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Word of Mouth, Issue 22 - August 2014

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Friday, 29 Aug 2014 01:32
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Hello, and welcome to August's edition of Word of Mouth.August is traditionally a time where summer is in full swing and childrenand parents alike are readying themselves for their return to school.There are so many things to consider, not least what…

Smoke-free cars ‘a step in the right direction’

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Friday, 15 Aug 2014 02:44
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The proposal to ban smoking in cars carrying children is a very welcome one indeed.As mouth cancer campaigners, the British Dental Health Foundation believe the consultation put forward by the Department of Health will protect millions of children ex…

Top sports stars encouraged to brush up ahead of busy summer

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Friday, 8 Aug 2014 02:03
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We've had Wimbledon, the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games. With the return of the domestic football season, sports men and women across the country are being reminded to take extra care of their oral health ahead of a busy summer of sport.Top ath…

Dental health on the web - Infographic

Written by Doychin Sakutov
Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 10:44
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The way we access information has vastly changed. The rise of the Internet means that we can satisfy our curiosities by the simple click of a button. With more than one million of you visiting the British Dental Health Foundation website every year w…

Word of Mouth, Issue 21 - July 2014

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Monday, 28 Jul 2014 12:00
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Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Word of Mouth.It is with huge sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Colin Hall Dexter. Colin passed away on 6th July, and was one of the most influential figures in the concept of preventive dent…

Tooth decay – what is the root of the problem?

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Friday, 25 Jul 2014 09:49
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It was front page news in the Sunday Times, and the story continues to rumble on. The report published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre that revealed more than 25,000 children aged five to nine were admitted to hospital due to tooth d…

Colin Hall Dexter - Tributes

Written by Sally Goss
Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 10:26
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It is with huge sadness that I write this short tribute to COLIN HALL DEXTER having learned of his death on 6th July.Sometimes in life you get lucky - and my luck was in meeting Colin Hall Dexter. I'd been to his lectures and marvelled at how someon…

Biggest campaign on record leaves charity smiling

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 10:42
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The UK'S largest and longest running campaign to promote the benefits of a healthy mouth has been an overwhelming success.More than 3,000 organisations took part in National Smile Month 2014, organised by the British Dental Health Foundation, a campa…

National Smile Month in Numbers

Written by David Arnold
Friday, 11 Jul 2014 10:09
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With National Smile Month coming to an end for yet another year, we have taken a look at its impact and success. The charitable campaign in 2014 was arguable National Smile Month's biggest and best yet, and after 38 years the event continues to grow…

Lifetime achievement award for PHE director

Written by David Arnold
Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 11:07
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Director of Dental Public Health at Public Health England (PHE) Dr Sue Gregory has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at this year's Dental Awards.Dr Gregory will be most notably remembered for her influential work in developing the ‘De…

Word of Mouth, Issue 20 - June 2014

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 09:25
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Hello, and a warm welcome to the June edition of Word of Mouth.National Smile Month - our campaign to dramatically improve oral health in the UK - comes to a close today for yet another year. And what a month it has been. National Smile Month 2014 …

Smile...for the end of sugar

Written by Daniel Winston
Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 10:59
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Sugar is in the news again with a US movie released May 14 called "Fed Up" which highlights the damaging effects that sugar has on our health. This month is also national smile month which aims to improve the oral health of the nation.One of the obje…

LISTERINE® joins National Smile Month campaign

Written by Listerine ®
Friday, 13 Jun 2014 02:20
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LISTERINE® is proud to partner with the British Dental Health Foundation to support National Smile Month 2014.Dedicated to working in partnership with dental professionals to provide expert care for patients, LISTERINE® Advanced Defence mouthwashes…

Three Little Words for National Smile Month

Written by Louisa Rowntree
Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 10:47
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Wrigley's commitment to helping improve the nation's oral health is summed up in three little words - Eat, Drink, Chew - which underpin all our activities around Extra® sugar-free gum. Decades of research support the oral care benefits of chewing…

Oral health in developing nations

Written by Mark Topley
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 02:20
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This week marks the official start of National Smile Month - 31 days of campaigning by the British Dental Health Foundation, to promote oral health across the country.We are delighted to be officially partnering with the BDHF this year, launching our…

