From The Newsdesk – 05.10.2011 – #3 – “Practice Plan ‘blossoms’ with new acquisition”

Practice Plan ‘blossoms’ with new acquisition
from 4th Oct 2011 Full report here

Practice Plan has announced the acquisition of two businesses – Isoplan, a plan provider with a presence across the UK and in particular Scotland, and Medenta, the market leader in dental patient finance.

The company – which provides practice-branded dental membership plans – has an established reputation for investing in its growth and the support it offers members.

An expanding team accompanied with new event topics, improved marketing and design services, plus advice and guidance relating to regulatory matters, being examples from the past year.

With the acquisition of Isoplan, Practice Plan is in a position to enhance the way in which it provides support to dental practices throughout the UK, and can now extend its wider service offering to Isoplan members.

Furthermore, with the market for restorative and cosmetic dentistry predicted to grow substantially over the next 5 to 10 years, dental patient finance has become increasingly relevant for many practices. This means the marriage between Practice Plan and Medenta will allow both companies to strengthen their offering to help dentists make the most of future opportunities.

Nick Dilworth, managing director of Practice Plan, said: ‘I am pleased to announce the successful acquisition of Isoplan and Medenta which represents another piece of our investment strategy and commitment in supporting the business of dentistry.’

Simon Tucker, director of Medenta added: ‘We are delighted to be joining the Practice Plan family. We have worked closely for more than five years and this coming together will enable both companies the ability to really help our dental clients grow their businesses. Together we can provide not only some of the best products and services but also the support, training and development that our clients tell us they need.

From The Newsdesk – 05.10.2011 – #2 – “Report further evidence of financial pressures on dentists”, says BDA

5 October 2011
Report further evidence of financial pressures on dentists, says BDA

New figures published by the NHS Information Centre today show a fall in dentists’ average taxable income of 5.2 per cent in 2009-10 compared with 2008-09.  The average taxable income for all self-employed primary care dentists in England and Wales in 2009/10 was £84,900, compared to £89,600 in 2008/09, according to the report Dental Earnings and Expenses, England and Wales 2009/10.
The figures represent a significant pay cut and reflect increases in practice expenses of 3.1 per cent over the period, following an increase of 7.6 per cent in expenses in the previous year.

In the past year, 2010-11, expenses have continued to spiral, putting yet more pressure on family dental practices.  The reasons for the increases are multi-factorial, but include the rising cost of materials and equipment due to the value of the Pound Sterling against the Euro and US Dollar, the price of precious metals widely used in dentistry, staff costs and the burden of regulation and red tape.

The BDA provides evidence each year to the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Pay Review Body and to the Department of Health on the costs of running dental practices and the resources needed to maintain a quality dental service.  Evidence on expenses for the year 2010-11 is being prepared now.
Dr John Milne, Chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee said:
“This report shows that, whilst the Government imposed a pay freeze, dentists are in fact suffering a pay cut.  It proves what we have been telling the Department of Health for some time.  Dentists across England are working really hard to deliver high quality care for their patients. They are contending with a growing mountain of pointless bureaucracy and escalating costs on top of the effects of the efficiency savings imposed upon them.”
Notes to editors:

The report is available at
The British Dental Association (BDA) is the professional association for dentists in the UK. It represents more than 23,000 dentists working in general practice, in community and hospital settings, in academia and research, and in the armed forces, and includes dental students.
For further information, please contact the BDA’s media team on 0207 563 4145/46 or visit You can also follow news from the BDA on Twitter:!/TheBDA.

From The Newsdesk – 05.10.2011 – #1 Dental Protection welcomes change in whitening regulations.

Tooth Whitening
22 September 2011

Tooth whitening update

Dental Protection welcomes the proposed amendment to the European Cosmetics Directive, which brings future changes to UK legislation one step closer. The European Council has adopted a directive on tooth whitening, which strengthens consumer protection whilst allowing dentists to legally supply products for tooth whitening, which release or contain up to 6% hydrogen peroxide.

Once a new European Directive is in place, the UK Government is obliged to amend the Regulations to reflect this. As soon as those new UK Regulations come into force it will be possible for products over 0.1% but less than 6% hydrogen peroxide to be supplied to patients provided that the patient has been examined by a dentist and the first treatment has been performed by the dentist or under his or her direct supervision.

It is expected that the amended European directive will be published within the next three weeks (ie. October 2011) and following publication the Government will have 12 months to amend the existing Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations to bring them in line with the directive.

Until the UK Government amends the law, it will remain illegal to supply products for the purpose of tooth whitening that contain or release more than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide. The position statement on Tooth Whitening, set out below remains unaltered and members who may wish to provide tooth whitening are asked to familiarise themselves with the position statement.

The changes in the EU Directive may trigger increased marketing by some dental suppliers and members are advised that although the EU Directive has been amended this does not have an immediate effect on the law in the UK which remains unchanged on this subject. Consequently the advice set out in the position statement below, also remains unchanged. Dental Protection members who wish to be sent an email alert when the changes in the Regulations occur, should register for e-communications on the website.

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