Today's Dental News

Dental Team Performs Much-Needed Work in Tanzania

A group of staff members from a dental health service center in the United Kingdom recently gave a helping hand to the people of Tanzania.

The group spent two weeks in Tanzania, training African clinical officers to extract teeth.

Tanzania is a country in which 75 percent of the people live in rural areas but roughly 90 percent of the country’s dentists live in cities. As a result, most of the country’s people don’t receive the dental healthcare and general healthcare that they should.

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Toronto Will Continue Water Fluoridation

Toronto won’t change the amount of fluoride in water.

The Toronto Board of Health voted unanimously to keep water fluoridation at the current level. The city has fluoridated water since 1963 and won’t make any changes to the levels of fluoridation despite recent studies suggesting that people may be receiving too much fluoride through water.

Many dentists and public health experts still support the use of fluoride. During the recent meeting to discuss this issue, members of the board saw images comparing Canadian children from Toronto to Eastern European children. The people from dental health organizations at the meeting concluded that the levels of fluoride in Toronto are safe and this amount of fluoride decreases the chances of people suffering from tooth decay or other dental issues.

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Arkansas Needs More Dentists

If you’re a dentist looking for more patients, move to Arkansas.

Arkansas is among the worst states in the United States when it comes to the number of dentists per 100,000 patients. According to Dr. Charles Cranford from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a problem for Arkansas residents is the lack of a dental school in the state.

Dr. Cranford is trying to start a movement for his school to add a dental school.

According to the numbers, there are roughly only 40 dentists for every 100,000 people in Arkansas. The United States’ average is 60 dentists for every 100,000 people.

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Couple Allows Dog’s Dental Problems to go Untreated

A couple in Maple Ridge, Vancouver, Canada is facing cruelty to animal charges. The offense: allowing their dog to have untreated dental problems so bad that the dog’s teeth were rotting and needed 14 teeth pulled.

The charge is that they did nothing to stop their dog from being in distress and causing unnecessary pain and suffering, according to Canada’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. It’s possible that the couple, Stacia Hicks and Scott Rippon, could be banned from owning animals, face a fine of around $5,000 and be sent to jail for as many as six months.

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Denture Adhesives May Cause Poisoning from Zinc Overexposure

There may be some possibly serious effects from trying to keep dentures stable in the mouth.

According to a study by the University of Maryland, the adhesive used to keep dentures in place can result in neurological damage and blood abnormalities, among other things. The problems come from the zinc in the adhesives, especially when too much of it is used too often.

This discovery may have an impact on anyone who wears dentures.

This information regarding zinc has been accumulating throughout the past few years. A recent study by the Food and Drug Administration acknowledged that there were numerous cases of zinc toxicity from overexposure to it.

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