08 Apr
Dental laboratories to help boost testing capacity

The government has called on dental and veterinary laboratories to join forces with medical labs to boost testing capacity. In a recent press conference, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, unveiled plans to increase testing to 100,000 tests per day by the end of April. Professor John Newton, from Public Health England,…

25 Mar
New figures show lack of progress in tackling childhood tooth decay

New figures released by Public Health England (PHE) show a worrying lack of progress in tackling childhood dental decay.  Statistics from PHE suggest that the proportion of children with tooth decay is the same as in 2017. In 2019, 23% of 5-year-olds had signs of tooth decay. The figure was…

24 Jul
Could supervised brushing at school help to stem the tide of decay?

Public Health England figures suggest that dentists are removing around 1,000 teeth per month from children under the age of 6, despite the fact that almost all cases of decay are preventable. With dental issues costing the NHS millions of pounds, and children missing 60,000 school days every year as…

17 Jul
Dental charity welcomes plans to expand HPV vaccine programme to protect boys

The Oral Health Foundation has welcomed plans to expand the HPV vaccine programme to protect boys, as well as girls. Currently, 12 and 13-year-old girls are offered the immunisation as part of a scheme to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. Now, Public Health England has confirmed that the programme…

20 Mar
More than 90% of childhood extractions are required for decay

New data published by Public Health England has confirmed that over 90% of extraction procedures carried out in hospitals in England are required for extensive decay. Nine out of ten children aged 0-5 need treatment in hospital as a result of a dental disease, which is almost always preventable. Research…

08 Aug
Row over water fluoridation erupts in East Yorkshire

A row over water fluoridation has erupted in East Yorkshire. Dental experts have accused local councillors of “peddling myths” and providing “alternative facts” to try and persuade people that water fluoridation is expensive and ineffective. The British Dental Association has spoken out after Hull City Council’s councillor in charge of…