Posts Tagged ‘lockdown’

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 […]


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 […]


American Dental Association ‘respectfully’ disagrees with new WHO advice on dental care 

American Dental Association ‘respectfully’ disagrees with new WHO advice on dental care 

The American Dental Association (ADA) has responded to new advice issued by the World Health Organisation, which advised dental patients against all non-essential services. In a statement, the ADA said it “respectfully, yet strongly disagrees” with the guidance.  Chad P. Gehani, president of the association, stressed that dental care is “essential” and highlighted the link […]


Oral hygiene habits slip during lockdown, as only 1 in 8 people brush twice a day

Oral hygiene habits slip during lockdown, as only 1 in 8 people brush twice a day

A new survey has revealed that only 1 in 8 people brushed their teeth twice a day during lockdown.  Research conducted by Floe Oral Care suggested that only 12% of Brits have been cleaning their teeth twice-daily since the start of lockdown. Over 40% admitted to brushing once a day, while 18% of participants said […]


World Health Organization recommends suspending routine dental services to reduce virus spread

World Health Organization recommends suspending routine dental services to reduce virus spread

The World Health Organization has encouraged dental providers across the world to suspend routine dental services to minimise the risk of spreading Coronavirus.  Lockdowns introduced in countries all over the world contributed to practices shutting for months, but in many nations, surgeries are now open. In the UK, in line with national guidelines and WHO […]


Colgate shares oral hygiene tips to help patients avoid dental dramas during lockdown

Colgate shares oral hygiene tips to help patients avoid dental dramas during lockdown

Colgate has shared oral hygiene tips to help dental patients avoid problems while practices are running reduced services. Although dental issues, for example, gum disease and decay, are relatively common, they are almost always preventable. Adopting a good daily oral hygiene regime is the best way to reduce the risk of oral health problems and […]


NHS statistics show a decrease of over 140,000 filling procedures in Northern Ireland during lockdown

NHS statistics show a decrease of over 140,000 filling procedures in Northern Ireland during lockdown

NHS statistics show that dentists in Northern Ireland carried out 144,000 fewer filling procedures during lockdown.  The subsidy for general dental services, which is provided to keep dental services running, increased by approximately £1 million per month compared to 2019.  When the outbreak struck, high street dental practices were ordered to close, with a network […]


Leading UK dentist encourages patients with symptoms of mouth cancer to get checked out

Leading UK dentist encourages patients with symptoms of mouth cancer to get checked out

A leading UK dentist is urging patients who have symptoms of mouth cancer to get checked out, as routine dental services remain suspended.  Although most practices are now up and running again, most are prioritising urgent cases and rescheduling treatments, which were cancelled during lockdown. For many, it is not yet possible to book a […]


New research reveals 97% of dentists are providing fewer oral cancer checks

New research reveals 97% of dentists are providing fewer oral cancer checks

New research has revealed that 97% of dental professionals are currently carrying out fewer oral cancer checks.  Data from the British Association of Private Dentistry (BAPD) shows that almost all UK dentists are performing fewer oral cancer screening checks than before the lockdown. More than 55% of those surveyed also admitted that the additional PPE […]