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General Election: Oral Health and Improvements to Dental Services

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19 May 2017

Further to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh contacting senior politicians with a series of asks for the next government, the Faculty of Dental Surgery has today also published a manifesto that calls for a renewed focus on oral health and improvements to be made to dental services, education and training and workplace culture.

Commenting on the manifesto, Professor Bill Saunders, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, said:

“The UK has both an obesity crisis and an appalling record in children’s dental health. A third of 11-year-olds are overweight and an increasing number of tooth extractions on children aged four and under is on the rise.

Both are highly preventable, so we would like to see a greater focus on preventative dentistry and increases spending on public health. We are asking for further restrictions on the promotion of unhealthy food and drinks to children, incremental reductions of sugar and saturated fat, and improved dental care for care home residents.

We are also asking for support to be given to further develop Dental Care Teams and ensure staff are valued and enabled to lead change. This means time off for non-clinical activity, training and education."

A copy of Faculty’s manifesto can be found here.

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