Older patients will require better-targeted treatment than promised by the planned new contracts for dentists, MPs have been told. Those aged over 45 – who grew up before significant improvements to dentistry practices – will continue to need ‘rehabilitation’ work, as well as a new focus on preventive treatment, a meeting heard.
The comments were particularly significant because they came from Professor Jimmy Steele, Head of the School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University – and the author of the 2009 dental review. ‘The good news is that under-45s have healthier teeth than ever before and they have much better prospects than those who came before them’
Professor Steele told the Westminster meeting that the proposed ‘capitation’ system – to tackle criticism that the current deal lacks rewards for high quality care, or for delivering prevention – still made sense for all patients….cosmetic dentistry london
In September, the Department of Health (DoH) announced trial changes to the current contract at 68 dental practices – but there is no date for introducing a new contract across the board….
Professor Steele also suggested the evidence to explain why most people visited a dentist every year was ‘sparse’, saying: ‘That’s not a question that is asked often enough….’Furthermore, while gum disease also down, serious cases were up slightly – and patients with disease were as badly affected as 10 years ago.
On a positive note, Professor Steele said: ‘The good news is that under-45s have healthier teeth than ever before and they have much better prospects than those who came before them.’..same day teeth using dental implant london
The meeting also heard from Mike Browne, director of policy and communication at the General Dental Council, who presented the results of the GDC’s most recent survey of patients’ attitudes.
It found that 65% of people had been dental patients in the last 12 months, varying from 74% in social classes AB to just 65% in classes DE….
However, a researcher from Which magazine said the conclusions were more encouraging than its own undercover research, saying: ‘You are painting a rosier picture than our research.’
‘Out of 20 visits across England made by Which experts, 11 were rated poor, with evidence of poor case history-taking, clinical examination and a ‘hotch-potch of inappropriate treatment offered to our undercover researchers’….read more
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