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Emergency dentistry after a sandwich

Fri

A woman needed thousands of pounds of dental treatment after accidentally eating a stone.Emergency dentistry was necessary for a woman in Yorkshire when she ate a sandwich that had a small stone inside.

Karen Addy, from Holmfirth, told the Sun that she needed to have a tooth removed after the carrot, hummus and alfalfa meal from Boots injured her mouth.

The emergency dentistry cost around £3,000 and it took over three years before she could afford to pay.

“It has been a stressful ordeal but I can finally eat apples again. I had forgotten what they tasted like,” she said.

Ms Addy, who has two children, developed an abscess after eating the pebble and had to take antibiotics to treat the problem.

US health website Medline Plus explains that a dental abscess causes severe sharp, shooting or throbbing toothache and can also lead to swelling in the neck and jaw.

Dental implants were put in to replace the broken tooth and Ms Addy, who received compensation from sandwich company Fresh Naturally Organic, also needed a bone graft.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19914684-ADNFCR

New teeth gel ‘could prevent need for fillings’

Tue

Teeth could regrow using the gel, scientists have claimedA new gel being developed by researchers in France could help teeth to grow back and reduce the need for fillings.

The discovery may aid those who provide emergency dentistry, with scientists claiming tooth tissue can be regenerated within four weeks.

Containing a melanocyte-stimulating hormone, which has now been linked with bone growth, the gel was rubbed onto dead cells within the mouth and caused them to reactive.

Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific advisor for the British Dental Association, admitted the experiment looked promising.

However, he added it is unlikely to be helpful for people whose teeth have been badly damaged by decay.

“We will have to wait for the results to come back from clinical trials and its use will be restricted to treating small areas of dental decay,” Professor Walmsley explained.

A recent study presented at the International Association of Dental Research found men with diabetes are twice as likely to lose their teeth compared with males who do not have the disease.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19909282-ADNFCR

Emergency dentistry kit produced

Fri

A dental crisis kit has been designed by an American company.An emergency dentistry kit will go on sale in America to help with common dental problems.

The Emergency Dental Kit, produced by SciMeDent Health, contains temporary cement for lost or broken fillings, toothache drops and denture repair material.

Chief executive officer of the company Dr Jan Stahl warned that the equipment was not intended to act as a substitute for a visit to an emergency dentist.

“This kit provides safe, temporary relief until a dental visit can be scheduled,” he said.

Sports teams and school nurses like the security of having tools to deal with dental crises, the organisation has claimed, adding that many people also take their emergency dentistry kits on holiday with them or keep one at home.

A 2002 study of paediatric dental clinics found that just under half of all tooth injuries to children occurred in the home.

Dr Stahl explained that “millions” of dental emergencies occur every year at times when dentists cannot be reached. ADNFCR-2621-ID-19905612-ADNFCR

Dental problems ‘do not always have obvious symptoms’

Thu

Dental problems are not always easy to spotSome people may require emergency dentistry because they only go for a check-up when they start to experience pain.

This is according to one expert, who said some patients are in denial about needing treatment.

Ken Schweifler wrote for the Los Angeles Town Crier that many treatable ailments, such as dental decay and periodontal disease, do not have any obvious symptoms.

However, modern technology such as X-rays means they can be detected straight away, thus avoiding the need for emergency dentistry.

“Today’s dentists are highly trained to identify problems in their earliest stages and render technically demanding treatments that conserve tooth structure and prevent tooth loss,” Mr Schweifler added.

He said that until recent technological developments, pain was the only indication of a serious dental problem.

Writing for the Daily Express, Dr Rosemary Leonard recently said that although drinking fruit juice is healthy, too much may lead to tooth decay and damage enamel.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19903799-ADNFCR

Anxiety ‘may lead to emergency dentistry’

Thu

Some people are frightened of the dentistAnxiety can mean some people end up needing emergency dentistry, it has been suggested.

Writing for the Los Angeles Town Crier, Ken Schweifler described how a negative experience in the dentist’s chair can lead to fears about going for a check-up.

However, he said this may turn into a catch-22 type of situation.

Because people are anxious about receiving treatment they do not visit the dentist on a regular basis, meaning they miss out on preventative maintenance, Mr Schweifler explained.

This leads to more serious problems and, as a result, they require emergency dentistry.

“This traumatic experience then reinforces the dental phobia,” he added. “They never experience the rewards that come with uneventful checkups and achieving dental health.”

Children also require regular check-ups and nvdaily.com recently reported that according to the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, youngsters should go to the dentist before they are one year old.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19903747-ADNFCR

Too much fruit juice a cause for emergency dentistry?

