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Isle of Wight dentist downs his drill after 60 years of treating patients

Isle of Wight dentist downs his drill after 60 years of treating patients

The UK’s oldest working dentist has downed his drill and started a very well-earned retirement. Dr Farouk Shamash, who is 85, has been treating patients for 60 years.  Dr Shamash didn’t always want to be a dentist, and initially, when a family friend suggested the career choice, he wasn’t even sure what a dentist was. […]


Lockerbie dentist encourages colleagues to join local running groups to boost wellbeing

Lockerbie dentist encourages colleagues to join local running groups to boost wellbeing

A dentist from Lockerbie is encouraging fellow dental professionals to join local running clubs. Ryan Stewart has set up a number of local ventures in the last few weeks to help dentists reap the rewards of an active lifestyle. Ryan, from Lockerbie Dental, enjoys running and he finds that it has a massive impact on […]


Wales’ chief dental officer releases guidelines, as first local lockdown commences

Wales’ chief dental officer releases guidelines, as first local lockdown commences

Wales’ chief dental officer has released guidelines, as the country’s first localised lockdown commences in Caerphilly. Colette Bridgman issued a statement as tougher measures were enforced in Caerphilly following a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases. In the last week, more than 130 people tested positive in the county, prompting additional measures to reduce […]


Health watchdog brands dental information provided during lockdown ‘inconsistent and confusing’

Health watchdog brands dental information provided during lockdown ‘inconsistent and confusing’

A health watchdog has suggested that some dental services provided ‘inconsistent and confusing’ information during the Covid-19 lockdown.  According to a review conducted by Healthwatch, which was carried out between April and June 2020, many people found information provided by dental services unhelpful. The report was compiled based on the experiences of almost 20,000 people. […]


Health watchdog suggests dental patients looking for non-urgent treatment are paying for private care

Health watchdog suggests dental patients looking for non-urgent treatment are paying for private care

A health watchdog has suggested that patients who are looking for non-essential dental treatment are being forced to pay for private care.  Representatives from Healthwatch England claim to have received several calls from patients who were unable to access services at an NHS clinic. People have contacted the body after failing to get an appointment […]


Dentists in Wales are ‘firefighting’ to deal with giant backlogs, experts warn

Dentists in Wales are ‘firefighting’ to deal with giant backlogs, experts warn

The chairman of the Welsh general practitioners committee has warned that dentists are ‘firefighting’ to cope with giant backlogs as a result of prolonged lockdown closures. Tom Bysouth described the backlog as “huge” and admitted that it could be months before dental teams are able to catch up following Covid-19 closures and ongoing restrictions. Mr […]


Dental appointments drop in 2020, as Covid-19 lockdowns take their toll

Dental appointments drop in 2020, as Covid-19 lockdowns take their toll

NHS figures show that the number of people accessing NHS dental care has fallen in 2020. Statistics from NHS Digital suggest that there has been a 4% decrease in the number of patients seeing a dentist in England in the 24-month period leading up to the end of June 2020. Although it is likely that […]


Norfolk patients share dental dilemmas

Norfolk patients share dental dilemmas

The Coronavirus has impacted every aspect of society. As dental practices work to clear backlogs after a prolonged period of lockdown, patients in West Norfolk have been sharing their tales of dental woe. The area was already one of the worst affected in terms of dental access, but the crisis has contributed to widespread problems […]


Bristol dental patient shocked by £60 PPE charge

Bristol dental patient shocked by £60 PPE charge

A dental patient from Bristol has spoken of her shock after being charged an extra £60 for PPE (protective personal equipment). Beverly Hawkins took to social media to ask other patients in the local area whether they had paid extra for dental treatment. Beverly was surprised to see a £60 surcharge on her bill after […]


The British Dental Association warns of impending access crisis

The British Dental Association warns of impending access crisis

The British Dental Association has warned of an impending dental access crisis in the aftermath of prolonged Covid-19 lockdowns and restricted patient numbers. The BDA suggested that patient numbers have “fallen off a cliff” in England since March, with the majority of practices closed for several weeks. NHS Digital figures for Shropshire show that patient […]