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'Public health' Blog Posts

  • BDA blogs: top picks of 2017

    ​It looks like it's been a busy year for everyone – so, just in case you missed it, here are our top pick of the BDA's blogs during 2017.

    Blog Date 19 December, 2017

  • I’m dreaming of an oral health prevention strategy this Christmas

    Mick Armstrong tells us why he's dreaming of an oral health prevention strategy this Christmas and what the BDA is doing to make it a reality.

    Blog Date 14 December, 2017

  • My experience of being a mother and dentist

    Annan Salim is an associate dentist at a health centre in Greater Manchester and carries out mainly NHS dentistry. She tells us about her experience of working in a high-needs area and seeing patients with preventable decay, and her insights on becoming a mother, and tackling the 'sugar issue'.

    Blog Date 4 December, 2017

  • Dentists team up with health professionals to raise awareness of mouth cancer

    ​BDA Northern Ireland recently teamed up with leading cancer charity Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, the Health and Social Care Board, and the Public Health Agency, to help raise public awareness of oral cancer, and the vital role dentists play in oral cancer detection.

    Blog Date 29 November, 2017

  • Raising awareness of mouth cancer in practice

    Hillbrook Dental Health Centre in Birmingham is a combined NHS and private dental practice offering a wide range of treatments.

    Blog Date 6 November, 2017

  • The poor state of the nation's oral health: can anyone be bothered?

    Responding to a new QualityWatch briefing from the Nuffield Trust, Mick Armstrong explains why the current target-driven NHS system of dental contracting isn't working, and what dentists would like to ensure they can provide the best care for their patients.

    Blog Date 2 November, 2017

  • Extending HPV vaccinations to adolescent boys will save lives

    What's the situation in Northern Ireland regarding gender-netural vaccinations for adolescents? Tristen Kelso explains how the BDA has been campaigning on this issue.

    Blog Date 31 October, 2017

  • Oral cancer rates in Wales: mental health and the problem of unmet need

    Caroline Seddon calls for more research to do be done on the impact of smoking on oral health conditions for those who are more vulnerable, including those with mental health conditions, as we suspect there's a lot of unmet need.

    Blog Date 20 September, 2017

  • Why do dental patients overdose on painkillers?

    Charlotte Currie, Clinical Fellow in Oral Surgery, takes a look at the current evidence on why patients often resort to self-medication with painkillers, and encourages dentists to be on the look-out for patients who might be at serious risk of overdose.

    Blog Date 25 July, 2017

  • Homelessness and oral health: a neglected issue

    Dental problems are widespread among people experiencing homelessness – and in many cases they may be preventing people from escaping lives of poverty and addiction.

    Blog Date 5 July, 2017

  • 'British Teeth' vs the 'Hollywood Smile'

    ​As dentists obviously we’re proud of our handiwork. And that’s why the jokes about bad ‘British Teeth’ can be a little trying. From Austin Powers to the Simpson’s ‘Big Book of British Smiles’, this myth has become ingrained in pop culture.

    Blog Date 22 March, 2017

  • How the Oral Health Education course boosted my career

    Ana Tout shares her experience of doing the BDA's Oral Health Education course and how she's now putting it into practice in her role as a dental nurse.

    Blog Date 3 March, 2017

  • Mouth cancer: the importance of public screening and awareness

    Karishma Manji shares her experience of taking part in a campaign to educate people about mouth cancer, as part of Mouth Cancer Action Month

    Blog Date 27 January, 2017

  • Dreaming of a white Christmas Teeth whitening top tips

    Does reading the headline “Man has been fined for illegal whitening”, sound familiar? It seems teeth whitening has been getting a lot of negative press of late, but we continue to assert that only dentists (or those who are working under a prescription from a dentist) may do tooth whitening.

    Blog Date 6 December, 2016

  • Is flossing worth it My patients think not

    Rob Chaffe and Ronan O'Flynn take a look at the fuss about flossing from the recent press coverage and highlight the clinical guidance.

    Blog Date 26 November, 2016

  • Novelty sweets: the heart breaking damage being done to kids teeth

    BDA Health and Science Chair, Russ Ladwa, takes a look at the phenomenon of novelty sweets and the impact they are having on our kids teeth.

    Blog Date 3 August, 2016

  • Teaching kids about 'good' and 'bad' foods for teeth

    Oral health educator, Karen Suarez, explains why her practice get involved in National Smile Month and their visit to a nursery this year to encourage children to look after their teeth.

    Blog Date 11 July, 2016

  • A team effort for National Smile Month

    We had tons of fun during the Month and managed to educate our patients too with a sugar-free bake off, which was followed by an oral education and ‘meet the team’ party morning.

    Blog Date 11 July, 2016

  • Are we serious about real prevention for children’s oral health?

    Russ Ladwa highlights some shocking stats on levels of decay for kids teeth, the work we are doing to campaign on the issue of sugar and children's oral health, and some resources that can help you in practice.

    Blog Date 10 May, 2016

  • Making an impact on oral health of your patients

    Clinical Director, Dr John Fleming has been involved with the practice for over 17 years, and shared with us how the practice team have been engaging with their patients to get them thinking about sugar and oral health.

    Blog Date 11 November, 2015

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