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Diet ‘impacts dental health’


Different foods have been foound to effect teeth differently.

While it is well known that eating sugary foods is detrimental to oral health and could result in a trip to the emergency dentist, a study has been carried out showing which foods can be the most damaging. dental health

Dental Plans reported research published in the journal Pediatric Dentistry revealed the breakfast food which promoted the worst amounts of acid creation – leading to dental plaque – were those which contained raisins and bran.

Dr Christine Wu, director of cardiology research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, noted this food type showed significant acid production into the “well-documented danger zone”.

Elsewhere, a vaccine that could help stop gum disease has been created by pharmaceutical company CSL.

The project has now entered a phase where it will be tested on mice, with human trials likely to begin in the near future if it shows positive results.

Mouthguards ‘help protect against dental trauma’


Wearing a mouthguard would help protect the teeth of sportsmen.

The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) recently proposed legislation for the creation of a study on the impact of not wearing mouthguards at high school sports events, according to Dental Plans. mouthguards

Dr Steven Corben, a Massachusetts dentist, noted that each year, he treats many patients who could have avoided damage to their teeth by wearing these protective devices.

“Many of the injuries I have witnessed could have been avoided by wearing a mouthguard, sparing the athlete significant pain and the cost of dental treatment,” he commented.

Research by the MDS showed that 63 per cent injuries to the teeth are caused by falls.

Elsewhere, Dr Spiker Davis from Houston Cosmetic Dentistry recently invested $100,000 (£62,000) into new imaging technology that helps reduce the need for X-rays and provides clearer images of dental problems.

He claimed the technology is excellent and allows him to save lives by diagnosing underlying medical problems more easily.

Patients urged against anaesthesia


Individuals who have so much anxiety about dental treatments that they insist on being knocked out for treatments have been advised to instead relax.

Dental Plans reported US dentist Dr Peter Harnois employs a natural approach to get his patients to be more compliant in the dentist’s chair.

His three-part process entails giving the patient Butyramino Butyricaba and Itheanine – two natural relaxants – then having them wear a of a cranial electrostimulation device, before finally giving them a pair of dark glasses and having them listen to soothing music.

"You don’t fall asleep but you get in a state that you are so relaxed there is no more fear and anxiety," commented James Poole, chief executive officer of a company that specialises in minimising patient fear.

Elsewhere, recently reported a new laser scanner can help contour map the inside of a person’s mouth and transfer this data to the manufacturers of crowns or dental implants, thereby reducing time in the dentist’s chair and making the fitting easier and less painful.

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