Archive for December, 2019

The new College of General Dentistry

The new College of General Dentistry is asking for your support. This initiative, promoted by Professor Nairn Wilson and the Faculty of General Dental Practice, will launch in 2020.

In January 2017 a joint article by Dr Mikako Hayashi, Osaka University, and Professor Nairn Wilson was published on the Opinion page of the British Dental Journal.

“ Medical authorities should encourage doctors, dentists, and other healthcare professionals to cooperate closely in daily clinical practice, education, and research to promote an inter-professional wellness regime—especially given their common interest in conditions such as diabetes and obesity, linked through sugar intake and (un)healthy eating.”

With this integrated approach to treatment being made a cornerstone of their mandate, it is my belief that we would do well to get involved and help drive this project forward.

“By registering as a Supporter, you will be adding your name to our growing list of people who believe that now is the time for general dentistry to be given the standing of its own medical college. By registering, you can also receive updates on our progress in founding the College.”

General dental practitioners, dental therapists, dental hygienists and dental technicians are being asked to give their support.

For the time being the college will be housed within the Royal College of Surgeons in London but in due course it is the intention to move to a separate location and pursue a Royal Charter. This will bring it in line with our medical colleagues and will raise the standing of general dental practice as a discipline in its own right.

This has been a long term ambition of Professor Nairn Wilson, CBE FDS, FFGDP, FFD, FKC. He is the Honorary Professor of Dentistry, former Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Dean and Head of King’s College London Dental Institute from 2001 until 2012.



December 16, 2019 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

As I live and breathe

As I live and breathe

Vogue magazine September 2019

This was the issue with guest editor, Meghan Markle, HRH the Duchess of Sussex. The main theme was “Strong Women” and pictured 15 examples on the front cover. Vogue also has features on Wellness & Beauty.

Kathleen Baird-Murray  entitles her article “ As I live and breathe” . It includes comments and advice by Augusto Vegas, a breathing expert and the co-founder of Survival Apnea.

In his own words:

“Breathing too much or too little, in any situation, will limit performance and have negative effects on health “.

Vegas points out that we are all prone to “over-breathing”- the term he gives to a reliance on our ribs and chest muscles instead of the diaphragm.

As a surfer, Vegas practised his breathing technique initially to improve his stamina and resilience in the water, but quickly realised how much it positively affected his daily life.

So the message about breathing is out there. What we need to do is to get the even more important message across to the general pubic that establishing nasal breathing in the young is paramount to their wellbeing.

You can read the whole article by following this link.

December 16, 2019 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

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