Dental Laboratories Association Launch 'The British Bite Mark'
Posted on July 3, 2012
NOTTINGHAM, England, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
NHS & Private dental patients in the UK who are about to have a new crown, implant, denture or veneer fitted are now being offered the opportunity to find out where their appliances have been made, following the launch of the 'British Bite Mark' by the Dental Laboratories Association.
In recent months, there have been a significant number of dentists looking to send their prescriptions to dental laboratories in the Far East to help reduce their overheads, rather than using the traditional route of dental laboratories based in the UK.
Dental Laboratories operating in the UK comply with strict regulations in terms of materials used; they also have to employ dental technicians that are registered with the General Dental Council. This level of regulation is in place to protect the patient; however, appliances imported are not manufactured by registered Dental Technicians nor do the UK regulators inspect the dental laboratories that manufacture the appliances in the Far East.
The Dental Laboratories Association appreciates that the different levels of regulation and professional requirements can be confusing and difficult for patients to understand and therefore have looked to design a logo that at a quick glance will help inform the patient that their dental appliance has been manufactured in the UK and meets the UK regulatory requirements.
At the launch of the British Bite Mark campaign, Richard Daniels, Chief Executive of the Dental Laboratories Association, said: 'In these turbulent economic times it is understandable that dental practices are looking to cut costs; however, by sourcing crowns, bridges, dentures and veneers from dental laboratories in the Far East just to save money isn't acceptable without making the patient aware. I believe that by introducing the British Bite Mark, we are helping patients instantly recognise where their appliance has been manufactured and that it complies with UK regulations, with the ultimate aim of ensuring patients receive a transparent service from their dentist.'
Over the coming months, the British Bite Mark will feature strongly in local and national media, as well as in all the major social networking sites. The Dental Laboratories Association will also be issuing information to health centres, libraries and dental practices to help educate the patient about the difference between appliances manufactured in the UK and overseas.