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There’s a common saying that “it takes a village” and it’s not true.
But not in the way you think.
You might be told to take a shower, wash your teeth, put on a hat, and then, as a result, you might not notice anything.
But that is only part of the picture.
It takes an entire village to do the things we all do to clean our teeth, according to the UK’s dental charity, The Dentists’ Union.
It’s a village that includes the toothbrush, the toothpaste, the enamel brush, and even the dentist’s chair.
These things are all being assembled by professionals at different levels and, at the moment, only the best dental practitioners and dentists in the country are taking part in the work.
The DTO has been working with the UK government to try and change that.
In 2015, it introduced a new ‘social contract’ for dentists, meaning that they would be able to practise dental care in a more egalitarian and ethical way.
It also included a ‘Dentists Code of Ethics’.
In this way, the DTO says, the organisation’s members are “not only able to provide good dental care but also to promote ethical and professional practice”.
It is this ethos that, according the DTA, “is why we have set up a new dental service, the UK Dental Association, which is a social contract with dentists and other dental professionals.
We want to ensure that dentists who practise in the UK are fully represented in the profession, and are supported to provide professional service”.
Dentistry has a long and proud history.
It dates back to the Roman Empire.
It was the first profession to be recognised as a profession and has been widely recognised as one of the best in the world.
But this has changed in recent decades.
Dentures have become increasingly commoditised and a “culture of commodification” is taking hold.
According to the British Dental Institute, the proportion of dentists working in the private sector has risen from around 2 per cent in 1980 to 5 per cent by 2015.
Dental staff are now often employed in more than one occupation, according a report by the Dental Society.
The report said that “dental staff have increasingly been working in industries that have grown in importance as the number of dentures grows”.
It’s no wonder then that dental staff are seeing their work increasingly reduced.
According the DCTI, the rate of professional attrition in dental practice has reached nearly 50 per cent.
It is a trend that is likely to be continuing.
In 2020, the last year for which figures are available, the number that left the profession fell by 9 per cent, according this DTO study.
What’s more, the cost of dentistry has increased.
The average cost of a visit to a dentist is £1,064, according The Dentist, the professional body for dentistry.
It is this cost that dentistry is trying to fight against by reducing the number and the scope of services.
But dentists have also become increasingly vocal about the way in which they are being treated.
In October last year, a number of doctors and dentologists in England signed an open letter in which the Association of Dentists and Surgeons called on the Government to introduce an “expedited rule-of-thumb” to force dentists to have a working relationship with the profession.
The letter was signed by more than 2,000 dentists.
This rule- of-thum has become a controversial issue.
The DTO’s chairman, Andrew Smith, said in the letter that the Government’s proposed rule- could have an “unintended and significant” impact on the profession and dentistry would be at risk of “disastrous” consequences.
Denting in the teethThe DTEU says that while dentists are generally very committed to the profession they do not have a monopoly on caring for patients.
Dr Adam Lewis, who is a dentist and the DTEV’s secretary-general, said: “In our opinion, the Government needs to take action to introduce a streamlined rule-to-rule structure in order to ensure the best practices in dentistry are protected and that there is no place for professional cronyism and pay inequality in our profession.”
The DTA is calling on the government to introduce the DTC, or Dental Care Contract, a new system that would give dentists a formal contract with the organisation.
Dr Smith said that the DTD would allow dentists “to work together in an integrated way” and would allow “the best practices of denture care and dental hygiene to be preserved”.
He added that dentures could “rest assured that their care will be taken seriously, transparently and efficiently, in a way that does not undermine the reputation of dentured professionals or dentistry”.
The DTC is currently being considered by the UK Government.