Zinc May be Hazardous to Dental Patients

A study done by Amar Patel, DDS, and his colleagues at the University of Maryland Dental school claim that zinc, which is an ingredient in many dental products, may be hazardous. The study appears in the March/April issue of the journal of General Dentistry.

Zinc is good for the body when the body is exposed to it in small doses, however, too much is potentially toxic. Some patients could have neurological problems from zinc exposure, and others could experience nausea, a stomachache or mouth irritation.

Dentists Start to Get Piece of Botox Pie

They say regular brushing, flossing and professional tooth cleaning can take years off your true age. So can BOTOX.

Now, the two go hand-in-hand at some dental offices in Minnesota, where at least a few general dentists are tapping into the two fastest-growing cosmetic treatments of the past decade by offering BOTOX and dermal filler treatments.

“As a dentist, I’m very well-trained in the musculature and anatomy of the face and I feel no other doctor can give an injection better than a qualified and experienced dentist,” said Dr. Michael Skadron, who began offering BOTOX and Juvederm treatments in January at his West River Dental Care in south Minneapolis. “It’s a marvelous fit.”

Computerized Tomography Scanning Offers New Uses in Oral Surgery Recovery

Computerized tomography (CT) has proved a useful tool in reconstructive dental implant surgery in which a bone graft is required. It provides reliable information in diagnosis and treatment planning and has been used to determine the volume of bone for grafts. Now dentistry is finding postsurgical uses for CT as well.

An article in the current issue of the Journal of Oral Implantology relates two case studies in which CT played an essential role. Both cases used CT scanning before and up to one year after the patients’ oral surgery. With this technology, oral surgeons were able to gauge the healing process following surgery that reconstructs the jaw and prepares it for future implants.

Physicians Take Aim at Curbing Tooth Decay in Preschoolers

A new study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that a preventive program administered to children under age 4 can limit the need for treatment involving tooth decay.

The program, called “Into the Mouths of Babes,” trains doctors and nurses not in the dental profession, while giving them the ability check for dental caries and other issues. The program was created in 2000 by North Carolina Medicaid as a way of being proactive in curbing childhood tooth decay rates.

Arkansas Legislature Forces State to Continue Fluoride Usage

Arkansas legislators are not listening to recent studies on fluoride usage.

They’re mandating all cities and communities in the state with more than 5,000 people to fluoridate all water supplies.

The Arkansas state senate passed a bill, 25-7, that would force cities and towns to fluoridate water. The bill, which has been spearheaded by Sen. David Johnson (D-Little Rock), will impact the town of Fort Smith the most. It is the largest city in the state that currently does not use fluoride in water.

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