Elvis Presley’s “Kings Crown” UK tour announced

A dental crown worn by Elvis Presley is coming to a town near you. The “King’s Crown” is touring dental practices in the UK to raise awareness for mouth cancer. The tour involves a genuine dental crown which was made for the star by his former dentist Henry J Weiss and will be accompanied around 11 UK based dental clinics by Elvis impersonators. Dentists at participating clinics will be providing free mouth cancer screenings in potentially the most fun you’ll ever have at the dentist.     There are, on average, almost 6,500 new cases of mouth cancer diagnosed in the UK each year resulting in over 1,900 deaths annually. … Continue reading

Sugar costs the NHS dental budget £1.25 billion per year

The nation’s sweet tooth has created a need for dentistry which has only been around since sugar became cheap and plentiful in the mid 1800s. The nation’s sweet tooth has caused it some serious problems and we do appear to be willing to address the issues but the sugar manufacturers have a huge investment in the growing and production of their product and if the tide is moving against overt sugar content the industry is going to find ways to hide its products to keep our national addiction to sugar alive. Hence many ‘low fat’ products have been found to have a high sugar content. Cigarette manufacturers are not the … Continue reading

Interview with Dr Paul Tipton

This month our dentistry interview is with Paul Tipton. Paul is an internationally acclaimed Prosthodontist who has worked in private practice for more than 30 years. Paul is the founder of Tipton Training Ltd, one of the UK’s leading private dental academies, past President of the British Academy of Implant Dentistry and the author of over one 100 scientific articles for the dental press.   You started out as professional cricket player Paul. What prompted the change in career direction?   I was playing for England under-19’s when Lancashire offered me a contract, which I accepted. I was going to university to study dentistry in any case, so I delayed … Continue reading

Dental Tourism – Does it still happen?

The number of people travelling for dental treatments has dropped significantly over the past decade Cheaper dental implants and other cosmetic treatments are now available in the UK meaning patients do not need travel anymore The market has matured and dentists are now travelling to see patients. The only foreign dentists we talked to who still have patients travelling for treatment are those who can offer consultations and other parts of the treatment in the UK.   2005 was a great year for dentists in Hungary. Their country had recently joined the European Union attracting lots of European tourists including 250,000 UK nationals. Austrian dentist Alexander Schreiner opened up a … Continue reading

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Interview with Dr Tony Kilcoyne

This month our industry interview is with Dr Tony Kilcoyne. Tony is one of the most passionate dentists in the business and has recently been bringing the issues faced by dentists to the masses, with appearances on BBC Radio 4 and ITV. In a candid interview, we caught up with Tony about what he sees as the issues currently facing the dentistry profession.   Here are some interesting points that were raised in the interview:   The current dentistry system is reactionary rather than prevention based. This is a consequence of the NHS targets which over-incentivise volume this placing limits on the amount of time dentists can spend with patients. … Continue reading