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Multi-million pound price of inaction on kids’ teeth in NI

The British Dental Association (BDA) Northern Ireland (NI) is supporting calls from the NI Assembly for root and branch reform of oral health strategy. New analysis shows extractions of multiple teeth among under-18s could be costing the health service over £9 million a year. Tooth decay is the number one reason for child hospital admissions … Continued

New chair of Northern Ireland Dental Practice Committee

Richard Graham has been elected chair of the Northern Ireland Dental Practice Committee (NI DPC). Susan Nelson and Derek Manson have also been elected to serve as the Committee’s vice chairs. Richard is a GDP and has worked in general dental practice for more than 30 years. A long-standing member of NI DPC, he has extensive … Continued

Northern Ireland dentists back sugar tax vote

The British Dental Association Northern Ireland has backed moves among MLAs to consult on the introduction of a tax on the sugary drinks that are fuelling an ‘avoidable epidemic’ of decay. Northern Ireland has the worst oral health in the UK, with 72% of 15-year-olds having tooth decay, compared with 44% in England and 63% … Continued

Morale ‘shockingly low’ among Northern Ireland dentists

Urgent action is needed for ‘shockingly low’ morale among high street dentists in the UK and particularly Northern Ireland, the British Dental Association (BDA) has said. Data from the HSCIC Dental Working Hours, 2012/13 & 2013/14 Motivation Analysis highlights low levels of morale amongst dentists throughout the UK, but dentists in Northern Ireland appeared to … Continued