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Irish dentists raise concerns over missed oral cancer diagnoses during lockdown

Irish dentists raise concerns over missed oral cancer diagnoses during lockdown

Dentists in Ireland have raised concerns over missed oral cancer diagnoses during the COVID-19 lockdown. Mouth cancer is becoming more prevalent in Ireland, yet public awareness remains poor. Routine dental examinations provide a golden opportunity for dentists to spot early warning signs of oral cancer, and as such, dentists are worried that many cases could […]


Peterborough dental patients still struggling to get an appointment

Peterborough dental patients still struggling to get an appointment

Dental patients in Peterborough are still struggling to get an appointment, local councillors have revealed.  At a meeting of the council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, concerns were raised about ongoing access problems for dental patients, although it was confirmed that there have been major improvements in the speed of getting primary care appointments since the start […]


Video consultations to be rolled out in Wales, as dentists prepare for virtual appointments

Video consultations to be rolled out in Wales, as dentists prepare for virtual appointments

Initiatives to promote video consultations are set to be rolled out in Wales following the successful pilot of virtual GP and community primary care appointments. Video consultations will now be used by dentists, pharmacists and opticians as part of a national effort to resume and restore health and dental services and provide support for patients […]


Suffolk dentists could charge up to £40 more to cover rising PPE costs

Suffolk dentists could charge up to £40 more to cover rising PPE costs

Dentists in Suffolk are adding up to £40 to the cost of dental treatment to cover rising PPE expenses.  Under new guidelines, dental teams are required to use additional PPE for procedures, which generate and spread droplets. The cost of PPE has soared in the last five months, with practices now facing much higher running […]


Dental patient launches petition over PPE surcharge after visiting a dentist in York

Dental patient launches petition over PPE surcharge after visiting a dentist in York

A patient who was charged additional fees to cover PPE costs has launched a petition. Paula Scurfield took the decision after visiting a dentist in York recently. Mrs Scurfield, from Wigginton, was charged an extra £25 to cover the cost of PPE when she attended an appointment at Clifton Moor Dental Centre. She is now […]


Ryedale dental practice invests in innovative virus-killing technology

Ryedale dental practice invests in innovative virus-killing technology

A dental practice in Ryedale has become the first in the UK to install Radic8, an innovative unit, which kills 99.9% of respiratory viruses, including coronavirus.  Riverdale Healthcare in Kirkbymoorside, is believed to be the first UK clinic to showcase the virus-killing technology. The unit, known as Radic8, kills viruses by releasing sterilised air on […]


Dentists in Leicester urged to use their ‘clinical judgement’ to decide whether to close during local lockdown

Dentists in Leicester urged to use their ‘clinical judgement’ to decide whether to close during local lockdown

NHS England has advised dental practice owners in Leicester to use their ‘clinical judgement’ to decide whether to close during the local lockdown. Following a surge in cases in Leicester, lockdown measures have been reintroduced to try and eliminate the spread of infection. Planned changes, which came into action in other parts of England on […]


Dentists in Wales to introduce a wider range of services

Dentists in Wales to introduce a wider range of services

Dentists in Wales will be able to introduce a wider range of services, as lockdown measures are gradually eased across the country.  The Welsh Government has confirmed that dental practices will be able to provide a more comprehensive selection of services as part of a phased easing of the lockdown.  During lockdown, the majority of […]


Private dental fees set to increase, as PPE prices soar

Private dental fees set to increase, as PPE prices soar

Private dental fees are set to increase in the UK, as the cost of PPE (personal protective equipment) soars. The British Dental Association has warned that patients could face a price hike, as dental practices struggle to cover running costs. The price of PPE has increased by up to 6000% since January due to a […]


Lincolnshire dental patient feels ‘abandoned’ after struggling to get an appointment

Lincolnshire dental patient feels ‘abandoned’ after struggling to get an appointment

Dental practices in England have now been open for over three weeks, but many patients are still struggling to get the care they need. A Lincolnshire patient is one of many who feel they have been let down during the lockdown. The man, who chose not to reveal his name, lost a crown shortly after […]