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Peterhead dental professionals are on a mission


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Peterhead dental professionals are on a missionThree Peterhead dental professionals are on a mission to take much needed dental skills and supplies to Zambia. Two experienced dental nurses and a qualified dentist are hoping to make the trip next June. The mercy mission will last for two weeks. Whilst there they hope to treat as many people as possible inside the Itezhi Tezhi Hospital. They also plan to run outreach centres to save people the seventy four-mile walk to see a dentist.

The trio is aiming to raise around six thousand pounds to make the journey happen. This amount will also mean that dental supplies can be donated to people in need. To do this they are hosting an array of fundraisers.

Natalie Williamson, one of the dental nurses spoke to The Press and Journal. “We decided to take on this amazing opportunity as we have worked in dentistry for many years now and have experienced a lot of different situations and seen how much dentistry in our country is progressing. This made us realise that not everyone is as fortunate as ourselves so we looked into helping others in third world countries.”


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UK is at the forefront of promising new dental training


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UK is at the forefront of promising new dental trainingThe UK is at the forefront of promising new dental training that is currently underway at Portsmouth University. Their programme has adopted a Virtual Reality platform to help train new dentists to the highest standards. The University, prompted by the NHS turning 70, has invested in research to compare previous methods of dentistry with current ones.

Previously, dental students would have carried their own kit to classes and worked solely on real teeth. However, now the University provides all the equipment they need as well as models, dummies, and the new virtual reality simulators for practical experience.

Portsmouth University’s Head of School, Professor Chris Louca, gave the following statement. “Dentistry has come a long way in the past 70 years. Things move on very quickly and dentistry is now very high tech, and the training itself is much more streamlined, as well as integrated with other health professionals.” The new VR simulators are invaluable for students’ learning and progression. Furthermore, it allows tutors to give instant feedback in context, rather than days or weeks after the event.


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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.


Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm. You can book in for a general dental appointment at the clinic by calling 020 8003 4447 or emailing us or by booking an appointment online.


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.

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