Taking Action on Sugar! (S03 E04)

Dr Kawther Hashem, Campaign Lead at Action on Sugar, and Dr Saul Konviser of the Dental Wellness Trust discuss the Government’s open consultation on total restriction of online advertising for HFSS (High in Fat, Sugar and Salt) products, and why it is so important.

The conversation covers the difficulties parents face when feeding their children, branding and packaging, and more. We also question whether responsibility should come down to the government, manufacturers, retailers or consumers.

Drs Hashem and Konviser also talk about the issues arising in patients due to a lack of care during the pandemic.

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Dr Kawther Hashem

Dr Kawther Hashem, BSc MSc PhD RNutr (Public Health), is an Registered Nutritionist. She currently holds the position of nutrition researcher at Queen Mary University of London and the Campaign Lead for the Action on Sugar project at Consensus Action on Salt, Sugar and Health (CASSH), an active research charity organisation concerned with the effects of salt and sugar on health.

Kawther studied for a BSc in Nutrition at King’s College London. Since graduating, she has worked in various areas including the food industry, non-governmental organisations and more recently in academia. In 2014, Kawther completed a Masters in Food Policy at City University London and in early 2019, she completed her PhD on sugar reduction.

Alongside her current roles Kawther is also visiting lecturer on nutrition and food policy at several UK universities and is regularly invited to comment on nutrition topics in the media.

Twitter: @actiononsugar @kawtherh

Instagram: @actiononsaltandsugar @drkawthernutrition

Website: www.actiononsugar.org

Dr Saul Konviser

Dr Saul Konviser is a general dentist at Montagu Dental practice in Marylebone. He also has an MSc in International Health Policy and utilises this in his role as Trustee of the Dental Wellness Trust charity. He he has been responsible for establishing the DWT’s supervised toothbrushing programmes in schools and nurseries in the UK that now has over 3,500 children taking part everyday. This is in addition to the 15,000 children participating in the DWT’s programmes in South Africa. If you wish to get involved with the DWT, then please get in touch at charity@dentalwellnesstrust.org.

The Probe Dental Podcast is presented by The Dental Awards.

The Dental Awards is the original and most respected awards programme in British dentistry. 2021 marks the 22nd anniversary of the Dental Awards, and over the decades, this prestigious event has recognised the outstanding individuals and teams whose commitment and drive continue to raise standards throughout the profession.

The Dental Awards are sponsored by B.A. International, Colgate, Colosseum Dental, Dental Elite, and Water Pik. The Probe and The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show are official partners.

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Dental Wellness Trust urges Nursery Settings to Resume Supervised Tooth Brushing Programmes and Help Prevent Post-Lockdown Tooth Decay

UK charity, Dental Wellness Trust, is urging Early Years settings across London and the South East to sign up to their FREE LiveSmart supervised toothbrushing programmes, after concerns that children’s oral health has suffered significantly during the past nine months of lockdown and restrictions.

With reports of further lockdowns predicted in 2021, the charity says nursery managers MUST continue to act responsibly and make oral health a priority, potentially to reduce tooth decay in children by up to 30%1.

Latest figures by the Local Government Association show nearly 45,000 hospital operations were performed to remove children’s rotten teeth during 2018/19 as a result of tooth decay and high sugar diets. In fact, with a programme of oral health education initiatives and nationwide supervised tooth brushing programmes, these procedures would be entirely preventable. Moreover, a cash-strapped NHS would save millions in costs.

The Dental Wellness Trust is also calling for all Early Years settings with regular interaction with children to be on high alert for possible safeguarding where cases are found of severe dental decay – with responsibility not lying solely with social services. Where parents or carers repeatedly fail to access dental treatment for a child’s tooth decay or leave dental pain untreated, alarm bells concerning neglect should ring for all those working with or responsible for children.

Supervised tooth brushing programmes focus on oral health advice and education to teachers by trained professionals together with the distribution of continuous free toothpaste and brush packs for daily brushing in the classroom. They form part of Public Health England’s recommendations for effective strategies to prevent early childhood decay. In September this year, the Government gave Covid-19 guidance and permission for supervised toothbrushing programmes to resume safely in nurseries and schools.

Dr Linda Greenwall, founder of Dental Wellness Trust, says: “Although tooth decay does not discriminate, it is strongly associated with deprivation and social exclusion. This has been made worse during 2020 when dental practices were forced to shut and many children were unable to attend appointments as well as their nursery. Therefore, there has never been a greater need to resume toothbrushing schemes in Early Years settings so that any children who are suffering from dental decay are treated in primary care where possible, therefore reducing the need for onward referral into hospital.”

Dr Saul Konviser from the Dental Wellness Trust, explains: “Despite the lack of check-ups and increased sugar consumption, many oral health programmes, which are vital for reaching some of the country’s poorest children, have not yet restarted. In normal times we support more than 3,500 young children with supervised teeth cleaning. Our biggest worry is for those children whose tooth enamel is softer and thinner, making it more vulnerable to sugary lockdown diets”.

Alison Gellman, Dental Wellness Trust LiveSmart Supervisor, adds: “Public Health England’s guidelines state that it is safe to restart the supervised toothbrushing programmes and we have taken every precaution to follow their Covid guidelines. Better dental hygiene taught at an early age will have long term benefits for children’s teeth, fewer nursery days lost and better overall health and wellbeing of our children.”

