Dental student crowned Plymouth heat winner in Dental Skills Competition

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)’s Faculty of Dental Surgery, together with sponsors Dentsply Sirona, is delighted to announce the Plymouth heat winner of its award-winning Dental Skills Competition – Zohaib Ahmed from the Peninsula Dental School.

The competition won the Innovation Award at the Scottish Dental Awards in 2019, which recognises those who...

Average cost of dental check-ups vary by £44 across UK

The price of private dental care in the UK varies dramatically by postcode, with a difference of 80% in price for routine check-ups across the country. The average cost for a simple check-up is now £51, an increase of a whopping 42% compared to last year, according to new research released by global healthcare search engine,

The data, based on fees charged by 14,000...

Dental public health expert reacts to LGA report on children’s teeth

The Local Government Association has today published a report that states that around 100 children and teenagers a day are being admitted to hospital for surgery to remove rotten teeth.

The report says that £35 million was spent in 2014-15 on removing children’s rotten teeth, a 66 per cent increase since 2010-11. In all, 40,970 surgical procedures were carried out on children for their...

Refugees benefit from dental student project

Refugees registered with the Welcome Project at the British Red Cross in Plymouth are getting improved access to dental care and information, thanks to a project being carried out by a group of dental students from Plymouth University.

Language and cultural barriers often leave refugees struggling to obtain the services they need, and dental care is no exception.

Working with...

Dental project makes a difference to over 50s

A project carried out by dental students at Plymouth University with the Elder Tree Befriending Service in Plymouth, has made a real difference to its service users.

The Elder Tree Befriending Service aims to prevent isolation and loneliness in people over the age of 50 in Plymouth. As part of their project, the dental students spoke with service users, managers and staff and found a...

Dental students give Salvation Army residents passport to health

A group of dental hygiene and therapy students from Plymouth University has worked with the Salvation Army and its service users at Devonport Lifehouse homeless centre in Plymouth, to create a passport to health that can be used by residents to access services and help maintain control over their health.

It is often difficult for people in this situation to make and keep health care...

Patients’ delight with treatment from Plymouth University dental students

Almost all (99.97 per cent) of NHS patients treated by dental students at Plymouth University’s Dental Education Facilities in Exeter, Plymouth and Truro, would recommend them to their family and friends, according to the national Family and Friends Test.

All providers of health care are required to carry out the Family and Friends Test as part of the NHS’ commitment to improving the...

Dental project aids communication for stroke survivors

A group of second-year dental therapy and hygiene students from Plymouth University are working with the Stroke Association in Plymouth and Chatterbox, to develop a communication aid to help stroke survivors when they visit the dentist.

People who have suffered a stroke can be prone to oral health problems. Loss of dexterity and feeling may mean that they cannot clean their own teeth...

Dental student project highlights sugar and diet in children’s oral disease

The most recent survey of the health of children’s teeth in England, Wales and Northern Ireland found that a third of five-year olds and half of eight-year olds had decay in their milk teeth.

Poor oral health awareness and an unbalanced diet high in sugar content were cited as contributing factors towards these shocking statistics.

In an effort to counter this, a group of...

Chewing sugarfree gum could save NHS £8.2m a year

The NHS could save £8.2 million a year on dental treatments – the equivalent to 364,000 dental check-ups - if all 12-year-olds across the UK chewed sugarfree gum after eating or drinking, thanks to the role it plays in helping to prevent tooth decay.

So says a study involving researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry published in the British...