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Dentistry advice to make patients more comfortable


Many dental offices could be updated to make patients more comfortable, it has been stated.

Dentistry IQ reported that dental offices should embrace new technologies to make the patient’s life easier and also to maximise their effectiveness.

It argued that the use of digital technology can help surgeries to become more capable of handling and distributing patient notes and files, with wireless technology enabling the dentist to instantly transfer notes on a patient to reception and vice-versa.

Elsewhere, US dentist Dr Kevin Brunski has developed his I-Denti-Fied chip that is capable of being implanted into a tooth and can be encoded to contain a patient’s complete dental history.

He hopes the device will help make it easier for people to keep their records up to date and will make it easier for dental professionals to know about past procedures and treatments.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19807863-ADNFCR

Visually impaired should have better information, expert says


Those with disabilities should be given more dentistry guidance.

The visually impaired in the UK should be provided with better information regarding dentistry, it has been claimed.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said more needs to be done to ensure all areas of society are aware of the oral health services that are available to them.

Indeed, he noted there is a level of inequality in the present system, as it does not cater for those with disabilities fairly.

He made his comments following the publication of a study carried out by Moorfields Hospital in London, which showed that visually impaired people were less likely to visit their dentist on a regular basis.

Elsewhere, Conservative shadow health minister Mike Penning recently claimed that should his party win at today’s (May 6th) polls, then he will introduce a new dentistry contract that will focus on improving levels of access for all sections of society.

General election ‘provides dentistry focus’


The upcoming election has allowed politicians to show their will to improve dentistry in the UK.

The upcoming election has provided an opportunity for the leading parties to showcase their commitment to improving dentistry provisions in the UK, it has been claimed.

According to Tory shadow health minister Mike Penning, should the Conservatives win at next week’s polls, then he will introduce a new dentistry contract that will focus on improving levels of access for all sections of society.

He commented: “These changes will allow us to give one million more people access to an NHS dentist and give every five-year-old a dental check-up.”

Elsewhere, Lakeside Dental recently claimed that an increase in drug treatments under the last government has led to more people requiring emergency dentistry treatments.

Known as xerostomia, this is brought about through these drugs killing protective bacteria in the mouth, thereby leading to an increased risk of cavities forming in previously healthy teeth.

Align Technology funds $75k research grant


£75k grant awarded by Align Technology.

The maker of Invisalign braces Align Technology has announced the award of a $75,000 (£49,100) grant to researchers in the US as part of its Clear Aligner Research Award Programme. 

The recipients of the funding are Dr Maria Orellana, assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry, and Dr Robyn Silberstein, clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

“We were pleased with the level of academic interest in clear aligner therapy research and we will continue to sponsor the programme for 2011,” said Align’s vice-president of clinical technology Dr Eric Kuo.

Meanwhile, the company also recently announced that it is to remove its prerequisite that dentists must demonstrate they are able to offer its products to at least ten patients over the course of a year in order to qualify for the use of Invisalign braces.

Dentists will now be able to offer this service however many patients they treat each year.

Dentistry advice for parents


Parents have been issued a range of advice regarding the health of their children’s teeth.

A number of concerns regarding the right time to take children to the dentist have been addressed by Rebecca Greene from

Ms Greene wrote in response to questions from readers of the publication that the best time to take a child to their first dentistry check-up is between the ages of two and four – although if anything looks to be wrong, then parents should not hesitate to make an appointment sooner.

Furthermore, she stated that when brushing an infant’s teeth, parents should use a gauze pad that is soft and absorbent when they first appear, before moving on to a small, soft-bristled brush once they are more established in the mouth.

Elsewhere, research carried out as part of the Australian Child Health Survey recently showed that oral health for kids in Australia needs addressing, as 50 per cent of children under six in the country have signs of tooth decay.

Gum disease ‘rife in the US’


Many US citizens suffer from gum disease.

Almost three out of four Americans could be suffering from gum disease at present, the American Academy of Periodontology has claimed.

In response, Samuel Low, associate dean and professor of periodontology at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, told the Thousand Oaks Acorn that anyone who has bleeding or reddened gums should make an appointment to visit their dentist, while they should also endeavour to brush and floss their teeth daily.