Stan Brock: The Medicine Man

Written by David Arnold
Tuesday, 6 May 2014 11:42
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A British-born Amazonian cowboy's lifelong quest to bring free health services to America has had his story told as part of a feature-length documentary.Stan Brock, originally from Preston, founded the Remote Area Medical charity in 1985, and has sin…

The Acid Truth: An infographic

Written by David Arnold
Friday, 2 May 2014 02:12
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Dental erosion is the loss of tooth enamel caused by acid attack from foods and drinks that are high in sugar. Enamel is the hard, protective coating of the tooth, which protects the sensitive dentine underneath. When the enamel is worn away, the d…

Word of Mouth, Issue 18 - April 2014

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 12:32
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Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Word of Mouth - April 2014. Now that the clocks have gone forward there is certainly a spring in the air.National Smile Month is now only a matter of weeks away, and for those of you who like to leave thing…

Go Social for National Smile Month!

Written by David Arnold
Monday, 7 Apr 2014 02:14
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6½ Great Tips To Make Us Smile Online..1.Get OnlineFirst thing's first... whether you're on a computer, mobile phone or tablet, social media is only a click away. Get started with the two most popular networks - Twitter and Facebook. Visit their w…

Word of Mouth, Issue 17 - March 2014

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Monday, 31 Mar 2014 08:53
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Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Word of Mouth.It has been a busy start to the year for everyone at the British Dental Health Foundation, and I'm delighted to announce National Smile Month 2014 has been officially unveiled. Our new-lo…

British Dental Health Foundation story

Written by David Arnold
Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 02:47
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As one of the world's leading oral health charities, for more than 40 years the British Dental Health Foundation has strived to improve people's lives by reducing the harm caused by oral diseases - many of which are entirely preventable.Although we t…

What problems could my dental health cause?

Written by Doychin Sakutov
Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 04:12
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There are new findings which support something that dental professionals have suspected for a long time - infections in the mouth can cause problems in other parts of the body.Problems which may be caused or made worse by poor dental health include h…

Dentistry Show 2014

Written by Amanda Oakey
Friday, 21 Feb 2014 12:46
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On Friday 28 February and Saturday 1 March the Foundation will once again roll into the NEC in Birmingham for the Dentistry Show. If you come and visit us at stand H102, you will definitely leave with a smile.Everyone who comes to visit us will be ab…

Your Oral Health Valentine

Written by David Arnold
Friday, 14 Feb 2014 09:42
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Men are from Mars and women are from Venus - that's the saying we often utter to mark out the differences between the two sexes. For centuries, scientists and scholars have tried to offer some answers to this mystifying enigma and while many theorie…

A shot in the arm for the HPV jab

Written by David Westgarth
Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 10:57
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It is forecast to be the leading cause of a cancer more prevalent than testicular and cervical cancer combined. In the UK one in five cases of mouth cancer are associated with this virus, yet the general awareness surrounding it still comes up alarmi…

New group to tackle obesity is sweet as sugar

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 02:48
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A new group formed to tackle and reverse the growing obesity epidemic has been welcomed by the British Dental Health Foundation.Action on Sugar, formed of a number of leading worldwide experts, hopes to educate the public on the dangers of hidden sug…

Hospital food must be made to meet standards

Written by Alex Jackson
Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 12:16
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Most people believe that hospital food is poor quality - even those with no experience of it themselves, and regardless of whether their criticisms are fair in individual cases. Three of the complaints we hear most often from patients is that hospita…

British Dental Health Foundation Annual Review

Written by David Arnold
Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 11:19
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It gives us great pleasure to introduce this annual review, looking back at our activity and achievements in improving oral health over the last year. We will continue to be proud to be part of a charity who's values and messages remain as relevant t…

Your guide to a dentally friendly Christmas stocking

Written by David Westgarth
Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 02:51
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For many people, particularly children, the perfect Christmas stocking is one consisting of chocolate, sweets and other magnificent sugary treats. But while it may be tempting to cram in the selection boxes, it's a ploy that could give their te…

Six health problems linked to bad oral hygiene

Written by Jihan Lee
Monday, 9 Dec 2013 03:12
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Are you one of those people that fall victim to laziness when it comes to oral hygiene? Maybe you've had a long, hard day and just don't feel like brushing your teeth before going to bed. Or perhaps you don't give it much thought, and before you kn…

A deadly cocktail - tobacco and alcohol

Written by David Arnold
Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 03:14
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Through many years of publicity and awareness-raising, we all know that smoking and drinking are bad for us. Yet, despite the known dangers, both practices continue to hold high popularity. Over the last six weeks, national campaigns such as Stopto…

