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Do you have an opinion or some- thing to say on any Dental Tribune UK article? Or would you like to write your own opinion for our guest comment page? If so don’t hesitate to write to: The Editor, Dental Tribune UK Ltd, 4th Floor, Treasure House, 19-21 Hatton Garden, London, EC1 8BA Or email: Disposable Patient Bibs SAVE 38% £8.99 from only SAVE OVER 50% ON EVERYDAY PRODUCTS 01535 259871 * Offers available from 1st Nov until 20th Dec 2013. Full details on all offers available on request Don’t forget to Like us... S E A S O N A L Christmas OFFERS BUY TWO AND GET 1 FREE Download your copy at X-Ray Film Holders Complete FPS 3000 Film positioning system. SAVE 50% £24.99 now only Handpiece Oil 500ml Universal spray Topdental Piezo Scaler Tips BUY ONE AND GET 1 FREE £14.75 from only Disposable 3 in 1 Syringe Tips £14.90 from only SAVE OVER Tray Lining Paper BUY 5 AND GET 5 FREE £2.95 from only Compatible with Mectron, EMS, Kavo, Sirona, Satelec, NSK or DTE scalers from only £5.98 NEW 24 PAGE OFFER BROCHURE NOW AVAILABLE 60% Dental tribune NOV13.indd 1 24/10/2013 14:39 United Kingdom Edition November 2013 3News P eople in the UK are pur- chasing less calories and less fruit and vegetables, according to research. Published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the research was presented as part of the ESRC Festival of So- cial Science on 4 November 2013. “Gluttony in England? Log- term change in diet” describes changes in households’ calorie purchases since 1980. It shows that although the average weight of an adult male has increased by 9.6 kilograms, and the weight of an adult female by 7.9 kilograms, there has been a substantial re- duction in calories purchased. Calories purchased from eat- ing out, soft drinks, snacks and confectionery increased over the period for all but young sin- gle households with particularly big increases for older single households (70 per cent) and couples with children (36 per cent). However, most calories are bought for consumption in the home, and the decline in calories from food at home was much larger than the increase in calories from eating out, soft drinks, snacks and confectionery. Melanie Lührmann, one of the authors of the report said: “We were surprised to find that there has been a substantial decline in total calories purchased at a time when obesity has increased. “Purchases of snack foods, soft drinks and food out have in- creased, and now account for a greater share of calories for most households. However, calories purchased for consumption at home have declined strongly and account for the bulk of house- holds’ foods purchases. This does not mean that poor diet plays no part in rising obesity. But understanding the interac- tion between diet and physi- cal activity is clearly crucial.” A second report which looked at food expenditure and nutrition- al quality over the recession (from 2005 to 2012). It found that the average real food spending fell by 8.5 per cent from 2005-7 to 2010- 12, as food spending in cash terms failed to keep up with rising food prices.From2007to2012theprice of food rose by 10.2 per cent more than the price of all goods. DT Recession affects food purchases in UK W elcome to No- vember’s is- sue of Dental Tribune. Well, unless you actu- ally don’t leave your practice, you cannot help but notice that No- vember is Mouth Cancer Action Month (MCAM). The campaign, organised by the British Dental Health Founda- tion and promoted throughout the UK, aims to raise awareness and encourage attendance to dental practices for screenings for a con- dition that can so horribly impact on a sufferer’s quality of life. Detection at an early stage is critical so it MCAM is a timely reminder to both the public and healthcare professionals that ‘if in doubt, get checked out’. Awareness event and screen- ingsessionsarebeingheldallover the country – if you are a practice getting involved, let us know! Take a look at pages 6-7 for more on the campaign, or go to the dedicated website – www. Lest we forget, November is also Movember, a campaign for dubious facial hair to be grown to raise awareness of men’s health issues and in particular prostate cancer. If you are a ‘Mo Bro’ this year, I would love to have a pic- ture so we can find the dodgiest Mo in dentistry!! Pictures to lisa@ Until next month…DT Editorial comment