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Pic: Joyce Trail photo courtesy of BBC

Birmingham Dentist in £1.4m Fraud against NHS

Pic: Joyce Trail photo courtesy of BBC

British Dentist Convicted of £1.4m Fraud against the NHS

Birmingham dentist Joyce Trail has been convicted of defrauding the NHS out of £1.4m to fund a lavish lifestyle.

Dr Joyce trail was part of a fraud whereby claims were made against the deceased as well as triple claiming against the elderly involving 7000 claims backed up by false paperwork. She also used patient details unwittingly provided by care homes and made claims even though she had not met many of these patients.

Dr Joyce Trail enjoyed a lavish lifestyle buying Jimmy Choo shoes at over £400 a pair and taking expensive Carribean holidays.

Speaking after the verdict, Victoria Jones, a representative for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said Dr Trail’s victims were not only vulnerable patients, but also ordinary everyday taxpayers.

Dr Trail faces a substantial prison sentence when convicted later this month.

For the full story please go to the BBC website

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Celebrity Dental Patients- make your way to Hungary

The dentist, who brought John Lennon’s tooth now decided to buy a piece of Elvis Presley’s dental heritage.

Apparently, he was giving this concert in Las Vegas, when he chipped one of his dental crowns. So his dentist’s son flew out with a spare one. Nice! But if your budget is a bit tighter than Elvis Presley’s, you might want to consider flying out to visit one in Hungary. The great thing is the price! And the quality is even better! Do your research and enjoy the benefits of what dental tourism and several dental destinations can offer.

Elvis visited a dentist on his last day. Make your dental trip the first step towards a new beginning!

Call Hungarian Dental Travel NOW

0845 612 1988


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The price of a golden tooth

Reading the dental news today I came across a short piece stating how the dead body of a prize-fighter was robbed in Krajova, Romania. Well, not a huge surprise as the global recession made many people desperate, but pulling out a dead person’s teeth is an act not many will follow. (http://manna.ro/szines/fogaiert-becstelenitettek-meg-egy-halott-bokszolot-2012-02-24.html)

Many industry suffered from the economic downturn, but many brands actually profited out of it. Discount strores like Lidl and Aldi have been doing well, as more and more people choosing them over more expensive options, like Tesco and Asda (http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/feb/01/retail-industry-discount-stores).

The same applies to dental patients. Those, who could afford expensive private dentists, are now looking for alternatives or alternative payment options. The price of a dental cronwn in Hungary is around £200 each, whilst in England more like £600 or more. Many dental patients have been putting off a dental visit for so long their teeth really suffered and now need a lot more attention and treatments. Travelling to Hungary to see a dentist could be a really good option, if researched well before. The General Dental Council of London can also give guidelines.

Budapest is the most populat dental destinantion, but the countryside has also got many great dental surgeries.


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Eating during dental healing time

Eating during healing time

I have to apologise for not being very active recently. But with the Malev Hungarian Airlines leaving the skies forever, our customer service team was very busy advising and developing new ways so our dental patients from abroad can reach their Hungarian dentists even more easily.

Anyway, yesterday I couldn’t resist having a quick breakfast at my favourite Hungarian cafe, when I spotted an old friend. He was on his mobile talking in a very strange way. When he finished the conversation I went over to greet him. He was glad to see me and straight away started explaining his experience with his dentist.

My friend (let’s call him Robert) is a mayor of a nice, little Hungarian village, he has been for over 15 years now. His teeth were okay, nothing fancy, sometimes he needed the odd filling or root canal, but that was it. Till one day he looked in the mirror and noticed how the enamel of his teeth started disappearing and the colour turning into a darker shade of grey. Well, as his job involves lots of networking and sometimes press appearance he decided to pay a visit to his dentist and ask about his options. The dentist suggested bridges for him for all of his upper teeth, explaining the health and the aesthetic benefits. Most appealing was the possible result of looking even younger, as the new teeth would look a lot whiter and sparkler.


