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‘Open-wide day’ helps children get used to dental treatment


Children in Lincolnshire have been taking part in Open-wide day as local dentists attempt to improve oral hygiene among the younger generation. Oasis Dental care hosted the event to encourage children to keep their teeth clean and let them know that visiting the dentist does not have to be a scary experience. The day involved various demonstrations that help patients identify problem areas where oral hygiene needs to be improved and practice manager Stacey Prince was pleased with how things turned out; ‘The day went really well,’ she said ‘A major thing we see is that children are very scared of coming to the dentist and we see it a lot more now with children because it rubs off from the parents.’

The Open-wide day was aimed at demonstrating that visiting the dentist can be a fun experience, to make sure children don’t develop dental phobia later in life. Including the raffle and face painting, visitors could try a plaque treatment, Stacey explains ‘With the plaque search they chew a tablet and it targets the plaque that’s stuck to their teeth. It turns blue if it’s been there a while and red if it’s new so it shows where you are missing or forgetting to brush. It’s also a way to get them to brush their teeth properly afterwards to get the blue off.’

Proceeds from the raffle went to the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre and goodie bags for kids will be given away over the next few weeks.

Scientists say seaweed could help fight tooth decay


According to research carried out by scientists at Newcastle University, microbes found on seaweed could provide a vital weapon in the fight against dental decay; an enzyme from the marine bacterium Bacillus licheniformis has various medical applications and was originally discovered when the team were studying cleaning methods for ships hulls.

Dr Nicholas Jakubovics of the University’s School of Dental Sciences has suggested that the enzyme could be used with several treatments to combat decay, saying that toothpaste is not always effective with plaque and this means that even people who look after their teeth well can still develop cavities. He added that the research ‘has shown that this enzyme can cut through the plaque or layer of bacteria and we want to harness this power into a paste, mouthwash, or denture cleaning solution.’

Leader of the study, Professor Burgess, was amazed by the efficiency of the enzyme as it broke down the plaque and removed the bacteria, whilst also preventing the build-up to begin with. ‘If we can contain it within a toothpaste, we would be creating a product which could prevent tooth decay,’ he says, adding that ‘this is just one of the uses we are developing for the enzyme as it has huge potential such as in helping clean medical implants such as artificial hips and speech valves, which also suffer from bio film infection [as teeth do].’

Kelly Osbourne enjoys day off from dental hygiene


She’s famous for passing judgement on her peers in the fashion world, but maybe Kelly Osbourne should take a look at her own attitude towards personal hygiene, before criticising others; the 27-year-old tweeted yesterday that she was enjoying spending the whole day in bed, without bothering to pick up her toothbrush and clean her teeth.

The ‘Fashion Police’ regular spent all day lounging around and wasn’t shy about letting her Twitter followers know what she was up to; ‘I hope everyone is having an amazing lazy Sunday! Love to ALL!’ she tweeted, before adding ‘I have a confession… I have spend [sic] the whole day in bed! I have not even brushed my teeth today and I’m bloody loving it!’, and finishing off with ‘#IloveLazyDays’.

When one of her fans later suggested that she should maybe consider giving her teeth a quick brush, to avoid gum disease and plaque building up, Kelly assured them that she would find the time at some point, saying ‘hahaha I’m going to I promise! [sic]’

It seems that the daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne earned a day off as she spend Saturday hard at work, also struggling to find the time to eat in the middle of her busy schedule, as she posted ‘Yaaaaaaay dinner has arrived! I have not eaten all day I was having to [sic] much at work and forgot to eat. I’m starving!’

Teeth brushing technique vital to oral health


Teeth brushing technique vital to oral healthEmergency dentistry treatment could be prevented if individuals ensure their teeth brushing technique is effective in ridding the mouth of bacteria.

Carrying out the task twice a day for at least two minutes is vital in ensuring oral health issues, such as gum disease and tooth decay, do not develop.

This view is echoed by the Times of India, which suggests that brushing teeth in an ineffective manner is a leading cause of cavities and other problems.

Marking the launch of Oral Health Day earlier this week, the newspaper revealed that oral health is among the most neglected issues across the country.

According to Colgate, individuals should begin their teeth brushing routine by cleaning the outer surfaces of their upper teeth, then continue with the lower areas.

The organisation also states that brushes with soft bristles can be more effective for removing plaque and limiting the risk of oral health issues.

New Philips toothbrush ‘could replace flossing’


New Philips toothbrush 'could replace flossing'Individuals looking to avoid needing potentially painful emergency dentistry could be interested in a new invention from Philips.

According to the Independent, the manufacturer has developed a new toothbrush that reduces the need for flossing by using advanced technology.

The Sonicare AirFloss, which is available to purchase through Amazon, uses a combination of pressurised air and micro-water droplets to clean hard to reach areas.

Set for release on August 1st, the new gadget is said to remove 99 per cent more plaque than its traditional counterparts, reducing the risk of developing gum disease.

In addition, the device requires just one teaspoon of water and one minute of time to perform an effective clean, which is perfect for on the go individuals.

