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Leamington dentist invents tool to treat gum disease

Wed

A Leamington dentist claims to have invented a brush that can cure chronic gum disease in under a week; Dr Hani Mostafa, of Dentistry at the Gallery in Leicester Street, coordinated an independent study into his Gumsaver Gumbrush at the International Sharm El Sheikh Hospital in Egypt. The research involved treating patients with periodontal disease using the new tool, and the results were startling.

Dr Mostafa has spent five years developing the product and even he was surprised by how effective the brush was, when combined with antibacterial mouthwash. He told The Warwick Courier ‘I had no idea that in combining my product and Corsodyl Gel, a freely available gum health medicine from chemists, that the disease could be essentially eradicated within 90 hours. It depends on focus by the patient and support from their dentist.’

Gum disease is a very common problem and it is estimated that around 90% of the adult population in the UK will suffer with it at some stage. The Gumsaver is currently helping around 500 patients at Dr Mostafa’s surgery who suffer with gum disease and he is happy for other dentists to benefit from his invention, he said ‘I would also welcome any dental health professional to contact me at Dentistry at the Gallery if they would like to know how it was done.’

Belfast Dentistry school criticised

Thu

The General Dental Council has named a lack of communication between managers as the reason for slipping standards at Queen’s University in Belfast. The Council voiced concern that this was damaging students’ education and was ultimately putting public safety at risk, commenting that ‘There is very poor communication between the various parties involved in the delivery of the programme’.

Suggestions to modernise the training programmes, improve leadership, and bring in more specialist teachers were put forward, in the hopes that this would turn the tide and improve the standard of teaching. The GDC’s reports was severely critical of the university, commenting on the ‘overall lack of joined-up thinking.  Inspectors were unhappy with the low number of clinical sessions involved in students’ timetables, something which contributes greatly to the amount of practical experience received. A re-inspection is scheduled for early next year.

Professor at Queen’s University Belfast, Patrick Johnston, said that they were aware of the problems and the staff were working on some solutions, saying that; ‘We recognise there was a lack of communication between the various bodies and that may have impacted on students. Now it’s time to move forward.’

In an attempt to rectify the situation, Queen’s University have added four new posts to the team, with three more in the works for the next six months.

Denplan dentists raise money for oral health

Wed

Denplan dentists raise money for oral healthIndividuals hoping to improve their oral health in preparation for cosmetic dentistry could be encouraged by recent news about a group of professionals.

Dentistry.co.uk has reported that 17 practitioners who took part in a charity bike ride over South Downs Way have raised more than £3,000 for Dentaid.

Organised by Denplan, the event came about as a result of the organisation's previous success with Coast to Coast events in previous years.

Taking part last month, the participants were able to enjoy glorious weather in the initial stages of the two-day exercise, with conditions worsening on the second.

Denplan's events executive Gemma Milles said: "Everyone that took part came away with a real sense of achievement, both physically and also for helping such a worthy cause."

Last year, dental professionals took part in a northern coast to coast event, which took part over the 140 mile trail from Whitehaven to Tynemouth in a bid to raise funds for the good cause.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800695922-ADNFCR

Swimming pools ‘could harm oral health’

Wed

Teeth can be hurt by poorly managed poolsHome swimming pools could have a detrimental impact on oral health if not maintained properly, resulting in possible trips to the emergency dentist.

Research carried out Dr Leila Jahangiri, Steven Pigliacelli and Dr Ross Kerr from the New York University College of Dentistry revealed that pH levels in home pools can differ considerably and water which becomes too acidic could harm teeth with prolonged exposure, Dentistry.co.uk reports.

"It is a difficult balance to maintain home pools properly, pool chlorine and pH levels need to be monitored and maintained on a weekly basis. Improper pH levels can result in irreversible damage to one's teeth," commented Dr Jahangiri.

Elsewhere, a study of nearly 4,000 pregnant women carried out at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in London and published by the Daily Mail recently showed that gum disease has been associated with bone diseases such as arthritis and found that those with poor oral hygiene had a greater chance of having a late miscarriage.
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Men ‘more likely to die from mouth cancer’

Mon

Men 'more likely to die from mouth cancer'Health-conscious men looking to prevent emergency dentistry could be interested in the findings of a recent study.

According to Dentistry.co.uk, research published in the Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention journal, men are at a greater risk of dying from mouth cancer than women.

The findings, which covered 36 forms of the disease, revealed that for every female patient there were 5.5 male sufferers.

Although scientists cannot be certain about the reasons behind the figures, many experts believe lifestyle choices are a leading factor.

As part of the study, researchers also discovered that 5.37 men died for every one female patient after contracting cancer of the larynx.

Medicine Net advises members of the public to limit their consumption of tobacco and alcohol to ward off the development of mouth cancer.

