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Sunday, August 25, 2013

The sad decay of NHS dentistry



This new piece of mine appears in The Sunday Express.


IT STARTED with a chicken drumstick. I was chewing away quite happily on a bone dipped in delicious barbecue sauce when, oh dear, my upper right tooth cracked and bits started coming out.
It wasn’t in the best of shape beforehand but it was the bone that delivered the killer blow. A sharp piece of tooth remained, digging into the inside of my cheek. It was all very painful, even after taking paracetamol. So what to do?

You can read the whole piece here.


2 comments:

ben said...

Dear Mr Clarke

I have just read your article above and thought you would be interested in the free app I have developed called Brush DJ.

The main feature of the app is a timer, which plays 2 minutes of music taken at random from the user’s device. This makes the mundane task of brushing for the correct length of time more fun and therefore more likely to happen. The app also contains the evidence-based oral health advice given in the Department of Health document ‘Delivering Better Oral Health’. Reminders can be set to prompt twice a day brushing, when to change toothbrushes, visit the dentist and hygienist.

This short video gives an overview of all the apps features http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plUxuzEvINg

Brush DJ has recently become the first oral health app to have been approved by the NHS in England http://apps.nhs.uk/app/brush-dj/ .

The second in a series of videos showing how to carry out basic oral health tasks has recently been uploaded to YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkq_Mjdjz6U .
The next version of the app will have a link to this video and 5 others showing how to carry out basic oral hygiene tasks effectively. The video along with lots more information can be found on the website www.brushdj.com and on the Brush DJ Facebook and Twitter pages.

Brush DJ has already been downloaded in 159 countries and received mainly 5 star reviews in the app stores. Just before Christmas the app received the Dental Hygiene & Therapy award for 'Best Dental Innovation’.

If you would like any further information please contact me via www.brushdj.com

Kind regards

Ben
Dentist/App Developer

Anna Van Z said...

I haven't seen a dentist in years, (although I could really use one) because I can't afford to. Same with medical care, although I have a couple of significant medical issues. Now that I'm unemployed, the chances of getting care are even more remote.

But the neo-con loonies here in the states rage against any government-assisted health care as "socialism" (eek!) Apparently all our taxes are supposed to be reserved solely for tax breaks for the rich, huge corporations, and of course their favorite, endless war-making the world over.