So Robert decided to go for it all. But he had no idea of how many changes this process will bring into his life. He said the dentist started the work on his teeth early January and only 4 weeks later will do the fitting of the new crowns. During the 4 weeks he has to wear temporary teeth… those will not protect from the feeling of cold or hot, so the increased sensitivity due to grinding is present all the time. And the function of those teeth is also very limited. This is only natural, but I asked him who his dentist was. I never heard of her though…. Also advised, next time when he needs a dentist in Hungary get in touch with me, as our dentists would’ve done the job within 5 working days, saving him a whole month of temporary discomfort!

Anyway, this little conversation given me the idea of advising on food. Dental patients travel abroad for all sorts of dental treatments. Yes, the savings are great; in most cases aftercare is also offered. I can only advise on Hungary, as I know its medical developments and believe it offers the best for the foreign dental patients. Normally, there is a healing period for every dental treatment. When receiving new dental crowns or bridges it can be anywhere from 3 days to 10 days. When getting dental implant the healing period can be as much as 9 months. Even receiving teeth whitening could bring in some new rules in our life in terms of what we should and should not eat and drink.

When receiving dental crowns during the healing time dental patients are wearing the temporary teeth (3-10 days) should avoid hot or cold food or drink. Room temperature is the best. Also in most cases chewing is not an option. Whilst staying in Hungary I would highly recommend engaging with the soup culture. Soup plays big part in a Hungarian’s diet, as it is the first in a usually 2 course lunch meal. You have the watery soups, options with meat or vegetables only, as starters. The most popular ones are: gulyas soup, Jokai bableves (a special bean soup), borsoleves (pea soup) and cernametelt soup (thin pasta soup). And they have the thick soup types; they call them “fozelek”, as a main course. English patients find this quite funny.

Once one said: “OK, so if I have soup as a starter and thick soup as main, I dread asking what the dessert is…”

Eating during dental healing time

 

Anyway, it might seem all baby food but great option for those, who still wish to sample some delicious Hungarian cooking that does not require chewing.
Most restaurants in Hungary offer “menu of the day”, usually 2-3 a la carte options for about £3 per person, but also you can find soups and “fozelek” (thick soup) on traditional Hungarian Restaurant’s menus.

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Kim Kardashian and her dentist

Reading about how celebs also go to the dentist makes them look like real people. In the end of the day a toothache is painful no matter what our status or financial backgrounds are.
She recently visited her dentist in California and tweeted “Let the numbing begin! I need a shot 🙁 I’m scared!”

http://celebrity-gossip.net/celebrities/hollywood/kim-kardashian-dental-filling-damsel-214532

Well, beauty comes at a price and celebs simply can not afford to neglect their teeth. Just remember poor Lindsey Lohan….
Kim Tweeted recently: “A day at the dentist is never fun! Well unless its with Dr. Kevin Sands! Love you doc but fillings suck. #HalfMyFaceIsNumb.”

So, knowing how much our celebs have to suffer to look and feel their best, we should stop feeling so sorry for ourselves and get on with that dental visit.
However, if patients wish to have the very same Hollywood smile only at a fraction of the price: look into travelling to Hungary for dental care! It will cost a lot less!

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Flying to Hungary for dental care

Trust Issues Still Drives American Patients to Travel to Hungary for Dental Treatment

Perhaps the most famous place in the world for dental tourism is Hungary. It all began when Austrian people drove a few kilometres across the border into Hungary for dental treatment costing half of the price of dental care in their own country. Since then Hungary has developed a world class infrastructure and platform catering for dental patients travelling from many other countries including a growing number from America.

Hungary still attracts patients from all over the world but other countries still try to mimic what Hungary offers but without as much success. Here is a guide for the American dental tourist:

Many American dental patients still insist on travelling about 5000 miles to Hungary for their dental treatment despite places like Mexico, Costa Rica and India crying out for their business.

