It's a disgrace!
What is to be done?
Whilst dental teams do not make government policy, they are ideally placed to help advise and assist their patients as well as participate in community initiatives, yet the recommendations of Delivering Better Oral Health are not widely implemented in primary care.
Our new free course Prevention in Practice: Putting Children First helps address this by discussing the key issues and demonstrating how to implement the recommendations with brief interventions that fit into daily practice.
There is even a tailored TePe Putting Children First product pack available on request to dental professionals on completion. Like the course this is free so there are no barriers to putting the interventions into practice.
Focus on prevention
Our very first product was "Caring for your mouth", published well over 20 years ago. It was the result of my dismay on entering general practice to discover how few patients ha
sd been shown how to clean their teeth properly. We produced an interactive course for dental teams, complemented by patient information videos on VHS cassette and then DVD.
The Oral Health Foundation included it in their catalogue for many years. We still supply DVDs in the age of streaming media.
When developing "Caring for your Mouth" I was warned that "prevention doesn't pay". Times have changed. The subject features in the general news, along with importance of diet (I am surely not the only one to see Tim Spector's happy face interrupting my Youtube viewing with ZOE adverts?)
Most importantly there are initiatives that prove not only does oral health promotion save considerable sums on treating the misery of avoidable disease, it is both a practice and team builder.
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Our 25th year