The Grim Reality of Oral Cancer in Africa

Written by Ian Wilson
Thursday, 28 Nov 2013 03:10
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Mouth cancer (also known as oral cancer) is when an abnormal group of cells, known as a tumour, develops within the tissues of the tongue, mouth, lips or gums. As a dental practitioner working out in Africa for much of the past 20 years, I have seen …

Tackling alcohol misuse: why the dental team should help

Written by Jonathan Shepherd
Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 11:58
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The number of alcohol consumers in the UK has increased substantially over the last century1. Around 40 million British adults regularly consume alcoholic drinks and while many do so moderately, about 25% exceed Department of Health guidelines2. For …

Oral cancer: My perspective

Written by Christine Gundry
Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 02:59
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As a PhD student researching cancer, I have heard time and time again the latest cancer statistics and the latest idea of how to ‘beat' cancer. However, it never crossed my mind that I, a healthy and happy 25 year old, would be diagnosed with oral …

Thinking about the unthinkable

Written by Sarah Bradbury
Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 12:42
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If you are unable to work because you suffer from an illness, disease or have an accident, it is important that you ensure your income is covered to protect your lifestyle and your family.Throughout your life, your expenses tend to increase; perhaps …

How you can help to save lives with mouth cancer screenings

Written by Denplan Ltd.
Monday, 4 Nov 2013 01:06
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Nearly 60 per cent of patients still don't know that their dentist can check them for mouth cancer at their dental examination1. Denplan, the main sponsor of Mouth Cancer Action Month, continues to rally for free screenings in the dental practi…

Mouth Cancer Action Month Launch

Written by David Arnold
Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 11:22
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Yesterday (October 22), at the House of Commons, we had the Parliamentary Launch for November's Mouth Cancer Action Month - and what a delightful event it turned out to be!Taking place in the Members' Dining Room, we had a fantastic turnout, welcomin…

ADG launches free CPD module for dental health teams

Written by David Worskett
Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 08:58
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With 7,698 new cases of mouth cancer annually and death rates remaining consistently high, we are proud that the Association of Dental Groups (ADG), which represents UK corporate dental groups, is able to support the British Dental Health Foundation …

Head and Neck Cancer: Improving Early Diagnosis

Written by David Arnold
Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 09:19
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Today in the UK, mouth cancer kills one person every five hours. Incidences of the disease have reached in excess of 7,500 people a year, doubling within the last decade and without early detection, half of these will not survive.It is time for all …

Showcasing a campaign

Written by David Arnold
Monday, 14 Oct 2013 02:14
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Organised by the British Dental Health Foundation, Mouth Cancer Action Month runs throughout November each year and aims to raise awareness of the disease including common risk factors and symptoms. At Showcase 2013, it's the ideal time to find …

The perfect pack-up

Written by David Arnold
Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 03:23
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Keeping your children's lunchbox healthy and imaginative can be quite a challenge. Although the Government has considered banning packed lunches, with the right balance they can still pack a healthy punch.As the new school term starts, we've put toge…

A clearer future for tooth whitening

Written by David Arnold
Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 02:13
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When the European Council's directive on tooth whitening was released at the end of October, clarifying that tooth whitening could only be carried out under by or under the supervision of a dentist and that the supply of tooth whitening products cont…

Summer foods vs good oral health – not always a breeze

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Tuesday, 20 Aug 2013 09:44
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As a nation, we might rejoice when the summer season comes around, yet millions of holiday-makers and picnic-goers could be putting their oral health at greater risk with their summer diet.Consuming too many acidic foods, as well as eating more sugar…

Let us take your photograph…

Written by David Arnold
Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 09:40
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Mouth Cancer Action Month is a campaign which has the dual aim of raising awareness and improving understanding about oral cancer in both the public and the profession. It is supported by many organisations from dentistry, pharmacy, cancer research …

Government fails to reduce mouth cancer cases

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 09:59
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Following last week's announcement that plain packaging would be put on hold, the decision to shelve minimum alcohol pricing has been met with dismay by many leading health experts.While Minister Jeremy Browne has said the policy would remain un…

Why the fizzy drinks tax should be implemented

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 03:36
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Drinks packed with sugar have long been problematic to the health of the nation. The Foundation has supported a number of policies designed to curb sugary drinks consumption, including a report backed by more than 60 organisations calling for a tax o…

