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1 in 4 British adults don’t brush twice a day, new survey suggests

1 in 4 British adults don’t brush twice a day, new survey suggests

A new survey suggests that more than a quarter of British adults don’t brush their teeth twice a day. A poll conducted by Simplyhealth revealed that 27% of people don’t brush twice-daily, and a third don’t floss. More than 40% of employees said they had taken time off in the last 12 months as a […]


Dentists warn over ‘access crisis’ in Wales, as patients struggle to register with NHS practices

Dentists warn over ‘access crisis’ in Wales, as patients struggle to register with NHS practices

The British Dental Association has issued a warning over an “access crisis” as more and more patients struggle to find practices offering NHS places in Wales. Research suggests that only 1 in 6 dental practices in Wales are accepting new NHS dental patients. Just over 25% of practices currently have NHS child places available. In […]


Scottish public health minister admits dental waiting times are ‘completely unacceptable’

Scottish public health minister admits dental waiting times are ‘completely unacceptable’

Public health minister, Joe Fitzpatrick, has admitted that waiting times for dental treatment in Scotland are “completely unacceptable.” Mr Fitzpatrick was quizzed about information published by the Liberal Democrats, which revealed that over 1,000 people were waiting over 12 weeks for hospital treatment. Since 2014, there has been a five-fold increase in the number of […]


Peterborough dental practice provides free treatment for Chernobyl children

Peterborough dental practice provides free treatment for Chernobyl children

A dental team from Peterborough has put smiles on the faces of children from Chernobyl after hosting a free dental event. Bupa Dental, which is based in Broadway, partnered up with Friends of Chernobyl Children 13 years ago, and the practice has been hosting children since. The team provides free dental treatment and takes the […]


Dewsbury MP calls for the health secretary to step in to avert deepening dental access crisis

Dewsbury MP calls for the health secretary to step in to avert deepening dental access crisis

The MP for Dewsbury, Paula Sheriff, has called for the health secretary, Matt Hancock to step in to avert a dental access crisis in West Yorkshire. Ms Sheriff has written to Mr Hancock, urging him to take urgent action to provide better access to NHS dental services in her constituency. Ms Sheriff has been appealing […]


Waiting times increase in Scotland, as more than 1,000 dental patients face a wait of 12 weeks for treatment

Waiting times increase in Scotland, as more than 1,000 dental patients face a wait of 12 weeks for treatment

Waiting times for dental treatment have increased in Scotland, with more than 1,000 patients facing a wait of over 12 weeks. New figures suggest that around 22% of patients (1,139 people) who were on a waiting list for treatment at the end of March 2019 had been waiting for at least 12 weeks. The statistics […]


Dewsbury MP calls for improved access to NHS dentistry, as Ravensthorpe’s only surgery is set to close

Dewsbury MP calls for improved access to NHS dentistry, as Ravensthorpe’s only surgery is set to close

Dewsbury MP, Paula Sheriff, has called for urgent action to improve access to NHS dentistry in her constituency, after it was confirmed that the last remaining surgery in Ravensthorpe is set to close. Ms Sheriff described the news that the Ravensthorpe Dental Surgery will close on July 12th as “terrible” and said that she is […]


Council leader suggests plans to take over Portsmouth dental practices amid access crisis

Council leader suggests plans to take over Portsmouth dental practices amid access crisis

The leader of Portsmouth City Council has revealed proposals to take over three dental practices in the city, after Colosseum Dental confirmed that it was closing the surgeries. The news has cast an uncertain future for residents, with more than 9,000 people likely to be affected. With the city currently having no NHS places available, […]


Dentists support water fluoridation plans

Dentists support water fluoridation plans

The Local Dental Committees, which represent over 25,000 NHS dentists, have voted in favour of supporting local authorities that have put forward plans for water fluoridation. Recently, the committee passed the motion to back those authorities that had expressed an interest in taking plans to provide fluoridated water forward unanimously. The vote represents a significant […]


Healthwatch Portsmouth to work with NHS England to try and avoid dental crisis

Healthwatch Portsmouth to work with NHS England to try and avoid dental crisis

NHS England has invited representatives from Healthwatch Portsmouth to join a panel to try and avert a dental crisis in the city. Recently, it was revealed that dental chain, Colosseum Dental would close three clinics in Portsmouth, a move that could impact up to 20,000 dental patients. In response to the news, NHS England has […]