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  • COVID-19 and Inequities in Oral Health Care for Older People: An Opportunity for Emerging Paradigms.
    Severe restrictions have been imposed in most countries for oral health care to the general population, allowing treatment only for emergencies, because of the generation of aerosols during clinical procedures and to ration personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. This article stresses the critical situation that affects oral health for older persons in the […]
  • The changing face of dental practice: emerging models of team care in Australia.
    Background Different skill-mix models have changed the face of the dental workforce. This study aimed to assess how this skill-mix translates into different practice models of care and the employer-dentists’ perception of the dental team.Methods Twenty-two oral health therapists (OHTs) and 12 employer-dentists from both the private and public sectors participated in the online surveys. […]
  • Dental core training: the trainee perspective.
    Dental core training (DCT) is a postgraduate training period, eligible following successful completion of foundation/vocational training, which has multiple entry points and endpoints with a varied duration from one to three years. The introduction of national recruitment in 2017, away from a previous individual deanery-led process, has introduced new variables such as a ranking system […]
  • Oral health-related quality of life among young adults with cleft in northern Finland.
    This study aimed to examine Oral Health-related Quality of Life (OHRQoL) among patients with cleft lip with or without palate (CLP) at their final scheduled follow-up visit at the age of 18 years. Another aim was to investigate the motivation to attend multiple follow-up appointments and the satisfaction with care given by the cleft team using […]
  • An audit to analyse the two-week wait pathway at an oral cancer specialist district general hospital.
    Background The incidence of head and neck cancers is increasing, alongside a decrease in associated mortality. Currently, medical and dental practitioners can refer patients to be seen urgently within two weeks. The appropriateness of these referrals has been disputed. In 2020, the Department of Health aims for patients to be given cancer diagnoses within 28 […]
  • Falls: considerations for the dental surgeon.
    Falls are a serious issue that occur mainly among older people. Due to an increasingly ageing population, worldwide, dental surgeons will very likely see patients who either have suffered or are at risk of a fall. In addition, other at-risk patient groups may visit dental surgeons, such as paediatric, special care or medically compromised patients […]
  • A survey on the cost of oral surgery dental speciality training.
    Background Following graduation, training costs for an individual trainee to achieve completion of specialist surgical training has been estimated to be between £20,000 to £71,431, and is expected to rise. Furthermore, there are other non-monetary costs to consider, including poor work-life balance and the burden of training on home life.Methods A 22-question online survey using […]
  • The role of a specialist in periodontology.
    Periodontal disease is prevalent in many patients who attend general dental practice. However, the population is generally unaware of the disease until there is either the prospect of losing their teeth, not being able to have orthodontic treatment or advanced restorative treatment. Most patients should, however, have their condition managed within primary dental care, and […]
  • An International Working Definition for Quality of Oral Healthcare.
    This special communication describes the development of a working definition for quality of oral healthcare. The findings of this study are intended to raise awareness of the relevance of quality improvement initiatives in oral healthcare. The working definition described here has the potential to facilitate further conversations and activities aiming at quality improvement in oral […]
  • The dental health of cleft patients attending the 18-month-old clinic at a specialised cleft centre.
    Background Cleft lip and/or palate (CLP) patients are at high risk of developing dental caries and show a greater prevalence of dental defects.Aims To establish if CLP patients who attended the 18-month clinic had local dentists, were complying with oral hygiene instruction and had stopped bottle-feeding as per guidelines.Design Data were collected retrospectively over a […]
  • A rapid review of barriers to oral healthcare for vulnerable people.
    Introduction People from vulnerable groups have higher levels of untreated dental disease compared to the general population, yet often experience barriers to accessing care. Difficulties accessing oral healthcare services have been suggested as one of the pathways that contribute to oral health inequalities.Aim To conduct a rapid review of current literature related to barriers to […]
  • Meeting the needs of patients with disabilities: how can we better prepare the new dental graduate?
    Background Over the last two decades, the introduction of equality legislation has resulted in disabled people having improved opportunities and better access to services. Within the field of oral health care, the specialty of special care dentistry exists to act as an advocate for those with disabilities and it is recognised that there is a […]
  • Learning disability and obesity: a case report of challenges and reasonable adjustments.
    Background When anxious, patients with learning disabilities may display challenging behaviour. The prevalence of obesity in patients with learning disabilities is rising and can increase the complexity of management. Reasonable adjustments are often necessary in order for treatment to be successful.Case report A 41-year-old male patient with a severe learning disability, autism and obesity was […]
  • Promoting co-production in the generation and use of research evidence to improve service provision in special care dentistry.
    Special care dentistry (SCD) provides holistic oral service provision for people with complex health and care needs. These can include physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional or social impairment or disability or, more often, a combination of these factors. The level of disability within these population groups can vary, and a proportion of people will […]
  • Contextualising disability and dentistry: challenging perceptions and removing barriers.
    This paper explores the contextualised relationship between disability and oral health, locating questions about the oral health and oral health care of disabled people within wider debates about the material, social and cultural barriers that disabled people face when accessing health care. Sociological and disability studies research is drawn on to highlight potential barriers to […]
  • Practice, complexity and evidence-based practice.
    In this opinion piece, I explore practice and complexity, the latter a term often used in relation to the field of special care dentistry. As research is usually concerned with generating new knowledge of some sort, I explore how knowledge is viewed from a practice perspective, as shared, transitory and situated in interactions, rather than […]
  • Care pathways and provision in bariatric dental care: an exploration of patients’ and dentists’ experiences in the North East of England.
    Introduction Levels of obesity in the UK are increasing. The suitability and safety of dental care delivery can be affected by obesity. When patients’ weight exceeds that of a normal dental chair, referral to specialist settings can be appropriate, yet no research has explored the process of care for this group.Aims This study aimed to […]
  • To accept, or not to accept? A service evaluation to appraise complexity assessment of orthodontic patients referred into a secondary care setting.
    Introduction Commissioners in England use the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) payments mechanism to encourage the best provision of orthodontic treatment. However, CQUIN only use the patient’s orthodontic need as a measure of complexity, rather than the levels outlined in the orthodontic commissioning guide published by NHS England. A service evaluation was designed to […]
  • A Survey of the Barriers Affecting the Career Practice and Promotions of Female Dentists in Saudi Arabia.
    Over the last 40 y, the proportion of women in the profession of dentistry has been growing steadily. The extant literature, although limited, demonstrates that gender differences exist in choice of specialization, practice pattern, and professional attitudes, revealing that women are more likely to work in primary dental care and are less prominent in other […]
  • Dental Restoration Longevity among Geriatric and Special Needs Patients.
    Although the population is aging and retaining more teeth, there is a lack of studies that address the longevity of dental restorations placed among older adults.This study aimed to describe the survival trajectory of dental restorations placed in an outpatient population of geriatric and adult special needs patients over a 15-y span, with particular interest […]