The dental industry of Northern Ireland acknowledges that they continue to face numerous challenges; hence, the Britsh Dental Association (BDA) – Northern Ireland devised a five-point plan to improve the country’s oral health. The plan includes having a new oral health strategy, taking action on sugar, regulating dental practices, cutting the red tape and planning for the future.
While you’re considering having orthodontic braces or teeth whitening, take the time to review the proposed manifesto.
A New Oral Health Strategy
According to the BDA – Northern Ireland, the country still has the worst oral health in the UK despite numerous improvements. Therefore, they propose the revision of a 10-year-old Oral Health Strategy and the delivery of a new one for sustainable progress.
Real Action On Sugar
The 2013 statistics show that over 5,300 young people had to have tooth extractions, most of which were due to decay and rotten baby teeth. When not taken in moderation, sugar is a major cause of tooth decay — an avoidable epidemic. The five-point plan lobbies for the education and taxation of sugary drinks and snacks.
Dental Practice Regulation
BDA – Northern Ireland proposed for changes in dental practice regulation to be more efficient and effective. They believe that the following factors are more beneficial for dental patients and the industry: regulatory regime changes, risk-based approach adaptation, and inspection frequency reduction.
Changes in Bureaucracy
There are treatment plan delays in Northern Ireland because dentists need a go-signal before performing work that costs over £280. They recognise that cutting the red tape would bring down unnecessary delays for their patients and benefit them more. Hence, BDA – Northern Ireland calls for legislative changes in this aspect.
A Plan for the Future
Lastly, the association pushes for the proper training of dental professionals in Northern Ireland so that they can properly face the ever-growing demand for quality preventative dentistry. They push for long-term and strategic workforce planning for sustainable services and future needs.
The decade-old strategy used by the dental community in Northern Ireland just doesn’t cut it anymore. The five-point plan aims to address the issues surrounding oral health in the country.