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Could solar-powered toothbrushes prevent emergency dentistry in future?

Thu

A dentist hopes solar-powered toothbrushes will prevent emergency dentistry.A dentist in Canada is hoping that his invention could help to prevent any need for emergency dentistry in the future.

Dr Kunio Komiyama, a dentistry professor at the University of Saskatchewan, has been working on a solar-powered toothbrush for 15 years and has finally perfected a finished model, Asylum.co.uk reports.

What’s more, the expert claims that the toothbrushes will not need toothpaste, because a bacteria and plaque-destroying chemical reaction takes place on the bristles thanks to the solar panels.

“It’s called the Soladey-J3X, it looks pretty cool and may well spell the end of toothpaste as we know it,” enthused Alistair Plumb.

However, since the brushes are still being tested, it is probably wise not to abandon the recommended twice-a-day brushing and flossing regime.

Reader’s Digest recently said flossing is essential for people who want to keep their body and teeth healthy, as it will get rid of food particles that brushing alone will not remove.

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Fall on school trip leaves boy needing emergency dentistry

Wed

Emergency dentistry was the outcome of a school trip for one teenager. A mishap on a school trip led to a young autistic boy needing emergency dentistry recently.

Elliot Scott, 14, had been visiting Belton Park when he ran up a wet slide and slipped, the Lincolnshire Echo reports.

He injured his face and knocked out five front teeth, resulting in the trip being abandoned as the youngster was driven back to Ambergate Sports College.

Madison Eaves, Elliot’s mother, said he was in a lot of pain after the accident and had to have quite a lot of emergency dentistry.

“It isn’t that sore now, but I have to wear a brace for a year and my teeth are still loose,” explained Elliot.

Earlier this month, a toddler in the US had to have emergency dentistry after he fell from a two-storey window.

The fire brigade said he was lucky to survive, but the 21-month-old only had a chipped tooth and a few cuts to show for his escapade.
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University project aims to prevent emergency dentistry among babies

Wed

The University of Salford is hoping to prevent emergency dentistry.A new project has been launched by a university aimed at preventing emergency dentistry among babies and toddlers.

The University of Salford has joined forces with Salford City Council and the National Institute for Health Research to help parents learn how to look after their youngsters’ teeth effectively.

A group of babies will be monitored until the age of three, with advice available for their parents on things like brushing and maintaining a good diet.

The findings will then be analysed for future reference.

Professor Cynthia Pine, principal investigator, told Dentistry.co.uk: “A project of this size has never been carried out in very young children before. Our focus is to improve children’s dental health in Salford.”

The study came about after research discovered children in the north-west have the highest levels of tooth decay in England.

Earlier this month, film star Chris O’Donnell urged parents to keep on top of brushing and flossing their children’s teeth, even though it can be easy to forget to remind them.

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Brittas Empire actor left needing emergency dentistry after cricket match

Wed

A cricket game resulted in emergency dentistry for one actor.Comedy actor Tim Marriott was recently forced to seek emergency dentistry after injuring himself playing cricket.

According to Dentistry.co.uk, he badly damaged his front teeth after the ball came off the top edge of the bat and smashed into his face as he attempted to hit a boundary.

The incident left Marriott, who played Gavin in 1990s sitcom The Brittas Empire, with a front tooth fractured through the nerve after the match in Kent.

“I rang around to find an emergency dentist and I had almost given up before I managed to secure an emergency appointment,” he told the website.

The dentist, a board member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, carried out a laser assisted root filling procedure to repair Marriott’s tooth within two hours.

Writing in the Scottish Daily Record earlier this month, Glasgow dentist Dr Philip Friel said cosmetic dentistry can be used to repair teeth that become chipped during sporting events.

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Film star: Parents should make sure their kids avoid emergency dentistry

Mon

Parents should set a good oral health example to prevent emergency dentistry, one famous face has said. A film star is backing a campaign designed to get parents to focus on oral health, in a bid to prevent their little ones needing emergency dentistry.

Chris O’Donnell told the Kansas City Star that while many people know they should be getting youngsters to brush and floss twice a day, it can be hard to keep on top of it.

“I go through this every night with our kids: The debate over whether or not they have brushed their teeth and if they have done it properly,” he admitted.

O’Donnell is now one of the patrons of the Smiles Across America programme, which provides help for schools and disadvantaged children in the hope of avoiding a need for unnecessary emergency dentistry later in life.

He urged parents to focus on oral health – brushing, flossing and chewing gum after meals – to avoid tooth decay.

