Members of the public invited to take part in National Dental Survey
MEMBERS of the
public are being invited to take part in this year’s National Dental
The National Dental Survey 2007 is being
conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation in association
with HSA and will be used to document the views of the British
public on dental issues and their oral health.
The survey includes the below questions:-
* Would you like your water supply to be fluoridated?
* Would you ever be
happy to lend your toothbrush to someone?
* What is the most
unusual thing that you have ever used to pick your teeth?
* Which celebrity do
you think has the best smile?
The survey is being conducted for National Smile Month which takes
place between 13 May 2007 and 12 June 2007 under the theme ‘Two Minutes
Twice a Day’.
Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the Foundation, commented:-
“We really hope that as many people as possible will spare 5
minutes to answer the questions of the survey. This really is
a very important document. It will provide a record of people’s
attitudes to oral health in 2007 and will be used to initiate
political and media discussion on a range of issues over the coming
You can take part in the National Dental Survey 2007 by visiting
clicking on ‘Take the Survey’.
KENNEL CLUB WELCOMES MERSEYSIDE COURT VERDICT
Club has welcomed the decision reached by a presiding judge at
Merseyside Magistrates Court to allow a further thirteen Pit Bull
Terrier ‘type’ dogs, which were seized as part of the
recent Merseyside Police ‘amnesty’, to be returned to
their owners. The verdict echoes a previous decision in February
2007, which saw the release of fifteen dogs also seized under the
The dogs and their owners were expertly defended by solicitor Trevor
Cooper, well known for his knowledge in such cases. Having listened
to the prosecution evidence, the presiding District Judge concluded
that although they were aware that an uncontrolled Pit Bull can
cause harm, they were satisfied that the owners of these dogs were
all responsible and could not be categorised. The judge added that
the Index of Exempted Dogs would be opened for these dogs to be
registered on it, provided that the requirements of registration
were met, such as neutering, microchipping, muzzling and that the
dogs were kept on a lead in public.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said:- “This is another
important victory both for the dogs involved and in proving that
breed specific legislation does not work. The amnesty did nothing to
address the primary issues of irresponsible dog ownership and
‘dealing with the deed, not the breed’ as it only affected
responsible owners and their much loved pet dogs, who have been
persecuted simply for how they look.
The Kennel Club believes that it is the temperament and behaviour of
the dog which should be examined, and assessment should not be based
on the dogs appearance. We will be lobbying the Government to open
up the register and will continue our work on the flawed Dangerous
Dogs Act 1991 to make owners more liable for the actions of their