In addition, individuals are urged to wear high-factor sun cream on the lips in a bid to prevent the onset of the potentially fatal disease.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800624956-ADNFCR

Hampshire hospital opens new ward for dentistry training

Fri

Hampshire hospital opens new ward for dentistry trainingEmergency dentists of the future could see themselves training in a new institution following the opening of a new unit in Hampshire.

The Royal Hampshire County Hospital has launched a new skills laboratory for dental professionals to continue their education, Dentistry.co.uk reports.

Comprising state-of-the-art technology and 13 KaVo medical stations, the £300,000 suite allows students to gain access to visual links to the demonstration.

The facility, which was opened yesterday (June 30th), also features a simulation suite for use by healthcare professionals across a range of departments.

Mayor of Winchester Barry Lipscomb was on hand to open the facility, alongside postgraduate dental dean for Oxford and Wessex Deaneries Helen Falcon.

"I am pleased that NHS South Central and Winchester Hospital have demonstrated their very real commitment to dental training in Hampshire," she remarked.

Manufacturing company KaVo provides dental equipment for surgeries, including specially-made cabinets to cater to the needs of the particular practice.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800609427-ADNFCR

Competition winner gets chance to try Zoom teeth whitening

Wed

A competition to win free Zoom teeth whitening has been won by a 25-year-old.  The opportunity to try Zoom teeth whitening has been given to one lucky competition entrant, who won one free treatment using the revolutionary technology.

Richard Barrett-Constantinou, 25, entered a contest being run by Beam, Dentistry.co.uk reports.

The product validation engineer was picked at random from everyone who did the same and said on his entry form that he would love to see his smile become dazzling.

"My teeth have been tarnished over the years due to the cups of tea I drink … I would love to have my teeth whitened because I think it would be a much-needed boost to my confidence ," he added.

The lucky winner might find that he likes Zoom teeth whitening enough to have a repeat procedure.

According to World Dental last month, the popularity of the treatment is on the rise as more people try it and like the results enough to recommend it to a friend.

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A healthy diet ‘could prevent emergency dentistry from inside out’

Wed

Vitamins A, D and C may help to stop you needing emergency dentistry.Eating a healthy diet could be one way of preventing a need for emergency dentistry from the inside out, one expert has said.

Dr Lynn Tomkins from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry told the National Post that diet affects the teeth both directly – from foods touching them – and indirectly as a result of the nutrients absorbed into the body.

She recommended eating foods rich in vitamins A, D and C to stimulate bone metabolism and help collagen to form.

"As we get older, we continue to need all these vitamins and having them in our food is the best way to get them," Dr Tomkins commented.

However, she warned against grazing on foods all day long, even if they are nutrient-rich, as this will lower the pH of the mouth an make the teeth vulnerable to acid attacks.

Last month, lettuce and strawberries were suggested as good foods to help with the teeth whitening process by OneIndia.

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Cosmetic dentistry smile makeovers ‘will be big for all ages’ in 2011

Wed

Will you be getting cosmetic dentistry in 2011?An oral health magazine has predicted that cosmetic dentistry in the form of full smile makeovers will continue to be big news for all ages during 2011.

The editors of Consumer Guide to Dentistry said these are now available to the young at heart as well as those in the first flush of youth thanks to new advances in technology.

It pointed out that dental implants can be put in on one day, while professionals are able to assist patients with eating, chewing and smiling in more ways than ever before.

Meanwhile, another predicted trend for the coming 12 months is growth in dentists administering Botox, which the magazine's editors said is sure to become even more popular as awareness grows.

Earlier this month, Dr Steven A Koos from Chicago said he has seen dental implants come on in leaps and bounds recently, resulting in the lives of many people being vastly improved.
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Philips toothbrush recommended for preventing emergency dentistry

Mon

Britons could reduce their likelihood of needing emergency dentistry by using a Philips toothbrush.A clinical study has seen a group of scientists recommend a power toothbrush in helping patients to prevent emergency dentistry.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina tested the Philips Sonicare power toothbrush to see if it lived up to its claims on beating plaque and helping with periodontitis, Dentistry.co.uk reports.

It was discovered that the tool not only cleaned teeth and reduced gingivitis, but also improved gums and could halt gingival bleeding within four weeks.

This was significantly better than the results for the manual toothbrush in the same tests.

Dr Joerg Strate from Philips said the toothbrush is a response to the changing needs in oral healthcare.

"Beyond plaque removal … these products help patients to successfully address their oral care needs, even if they are suffering from a compromised situation or particular treatment conditions," he added.

Earlier this month, the British Dental Health Foundation also recommended the Oral-B oscillating-rotating power toothbrush, Dentistry.co.uk reported.
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