Lee Kynaston of Men’s Health recently said people should take care of their gums as well as their teeth if they want to keep them until late in life.
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Emergency dentistry to remove teeth ‘can be avoided’

Fri

Healthy gums could mean no need for emergency dentistry.A male grooming expert has said people can easily avoid needing emergency dentistry to remove teeth if they look after their gums more carefully.

Lee Kynaston, writing for Men’s Health, said he was surprised to be told by his dentist a few years ago that despite his teeth themselves being healthy, his gums were not looking so good.

He revealed the tips he was given to help improve his gums, which may be useful to others with the same problems.

Firstly, brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time is essential, perhaps with an electric toothbrush, Mr Kynaston was told.

Following this up with flossing, chewing gum after meals and maybe rinsing with mouthwash should ensure that decay and gum disease are avoided.

“There’s actually no reason why we shouldn’t be able to hang on to our teeth for life,” Mr Kynaston concluded.

Earlier this month, Reader’s Digest also highlighted flossing as an essential part of oral health, as well as a way of preventing heart disease and strokes.

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BDTA promotes healthy treats to reduce need for emergency dentistry

Thu

Healthy eating could prevent emergency dentistry.The British Dental Trade Association (BDTA) has launched a new campaign designed to prevent Britons from needing to have emergency dentistry.

As part of the Change4Life programme, the BDTA has produced a range of adverts and posters to promote good oral health and to encourage people to swap sugary treats for healthy ones.

With the strapline “kick out the sweets, bring on the healthy treats”, the campaign will be rolled out from September 2010 and aims to promote regular preventative trips to the dentist.

Colourful cartoon characters are featured in the adverts to appeal to children and parents.

Last month, Dr John Liu, president of the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, said in an interview with Boston.com that looking after children’s baby teeth is vital in avoiding emergency dentistry later in life.

He said regular contact with a dentist could help children to understand oral hygiene and appreciate their teeth.
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Water and milk ‘are best drinks to help avoid emergency dentistry’

Wed

To avoid needing emergency dentistry, drink water and milk.People who hope to avoid emergency dentistry in the future could consider drinking only milk and water and giving their children the same.

This is the advice of the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), which said sugary drinks are a real problem when it comes to damaging teeth, but water and milk are completely safe.

“It contains no sugar, no calories and no acid and … it is massively important to a person’s overall health,” said Dr Nigel Carter, BDHF spokesperson.

This comes after Scottish Water launched a campaign to get people to drink more H2O during the day, with its product having been given BDHF’s seal of approval.

Earlier this month, Tufts University professor of nutrition and oral health Carole Palmer said people who sip sugary drinks slowly could be at risk of needing emergency dentistry, whereas those who drink them quickly – for example, at the gym – could be safer.
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Woman left needing emergency dentistry after nightspot attack

Tue

An attack in Harlow has left a woman needing emergency dentistry.A woman who was the target of a seemingly random attack in Essex was left needing emergency dentistry this week.

The unnamed 19-year-old had been standing outside the CM20 club in Harlow at 02:30 BST on Saturday (August 14th 2010) when she was approached by a man.

When she turned to face him, he punched her in the face before apologising and running away.

Two of the victim’s teeth were broken and her lip was split in the attack, which local police are appealing to witnesses over.

The man is described as being white and approximately six feet tall, in his thirties with balding hair.

Last month, the Sun reported that a woman needed emergency dentistry after hurting her mouth on a stone hidden within a Boots sandwich.

Karen Addy was paid compensation by Fresh Naturally Organic, the supplier of the sandwich, after she had to have dental implants and bone grafts.
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Emergency dentistry kept at bay with new app?

Fri

A new app for the iPhone, iPod and iPad allows users to keep tabs on their dental health.Emergency dentistry information will be easily accessible with the introduction of a new app for iPhones, iPods and iPads.

It follows on from oral health website DentalOptimizer.com, which lets users to carry out risk assessments for cavities and gum problems, as well as creating an oral health profile.

Former president of the American Dental Association William Ten Pas is part of the Oregon-based company that developed the interactive website and program.

“This new dental treatment application enables consumers to have easier access to care and allows them to make better informed decisions about their health,” he said.

Patients will be talked through what dental treatments are available and tell them how to prevent common problems such as tooth and gum disease.

President and chief executive officer of Oregon Dental Service Robert Gootee said the app, which also allows patients to rate and comment on their dentists, had been launched in response to clients’ needs. ADNFCR-2621-ID-19905899-ADNFCR

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