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Chelmsford dentist leading dental care team for London Olympics


Essex dentist Tony Clough has been chosen to manage the team of dentists who will care for the teeth of thousands of Olympic athletes at the 2012 Games. Tony, from Chelmsford, is well experienced in the area, having provided dental care for the competitors, their back-ups and the officials at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Tony points out that they were likely to see a lot of emergency dentistry treatments carried out among the 40,000 strong Olympic team, with the focus on quick procedures that can keep the events rolling along smoothly. He says; ‘If it’s something that is minor we can patch it – maybe a tooth that’s broken. Within about five or ten minutes they’re back on the field of play. If they’ve got a loose tooth we can splint it and get them back on.’
Athletes, although in good shape physically, can sometimes neglect their teeth whilst training and competing, leading to problems such as abscesses and gum disease. Tony comments that a lot of athletes come from underprivileged backgrounds, and so haven’t received a good quality of dental care thus far. He adds ‘It’s because they’re constantly drinking sports drinks, fizzy drinks and sweet drinks, because they need to. For example, with a rower, they need to put in 4,000 to 6,000 calories per day and the way they do that is through drinks.’
Mr Clough and his team will be based at the Olympic Park in Stratford, with two satellite clinics working in Weymouth and Eton.

A bottle of water ‘could help prevent emergency dentistry after Halloween’


Try sending kids out with a bottle of water this Halloween to prevent emergency dentistry.Simple precautions like carrying a bottle of water around when trick or treating could help to prevent children from needing emergency dentistry after Halloween.

According to, sweets that are acidic such as Starburst can really damage the teeth and could cause problems with corrosion.

However, rinsing the mouth with water after each sweet and brushing their teeth as soon as they get in with their Halloween booty could reduce the likelihood of little ones needing to seek emergency dentistry a few weeks later.

“With a few precautions there is no need for Halloween to turn into a dental nightmare,” the article concluded.

This follows a similar warning from Dr Gilbert Snow of Los Angeles, who told that parents should up the ante with brushing and flossing for their offspring when they know they will be eating a lot of sweets.

He said he often sees corrosion as well as things like chipped teeth after each October 31st.


‘Take care at Halloween’ to avoid emergency dentistry


Avoid emergency dentistry on Halloween.   People intending to join in the festivities of Halloween later this month should take care of their teeth if they want to avoid emergency dentistry.

This is the advice of Dr Gilbert Snow from Los Angeles, who told that some dentists report an increase in activity of between ten and 20 per cent after October 31st each year because so many people damage their teeth.

He pointed out that sweets, bobbing for apples and over-cooked party food can also result in chipped teeth and lost molars.

Dr Snow said both children and adults should take extra care on Halloween when it comes to brushing and flossing, as well as removing sweets that are too hard from trick or treat bags.

In August 2010, Tufts University professor of nutrition and oral health Carole Palmer recommended limiting the total time that sugar spends in your mouth to prevent cavities.

“Remember, of course, that gulping down sugar may not be wonderful for the rest of your body either,” she added.

Professional offers tips to parents on how to avoid emergency dentistry


Careful brushing and seeking the advice of a dentist from an early age can help children avoid emergency dentistry.Little ones should be enrolled with a dentist by the time they are one or two in case they are ever in need of emergency dentistry.

This is the opinion of Dr Robert Jacobs, who has been practising in the US since 1975 and who told the Lawrence Journal World that it is essential to start early when it comes to kids’ teeth.

As well as making sure they have their own dentist, he said parents need to get involved with brushing at home from the age of six to nine months, or whenever teeth emerge.

“You want to get bacterial plaque off the teeth twice a day,” the expert said.

Dr Jacobs recommended using non-flouride toothpastes for babies and very young children.

“When the child can spit out the toothpaste is when you can switch to fluoride toothpaste,” he added.

In August this year, a study by Oral Health America found that seven out of ten mothers and fathers remind their offspring daily about brushing their teeth in a bid to avoid emergency dentistry.

Dental groups’ campaign hopes to reduce emergency dentistry among children


The British Dental Health Foundation has joined an oral health drive.The British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) has added its backing to a campaign that aims to reduce the occurrence of emergency dentistry procedures among children.

It is now part of the British Dental Trade Association’s ‘Kick out the sweets, bring on the healthy treats’ drive, part of the government’s Change4Life scheme.

The resources created as part of this initiative are designed to help parents learn how to provide healthy choices for their children and prevent tooth decay.

Chief executive of the BDHF Dr Nigel Carter said he is concerned the UK has developed an unhealthy relationship with sugary drinks and foods.

