Seb Evans, Author at Dentistry Scotland
Seb Evans

Seb Evans

Author at Dentistry.co.uk

Seb moved to FMC at the start of 2014. He is the editor of dentistry.co.uk, assistant editor of Dentistry magazine and editor of Dentistry Scotland. Email: Seb.evans@fmc.co.uk Tel: 01923 851751
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Regulators creating ‘double standard’ in Scottish dentistry

Ross McLelland is accusing regulators in Scotland of creating a ‘bizarre double standard’ between NHS and private dentistry. From March 2019, private-only practices will be required to offer Healthcare Improvement Scotland inspectors three years worth of accounts. By contrast, NHS practices will not have their incomings and outgoings routinely inspected. ‘I receive no public money whatsoever from anywhere,’ Mr … Continued

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Tom Ferris becomes interim chief dental officer for Scotland

Tom Ferris has been appointed as the interim chief dental officer for Scotland, after Margie Taylor stepped down. Margie Taylor decided to retire at the end of 2018 after more than 11 years in the role. Mr Ferris has promised that a new permanent CDO will be appointed in due time. ‘As interim CDO, I … Continued

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Showcasing the very best in Scottish dentistry

Glasgow hosted the eighth Dentistry Scotland Awards, here are the big winners from the night. All the glitz and glamour came to Glasgow at the start of November as the Dentistry Scotland Awards kicked off 2018’s awards season for an eighth year. The awards having been growing in strength year on year and have now … Continued

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Scottish Government clarifies position on dental recall intervals

The Scottish Government has responded to concerns over 24-month recall intervals mentioned in the Oral Health Improvement Plan (OHIP). The OHIP follows NICE guidelines, stating that patients considered ‘low-risk’ could be seen once every two years. A recent BDA Scotland survey found that 97% of respondents feel this would undermine oral cancer detection. ‘We have not said … Continued

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The end of an era

In her last interview for Dentistry Scotland before she retires, we speak to Margie Taylor about the Oral Health Improvement Plan and her time as chief dental officer. Dentistry Scotland (DS): What was the driving force behind the Oral Health Improvement Plan (OHIP)? Margie Taylor (MT): Much has been achieved since the last Dental Action Plan in 2005 … Continued

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Extending check up intervals could increase oral cancer rates, BDA Scotland warns

BDA Scotland warns that extending check up intervals to more than 12 months could jeopardise efforts to tackle oral cancer. The Oral Health Improvement Plan (OHIP) suggests seeing ‘lower risk’ patients once every two years. Oral cancer can occur in patients with good oral health, the association says, with around five cases diagnosed every day. ‘Dentists are on the front line of … Continued

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Dental practice valuations experience a sharp drop

Dental practice valuations have taken a sharp drop in the last quarter, dropping to 128% of fee income. That’s according to the latest quarterly goodwill survey from NASDAL, which shows valuations have dropped by 12%. Despite this, the value for deals completed is slightly up, with an average goodwill value of 136% of gross fees. … Continued

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Large increase in number of Scottish children with no signs of decay

Over two thirds (71%) of primary one children have no obvious signs of decay, the National Dental Inspection Programme says. This is a large improvement since 2003 when 45% of children showed no obvious signs of decay. ‘We welcome that the proportion of children with no obvious decay experience has increased, a Scottish Government spokesperson said. ‘We want … Continued

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Marketing ban on junk food and sugary drinks to be considered

The Scottish Government has launched a new consultation on the promotion of ‘junk foods’ and drinks. Restricting ‘super-sizing’, refills, multi-buy snacks and positioning junk food at checkouts are amongst some of the ideas being considered. The consultation will also consider in-store promotions and marketing of foods high in fat, sugar and salt. ‘Eating a poor … Continued



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