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Five and a half year sentence for unregistered dentist


Unregistered dentist, Ronnie Barogiannis, has been given a five and a half year sentence for fraudulently working under the name of a former colleague. Barogiannis had worked illegally at an East Yorkshire dental practice and performed procedures on hundreds of people’s teeth.

Barogiannis earned his dental degree in Sweden, back in 2003; however, when he set his own practice up in Scotland ten years later he failed to register himself or the practice. This resulted in him being fined and convicted for failure to register and led to him working under a false name.

The illegal dentist was caught out when he accidentally gave his own personal details, instead of his alias, when the practice in Cottingham changed hands. Realising something was awry, the new owners contacted the GDC (General Dentist Council) to report their suspicions and discovered his previous conviction.

In October 2014 Barogiannis was arrested for the crime and released on Police bail. Authorities seized his Greek passport, however he still managed to flee the country using a Swedish passport. He was re-arrested in March 2016 in Sweden and extradited back to the UK. He appeared in front of Hull Crown Court, where he admitted to five counts of actual bodily harm and fraud. A Police spokesperson said that during the time of his illegal activities at least eight patients had been subjected to serious or permanent damage.



Convict escapes Swedish jail to attend dental appointment


A convict escaped from a jail in Sweden because is toothache had become unbearable and he wanted to see a dentist. The 51-year-old prisoner, who has not been named, was serving a one month sentence at the Östragård open prison in Väners­borg when he decided to escape after prison officers did not arrange treatment for a painful molar.

The prisoner complained to officials inside the prison that his toothache was becoming extremely painful but was left to deal with the discomfort for days without any form of treatment. He told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter ‘I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I was all swollen in the face.’ Because the facility is minimum security, it was not too difficult for him to simply walk out of the jail and find a dentist in the town centre who removed the painful tooth; he then handed himself into police who escorted him back to the prison.

The man was given a warning by prison staff and had his sentence extended by one day. He remained locked up for the rest of his time at the prison but has since been released; he told the newspaper that he did not regret the escape and was ‘still happy to have gotten rid of the toothache.’

Tooth loss could cause memory problems


New research has suggested that losing our teeth could actually cause memory loss, due to sensory impulses that are fed to the brain from the jaw bone as the teeth chew on food; these impulses feed the area of the brain that forms and retrieves memories. People who have suffered tooth loss transmit fewer signals to the region called the hippocampus, which inhibits memory; the two conditions are thought to be ‘uniquely and significantly’ linked, according to recent tests.

During tests, older people who still had most of their teeth had on average a 4% better memory than those without; these results could also be down to the chewing action, which increases blood flow to the brain. The study was carried out by universities in Norway and Sweden, it included 273 participants aged between 55 and 80; the results were published online by the European Journal of Oral Sciences. Participants underwent a series of memory tests to see if the number of teeth they had lost would affect recall.

The author’s hypothesis suggested that tooth loss would alter the brains episodic memory, recall, and recognition; the results were found to be in line with this idea. The study stated that ‘Alone, number of natural teeth could account for 20% of the variance in episodic recall, 15% of the variance in episodic recognition, and 14% of the variance in semantic memory.’ It was also suggested that dental implant could ‘restore sensory input to some extent’, although they would not be as effective as natural teeth.

Tooth loss could represent a higher risk of health problems


According to researchers, losing teeth and suffering gum disease long-term could increase the risk of serious health problems, such as cardiovascular complications, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Previous research into the area found that poor dental hygiene could allow up to 700 different types of bacteria to get into the bloodstream, increasing the dangers of heart problems – regardless of the person’s general health and fitness.

The study, which was carried out at Uppsala University, Sweden, included participants from 39 countries, who were asked to classify their number of teeth (from none up to 32) and the frequency of gum bleeds (from never to always). Around 40% of patients had fewer than fifteen teeth and 16% had none at all, with a quarter of respondents reporting bleeding gums. As the number of teeth dropped, the risk markers for cardiac problems increased; researchers found that this was because of a rise in the levels of an enzyme that causes inflammation in the blood vessels and hardening of the arteries.

