Dentists on frontline in war on alcohol abuse
 

Dental News
Article detail

See the following article detail about

Dentists on frontline in war on alcohol abuse

0845 527 9810

Article details for

Dentists on frontline in war on alcohol abuse

 

Dentists on frontline in war on alcohol abuse

Dentists are to be put on the frontline in the battle against Scotland's burgeoning alcohol crisis.

Alcohol misuse is estimated to cost the country an estimated £2.25 billion a year and a research team at Glasgow University's dental school is now looking at the best ways to reduce this growing financial burden.

It could mean dental professionals quizzing patients about their alcohol intake – and the dental school team is now working with the NHS to develop a suitable scheme.

The research team also highlighted the shocking extent of facial injuries linked to alcohol abuse.
Its figures reveal that, between 2001 and 2006, 82,461 patients had been admitted to Scottish hospitals with facial injuries – more than a quarter of them had been drinking alcohol.

Dr Christine Goodall, a senior clinical lecturer in oral surgery, said they found that giving people advice about safer drinking when they attended A&E or facial trauma clinics helped reduce future problems.

These ‘brief interventions' could be provided in a range of locations to make sure as wide a spectrum of people as possible received any help they needed, she said.

She explained: ‘The first study we did has shown that they were effective in helping people cut down on their drinking. By doing that, we are trying to prevent them suffering a second injury. Currently, dentists are not providing these sorts of interventions in their practice, but that is something that I am working on together with Health Scotland.'

Dr Goodall said such a system in dental practices would probably mean all patients being screened for alcohol problems, with those scoring highly, referred for extra help.

"At the moment, you go to the dentist and you get asked about how much sugar you are eating and quite a lot of dentists do smoking cessation advice as that has a big association with oral cancer. This is the next step"

She maintained that the direct questioning technique failed to offend the majority of patients.

‘We did a pilot study a couple of years ago. The one thing that came out of that very strongly was that patients were not offended by that at all. They saw it as a reasonable thing for the dentist to be asking them and felt it was important for their oral health as well. Alcohol is a big factor involved in causing oral cancer. If you explain that to patients they are OK about it.'

She said they had recently completed a survey of dental practices in Scotland to see how much training dentists felt they would need to screen patients for alcohol problems. The results are awaited and it is hoped the scheme could be introduced in the near future.

She added: ‘At the moment, you go to the dentist and you get asked about how much sugar you are eating and quite a lot of dentists do smoking cessation advice as that has a big association with oral cancer. This is the next step.

'The good thing about dentists as opposed to a hospital unit is that dentists see patients regularly and are seeing patients who are not at the doctor's all the time.'

 Posted on : Mon 23rd - Nov - 2009

 

Call Dental Support UK

Premium IT Support

  • All Servers & workstations covered..
  • Saturday Cover INCLUDED.
  • Telephone support.
  • Remote support.
  • 4 hour on-site Server response.
  • System monitoring.
  • Network monitoring and security.
  • Anti-Virus & Application updates.
  • Unlimited Remote Server Data backup.
  • Loan equipment on hardware failure.
  • Reduced rates for PC parts supply & installations.

No matter how big
your practice you
pay the same
price!!


ONLY

Click here for more info
Dental News Archives 2018

August - 2018
July - 2018
June - 2018
May - 2018
April - 2018
March - 2018
February - 2018
January - 2018

Dental News Archives 2017

December - 2017
November - 2017
October - 2017
September - 2017
August - 2017
July - 2017
June - 2017
May - 2017
April - 2017
March - 2017
February - 2017
January - 2017

Dental News Archives 2016

December - 2016
November - 2016
October - 2016
September - 2016
August - 2016
July - 2016
June - 2016
May - 2016
April - 2016
March - 2016
February - 2016
January - 2016

Dental News Archives 2015

December - 2015
November - 2015
October - 2015
September - 2015
August - 2015
July - 2015
June - 2015
May - 2015
April - 2015
March - 2015
February - 2015
January - 2015

Dental News Archives 2014

December - 2014
November - 2014
October - 2014
September - 2014
August - 2014
July - 2014
June - 2014
May - 2014
April - 2014
March - 2014
February - 2014
January - 2014

Dental News Archives 2013

December - 2013
November - 2013
October - 2013
September - 2013
August - 2013
July - 2013
June - 2013
May - 2013
April - 2013
March - 2013
February - 2013
January - 2013

Dental News Archives 2012

December - 2012
November - 2012
October - 2012
September - 2012
August - 2012
July - 2012
June - 2012
May - 2012
April - 2012
March - 2012
February - 2012
January - 2012

Dental News Archives 2011

January - 2011
February - 2011
March - 2011
April - 2011
May - 2011
June - 2011
July - 2011
August - 2011
September - 2011
October - 2011
November - 2011
December - 2011

Dental News Archives 2010

December - 2010
November - 2010
October - 2010
September - 2010
August - 2010
July - 2010
June - 2010
May - 2010
April - 2010
March - 2010
February - 2010
January - 2010

Dental News Archives 2009

December - 2009
November - 2009
October - 2009
September - 2009
August - 2009
July - 2009
June - 2009
May - 2009
April - 2009
March - 2009
February - 2009
January - 2009

Dental News Archives 2008

December - 2008
November - 2008
October - 2008
September - 2008
August - 2008
July - 2008
June - 2008
May - 2008
April - 2008
March - 2008
February - 2008
January - 2008

Dental News Archives 2007

December - 2007
November - 2007
October - 2007
September - 2007
August - 2007
July - 2007
June - 2007
May - 2007
April - 2007
March - 2007
February - 2007
January - 2007

Dental News Archives 2006

December - 2006
November - 2006
October - 2006
September - 2006
August - 2006
July - 2006
June - 2006
May - 2006
April - 2006
March - 2006
February - 2006
January - 2006

Dental News Archives 2005

December - 2005
November - 2005
October - 2005
September - 2005
August - 2005
July - 2005
June - 2005
May - 2005

hide toolbar
Would you like weekly updates on our latest offers? If so enter your email :
Quick Remote Dental Support