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Dentistry in the News

by Susanne Ellis, on 27th March 2014 | 0 comments

Dentistry often gets featured in the news and in keeping with the media preference for bad news, there is rarely mention of all the good that can be done with modern dentistry and the ability to transform peoples’ smiles and lives.  BBC’s Panorama focussed on the small number of bad apples that try and buck the system; it will never work with a system that is so heavily weighed down with bureaucracy and it really is a small number.

The Daily Mirror ran a story about illegal tooth whitening; essentially a supplier of tooth whitening kits to beauty therapists claimed that tooth whitening wasn’t dentistry as defined by the Dentistry Act.  Their argument is that is a purely cosmetic procedure, although I would suggest that anyone messing with teeth is by definition “dentistry”.  Tooth whitening is usually a straightforward procedure that can really enhance a person’s smile and confidence.  However, every patient has to be carefully assessed before progressing to whitening:

  • Is it in the patient’s best interests?
  • Is the tooth structure sound?
  • Are the gums healthy?

Ideally all patients for tooth whitening will have had a dental check up within the past 6 months and seen a dental hygienist within the past month immediately before starting tooth whitening.  If the gums are inflamed and have a tendency to bleed then whitening will never deliver the optimum results.  I would suggest the dentistry is best left to the dentists.

I find it quite fascinating that water fluoridation is once again in the news – this was a hot topic when I was a dental student and that was a little while ago.  I remember being told that students at Birmingham Dental Hospital had to go out of the fluoridated area in order to treat children.  I always felt that fact alone was a pretty powerful endorsement of the effectiveness of fluoridation.  However, people object on the grounds of mass medication and tampering with our water.  I firmly believe that fluoridating the water is an effective means of preventing tooth decay, particularly in those socio-economic groups where oral health isn’t always the top priority.  The arguments will continue, in the same way that arguments about wearing seat belts and smoking in public places have gone before.  I am always amazed that so little is done by the Government system to educate people, especially children, about oral health and hygiene.  We get such positive comments about our team of hygienists at the Dental Spa; people wish they had this level of care and support much earlier in life.  Our Denplan scheme for children encourages trips to the dental hygienist, setting the standards for a healthy mouth for life.

So remember, dentistry is best left to dentist and a child’s education is not complete without a trip to the dental hygienist.

Roy Dixon
Clinical Director

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