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Pensioner gets her smile back after hospital blunder

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Pensioner gets her smile back after hospital blunderA pensioner gets her smile back after hospital blunder is reported. The eighty eight year old woman was admitted to Colchester General Hospital for an emergency hip operation. When she came out of anaesthesia it became apparent that the hospital staff had lost her dentures.

Unfortunately, these things happen, however, it left the elderly woman without any teeth for months. Jane Read, the pensioner’s daughter wrote to the local Gazette due to her mother being unable to eat or smile properly for over seven months. She was left like this because she was unable to leave the hospital to visit her dentist.

Janet Liao, a dentist at Clacton Dental Care read the story in her local paper. She decided that she wanted to help. Mrs. Liao was concerned that the elderly woman would not be recovering as well due to her not being able to eat properly. Mrs Liao provided the family with a new set of dentures. Mrs. Read was over the moon for the help they received. “Both my mum and I are grateful because had the story not featured in the newspaper, I wouldn’t have got that response. Without the dental clinic’s help, we might have still been in the same position.”

 

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Taking calcium while pregnant ‘could reduce child’s need for emergency dentistry’

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The need for emergency dentistry among chilren could be reduced by taking calcium while pregnant. Mothers-to-be who take calcium supplements could reduce the likelihood of their child needing emergency dentistry in the future.

This is the conclusion of a new study in Argentina, which followed 195 children from before their birth until they were 12 years old, Made for Mums reports.

Their mothers were either picked to take a calcium supplement or a placebo during their pregnancy.

It was found that the calcium group’s children had a 27 per cent reduction in their chance of needing emergency dentistry for decayed teeth later in life.

D r Luz Gibbons of the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy said: “Teeth mineralisation starts during foetal life and this could be a kind of positive foetal programming that carries on through life.”

Last month, a three-year study looking into the benefits and pitfalls of pit and fissure sealants and fluoride varnish for tooth decay was launched by Cardiff University, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s Community Dental Service and Swansea University.
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Power toothbrush recommended in battle against emergency dentistry

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Britons could reduce their likelihood of needing emergency dentistry by using an Oral-B toothbrush.Britons could avoid emergency dentistry by using an electric toothbrush from Oral-B, according to one organisation.

The British Dental Health Foundation’s (BDHF) scientific panel has given its seal of approval to the brand’s oscillating-rotating power toothbrush after finding it does exactly what its packaging claims when it comes to removing plaque, Dentistry.co.uk reports.

Products sold to consumers are only accredited once the manufacturer’s claims have been independently verified and the BDHF found the brush was able to vigorously remove potentially damaging plaque from the teeth.

“Brushing our teeth in the correct way has become essential, not only to our oral health but also our overall health,” said BDHF chief executive Dr Nigel Carter.

According to Oral-B, the back teeth are particularly susceptible to plaque and may therefore be more likely to need emergency dentistry if they are not looked after.

It said this is because of the tiny grooves that help with chewing food but can also harbour bacteria.
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Man left in need of emergency dentistry after being shot in mouth

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Emergency dentistry will be needed by one man in the US after he was shot. An elderly man was left in need of emergency dentistry after he was shot in the mouth in an unprovoked attack in the US this week.

According to the San Bernardino Sun, the 71-year-old gentleman – who cannot be named – was walking near his home at around 05:20 local time on Tuesday (October 5th 2010) when a man approached him.

The stranger said something about a cigarette before pulling out a gun and shooting the victim in the mouth.

Three to five more shots were fired but these all missed and the gunman ran away. Police say they have appealed for witnesses and that the victim is conscious in hospital.

In July this year, 27-year-old American Chrissy Steltz received dental implants as part of a facial reconstruction after she was shot in the face aged 16.

She said she looked forward to having the surgery and cosmetic dentistry so her son could see her looking like a regular person.

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Study on tooth decay aims to prevent emergency dentistry

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Emergency dentistry could be prevented by the results of a new study. A new study into how best to treat tooth decay could help to prevent emergency dentistry in the future, it is hoped.

The £1.1 million, three-year research – which will begin in early 2011 – is to look into the benefits and pitfalls of pit and fissure sealants and fluoride varnish.

It will be managed jointly by Cardiff University, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s Community Dental Service and Swansea University ad funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

This comes after it was found that 57 per cent of 15-year-olds still currently require a filling or extraction.

Professor Ivor Chestnutt, who is to lead the research, commented: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to carry out this study, the results of which will be of relevance to improving oral health, not just locally, but nationally and internationally.”

