Paul Bristow: Ministers must make it easier for the NHS to recruit dentists from overseas

Paul Bristow is the MP for Peterborough and a member of the Commons’ Health and Social Care Select Committee.

As we prepare to leave the European Union on January 31, the UK is forging new bilateral relationships and turning towards our long time Commonwealth allies. As we do so, we will gain the flexibility to solve many of our national challenges, both big and small, as a part of the global community. One such challenge is improving access to dentistry.

Across Britain, NHS dentist numbers are falling. My own constituency is no exception, with Peterborough seeing a decline of 2.5 per cent in NHS dentists from 2018/19 to 2019/20. In other areas the latest figures show dentist numbers dropping more dramatically, and it is local people who are paying the price. A recent report found that Plymouth had 14,000 patients, including 3,000 children, on a growing waiting list for dental

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From neighbors to dentists, how everyone can help keep our kids safe

In the last seven months, Kentuckians have heard a lot about how, even in these unprecedented times of physical distancing, we can come together to help protect our family and neighbors from the spread of COVID-19 and stay connected so no one feels alone.

Local leaders say child abuse is one of the greatest dangers to children during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Local leaders say child abuse is one of the greatest dangers to children during the coronavirus pandemic.

As a dentist, pediatrician and nonprofit leader committed to preventing and ending child abuse in the commonwealth, we would like to add one more non-negotiable to come together on: identifying your role in keeping kids safe.

Child maltreatment rates have remained too high in Kentucky for far too long. We have the highest rate in the nation of child victims of substantiated abuse and double the national rate for child victims under age 1. And we know the risks associated with abuse have only

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Why can we visit shops, banks, even dentists, but not our own GPs?

SIR – The Internal Market Bill does not in itself breach international law. Rather it allows the Secretary of State to make regulations that could cause Britain to take acts contrary to the Withdrawal Agreement and protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

It might be argued that the EU has breached Article 5 – to assist Britain “in full mutual respect and good faith”. This raises the question of whether it can be relied upon in the Joint Committee (established to allow both parties to seek to resolve disputes over implementing the Agreement) or will use it in an obstructive manner.

The protocol recognises “that cooperation between Northern Ireland and Ireland is a central part of the 1998 [Good Friday] Agreement”. It notes that Northern Ireland is part of the UK customs territory and also notes the importance of maintaining Northern Ireland’s place in the UK’s internal market.

Article 1 of the

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A step-by-step guide for dentists starting to use Pinterest for marketing

If you are ready to jump in feet first and set up your dental office with a Pinterest account, I am here to help. Here are six steps to get started on Pinterest.

Katie Hess, RDH

Katie Hess, RDH.

1. Create your account

Go to the Pinterest business page to register. I prefer to keep new business accounts separate from personal accounts.

2. Create your boards

I recommend starting with eight to 10 boards. Name the boards according to the topics you will be creating and the information you’ll be sharing. Some suggestions include the name of your practice, dental before-and-after photos, tips for dental hygienists, dental health tips, children’s dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and orthodontics.

As you set up your boards, be sure to enter descriptions of the kinds of information you will be sharing to each board. This will help Pinterest direct searches to your content.

For creation ideas, take a look

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My Experience With One Of The Best Dentists In Merida, Yucatan

Finding yourself in the middle of a dental emergency while vacationing in a foreign country is a nightmarish thought for most people, especially when that country is also a foreign speaking one! Unfortunately I found myself in that exact position last year while on holiday in a city called Mérida in the south of Mexico, it’s the capital of a region called Yucatán.

My wife and I had been looking forward to the trip and planning it for a number of months. 2 weeks in the warm sun, enjoying the local culture and food not to mention a much more relaxed pace of life. My work is stressful and I was really needing the break away.

About 3 days into the vacation I started to feel the first signs of pain in the back of my mouth and within 24 hours this had become progressively worse to the point where … Read More

Pulling My Own Tooth Because of the Prohibitive Cost of Dentists

Jersey Channel Islands has no N H S Dentists:

I live in Jersey in the Channel Islands and I can tell you for a fact that there is no financial help for Dentist treatment available in the island, the Hospital do nothing but send you off with a couple of pain killers and tell you to go to a dentist for treatment, end of.

Now a few years ago I cracked a tooth in half, I was in agony; my tooth had split in half right into the gum. I went to the Jersey General Hospital with it; it felt like I had a sharp knife stabbing at the root of my tooth.

After waiting at the hospital for nearly three hours to be seen I was sent away with a couple of morphine tablets and told to go and see a dentist the following morning, they refused point blank … Read More

Overcoming Your Fear for Dentists and Dentistry

Fear of dentists is: odontophobia or dentophobia, a phobia about dentistry or dentists.

It is projected that as many as 75% of US adults suffer some degree of dental fear, from mild to severe. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of U.S. grownups are considered to experience some form of dental phobia that they avoid dental care at all costs. Many people will only seek dental care in case of a dental emergency, and even then it has to be very painful before they visit a dentist. More women report to have a phobia for dentistry than men, but it is because men don’t like to tell people about their fears.

How can you overcome your fear for dentists and dentistry? There are several things you could consider.

· Dental Fear Clinics

There are actually dental fear clinics at the University of Washington and the Göteborg University in Sweden, where they … Read More

3 Top Reasons Why Dentures Are Preferred by Many Dentists

A dentist is someone who is qualified to take care of all aspects of your oral health. Do you have a family dentist or a regular dentist you visit when you have a toothache? Do you trust the solutions they provide? Are you comfortable talking to them about your dental problems? Your dentist or family doctor should be someone you can approach and tell them about the challenges you are facing. When a problem is discovered, it the dentist’s responsibility to come up with a permanent solution. You shouldn’t accept every solution that comes your way. Some solutions are temporary. Temporary solutions will force you to keep going back to the dentist from time to time. Dentures are one of the solutions a dentist can administer to you. They are preferred by many dentists for a number of reasons.

  1. Level of confidence

Confidence is something that can change how you … Read More

Calling Dr Watson – Marijuana Stumps Dentists

Have you ever been told by your dentist, “Gee! I seem to be off today! I cannot get you fully frozen”. There are many techniques to deposit local anesthetic into the oral cavity (tissue of the mouth) however, for this discussion; I will only deal with two basic modes, namely infiltration and complete nerve block.

Infiltration allows the dentist to freeze one or two teeth at one sitting, whereas the nerve block freezes a complete quadrant. For dental purposes the mouth is divided into four quadrants, to facilitate the numbering (of the teeth) process. Whether one is given an infiltration or a block, the desired expectation for the dentist is the same. He/she needs to be able to complete the procedure without the patient feeling no more than the initial gloved fingers of the dentist. In other words, that area of the patient’s mouth should feel like a piece of … Read More

Top Advantages of Seeking Support From Pediatric Dentists for Your Kids’ Oral Health

As an adult, almost everyone faces a twinge of fear when visiting a dentist. Therefore it is but natural for a child to feel far greater apprehensions under the same circumstances. Once this fear sets in, it is very difficult to make it go away. Kid’s dentists trains in a way to make any child feel at ease by creating an atmosphere of comfort and humor. Such an environment keeps them engaged making it easier to handle their oral issues at the same time. Their offices, waiting rooms and even the examining rooms are all designed to do this.

Paving for a Healthy Oral Health

Pediatric dentistry provides dentists with advanced knowledge of treating their smaller patients. Children have varying dentistry needs at every phase of their childhood. As they grow, they develop gums and milk teeth which makes the way to their secondary or permanent set of teeth. These … Read More