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Equality Move Will Save Lives

We hear a lot about gender bias and it is absolutely right to correct this form of discrimination whenever and wherever it is encountered. In one of his last acts as Minister of Health, Jeremy Hunt MP recently announced that boys will now be offered a vaccination against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is…

A Tooth in the Head is Worth Ten on the Plate

If you find yourself with some spare time while you are waiting for your train back to Liverpool from London you could do a lot worse than to pop along to the latest exhibition at the Welcome Trust on Euston Road.just opposite Euston Station. The exhibition is entitled “Teeth” and tells the tale of humankind’s…

Dentistry and the Environment

In 2013 in Minamata, Japan a convention was held which led to an agreement to which most advanced countries signed up committing them to using less mercury and thereby reducing the risks of mercury to the environment. All sources of mercury were targeted for reduction including LED light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, vaccines, fertilisers, thermometers and…

This is to floss we recommend

How Long is a Piece of String? The age old question and normally the answer is always deliberately vague. During a discussion with a patient recently on the many benefits of flossing, a patient asked me how much floss should be used, in other words – how long is the piece of “string”? I normally…

“Hold That Smile”

A common question I am asked is “How long do I have to wear my retainers?” The British Orthodontic Society has the answer to this question and has produced an informative video on the importance of retention after braces have been used to straighten teeth. It basically says that a retainer should be worn after…

The Benefit of Hindsight

You know the feeling “I wish I’d done x, y or z” Often said after the event and based on knowledge gained after the event. Well, here’s a fact 55% of people have damaged their front teeth. That’s the majority of people! Sometimes trauma to the mouth and face cannot be predicted, but often it…

The sound of periodontitis

“I felt shame, I wasn’t speaking as much as I would have done with a cancer condition” Periodontal disease is explained very well by watching this short film, highlighting the human side of the disease through the stories of patients who generously gave up their time to talk about their experiences. Thanks to: Angela Chatterton,…

Your Money or Your Life?

One of the great things about Continuing Professional Development is the acquisition of new information and knowledge. Recently I attended a brilliant course on Advances in Gum Disease and Treatment (delivered by Ian Dunne who lectures at Liverpool Dental Hospital). Part of the lecture was discussing the effect smoking has on the progression of gum disease…

Healthy Drinks? Maybe Not!

Most people are aware of the fact that fizzy drinks are not good for your teeth and health generally but did you know that a standard can of regular Coke contains over 9 teaspoons of sugar! That’s a lot of empty calories and potential tooth rotting capability. So, quite naturally people are choosing what they…

The Best Advice Ever!

Here are some facts. In 2012, there were approximately 7,300 new cases of oral cancer in the UK, that’s 20 people a day. That figure has risen by a quarter in the last decade and oral cancer is in the top ten cancers in the UK. Your chances of being around 5 years after diagnosis…