Mexico and Costa Rico is much closer to America than Hungary so why does a sizeable amount of American patients still insist on travelling across the Atlantic ocean to Hungary for treatment?

India is an extra 2,500 miles from America than Hungary but offers slightly lower dental costs than Hungary but still some Americans insist on only going to Hungary. Why?

It comes down to quality and trust! Hungary has been building a strong dental infrastructure since the end of the Second World War which cannot yet be rivalled by other countries mimicking dental tourism. In addition Hungary joined the EU in 2004 and the dental industry could boast EU standards in Healthcare. This infrastructure is strong and is the basis of good dental practice, quality dental materials, and high levels of education as well as first class hygiene practices. Unlike India where there are regular reports of dentists practicing with bogus degrees, Hungarian dentists are well qualified and have proven to have outstanding skill in dentistry.

Patients who travel to Hungary know that when they walk out on the street things are safe and civilised. In Mexico, Costa Rica and India safety is a big issue. From the moment that you step out of the airport you have to have your wits about you.

When you have dental treatment a team of people are involved in the success of your treatment. Material manufacturers must supply quality materials to the dental clinic. The dentist you see must be able to communicate with you and provide high quality dental care. The education system is important not only for the dentist’s main qualification but all of the post graduate courses necessary to perform some of the complex procedures required by the dental tourist. Dental Technicians are the unsung heroes. They make your new teeth to perfection. It takes time to produce quality crowns, bridges and dentures that are the right shape, size, colour and shade. Dental nurses and assistants are the ones who not only assist the dentist but they ensure that high levels of infection control are maintained in the clinic.

The guarantees offered by Hungarian dentists are for real and you know that one a price has been set for your treatment then you know that there are no hidden charges or nasty surprises in the final bill.

We all know that low prices are good if quality is maintained and we all know that cheapest is not always the best.

Travelling to Budapest or elsewhere in Hungary for dental treatment is fairly straightforward and safe.

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Fake Dentist offering cheaper services gets suspended sentence

According to Dentistry IQ on-line magazine „Stephen Sickelmore, 52, posed as a qualified professional when he visited patients all over Devon and Cornwall and took impressions of their mouths.”

(see more here http://www.dentistryiq.com/index/display/news-display/1583593297.html)

The guy was a dental technician apprentice once, but his qualifications expired. This was the closest he ever got to being a professional. He advertised int eh Yellow Pages as „The Denture Clinic” and played vulnerable old dental patients out of their money in exchange of wonky dental sets.


„Many patients of his Denture Clinic were left with painful, ill-fitting dentures while others were embarrassed to be seen in public wearing them after teeth chipped or fell out.”- says the article and describes how he was operating in a highly unhygienic mess.

I can’t blame the patients. Many of them would look into cheaper alternative, as not all of them can afford to have fixed dentures or implant supported bridges. As the recession is still growing we all search for better value for money. But as the recession hits on many other countries it is worth considering travelling abroad for some cheap dental work and other services like, opticians, beauticians and hairdressers.

But before anybody would commit  should check out qualifications of the dentists and if they are registered by the General Dental Council in London.

Seven years ago, when Hungarian Dental Travel was established, some of our team members spent few months over in Hungary, spending long hours at the dentists’s surgery in Budapest, Mosonmagyarovar, Gyor,  Sopron, Heviz and around the  Lake Balaton inspecting our possible dental partners’ qualifications, experience, English language knowledge, even their dental technicians’ work to reduce risks for our patients and maintain high quality control. But even if you chose to use a dentist or any dental professional in your home country, make sure you check upon the qualifications.


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Save and enjoy money in Hungary

Charlie Sheen and his teeth

I love the Daily Mail! They keep me entertained all the time, even with dental related news.