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Heart attacks as well as emergency dentistry could be caused by poor oral health

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Emergency dentistry and a heart attack could be the outcome of failing to brush. Not only could poor oral hygiene create a need for emergency dentistry, it could also cause heart attacks and cardiovascular disease.

This is the conclusion of new research from the University of Bristol, which backed up studies from University College London in May 2010 that showed people who do not brush twice a day could be 70 per cent more likely to have heart attacks.

The Bristol scientists found that the Streptococcus bacteria that can build up in the mouth are able to enter the gums if they begin to bleed.

Once in the bloodstream, they cause clots which could reach the heart and cause cardiac arrest, the researchers said.

Professor Howard Jenkinson said: “People need to be aware that as well [as] keeping a check on their diet, blood pressure, cholesterol and fitness levels, they also need to maintain good dental hygiene to minimise their risk of heart problems.”

Last month, an article in Reader’s Digest said flossing is essential for the prevention of emergency dentistry and bacteria associated with body-wide inflammation.
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Could Bruxism Awareness Week prevent emergency dentistry?

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Knowing about bruxism could prevent emergency dentistry.It is hoped that an event aiming to raise awareness of tooth grinding could help to prevent emergency dentistry among its sufferers.

Bruxism Awareness Week will be held from October 25th to 31st 2010 and will provide information to people all over the UK, as well as to dentists and other healthcare practitioners.

The event is being organised by S4S, a company that produces specialist dental splits.

British dentist Dr Barry Oulton said: “Bruxism Awareness Week heralds the arrival of an increasing level of understanding in people with regards to this incredibly common yet highly destructive condition.”

For every splint S4S provides until the end of 2010, the company will also donate £1 to Help for Heroes, as service personnel suffering from anxiety also frequently have trouble with teeth grinding.

In June 2010, Dr Gill Gibson-March told the Nassau Guardian that long-term bruxism can cause the nerves to detach from teeth, eventually creating a need for emergency dentistry.
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Blundering dentist forces patient to resort to emergency dentistry

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A woman had to make a compensation claim after cosmetic dentistry went wrong. Patients looking to have cosmetic dentistry may wish to take care where they choose to undergo it after a case in which one patient was left in agony by a blundering practitioner.

Jean Wall from Droylsden was left some money by her late husband and decided to have dental veneers, tooth whitening, crowns and replacement fillings.

However, after Dr Oscar Kwame Gagoh carried out the treatment, she had burnt lips, nerve damage and was unable to eat for some time. The victim was forced to undergo emergency dentistry elsewhere to fix the damage.

The dentist also turned up at Ms Wall’s house demanding cash and she reported that the costs had spiralled since her initial quote.

Ms Wall took legal action against Dr Gagoh and has now been awarded £50,000 in compensation for the pain and suffering she was caused.

Last month, it was reported that Onofrio Brancato – who worked at a dental surgery in Dumfries – had been suspended because his English was not good enough.
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Parents and schools ‘can work together to avoid emergency dentistry’

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Parent and schools could work together to avoid emergency dentistry. Parents and schools should be working together to establish good oral health routines among children and prevent emergency dentistry later in life.

This is the conclusion of a US study by Oral Health America, which found most parents believe their little ones should be taught about taking care of their teeth at school.

Some seven out of ten mothers and fathers reported reminding their offspring daily about brushing their teeth, but only 34 per cent of children told their teachers they could remember hearing these warnings, Dentistry.co.uk reported.

Beth Truett, president of Oral Health America, commented: “Both parents and schools have a vested interest in working in partnership with dental care providers to teach good habits that will last a lifetime.”

Earlier this month, Batman and Robin star Chris O’Donnell told the Kansas City Star he is no different to most parents, since he also faces a daily battle to get his kids to brush and floss morning and night.
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Young athlete needs emergency dentistry after bike crash

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Training ended in emergency dentistry for one young British athlete. Women’s team pursuit cycling champion Joanna Rowsell had to have emergency dentistry recently after coming off her bike during training.

Writing on the Talk of Sport blog, the young athlete said she had been practising for drills in Cheshire when she rounded a wet corner and fell off.

Ms Rowsell knocked out her two front teeth and cut her face, so after a quick trip to hospital, she said she went straight to an emergency dentistry appointment in London.

She had to have braces put on her teeth after they were reinserted, which took six weeks to heal.

“My teeth are looking ok now but I still have to be careful what I eat … Fingers crossed training will be safe from now on,” Ms Rowsell commented.

TV actor Tim Marriot was also recently involved in a sporting dental injury, having damaged his front teeth playing cricket in Kent, Dentistry.co.uk reports.

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