Improving our oral health: the oral healthcare programme

Written by Louisa Rowntree
Monday, 24 Jun 2013 02:43
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Wrigley's Extra is proud to, once again, be a Platinum sponsor of National Smile Month in 2013. Wrigley is committed to improving oral care understanding across the UK through its Oral Healthcare Programme which is why we work together with organisat…

Eight top tips for terrific teeth

Written by Karen Coates
Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 02:28
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National Smile Month is the perfect opportunity for you to pay extra attention to the importance of oral health. With this in mind, Karen Coates, Dental Advisor at the British Dental Health Foundation, has eight top tips for terrific teeth.1. Visit…

How to keep your teeth for life

Written by David Arnold
Monday, 3 Jun 2013 09:07
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Dental Implants Elmsleigh have starting to increase the awareness of the general public with their new graphic, ‘How To Keep Your Teeth For Life'. It's a straight forward guide to all things teeth, giving you facts and tips on things such as which …

Smile Success

Written by Dr Jane Butterworth
Friday, 31 May 2013 10:36
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We work as a close team priding ourselves in providing the highest standard of dental care. We maintain a strong preventative ethos, enabling patients to avoid future dental problems through a range of measures such as early detection, oral health ed…

Forget Wobbly Bits – What Brits Are Really Scared Of Flashing This Summer Is Their Smile!

Written by Nadia Niazi
Monday, 20 May 2013 12:20
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Research released today by dental aligner brand Invisalign suggests Brits should ditch the summer diet plan and invest in a ‘smile' plan. The National Smile month sponsor discovered it's not wobbly body parts gnawing at a quarter of the nation's co…

Special Olympics Special Smiles

Written by Dr. Amber Qureshi
Thursday, 9 May 2013 03:24
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I first heard about Special Olympics International and its British contingent, Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) a couple of years ago through conversation with a member of their Board; the eminent humanitarian Mr Philip Nathan, MBE, Board memb…

Dental sedation

Written by Dr. Daz Singh
Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 10:25
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National Smile Month takes place 20 May - 20 June. It is an opportunity to educate and raise awareness of oral health matters by promoting three of the simplest messages: that people should brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day using fluoride…

What to do when you lose a tooth

Written by Doychin Sakutov
Friday, 5 Apr 2013 11:42
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Did you know that nearly three in every four adults in the UK have lost a tooth? And although on the odd occasion this can be as the result of a ‘freak' accident (a sporting injury, or a particularly tough piece of chocolate, but to name a few) mo…

School meals – why are they so important?

Written by David Westgarth
Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 11:01
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I remember when I was at school the content of my packed lunch wasn't an issue. The only issue I had was getting more into it, and I'm not talking about apples, bananas or pears.I also remember the dinner ladies were particularly fearsome. You had to…

Surely people don't die from a toothache?

Written by Mark Topley
Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 09:27
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Dying from simple dental decay might seem impossible, but on the eve of World Oral Health Day Mark Topley points out that - in some parts of the world - it is all too common.I run a British dental health NGO out in Tanzania. At a dinner recently on t…

Love Your Smile

Written by Karen Walker
Monday, 11 Feb 2013 03:52
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Love your smile........well ,what's NOT to love? But then I am entirely biased as I love seeing people smile!As a Dental Hygienist for 18 years now, my job is to treat and educate patients to care for their mouths as part of their general health and …

Meet the helpline

Written by Dental Helpline
Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 10:36
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Director of Operations for the Foundation, Sharon Broom, emphasises that working for the Helpline is an opportunity for dental nurses to continue to use their dental skills but in a non-clinical environment.Sharon said: "It is a good career progressi…

Healthy Body: from a Dental Care Professional’s perspective

Written by Laura Brady
Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 12:34
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Have you ever heard the expression, "Your mouth is a mirror of your insides"?For some people there is strong evidence to suggest that the above statement may be true and that visible problems in the oral cavity could possibly indicate a more general …

The brush bus... it’s just the ticket!