Tue

Fruit juice could lead to tooth decay, expert saysConsuming too much fruit juice may lead to people developing problems with their teeth, one expert has suggested, which could require emergency dentistry.

Dr Rosemary Leonard, writing for the Daily Express, advised readers that while drinks of this kind may provide part of a healthy diet, they can harm enamel and cause tooth decay.

“A glass of natural fruit juice may give you one of your five a day but, the acid it contains can damage your teeth,” she explained.

According to Dr Leonard, while saliva will help in washing away some of the acid, people should still only indulge in fruit juice at meal times.

It is particularly important not to brush teeth immediately after drinking such liquids, she added, as the enamel will have been softened by the acid and be more susceptible to damage.

Dentists in Taiwan were recently reported by the China Post as stating over-sized fast food could lead to emergency dentistry, with massive burgers proving particularly troublesome.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19898760-ADNFCR

A quarter of Californian children ‘never visit the dentist’

Mon

One in four children in California have never had a dental check-up.One in four children in California has never had any dental care, a report has revealed.

The Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Dental Care for Publicly Insured Children study, carried out by the California HealthCare Foundation, also found that white and Asian children were more likely to visit the dentist than Latino or African American youngsters.

Authors Nadereh Pourat and Len Finocchio said: “Poor oral health has important implications for the healthy development of children.”

The article, published in the July issue of Health Affairs, noted that even children with dental insurance do not have regular check-ups, as only 54 per cent of those who were privately covered had seen the dentist in the last six months.

MedlinePlus, part of the US National Library of Medicine, warns that people who do not go to the dentist regularly could have problems such as tooth decay going undiscovered and may need emergency dentistry to deal with the potential complications.

In 2006, the California Dental Association sponsored legislation that requires all children to have a dental assessment in kindergarten or first grade, although parents can opt out if they are unable to get a check-up for their child.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19896189-ADNFCR

Giant burgers ‘could lead to emergency dentistry’

Wed

Giant burgers 'could lead to emergency dentistry'Dentists from Taiwan have raised concerns over super-sized fast-food burgers causing damage to people’s jaws, which may require them to need emergency dentistry.

The experts have called for convenience food restaurants to label their products so the public are aware of the dangers of over-extending their mouths, the China Post reports.

Specialist Chen Yun-chih warned that trying to bite into a burger with a height of more than eight centimetres could cause injury to the mouth.

He explained that the temporomandibular joint – which connects the jaw and the bone in front of the ear – can be pulled excessively as a result of eating the large cuisine.

Hsu Ming-lun, associate professor at the School of Dentistry of National Yang-Ming University, described how numerous individuals had visited dental surgeries complaining of the condition after eating at two local fast-food outlets.

Experts at the Ontario Dental Association recently encouraged parents to make children’s teeth cleaning a fun exercise in order to instil good oral health practices in their offspring.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19889381-ADNFCR

Preventative action ‘is imperative’

Wed

Preventative action 'is imperative'Regular oral health check-ups are important to ensure people retain their teeth and stay physically well, one expert has claimed.

Dr Alex Farnoosh described how avoiding the need for emergency dentistry is the key to general wellbeing and encouraged people to make regular appointments to see a specialist.

He commented on recent findings published in the Journal of Dental Research, which stated that there is a link between tooth loss and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

“The connection between having a low number of teeth and poor memory highlights the need to take preventative action against gum disease and tooth decay,” Dr Farnoosh said.

As a result, people should be able to see the benefit of assessments, which include healthy teeth and ensuring overall vitality, he added.

Writing for health and fitness website Helium, Kat Centeno recently advised individuals to implement a cleaning regime that involves brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning to keep the mouth in good physical shape.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19878765-ADNFCR

Regular dental appointments ‘are vital for children’

Mon

Regular dental appointments 'are vital for children'Dental health in children is important in order to prevent cavities forming and the possible need for emergency dentistry, one expert has warned.

Dr Alex Brandtner explained that youngsters who fail to have good oral hygiene standards could develop tooth decay and gum disease, the Quad-City Times reports.

Parents are advised to bring their offspring in for a check-up when their first teeth appear so that a dentist can assess if all is developing correctly.

“Tooth decay causes children pain and puts them at risk for greater health issues,” Dr Brandtner commented.

He cautioned that the health of baby teeth can affect on how permanent ones align and cause kids problems with speech and chewing if left untreated.

Those which require emergency dentistry for rotten teeth often have to be anaesthetised, he noted, although adequate healthcare and dental appointments could prevent this.

Dr Beau Kappthe recently encouraged people to improve their oral hygiene routines in order to avert tooth decay and discomfort, KDRV reported.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19874461-ADNFCR

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