He commented: “Patients are not aware of the long-term and potentially dangerous implications of untreated gum disease. There are a variety of myths surrounding periodontal disease.”

Elsewhere, Bob Manus, an analyst at the NYU School of Dentistry, recently said that Brits who suffer from gum disease could be at a higher risk of developing diabetes.

Indeed, Mr Manus stated that research has shown that untreated gum disease can heighten a person’s likelihood of developing other illnesses and this can be very unpleasant and can lead to people losing their teeth.

Dental health ‘needs to be high on the agenda’


Dental health must remain a priority.

Maintaining good oral health is about more than just having straight, white teeth, it has been noted. dental health

FW Business reported more needs to be done to ensure people are aware of the dangers that surround poor oral health and the consequences of not getting regular check-ups with their dentist.

Dr Kavitha Viswanathan, assistant professor for paediatric dentistry at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, commented: “Oral health is tied to overall health … and yet the general public still isn’t widely aware of this. A tooth infection can spread into the bloodstream and cause serious illness, for example.”

Elsewhere, Softouch Dental Care of North Carolina recently claimed anyone who has suffered damage to their teeth should make sure they visit a dentist quickly, as the area could harbour bacteria.

The surgery noted filling and dental bonding can help reduce this problem, although for more severe cases the use of porcelain dental veneers could be more appropriate.

Dentist advises on clean teeth foods


Certain foods are better for oral health than others.

A US dentist has offered some advice to people looking to improve their overall oral health by knowing what foods will cause them the greatest emergency dentistry problems. clean teeth

Lisa Harper Mallonee, a dental hygienist and dietician who is also a professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, said slow dissolving, sugary foods – like hard candies – are especially bad for the teeth as they do not allow the mouth to regain a neutral pH level for a long time.

She commented: “In dentistry, we look at three major nutritional issues: the forms of the food, the frequency of consumption and the timing.”

As a result, it is important to separate meals throughout the day and to ensure sticky foods are cleaned off the teeth as quickly as possible after consumption.

Elsewhere, research carried out by Aquafresh recently revealed 52 per cent of all Americans feel they are not getting the best out of their present oral health routine.

Cosmetic dentistry treatments ‘changing’


cosmetic dentistryDevelopments are constantly taking place in the world of cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry treatments are continually evolving to give patients improved results, faster healing times and a better overall experience, it has been claimed.

As a result, Stabroek News reported technological advancements mean the industry is continuously changing. Over the coming year, the publication has predicted there will be increasing demand for treatments such as dental veneers and dental implants, with the cost of these treatments set to come down during 2010.

Furthermore, it noted that teeth whitening is perhaps now the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure and this is likely to continue for the near future.

Elsewhere, the Consumer Guide to Dentistry recently published its predictions for what is likely to take place in the world of cosmetic dentistry over the coming 12 months.

It forecast an increase in competition in the invisible braces sector, with Invisalign coming under pressure from new competitors, while there will also be growth in the availability and variety of dental implants on offer, as well as the creation of less invasive procedures

Cosmetic dentistry compound ‘triggers natural healing process’


WMTA, a cosmetic dentistry compound, has been associated in research with the triggering of a natural healing process in molars with exposed pulps.

The cosmetic dentistry compound WMTA could have more than an aesthetic effect, as it is linked with an increased rate of natural healing in damaged teeth. wmta

Research published in the International Journal of Dentistry notes the effect that WMTA – white mineral trioxide aggregate – can have on teeth with exposed pulps.

WMTA is the MTA variant intended for use in cosmetic dentistry, as it has a more natural tooth-coloured appearance than the original grey compound developed for a purely health-related application.

Now scientists at the Niigata University Graduate School of Medical & Dental Sciences note the process by which the cosmetic dentistry solution triggers the healing process.

They explain that osteopontin – which is induced by treatment with MTA – may play a role in triggering the natural healing of exposed pulps.

In research, the deposition of osteopontin in the pulpal matrix was seen as the first stage in the reparative process, followed by increased proliferation of cells and, in particular, odontoblast-like cells which were nestin-immunoreactive.

The peer-reviewed International Journal of Dentistry is published by the Hindawi Publishing Corporation and combines clinical studies, case reports and review articles covering all aspects of dentistry and oral health.

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