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Patients prefer a human dentist over robots for complex treatments


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Patients prefer a human dentist over robots for complex treatmentsA survey has revealed that patients prefer a human dentist over robots for complex treatments. Even though robot dentistry would take away the human error side of things people have said they would still prefer the face to face contact with a human being. As well as their experience and skill.

The survey was performed online. During the survey 502 people of mixed genders took part. A significant amount of the people surveyed said they would not feel comfortable undergoing complex treatments from a robot. These included root canal treatments and gum surgery. However, they may be more willing to undergo procedures such as teeth whitening or cleaning from a robot.

Stephen Rice, associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was involved in the study. He concluded, “consumers help drive what is acceptable with automation, and healthcare is no exception.” Therefore, patients can rest easy that their favourite family dentist is not going anywhere. Right now dental robots are unlikely to be in production for complex treatments any time soon.


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Dentists undertake pioneering research


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Dentists undertake pioneering researchA group of dentists undertake pioneering research that could expand the possibilities of modern medicine. The researchers from The UNLV are developing a method that allows them to extract tooth pulp in such a way that it garners four times the amount of stem cells than previous methods. These stem cells can then be replicated, and in turn, can be used to treat an array of medical issues.

Dr. James Mah, director of the university’s advanced orthodontics program spoke out about this potentially life-saving research. “Stem cells can be extracted from nearly any living tissue. In fact, stem cells can even be found in tissues of the deceased. The biggest challenges with stem cells are gathering enough of them to work with and keeping them viable until they are needed.”

This new research could help facilitate groundbreaking treatment by using stem cells to reproduce healthy cells in the body of the sufferer. Because of this, people with chronic or terminal illnesses could see their symptoms reduced, or vanish altogether. The research continues.


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Dentist volunteered in Nepal


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A Milton Keynes dentist volunteered in Nepal recently, through the Dentaid charity. Anne Martin Powders wanted to give something back to people less fortunate. Following the earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015, the country has struggled to rebuild itself. Therefore, vital dental supplies have been in short supply. The Dentaid project has been supporting schools, orphanages, and street children in the affected areas. They have been providing dental care and education to some of the poorest children in the country.

Anne was part of a team of volunteers that visited the country for two weeks. She reported that it was ‘heartbreaking’ to see the street children in such a predicament. However, the presence of the volunteers helped to provide essential dental care. Anne also spoke of the excitement of the children at the orphanages when the team arrived. As well as dental care they handed out toys, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. They also provided demonstrations to the children on how to brush their teeth properly. Without volunteers like Anne, these children may not have received the vital care that they need.

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Dentist provides emergency treatment to Aleppo refugees


Tunbridge Wells dentist, Dr Romulo Greco, has inspired many by taking time out to provide much needed dental treatment to refugees fleeing war torn Aleppo. Syria, in the midst of a bitter war, has seen people seeking refuge in camps throughout Thessaloniki in Greece.

Dr Greco previously saw others offering help and wanted to do the same, he told the Tunbridge Wells Times, “As you go through the media you see that there is a real need for people to help out. I had seen previous colleagues doing something so I started to search how I could do it myself.” Dr Greco flew out to Greece in November, with the help of the Health Point Foundation and Dentaid. He admitted that it was difficult, as supplies were very limited, meaning they could only give basic treatments.

Dr Greco feels that the British government have a moral responsibility to help more refugees and he is also thinking of ways to encourage big service providers of dental equipment to contribute to the cause. The kind dentist was left humbled by his experience and is planning to go back next year to provide more essential treatment for people in desperate need.




Dentist’s blunder leaves woman with perforated stomach


A Bristol woman was left needing urgent medical attention after a routine root canal procedure went drastically wrong. Venessa Snary was left with a perforated stomach after her dentist accidentally dropped a dental file down her throat.

Following the mishap Ms Snary’s dentist, Dr Ester Torrejimeno, failed to call an ambulance, and instead chose to drive her patient to Southmead Accident and Emergency herself. Doctors x-rayed the patient and found that the file had lodged itself in the lining of her stomach causing a perforation, and needed to performed surgery to remove it. The ordeal did not stop there however, as she was left unable to talk for days after and claimed that her employment was terminated due to having too much time off sick.

Ms Snary spoke to the Daily Mail about her ordeal, “I didn’t expect this to happen, especially from a well-known dentist with such a high reputation and given the fact that this is only my third appointment with them as a relatively new patient.” Following her surgery to remove the dental file, Dr Torrejimeno sent flowers and a card and made various attempts to call her. Ms Snary has since contacted a solicitor to discuss taking further action against the surgery.






Olivia Wilde posts picture of sons first time at the dentist


Actress Olivia Wilde has shared a photo of her son on Instagram, showing the youngster sitting patiently in the dentist’s chair at his very first appointment. The toddler gives a cheeky smile to the camera as he sits waiting for the dentist with a paper bib around his neck.

Otis, who turns two in April, was apparently very well behaved during his first appointment and his mum Olivia commented alongside the picture that he was ‘better behaved’ than she has ever been when visiting the dentist. She also jokes they must have given him ‘the good drugs’ to calm him down for the treatment.