Cosmetic Dentistry Guide advises individuals to clean their teeth regularly with a toothpaste that contains fluoride to ensure oral health is maintained.

Antiseptic mouthwashes should also be used in a bid to remove any plaque-forming bacteria, as well as freshen breath after eating.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800634338-ADNFCR

Teeth whitening news: Southampton water to be fluoridated


Teeth whitening news: Southampton water to be fluoridatedImage-conscious residents in Southampton who have contemplated teeth whitening procedures could benefit from new plans by the local council.

According to, community members will receive fluoridated water through their taps following proposals from the South Central Strategic Health Authority.

The scheme, which will affect 200,000 people throughout Southampton, Totton, Netley and Rownhams, will be put into action in the upcoming months.

Despite the benefits fluoride provides for oral health, the plans were opposed by a number of residents, who were finally silenced by a High Court ruling.

Backed by members of the British Dental Association, the new initiative will also affect areas of south-west Hampshire.

Fluoride, which is contained in a number of toothpastes and mouthwashes, acts as protection for teeth by strengthening enamel and limiting the risk of decay.

In addition, the substance creates shallower grooves in children's teeth, which makes it much easier to remove potentially harmful plaque. ADNFCR-2621-ID-800607723-ADNFCR

Could flossing relieve sensitive teeth?


Could flossing relieve sensitive teeth?Emergency dentistry patients looking for a way to improve their oral health should floss regularly in a bid to protect their teeth.

Carrying out the act on a daily basis could reduce the risk of developing tooth decay and plaque in difficult-to-reach areas inside the mouth.

In addition, regular flossing ensures the protective layer of enamel surrounding the teeth is maintained with the removal of excess food and drink.

Cosmetic Dentistry Guide urges members of the public to uphold satisfactory standards of at-home dental care in a bid to prevent gingivitis and wider health conditions.

Researchers have previously discovered links between flossing and a limited threat of diabetes, strokes and arthritis.

Colgate recommends that people carrying out the act curve the string around the base of each tooth while ensuring to clean beneath the gum line.

As well as this, the organisation advises health-conscious individuals to use flossing alongside a well-established hygiene routine. ADNFCR-2621-ID-800607307-ADNFCR

Hospital stays ‘could increase need for emergency dentistry’


Need for emergency dentistry 'could be increased by hospital stay'Emergency dentistry could be required for people who have spent time in hospital, new research has revealed.

According to the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), many hospitals are overlooking the wellbeing of the mouth and teeth, leading to potentially serious consequences for patients.

The study, which is due to be published in next month's Journal of Clinical Periodontology, examined hospital stays in the UK, US, France and the Netherlands between 1998 and 2009.

Plaque accumulation was one of the potential emergency dentistry issues that were found to increase during time in a medical facility.

Build-up of plaque can result in inflammation of the gums, which is not normally serious but can cause teeth to fall out in severe circumstances.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the BDHF, said: "It may be inevitable that oral care is seen as a low priority, but it is clear that more needs to be done to ensure that some of the risks are minimised."ADNFCR-2621-ID-800598063-ADNFCR

New clinical camera system ‘could change emergency dentistry’


New clinical camera system 'could change emergency dentistry'Scientists from the University of Liverpool have won praise for a new clinical digital camera with the potential to revolutionise emergency dentistry in future.

The team of researchers has won a Medical Futures Award for its work on iDENTifi, a device that uses qualitative light-induced fluorescence technology to create images of the mouth with blue lights and special filters.

This technique can show up cavities, plaque and signs of tooth decay before they are visible to the human eye, with images that can easily be transferred to any standard electronic device for ease of assessment.

Eliminating the need for dyes or disclosing agents, iDENTifi could lead to the creation of new preventive dental strategies and could change the way dental care and dietary behaviour are managed.

Professor Sue Higham from the Department of Health Services Research and School of Dentistry said: "Winning this award will give us access to business expertise and networks which will help iDENTifi secure the recognition and investment needed to become a viable dental healthcare product."

Newcastle University was also presented with a Medical Futures Award for its work on syringe technology designed to remove the pain from emergency dentistry procedures.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800591227-ADNFCR

Emergency dentistry news: Flossing could relieve tooth sensitivity


Emergency dentistry news: Flossing could relieve tooth sensitivityPeople hoping to prevent emergency dentistry by ensuring they adopt an effective oral health routine could benefit from dental care advice.

Individuals with sensitive teeth should floss regularly in a bid to improve overall health in the mouth.

Carrying out the act after brushing could prevent an increased build-up of plaque in hard-to-reach areas between teeth and gums.

Flossing can also prevent the development of gingivitis, which is caused by excess bacteria in all areas of the mouth.

According to, ensuring oral health is maintained is vital to providing sensitive teeth with the care they need to prevent the condition worsening.

Along with this, using a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled brush results in the protection of the tooth's enamel, which is vital for guarding against plaque.

Previous research has also revealed regular flossing can prevent the development of wider health issues, such as diabetes, stroke and arthritis.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800583619-ADNFCR

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