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Dentists undertake pioneering research

Thu

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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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American toddler dies after receiving dental treatment

Sat

Betty Squier, the mother of the 14-month old toddler Daisy Lynn Torres, who died whilst visiting the dentist, has spoken out about her daughter’s death. Back in March 2016, Betty took Daisy Lynn to their local dental practice, Austin Children’s Dentistry, in Austin, Texas. The visit was for Daisy Lynn to have two cavities filled. The child was sedated by an anaesthetist, and it was revealed by her dentist, Dr Michael Melanson, that the extent of Daisy Lynn’s dental problems was greater than they had initially thought. In addition to the two cavities, there were another four cavities that would require four crowns and two fillings.

Betty spoke to the American television news magazine, ‘Inside Edition’, about her concerns at the time over the toddler having crowns fitted on her baby teeth. However, she went ahead with the procedure, “I allowed him to do it because I trusted him” she said to the popular American magazine.

Whilst under the anaesthetic, Daisy Lynn stopped breathing, shortly followed by a cardiac arrest. An ambulance was called, which then rushed the lifeless toddler to hospital. Sadly, just hours after going for her dental appointment Daisy Lynn had passed away.

After investigation, the autopsy report was issued by Travis County Medical Examiner’s office, revealing that the child died due to the anaesthesia. However, shockingly, the report also revealed that the toddler’s teeth where not in need of any dental work in the first place.

 

Danish dentistry student pulls out his own wisdom tooth

Tue

A dentistry student from Denmark has posted a video online of his wisdom tooth being removed by his own hand; Jesper Ryltoft performed the extraction on his own upper molar whilst sitting in the dentist’s chair. Jesper, 25, studies dentistry at the Aarhus School of Dentistry in Denmark, and decided to take the tooth out himself just to see if he could do it.

The video shows Jesper administering local anaesthetic to his own gums, using a mirror to see what he is doing with the treatment. He is occasionally assisted by another dentist when the angles become too awkward to negotiate the tools into the right positon. He can then be seen gripping the tooth with an extraction tool and rocking it from side to side before heaving it out of the socket and holding up the bloodied tooth for the camera to see.

Jesper seemed no worse for wear after the self-surgery was completed but he added a warning to anyone that was considering a similar procedure themselves, writing ‘Please note: Do not attempt to do anything like this on your own. I am a dental student and had professional equipment and a dentist present when doing this.’

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

Dentist struck off after fitting dental veneers on children

Wed

Dentist struck off after fitting dental veneers on childrenA dentist in Birmingham has been struck off the medical register after fitting dental veneers on children in order to make money.

Stuart Elliot Johnstone was found guilty of dishonestly carrying out treatment on young people between April 2005 and June 2007, Dentistry.co.uk reports.

The General Dental Council (GDC) heard that Mr Johnstone had carried out the cosmetic dentistry on 11 patients for financial gain, with one aged eight years old.

In some cases patients were given dental veneers despite decaying teeth, the court heard, with one woman's life being put at risk due to the development of an infection.

The GDC said [to the dentist]: "You were in a position of trust towards your patients and the public. You abused that trust.

"For all these reasons, the committee places this case high in the scale of dishonesty."

Dental veneers are a popular type of cosmetic dental treatment, during which a trained practitioner fits laminates to the front of existing teeth to improve a person's smile. ADNFCR-2621-ID-800557142-ADNFCR

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