To sign up to the FREE LiveSmart supervised toothbrushing programme, contact Charity@dentalwellnesstrust.org.

Dr Linda Greenwall’s Dental Wellness Trust (S02 E05)

In this episode of The Probe Dental Podcast, Dr Linda Greenwall discusses the formation of her charity: the Dental Wellness Trust.

Established in 2011, the Dental Wellness Trust charity has one simple mission and that’s to improve the general health and wellbeing of children through dental wellness – especially those most in need.

The charity’s LiveSmart supervised tooth brushing programme addresses the ever-worsening crisis of child dental health. Initially set up to help communities in Dr Greenwall’s home country of South Africa (with over 80% tooth decay rates in children under 5 years old), it is now being rolled out in schools and nurseries across parts of the UK.

In addition to discussing the Dental Wellness Trust’s aims and the LiveSmart campaign, Dr Greenwall speaks about how rewarding charity work can be, as well as how others can involved through volunteering or interning – particularly student dentists looking for a more unique experience.

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For more information about the Dental Wellness Trust, visit https://www.dentalwellnesstrust.org/.

Dr Linda Greenwall

The Probe Dental Podcast is presented by The Dental Awards.

The Dental Awards is the original and most respected awards programme in British dentistry. 2021 marks the 22nd anniversary of the Dental Awards, and over the decades, this prestigious event has recognised the outstanding individuals and teams whose commitment and drive continue to raise standards throughout the profession.

The Dental Awards is attended by over 600 clinicians each year. Winning, or being a finalist, is a tremendous accolade and provides a massive publicity boost to the profile of your practice and your team. After all, who wouldn’t want to be treated by the Dentist or Dental Team of the Year?

The Dental Awards are sponsored by B.A. International, Colgate, Colosseum Dental, Dental Elite, and Water Pik. The Probe and The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show are official partners.

For more information, please visit the-probe.co.uk/awards

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Action on Sugar and Dental Wellness Trust react to Government’s open consultation on total restriction of online advertising for HFSS products

The government’s Department of Health and Social Care and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport have started their open consultation on the total restriction of online advertising for products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS). The consultation seeks views on the proposal for a total online advertising restriction for HFSS products to reduce the amount of HFSS advertising children are exposed to online.

Professor Graham MacGregor, Chair of Action on Sugar, commented: “We very much welcome this consultation on whether only healthy food and drink should be advertised online as it gives the opportunity for ministers to hear from the many parents who are frustrated with their children being bombarded with advertising for unhealthy foods. 
 
“As the message from the Government has been to ‘stay home’ for much of the year in the fight against COVID-19, this will have no doubt vastly increased children’s exposure to such irresponsible marketing which casts unhealthy products in the spotlight. 
 
“It’s therefore vital that a total ban across all online platforms is introduced which would ensure that all loopholes, including paid-for promotions whereby brands are using marketing techniques to push junk food ads, would be firmly closed and help turn the tide on obesity.”
 
Dr Saul Konviser of the Dental Wellness Trust added: “Oral health is a key indicator of overall health, wellbeing and quality of life and yet unfortunately, tooth decay remains one of the most common non-communicable diseases worldwide. It is therefore imperative that only non-HFSS food and drink products can be marketed and promoted to children across all forms of media – and that must include a total online ban on promotions and advertising.

“As the latest figures by the Local Government Association show, nearly 45,000 hospital operations were performed to remove rotten teeth in 2018/19 which is a stark reminder that too much sugar, especially in children’s diets, can have dire consequences. And what’s most concerning is this is all entirely preventable.”

Dental Wellness Trust hosting 5th Annual Saving Kids Teeth Webinar Conference – Treating the Trauma

The Dental Wellness Trust is excited to announce a new concept of lecture to Save Kids Teeth. Due to Covid-19 it is now presenting its conference via Zoom Webinar, taking place on Friday 6th November.

A selection of speakers will highlight the causes behind Children’s emergency dental treatment, accidents, trauma and how to treat them.

For more information, visit https://www.dentalwellnesstrust.org/events-1

Event Schedule

8.30 – 8.45am – Welcome and Introduction

8.45 – 9.30am Dr Linda Greenwall – Non vital Bleaching of traumatized teeth

9.30 – 10.00am Miss Kathryn Harley – Enamel Defects

10.00 – 10.30am Dr Shiraz Khan – Minimal Invasive treatment

10.30 – 11.00am – Break and Adverts

11.00 – 11.30am Professor Siobhan Barry – Hall Crown Techniques

11.30 – 12.00pm Mr Sanjev Sood – Anterior Aesthetics and Splinting

12.00- 12.30pm Professor Sondos Albadri – Apexification, Pulpotomies and Gum boils

12.30am Dr Vidya Srinivasan – Emergency Dental Care

1.00pm – Lunch and Adverts

1.45pm Dr Gehan Abou – Ameira – Sepsis and Medical Emergencies

2.15pm Dr Richard Horwitz – Atraumatic Extractions

2.45pm – Break and Adverts

2.45pm Dr Linda Greenwall – Video Demonstration White spot lesions and resin infiltration

3.00 – 3.30pm Dr Saul Konvisor – Video Demonstration Making Sports Guards

3.30 – 4.00pm Dr Jude Ferreira – Access Cavities & barrier preparation

4.00 – 4.30pm Dr Siobhan Hewson – Step by step Pulpotomies

4.30 – 5.00pm Dr James Goolnik – Kick Sugar