Does Fluoride Really Fight Cavities?

Scientists have found that the protective shield fluoride forms on teeth is up to 100 times thinner than previously believed.

It raises questions about how this renowned cavity-fighter really works and could lead to better ways of protecting teeth from decay, the scientists suggest.

Frank Muller and colleagues point out that tooth decay is a major public health problem worldwide.

Tom’s of Maine Invites Mobile Dental Clinics to Apply for Funding

Beginning December 17, mobile dental clinics around the country are encouraged to apply for $20,000 in program funding as part of Tom’s of Maine’s annual Dental Health For All program. A public vote in February will determine which five mobile clinics will ultimately split $100,000 to grow and support their programs. Dental clinics with a mobile treatment facility can apply at and learn more about this year’s program.

Throughout its 40-year history, Tom’s of Maine has been dedicated to supporting local non-profit dental clinics that provide greater access to quality, affordable dental care. The Dental Health for All program was created to award dental clinics that make a difference in their communities by ensuring underserved communities have access to quality oral health care.

Dentists in England Set to be Paid per Head

Dentists in England will be paid according to the number of people they treat, rather than the courses of treatment they provide, under new plans to reform the dentistry contract.

The move follows the government’s intention, set out in the Coalition Agreement, to introduce a new dental contract in a bid to shift practice away from “drill and fill” payments to incentivizing preventive treatment and quality care.

The previous reform of the dental contract in 2006 was widely criticized for rewarding dentists on activity against set targets. A House of Commons Health Select Committee concluded in 2008 that the new contract had not solved access problems nor improved quality, and that the payment system was extremely unpopular with dentists.

Sugars, Acids in Alcohol May Lead to Tooth Decay

We all know that anything in excess is not good for us. That includes, food, drugs, alcohol, and the list is infinite.

It is a fact, however, that alcohol consumption, especially in larger amounts, not only affects our overall health but our oral health as well.

Dentists often are the first healthcare professionals to detect the abuses caused by alcohol and drug consumption.

Alcohol addiction can change the priorities in one’s life. Often alcoholics spend more time caring for their addiction than they do about their health, especially the health of their teeth and mouth.

University Of Maryland Dental School Stepping Up Ergonomics Instruction

In response to a high prevalence of neck and back pain among working dentists and dental hygienists, the dean of the University of Maryland Dental School Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent, has launched an initiative to bring renewed attention to ergonomics into dental education.

Starting with the current semester, every incoming student must take the School’s course “Ergonomics in Dentistry,” before he or she can practice simulations or live-patient dental work. The school wants to be the place where dentists and dental hygienists learn to practice ergonomically correct practices, says Stohler.

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