Written by Chis Groombridge
Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 11:01
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Since July 2010, 543 Dental Centre have been working in partnership with City Health Care Partnership and Henry Schein, developing an oral health improvement programme called the "Brush Bus". Managing Director Chris Groombridge explains the importanc…

Dental emergencies, dust and danger

Written by Mark Dermont
Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 10:03
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As we enter a new year, spare a thought for a group of people for whom a trip to the dentist could potentially risk life and limb, were it not for the support of visiting dental clinics. Squadron Leader, Mark Dermont, considers how the Defence Dental…

Five ways to look after your teeth this Christmas

Written by Karen Coates
Monday, 17 Dec 2012 02:02
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With Christmas just around the corner, everyone is ready and geared up for the festivities to get underway. Mince pies, champagne, selection boxes and umpteen bags of sweets will no doubt make their way into our festive diets. It's a thoroughly enjoy…

Avoiding the side effects: Tooth Whitening

Written by Dr Priya Patel
Friday, 14 Dec 2012 10:32
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Your smile is very precious and you will always want to do the most to see to it that you can maintain it. A lot of people opt to whiten their teeth before you start with this it is important to learn about is how you can reduce the extreme effects o…

What UK can learn from the Smokeless Tobacco Damage in India

Written by Dr Priya Patel
Monday, 26 Nov 2012 10:59
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The wide popularity of chewing tobacco has raised many alarming concerns for health experts in most countries around the world. According to recent health studies the number of oral cancer patients is increasing day by day in India, with smokeless to…

A dangerous habit: tobacco chewing in India

Written by Dr Priya Patel
Friday, 16 Nov 2012 10:21
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Dental Principal of Village Dental Practice, Dr. Priya Patel, examines the increasing ‘epidemic' threat of smokeless tobacco in India, along with the dangers of continual use. Innumerable Indians are addicted to nicotine in various forms. Some smok…

House of Commons - MCAM Reception

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 03:23
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We're almost halfway through Mouth Cancer Action Month 2012! So far the campaign has generated fantastic pick-up from the profession, press and public alike. Almost 200 practices in the UK have registered to hold mouth cancer screening events while w…

Mouth Cancer Action Month

Written by Simplyhealth UK
Tuesday, 6 Nov 2012 03:29
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We are excited to be sponsoring Mouth Cancer Action Month alongside our colleagues at Denplan. The campaign is running throughout November to help people be better informed about mouth cancer, its symptoms and what can be done to minimise the risks.T…

Look out for free mouth cancer screenings at local dental practices from Denplan dentists

Written by Dr Henry Clover
Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 11:05
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Only 13 per cent of people ask their dentist to check them for signs of mouth cancer and shockingly almost the same amount of people have never heard of the disease1.Over the past 20 years the dental profession has rallied to help promote awareness o…

Getting my teeth into Europe - the better oral health European platform

Written by Vicky Bartlett
Monday, 10 Sep 2012 02:28
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I was fortunate enough to recently attend the Better Oral Health European Platform - Are we taking enough care of our teeth? The case for a European oral health policy. This also launched The State of Oral Health in Europe report, which has been pub…

Olympic Blog – How to keep that winning smile

Written by Karen Coates
Monday, 6 Aug 2012 03:54
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With London 2012 well under way, everyone is very excited about sports and all the medals Team GB is winning. Hopefully the whole Olympic atmosphere will result in a renewed enthusiasm for sport, for people of allages groups and maybe even to try sp…

MyFaceMyBody Awards

Written by David Arnold
Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 03:14
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On November 3rd the MyFaceMyBody Awards will recognise and reward brands within the aesthetic, beauty and dental industry for their product innovation and popularity. And in 2012, independent charity, the British Dental Health Foundation is delighted…

Top water saving tips for your dental practice

Written by Tim Robertson
Monday, 9 Jul 2012 10:10
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Throughout our partnership with the British Dental Health Foundation we have been urging people to think about saving water as well as saving their teeth. Our messages have been simple, if you convince just 50 adults or children to brush for two minu…

How to save water in the bathroom

Written by Tim Robertson
Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 08:35
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This year's National Smile Month campaign is asking us to think about saving water in the bathroom. Save Water Save Money, along with many of the UK's water companies have joined forces with the oral health campaign to encourage people to think about…

The ‘Smiley' hits Houses of Parliament

Written by David Arnold
Thursday, 17 May 2012 01:30
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The House of Commons was brimming with ‘Smileys' on Tuesday, ahead of start of National Smile Month. It was great to see so many faces and leading figures from the world of dentistry come together for the launch of the largest oral health campaign,…

