One in three dentists say that aggressive toothbrushing is the most common cause of sensitive teeth, according to a nationwide member survey conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).
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Dr. Margaret Mitchell, DDS, owner of Mitchell Dental Spa a dental spa facility in Chicago’s Water Tower Place, offers the following tips to for protecting your kids teeth at Halloween:
New dental sedation training for dentists and their staff will become mandatory if new rules, appearing in this week’s Illinois Register, are allowed by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules
AGD encourages patients to talk and work with their dentist to find the best solution for their dental care and treatment.
If the American Dental Association gets its way, the new health insurance reform plan will include dental care.
The NHS Information Centre released details of the earnings and expenses of General Dental Services (GDS) dentists in Northern Ireland in 2007/08.
This is the first time that an overview of self-employed GDS dentists’ earnings and expenses has been produced for Northern Ireland.
Dentists’ pay varies widely depending on the type of dentist; Principals, the higher paid category of self-employed GDS dentists have an average taxable income of ?121,174, with Associate dentists, the lower paid category having an average taxable income of ?66,134.
Recently the FDA released information about mercury amalgams for tooth fillings. The FDA stated that mercury amalgams were safe for adults and children aged 6 and older. The FDA put the amalgams in a Class II, meaning that they have moderate risk. However, it is important to understand that even though this came up from a Class I, which is low risk, the new classification allows the FDA to have some special controls. Many dentists still use the mercury amalgams and insurance companies love them because they are cheap, especially compared to alternatives.
In response to a reported case of potassium bromide poisoning in an infant, associated with the use of a locally purchased teething product called Monell's Teething Cordial or "Cordial de Monell para la Denticion," the Health Department is urging all parents to beware of the product and other illegal health remedies. Immediate effects from potassium bromide ingestion may include sedation, trouble breathing, low blood pressure and coma.
Research finds new benefits of aloe vera on dental health. The benefits of aloe vera on health are known since antiquity. However, this plant, much used for the skin, would also be good for teeth, and help fight cavities, according to a study published in the May-June issue of General Dentistry.
This study compared the results of dental gels made from aloe vera, and two conventional toothpastes in the fight against the bacteria in the mouth that cause caries. The gels made aloe vera have proven as effective as the commercial toothpastes, if not better, shows the study.
The Broome County Health Department is offering a special summer program where children between the ages of 4 and 16 can have their teeth cleaned, dental sealants applied and a comprehensive dental exam to determine their dental needs. Upon completion of the examination, a dental health certificate will be issued for school purposes.
Ninety percent of dentists say that patients with dry mouth are taking multiple medications, linking the causes of dry mouth to medication.
There is some good news in the battle to prevent cavities in children. Peter Milgrom, DDS, and colleagues have published research in the July issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine which shows the use of xylitol helps prevent tooth decay by acting as an antibacterial agent.
Maintenance is always needed for a good oral health. Dental care requires regular maintenance, as negligence will cause problems to develop with your teeth. Here is a five point plan from the Canadian Dental Association that can help to prevent dental problems and keep your teeth and gum healthy.
Dental care and gum disease prevention plan in five points:
Brush your teeth carefully at least once every 24 hours. It takes between 2 and a half minutes and 3 minutes to do so.
Let's say you go to see your dentist for a wisdom teeth removal. The patient already knows that the cost is very high and think that his or her dental insurance covers the cost of wisdom teeth removal. But then because of dentist's poor performance you get a dental infection.
Treating gum disease has been found by researchers to ease inflammation and pain associated with a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis. The study from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland supports previous findings that gum disease promotes systemic inflammation. The study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, shows the importance of treating dental disease for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
A spokesman for the Hong Kong Department of Health said that Prowin Laboratories Ltd had initiated a voluntary recall of two batches of gels for mouth ulcer.
The spokesman said the recall was made after Prowin Laboratories Ltd reported to DH today that two products, Jalogel-1 Gel (batch number LX0699) and Jelaplexin Gel (batch number JW1969), had failed the limit level of bacteria and moulds in a recent review by the company. However, no pathogen was found.
Osteoporosis and periodontitis are common diseases whose sufferers must cope with weakness, injury and reduced function as they lose bone more quickly than it is formed. While the mechanism of bone destruction in these diseases is understood, scientists have had less information about how bone formation is impaired.
Now, researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry, working with scientists at the University of Michigan and the University of California, San Diego, have identified a potential new focus of treatments for osteoporosis, periodontitis and similar diseases.
Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith announced the partnership between The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) and the Baltimore County Department of Aging that offers free preventative dental care for qualifying seniors.
Free Dental Screenings Available
The School of Health Professionals’ Dental Hygiene Program on the Dundalk campus offers Senior Smiles, a program for senior citizens without dental insurance. Individuals over the age of 60 can receive free screenings, cleanings, and fluoride treatments.
So far, there is a not a clear winner among the types of fillings used to repair childhood cavities, according to a new review.
In fact, there are so few useful studies on the topic that there is not enough evidence “to make any recommendations about which filling material to use,” said Veerasamy Yengopal, who led the review.
Yengopal, an oral health expert at South Africa’s University of Witswatersrand, said it was “disappointing” that there have been few comparisons of dental fillings for children, given “remarkable advances in dental restorative materials over the last 10 years.”
Darwin had his finches, Morgan had his fruit flies, and scientists today have cichlid fishes to trace the biological origins of jaws and teeth. In this week's issue of the journal PLoS Biology, researchers supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, report they have deduced a network of dental genes in cichlids that likely was present to build the first tooth some half a billion years ago.
Dentists and their teams from across the country are being asked to share their views on how to improve access and quality of NHS dentistry at a series of engagement events this spring, Professor Jimmy Steele, chair of the independent review team for NHS dentistry, announced today.
Since its appointment in December 2008, the review team has been investigating why there are variations in access to dentistry in England and how the NHS can deliver continuous improvements in the quality of care.
Scientists at the University of Michigan have developed a method of gene delivery that appears safe for regenerating tooth-supporting gum tissue—a discovery that assuages one of the biggest safety concerns surrounding gene therapy research and tissue engineering.