However, at this stage there is not much data on how periodontal disease affects heart health – according to Professor Robin Seymour, a member of the Simplyhealth Advisory Research Panel, who says that check-ups and treatment may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. He added that ‘It is vital for people to go through basic periodontal screening at least once a year so that a thorough inspection of periodontal tissues can be achieved.’

Studies show that Vitamin D could reduce tooth decay


Research published in the journal Nutrition Reviews has shown that Vitamin D could contribute to a 50% reduction in tooth decay. 3,000 children in several different countries were involved in trials that spanned the past nine decades; the results showed a significant drop in tooth decay in children who had their Vitamin D levels increased using supplements in their diet or through UV rays.

The countries involved were; Great Britain, Canada, Sweden, Austria, New Zealand, and the United States. The research was carried out mainly in schools and dental practices and the children who took part were between the ages of two and sixteen – with most of them around ten years old.

Professor of medicine at the Boston University Medical Center, Dr Michael Hollick, said that the findings reinforced the importance of Vitamin D in diets to maintain good dental health. He also added that ‘Children who are Vitamin D deficient have poor and delayed teeth eruption and are prone to dental caries. Whether this is more than just a coincidence is open to debate.’

Dr Philippe Hujoel of the University of Washington explained that increasing Vitamin D intake just to be on the safe side wouldn’t do any harm, particularly with pregnant women and young mothers; he added ‘Vitamin D does lead to teeth and bones that are better mineralised.’

Women with poor oral health ‘could take longer to conceive’


Women with poor oral health 'could take longer to conceive'Health-conscious women who take action to maintain their oral health could be improving their chances of getting pregnant, experts have suggested.

Scientists from the University of Western Australia have discovered a link between inflammation of the gums and a poor fertility rate.

Speaking at a meeting in Sweden, researchers revealed that females with gum disease took more than seven months to conceive, compared to with the usual five months.

The study has led experts to urge women to attend regular dental check-ups, as well as stopping drinking and smoking, in a bid to help them get pregnant.

Lead researcher Professor Roger Hart said: "This is the first report to suggest that gum disease might be one of several factors that could be modified to improve the chances of a pregnancy."

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Trauma to teeth ‘greatest claim area for anaesthetists’


Teeth damage is the number one claim against anaesthetists.

The most common claim against anaesthetists over the last ten years has been for patients who have had their teeth damaged by a laryngoscope, it has been revealed. dental anaesthetists reported medico-legal adviser Dr James Armstrong said the average payout for those who have had their teeth injured in this way was £1,500 plus costs last year, according to figures from the Medical Defence Union.

He commented: “If something has gone wrong and the patient’s teeth are damaged, the possibility of legal action should not preclude an apology and explanation of how the damage occurred.”

Elsewhere, a dentist in Sweden had to carry out treatments on a patient 151 times over a six-year period as they kept making a hash of the procedures.

In total, the unnamed dentist carried 71 treatments on the same tooth.

When contacted, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare claimed there were no records of the dentist’s qualifications or patient records.

Emergency dentist required to fix tooth problems


A Swedish dentist has been found to be so bad he had to fix the same tooth 71 times.A dentist in Sweden has been found to have been so bad at his job he had to fix the same tooth 71 times. emergency dentist london


One patient of a Gothenburg dentist had to undergo 151 treatments in six years, as the work carried out did not solve their problems, but instead created new ones.

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare noted that when contacted, the dentist in question failed to provide any patient records or details regarding his qualifications.

Elsewhere, the Nassau Guardian recently reported Dr Chinyere Carey-Bullard of the Advanced Family Medical Center in the Bahamas has advised individuals to eat an apple a day to help keep trips to the emergency dentist to a minimum.

He noted the firm texture and nutrients contained in the fruit help keep oral health in peak condition. In addition, it contains no salt, preservatives or manmade chemicals and is therefore extremely healthy overall.

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