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A successful BDIA for Healthcare Learning

14 October 2016

A successful BDIA for Healthcare Learning

The Healthcare Learning team had an exceptional time at this year’s BDIA Dental Showcase and were delighted to meet so many aspiring dentists.
Enthusiastic delegates were drawn to the stand to learn more about our Implantology course with a hands-on master class. 

The exclusive session was delivered by leading implant clinician, Dr David Murnaghan, right from our stand and taught  tips that you can put straight into practice, including:

  • CPD in implant education
  • How to be successful in practice setup
  • How to maximise the support of your practice team
  • How to build trust and rapport with your patients

But if you weren’t able to make it to our stand, you don’t need to worry – we are happy to make a one to one appointment answering any questions you may have here

And now to the news...

Is beating bad breath the key to happiness?

Bad breath has often been considered one of the top health faux pas and now new research has suggested that doing away with halitosis can dramatically increase your happiness.

A new study, published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, looked at the impact of bad breath in relation to people's quality of life and found that, on average, people who suffered from bad breath were found to be twice as unhappy1 as those who didn't.

By questioning people on specific aspects of their day-to-day lives, the study uncovered those with bad breath had 500% more negative experiences than those with fresh breath.

Many of the people who suffered from bad breath said that it negatively impacted them psychologically, in key areas such as self-esteem and confidence.

The strong links between oral health, lifestyle and mental health illustrated by this study has prompted leading charity, the Oral Health Foundation, to encourage people to maintain a good oral health routine and consider the wider health issues associated with poor oral health.

Speaking on the issue Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, said: "This research is very interesting as it is looking at the important psychological relationship between oral health and mental wellbeing.

"Having a good oral health routine can help to improve a person's outlook on life, positively impact upon their professional life and potentially even improve their personal relationships. Being rid of bad breath can be an important part of this and is usually relatively easy to achieve. 

"Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes, it's not always down to that cheese and onion sandwich at lunchtime. If someone suffers from persistent bad breath it is usually caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth, gums and tongue.

"Also, bits of food that get caught between the teeth and on the tongue can rot and sometimes cause an unpleasant smell. It is relatively easy to get rid of as long as you brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. 

"Using a mouthwash or sugar free chewing gum can also be an option in ridding bad breath, but if your bad breath is persistent it is important to get it checked out by your dental team as soon as possible as it could be a sign of gum disease or tooth decay.

"Gum disease and tooth decay are caused by the same bacteria that cause halitosis, usually called plaque. One of the warning signs of gum disease is that you always have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, if left untreated this can lead to pain discomfort and even tooth loss.

"Your dental team will be able to see and treat the problem during a check-up and the earlier the problems are found, the more effective the treatment will be.

"So if you think you might have bad breath, there is a simple test that you can do. Just lick the inside of your wrist, wait for it to dry and sniff - if the smell is bad, you can be fairly sure that your breath is too.

"Or, ask a very good friend to be absolutely honest with you; but do make sure they are a really good friend or you may affect their happiness."

Summer 2026 worse for A&E than most winters

Waiting times in A&E units in England this summer have been worse than every winter for the past 12 years bar one, figures show.

The colder months have traditionally been the most difficult for hospitals.

But pressures have grown so much that this summer saw one in 10 patients wait for over four hours in A&E during June, July and August.

Only last winter saw a worse performance since the target started in 2004, figures from NHS England showed.

During the summer months 90.6% of patients were seen in four hours. Hospitals are meant to deal with 95% in four hours.

The data also showed hospitals are missing a number of other key targets for cancer, routine operations and ambulance response times.

And the delays hospitals experienced in August discharging patients reached a record high. There were over 188,000 days of delays - a 30% rise on the same month the year before.

These delays occur when there are no services available in the community to care for frail patients on release.

Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the figures once again showed the NHS was locked in an "eternal winter".

"The NHS is on its knees and, this winter, areas will implode around the country. There is no reserve left.

"Over the coming weeks and months, if we see a major increase in admissions due to flu or bed closures due to norovirus, we will collapse."

Fussy eating toddlers "not the fault of the parents"

Two-year-old Alice does not like meat and only eats broccoli with ketchup, but scientists researching toddlers' eating habits do not blame her parents.

Instead, her fussy food preferences are - largely - down to who she is and the genes she has inherited.

They play a key role in her willingness to eat, or even try, new foods.

But parents are not completely off the hook - children's behaviour can be changed, UK research into nearly 2,000 sets of 16-month-old twins suggests.

Alice's mum, Kate Parnham, says her daughter is a typical toddler who likes different foods one day and refuses them the next.

She loves fruit - like bananas, blueberries and strawberries - and laps up peas and sweetcorn, but there are some things she really dislikes.

"She will only eat meat if it's disguised in a sauce, like bolognese. If it's obvious, like ham sandwiches or chicken nuggets, then she just spits it out," says Kate.

Does it make Kate feel better to know that parents are not to blame for their children's fussy eating?

"Oh yes, I would have blamed parents before now," she says.

"What goes on at home makes a big difference though.

"I know I go for safe options for Alice - the things she likes. I don't often offer peppers or green beans, for example."

According to Andrea Smith, a PhD student at University College London, who jointly led the research, parents often feel judged or guilty about their children's fussy eating.

What do you think? Do you feel happier with fresher breath? How did your health fare this Summer? Do you feel guilt over your child's food tastes? 

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