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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

Homeless angry and anxious about dental care

A new study shows the difficulties homeless people have coping with dental care. In a stream of open-ended interviews with homeless people in Vancouver, Canada, it was found that most believe dentistry is ‘frightening, humiliating and expensive’. The interviews also found that they believe governments are neither sympathetic to their disability nor willing to provide … Continued

UK pushes for action on ‘latte levy’

The UK House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee recently announced its report findings into disposable coffee cups, urging the government to introduce a ‘latte levy’. The levy would see a 25p charge per disposable cup of coffee purchased in the UK. A similar discussion for a latte levy in Ireland began towards the end of … Continued

Sweetaholic? Your sugar addiction could be down to genetics

New research suggests that genetics may determine whether or not we have a sweet tooth. A study has found an association between people who consumed high levels of sweets and one variation of a hormone. As a result of previous studies that suggest that the hepatokine fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) hormone may regulate sugar … Continued

Ireland’s oral health conference confirms line-up

Ireland’s first Oral & Dental Health Symposium in Dublin has announced its line-up. Taking place on 24 and 25 May, the conference will be part of the Future Health Summit and sees world-leading experts in oral and dental health take to the stage, including Professor Steven Offenbacher and Professor Bob Ciancio from the USA. They … Continued

Sugary diets and dental neglect impacting elderly

Sugar, bad diets and a lack of dental care are having a severe impact on nursing home patients across the country. Some are having up to 20 teeth extracted, according to the Irish Dental Association (IDA). Dr Anne Twomey, vice president of the IDA, said the situation is further exacerbated by a ‘culture of giving … Continued

Winners of the 2016 Irish Dentistry Awards

The 2016 Irish Dentistry Awards took central Dublin by storm on Friday 29 January with an astounding ceremony and party. Finalists and guests flooded the Round Room at the Mansion House with anticipation as they waited on the announcement of the winners. Creative Smiles Dental & Implant Centre came out on top as Most Improved … Continued