010), one in ten people in Wales has no natural teeth, with the corresponding figures for England and Northern Ireland found to be one in 17 and one in 14 respectively.

Furthermore, 20 per cent of the country's population said they cannot eat comfortably because they have dental problems.

The research also gave an insight into anxiety over going to the dentist, with women twice as likely to suffer from this than men.

Its authors said the study has shown that the UK's teeth have improved since the same research was carried out last year.

Anyone putting off having root canal treatment may want to get it done following a testimony from one patient earlier this week.

Nate Delesline told that the procedure was nowhere near as painful as he expected.

Post-war emergency dentistry student leaves legacy to college


A dentistry training college has received a generous legacy.A dentist who learnt how to perform root canal treatments and other kinds of emergency dentistry after World War II has left a generous legacy after her death.

Diana Trebble (nee Jennings) trained at Kings College London in the late 1940s before going on to take over practices in Ealing and then Minehead.

However, when she died recently, it was found that she had left two-thirds of her estate to the college in order to allow other students to learn as she did.

This amounts to more than £1 million and will be used to create the open Diana Trebble PhD Scholarship.

Head of the Dental Institute Professor Nairn Wilson said: "The Dental Institute is thrilled to receive this most generous gift from the late Mrs Trebble."

King's College London currently trains one-fifth of all dentists in England and Wales and is the largest dental academic centre in the UK.

Welsh kids ‘have worst dental health’


Children in Wales have poor oral health.

Children in Wales have the worst oral health of any nationality in the UK, a new report has shown.

Figures from the British Dental Health Foundation have shown that the overall health gap between the richest and the poorest families in society in Wales has grown wider over the last few years and this has resulted in the oral health of children from deprived families suffering.

Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said: “Dental disease is the most common preventable childhood disease and good education at an early age can have a significant impact.”

He added that parents should be given advice on keeping their children’s teeth healthy when they attend antenatal classes.

Elsewhere, Dental Plans recently reported that all children should have their teeth looked at when they are relatively young in order to head-off any problems that might develop for them as they get older.

High number of cavities for kids


More children are developing cavities in their teeth at a young age, new findings have revealed.

According to Child Dental Health Surveys, there has been a rise in the number of four-year-old children who have decayed, missing or filled teeth since 1998.

The report claimed a change in attitudes and an increase in the number of sugary drinks children are allowed has led to this downturn in dental health.

Fountain Gate Dental Care surgeon Desmond Yiu commented: "I’m finding a lot more tooth decay in children than I would expect, particularly given how readily available fluoride is in water and toothpaste."

He advised that parents book their children in for their first dental check up between the ages of 12 and 24 months.

Elsewhere, a dentist’s surgery in Wales is taking part ina programme to help provide emergency dentistry treatments to children affected by the Chrnobyl disaster.

Brynteg Dental Surgery on Mansel Street in Carmarthen is helping provide annual free check-ups for kids from Ukraine.

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