Advice on teething safely

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Tuesday, 8 May 2012 02:04
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Over the last week there have been reports in the press citing problems with some teething products. As an oral health charity which is dedicated to improving the nation's oral health, we are offering advice to parents, carers and guardians to help t…

All Smiles at St Marie's - the images

Written by David Westgarth
Tuesday, 3 Apr 2012 09:52
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Last Friday, I took a trip to St Marie's Catholic Primary School and Nursery in Rugby, as almost 500 children showed off their ‘Smileys' as part of National Smile Month.On the timetable... oral health education, as children had the chance to learn …

Bring a sparkle to your smile with a spring clean

Written by Karen Coates
Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 09:20
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With spring just around the corner, there's never been a better time to do out with the old and bring in the new.The very same principle applies to oral health. The festive season can be a particularly tough time for teeth, and if oral health problem…

Smoking Gum

Written by Michele Trewhella
Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 10:59
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Yesterday, more than 750,000 people were expected to ‘take the leap' and get ready to quit smoking as part of No Smoking Day. But the campaign remains as much about the profession as it does about those attempting to quit. No Smoking Day gives the …

All smiles at Dentistry Show - the pictures!

Written by David Arnold
Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 10:29
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Dentistry Show 2012 was awash with smiles this year, as exhibitors and delegates alike found a reason to smile.Individuals from an array of organisations were spotted with the symbol of this year's National Smile Month campaign - the 'Smiley' - barel…

We all love a bargain

Written by Karen Coates
Friday, 2 Mar 2012 10:11
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We all love a bargain, something free, and should accept no less than value for money - and dental patients are no exception.How many times do we visit a restaurant with our children and after the meal, the proprietor offers the child a 'lolly' or si…

The lasting effects of my childhood

Written by Karen Coates
Tuesday, 7 Feb 2012 11:50
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Neglecting oral care has consequences. You may feel them in the short-term in the form of toothache, or worse you could be feeling them 30 years later.That's exactly what's happened in the story of 49 year old Lindsey Reed. Throughout her childhood L…

Learning disabilities and dental care

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 10:26
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Everyone in the UK has a right to comprehensive, quality dental care. The oral health of those with learning disabilities can often be put at risk because of poor communication and a general understanding of their needs. An individual with a learning…

Helping us to develop our educational resources

Written by Karen Coates
Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 10:09
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Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful break over the festive holidays and have had an excellent start to 2012.On behalf of the British Dental Health Foundation I am looking for dental practices and oral health educators everywhere to d…

Inequalities in cancer treatment for mouth cancer patients

Written by Chet Trivedy
Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 09:47
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We wish to draw to your attention to the unfair situation faced by many mouth cancer patients compared to most other forms of cancers.It is an issue that needs to be put right in any new dental commissioning arrangements to ensure that mouth cancer s…

Mouth Cancer Action Month launch

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 03:54
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With Mouth Cancer Action Month now underway, we are already hearing of so many practices, dentists, oral health educators and health professionals getting involved and trying to raise awareness of what is a frightfully dangerous disease - a huge than…

Come and support the UK’s leading oral health charity

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Monday, 17 Oct 2011 08:22
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The British Dental Health Foundation is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and we will be in force at this year's Dental Showcase in Birmingham to tell you all about our work and encourage you to get involved. The event is an ideal opportunit…

Help us promote mouth cancer awareness

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 09:25
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Last week, the Foundation released a short professional survey ahead of November's Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign. Aimed towards all of those involved within dentistry, the results will be used to support the Foundation's public relations work an…

Back to school checklist

Written by Karen Coates
Monday, 26 Sep 2011 11:25
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With the summer holidays over for yet another year, parents up and down the country have been preparing to get their children ready for going back to school. Having to prepare school uniforms, shoes, sports kits, school bags, stationary and many more…

Introducing a new author

Written by Karen Coates
Monday, 19 Sep 2011 10:13
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Following six successful months of blogging from Foundation Chief Executive Dr Nigel Carter, we are delighted to be able to add Dental Advisor Karen Coates as an author and contributor to this area of the site.Is it ethical to ask my dentist out on a…

Online communities in dentistry

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 10:33
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Since its introduction to the mainstream, two decades ago, the Internet has changed significantly. One of the biggest, and arguably one of the most important developments, has been that of the emergence of online communities. With the intention to em…