It appears to have been a routine check-up, as Olivia recently spoke on the red carpet about how well her son is developing. The 32-year-old revealed that the youngster is ‘thriving’ and excitedly explained that he is very happy and healthy. She also explained that Otis is a big fan of Beyoncé and she spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about how his love of the R&B star has ‘really hit a fever pitch’ which she describes as ‘intense.’


Dentist suggests that flossing is a waste of time


A leading dentist at Newcastle University has suggested that flossing teeth may be a complete waste of time if it is not being done correctly. Speaking to MailOnline, Robin Seymour, Emeritus Professor of Dental Sciences at the University said that flossing is a great way to get rid of plaque and food debris that could be harmful to the teeth and gums, but that most people cannot do it correctly.

Professor Seymour explained that it takes ‘a high level of dexterity’ to floss properly, especially with the back teeth, and the vast majority of people are unable to carry out the task in a way that would actually be beneficial to their dental health. He added that ‘Instead of removing plaque, too many people are simply pushing the plaque that is between their teeth down underneath the gums and leaving it there – which is the last thing you want to do.’

Many adults in the UK are doing a poor job of flossing, but that’s if they even bother with it at all; according to research, only around 17% of the population do it on a regular basis, with a high number doing it incorrectly anyway. Professor Seymour suggests that brushing thoroughly and for the right amount of time is the best way to keep your teeth clean without flossing; antiseptic mouthwashes could also be helpful to clean between the teeth but it is best to use something that does not contain alcohol.

Dentist shown removing maggots from Brazilian girls gum tissue


A video of a young Brazilian dental patient getting several maggots removed from her gum tissue reached mainstream media and online viewers have been both fascinated and horrified by the procedure. Ana Cardoso, aged 10, was taken to a dental clinic in Brazil by her mother Adriana after she complained of a tingling sensation in her gums and something ‘moving around’ within the tissue.

Adriana told mailonline her daughter had been complaining that she could feel something ‘moving around in her mouth’ but at first she did not take the problem seriously, saying ‘I couldn’t see anything and she didn’t seem to be in pain.’ After the condition did not improve, Adriana realised that she needed to visit the dentist, who told her that Ana was suffering with a rare form of oral myiasis – a condition where fly lava infection grows inside human tissue. Ms Cardoso said she couldn’t believe it when the dentist started to extract the maggots from around the front teeth.

The condition tends to develop in places with warmer climates and in patients that come from poorer social backgrounds or those that have suffered injury to the face. Ana’s mother said that her daughter remained ‘very calm’ while the treatment was carried out but she suspected that this was more to do with feeling helpless as she underwent the procedure.

Dentist gives tips on how to clean your teeth properly


There are many old wives tails about how best to clean your teeth and it can sometimes be confusing when there are conflicting stories about toothbrushes and oral hygiene.

Michaela O’Neill, president of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy, spoke to Mailonline about the best ways to avoid plaque and tooth decay, and maintain a healthy set of teeth for a long time. Michaela suggests flossing every day to kill bacteria and prevent gum disease; she advises use of floss or interdental brushes, not just to clear away food particles but also to remove bacteria from under the gum line. As well as flossing, Michaela suggests that you don’t rinse your mouth out after brushing your teeth; she says ‘The point of using fluoride toothpaste is to let the residue sit on the surface of the teeth. Fluoride strengthens the tooth’s surface, so it’s more resistant to acid from food.’

Claire O’Grady, from London Smiling Dental Group, also has some suggestions, including brushing your tongue as well as your teeth. Brushing the tongue without tooth paste should be done regularly to ‘dust the light film away’, which should help prevent bad breath and gum disease. Claire also recommends checking for plaque build-up on the teeth with a weekly plaque test – chewable tablets that show up the transparent film of bacteria on the enamel.

Dentist who left patient with a lisp is allowed to continue practising


An Aberdeen dentist whose patient was left with a lisp after poor dental surgery has not been struck off and will continue to practice at his clinic; George Glover, who provides dental services out of Fergus and Glover, in Union Street, was found guilty of misconduct at a General Medical Council in Edinburgh but it was decided that his fitness to practice was not impaired.

According to the hearing, Mr Glover was found to have ‘performed inadequately’ when placing implants for the patient – known as Patient A – and a soft tissue graft that was applied later on was also found to be inappropriate. After two years of treatment, Mr Glover did not achieve a satisfactory aesthetic result and the hearing decided that he had failed to provide sufficient information regarding the risks and possible complications associated with this type of dental surgery.

Despite the ‘serious deficiencies’, it was deemed that Mr Glover had ‘worked hard’ to try and improve the patients conditions and it was considered ‘highly unlikely’ that a similar situation would develop with another patient. Findings released by the panel stated that Mr Glover had since made a conscientious effort to improve his care and the GDC was ‘impressed by the extensive remediation’ he had undertaken since the incident with Patient A. They added ‘You have expressed genuine regret and remorse for the effect of your failings. The committee considered that your evidence showed considerable insight into your deficiencies, and you have taken specific action to address each of the failures involves and remedy them.’

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