“Trying to offer other rewards can reap benefits for both dental and general health of the child,” he added.

In August this year, a study by Tufts University professor of nutrition and oral health Carole Palmer found that people who sip sugary drinks slowly throughout the day could be increasing their likelihood of needing emergency dentistry.

Checking about piercings first ‘could reduce need for emergency dentistry’


Tongue piercings could cause you to require emergency dentistry.People intending to have their tongue pierced should do their research first in order to avoid a need for emergency dentistry.

This is the recommendation of Celebrities with Diseases, which warned that badly-placed studs can cause infections by rubbing against the teeth and wearing down the enamel.

Although this can be corrected with a quick filling, the advice portal stated that “in deeper fractures a root canal procedure or even removal of the tooth is needed”.

The article concluded that it is wise to discuss any possible piercings with a dentist first, as they will let patients know things that could cause future problems.

This comes after a recent warning from Professor Stephen Porter, institute director at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, who advised against tongue piercings completely.

“The stud can crack off fillings, particularly in the upper jaw, crack off cusps on the inner aspect of the upper teeth,” he explained. “I don’t think it’s the most sensible thing to do.”


‘Treat teeth like your car’ to prevent emergency dentistry


Regular check-ups should prevent emergency dentistry.Treating teeth to a check-up as regularly as you do your car could help to prevent emergency dentistry, it has been stressed.

Mary Hayes, spokesperson for the American Dental Association, told the Norwich Bulletin that many people put off going to see a dentist until they have a serious problem such as intense pain, even though this is a big mistake.

“Dentistry’s strength is in its model of prevention and we should care for our teeth at least as well as we do our cars,” she commented.

This means going for a check-up with a dental practitioner every six months to a year, Ms Hayes said.

However, people who suffer from a lot of plaque build-up may wish to consider going three or even four times a year.

Colgate states that teeth are clean and free from debris when the breath is not stale and gums are firm and do not bleed during brushing or flossing.


Could gene research help prevent emergency dentistry?


Genes could be used to forecast possible decay and prevent emergency dentistry. Research into genes could help identify people who are more at risk of tooth decay and therefore prevent emergency dentistry, it has been suggested.

According to a study carried out by scientists at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Virginia, dental cavities – also referred to as caries – may be forecast by variations in the taste pathway genes TAS2R38, TAS1R2 and GNAT3.

William Giannobile, one of the authors of the research report, said it is significant that dentists may soon be able to identify people most at risk of caries and advise them before they develop.

“Although an early study, this breakthrough on taste pathways and genes demonstrates how patient preferences that are genetically predetermined may put patients at risk for disease,” he added.

Last month, Reader’s Digest urged people not to forget to floss, as it is an essential way of preventing emergency dentistry by removing bacteria between the teeth.


Isle of Man could soon be a hotspot for emergency dentistry needs


People on the Isle of Man could soon need emergency dentistry.People on the Isle of Man need to improve their oral health or face emergency dentistry later on.

This is the advice of health professionals after it was revealed that islanders have worse levels of tooth decay than in the north-west of England, the poorest-scoring area in the UK, reports.

It was discovered that around half of all five-year-olds living on the Isle of Man had active tooth decay, with two or more teeth either missing or filled.

Meanwhile, an average of 20 children each month have four or more teeth taken out due to decay and 350 youngsters a year need corrective treatment such as invisible braces.

Norman McGregor Edwards, director of health strategy and performance, said: “Dental health on the island is still poorer than it should be. We need people to understand oral health and take responsibility for themselves and their families.”

People all over the world may have an added incentive to brush their teeth properly after it was found by the University of Bristol that poor oral hygiene could cause heart attacks, as well as a need for emergency dentistry.

Preventative plans ‘could help people avoid emergency dentistry’


Emergency dentistry will be the result of neglecting teeth in the long term.Going to the dentist regularly and keeping up with a good oral health regime could help people to avoid needing emergency dentistry.

This is the advice of Dr Michael McCarty, owner of Austin Smiles in the US, who said everyone is guilty of not flossing or brushing properly once in a while, but taking teeth for granted is not a good idea in the long run.

He explained that seeing a dentist regularly will help people to understand the importance of caring for their teeth properly and could be the difference between needing emergency dentistry later in life and not.

“Comprehensive dental plans not only aim to maintain healthy teeth, but also healthy gums, tongue and overall mouth,” Dr McCarty added.

Last month, Ken Schweifler of the Los Angeles Town Crier urged people not to let their anxiety of going to the dentist get in the way of good oral health, insisting that preventative treatments are necessary in reducing the likelihood of emergency dentistry.

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