See the headlines I’m not crazy any more,’ insists Charlie Sheen (but his dental work is still a little haywire)” (Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2084322/Charlie-Sheen-shows-odd-looking-tooth-public-appearance-dentist-trip.html#ixzz1j3ZZ2znq)

 

No wonder he’d start his make-over at the dentist’s chair. A new set of teeth can take off up to 15 years, but I don’t see any changes on his smile yet…. Reading the comments, I am not alone. He seems to be in between dental appointments and I have no doubt his dentist will get few promotional mentions…. As we know, our celebs love saving on dental bills. So watch this space.

Charlie Sheen might be able to restore his public image, starting at the therapist and the dentist. But many dental patients just can not afford dental fees and unable to provide public mentions.

So what to do if somebody needs a new smile?

Well, there are several options, of course. The National Health Service can provide certain treatments for free or low cost, or taking out a dental insurance can work out in some cases. Many Eastern European dentists are offering consultations and treatments in the UK, Ireland and in the USA, but also travelling for dental treatments could be a very rewarding option.

Especially if dental patients want to experience a different culture and enjoy further savings on other services, like optician, beautician and spa treatments, as they are a lot cheaper in Hungary.

 


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Make the most of your dental trip

Dutch dental patients expect the price of dental treatments to rise rapidly.

After the Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations many of us decided to commit to a resolution. Some of us will be thinking to finally sort our teeth out, but some of us will be put off by the costs of private dental treatments int he UK, US and many other European countries…


Those Dutch dental patients, who wish to have their teeth fixed will have to be disappointed, as fees are on a sharp rise- Dutch News reports
http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2012/01/dentists_fees_rise_sharply.php
Hungary has been the most popular dental tourism destination int he last decade and the highly competitive prices will support its status for many years coming.

Especially now it is worth it, as the Hungarian Forint is suffering so badly on the International currency market. Patients travelling now will get a lot more out of their dental holiday, although the price of the dental treatments are fixed in GBP but as the additional costs, like restaurant costs, entertainment and shopping (optician, clothes, beauty treatments) will be a lot cheaper against the Euro and the GBP.

 

So if anybody wishes to take advantage of this currant situations, please e-mail chris@hungariandentaltravel.co.uk or call our new number 0207 193 1384 (in case the line is busy patients can leave message, we always call back)

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What dental x-rays can do…

When considering travelling to Hungary for dental treatments, some Hungarian dentists will offer an x-ray facility in the UK, so an approximate treatment-and price plan can be established. Seeing your estimated costs and getting familiar with possible treatment types will help you planning and putting your mind at ease.

Sometimes a full panoramic x-ray is not quite enough to see if you can have implants and a personal examination is needed or other diagnostic tools. But x-rays could pick up on those, who are in risk of fractures according to the article published in Private Health (http://www.privatehealth.co.uk/news/december-2011/dental-x-rays-risk-of-fractures-36299/).

New research from the Sahlgrenska Academy found that the bone structure of the lower jaw was associated with a person’s vulnerability to the breaks. 

“We’ve seen that sparse bone structure in the lower jaw in mid-life is directly linked to the risk of fractures in other parts of the body, later in life,” stated Lauren Lissner, a researcher at the Institute of Medicine at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

Most of us are aware of the importance of regular dental check-ups, not only to spot potential oral problems, but also to prevent other health issues, like heart disease, diabetes and so on…. Using the x-ray scan is most often part of this procedure.

Reading the Daily Mail just few days ago I came across this article Grandfather stunned when dental X-ray shows pellet that was shot into his jaw when he was TEN
(Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2071175/Grandfather-stunned-dental-X-ray-shows-pellet-shot-jaw-TEN.html#ixzz1gJhEnUsc)

It is about a middle aged man, who went to the local hospital for a dental check-up and the x-ray showed a pallet he knew nothing about, only thinking it though he realised what could’ve happened.

Regular dental check-ups are very important to prevent further problems, but once you have them they need to be treated. Ignorance is the worst thing and painkillers will just disguise the real cause.

If you can not afford dental prices in your own country, look into alternative solutions. Travelling for dental treatments could be a good way of saving money. Please, check out our website on Hungarian Dental Travel- for more information.


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