New UK dental trauma charity to launch in November

Dental / Dental Practitioner News

Dental Trauma UK, a new charity organisation, is being established to help improve the care and treatment options for patients following traumatic dental injuries.

To be officially launched in November 2014, the charity's aim is to educate the general public and dental professionals on the management of dental trauma, with a focus on those who are first on the scene, including teachers, youth workers, paramedics, police and sports coaches.

“Dental Trauma UK, a new charity that aims to help educate people on the management of dental trauma, is to launch next month.“

It aims to collect information on the number, causes and types of traumatic dental injuries throughout the UK, as well as offering specialist support and advice to dental professionals to improve best practice standards.

Currently, many people are unaware of basic preventative steps to take in the aftermath of dental injury, such as re-implanting teeth, putting them in milk and seeing a dentist urgently.

Serpil Djemal, a consultant in restorative dentistry at King's College Hospital in London and the founder of Dental Trauma UK, said: "Patients are still losing teeth or undergoing expensive reconstructive work unnecessarily, and we can prevent this from happening through better education and information campaigns."

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