Taking a step closer to pain-free dentistry

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 09:05
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For many people, dental anxiety, at least on some level, remains a common problem. I can't say that I know anybody who enjoys going to the dentist, but many, many people have a very deep fear of the dentist. The fear could be of a dreaded drill, chok…

Top tips for choosing a dentist

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Friday, 19 Aug 2011 09:06
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Even at the best of times, a visit to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience. Whether it is your first time in the chair and you are not sure what to expect, or you are a veteran attendee who has been going for many years, choosing the right …

Dental emergencies - step by step

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 10:09
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It's nothing extraordinary but for many of us our dental routine usually revolves around something as simple as cleaning our teeth for two minutes twice a day and visiting our dentist perhaps a couple of times a year.Regular maintenance of the mouth,…

10 dental tips for the summer holidays

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 08:31
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With the summer holidays fast approaching, many of us will be thinking about treating ourselves to a well-deserved luxury break. But whether it's California or Cleethorpes, Corfu or Cornwall, there's nothing worse than having a relaxing getaway inter…

Taking care this summer

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 10:59
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Last week I read an article in the Daily Telegraph that reported Government advice to drink six to eight glasses of water a day was nothing more than "thoroughly debunked nonsense". The article was based on an opinion piece in the British Medical Jou…

Welcoming Pro Expert

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 08:06
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For 20 years, the British Dental Health Foundation's Accreditation Programme has been offering concerned consumers reassurance about product safety and quality by marking oral health products with its certified ‘Approved' logo. With more than 150 a…

The smoking ban...four years on

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 12:58
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To begin with, I had originally set aside this time to discuss last Friday's anniversary of the smoking ban, along with some of the health benefits we have seen since its introduction. However, something I read a few days ago left me with a slight fe…

The Olympic legacy

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 10:50
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It seems like only yesterday that the UK was celebrating beating Paris having been chosen to host the 30th Olympic Games in 2012. In fact, when a colleague recently told me that was six years ago now, I couldn't quite believe it. The two weeks itself…

Campaign success casts smiles

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 09:29
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With National Smile Month coming to an end last week for yet another year, I have now had some time to take a look back and reflect on the campaign as a whole, its success from our standpoint as a dental charity, the participation and enthusiasm from…

Stem cell research and tooth regeneration

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Monday, 13 Jun 2011 10:02
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In 1968, the very first Adult Dental Survey in England and Wales found, what now, seems to be a somewhat remarkable statistic - over a third of adults had none of their natural teeth. Considering where we are today in terms of our oral health as a na…

Practices can play influential role in smoking cessation

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 09:47
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Although mouth cancer now causes one death every five hours in the UK, the awareness and understanding of the risk factors and symptoms among the public remains staggeringly low. The leading cause of this devastating disease is tobacco, responsible f…

Smile Month launch event

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Thursday, 19 May 2011 11:20
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It's officially the start of National Smile Month! There is always a buzz and a sense of excitement in the air leading up and into the campaign - and this year has been no exception. The many months of endless hard work in preparation, promotion and …

Dentistry... Social Net-Works

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 01:12
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Last spring I remember the Foundation writing a news release based on our implementation of social networking. We highlighted the rapid success we seemed to have, especially with an increased volume of hits to the website. Little more than three mont…

Health survey cuts will increase inequalities

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 02:38
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Many health experts throughout the UK have voiced their concerns over the last week, after being told that potential funding cuts might well mean the end for a significant annual health survey. Conducted every year by the Office of Statistics, the Ge…

Smoke without fire

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 01:15
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It's great to hear this month that NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) are developing plans to produce guidance to help people who use smokeless tobacco - a leading cause of mouth cancer and many other medical conditions. Smo…

Landmark ruling in the whitening wars

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 08:44
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The line between cosmetic treatment and beauty therapy has always thrown up some interesting debates, particularly when it has come to the treatment of tooth whitening. A procedure that, until now has been widely offered not only by dentists but asto…

Another step in ‘stubbing out’ mouth cancer

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Friday, 25 Mar 2011 04:41
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The education and awareness surrounding mouth cancer action is one of the most important aspects of what we do here at the British Dental Health Foundation and with incidences of new cases on the increase year-on-year, our role is now more important …

Trust me, I’m a doctor

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE
Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 10:12
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It's fair to say all the recent hullabaloo surrounding whether or not a dentist should or should not be assigned the title of ‘Dr' has struck a nerve with me of late. The issue, which has been bubbling away for the last year, will now been res…





















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