Today's Dental News

Home Oral Care First Line in Battle Against Cavities, Gum Disease

Disease prevention should be the prime focus of individuals eager to enjoy a lifetime of good oral health, says Hamilton dental hygienist Sandy Lawlor.

It’s vital for healthy teeth and gums and the practice will save consumers money.

Preventive care “saves you dollars,” says Lawlor, a member of the board of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association. “If we can get people to take on the prevention message and practice good oral care at home, they are going to keep themselves healthier from a total healthcare perspective. They will probably have less decay and need less intervention in terms of dental work and less interaction with the healthcare system in general.”

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Infant Tooth Decay Can be Avoided by Following Certain Steps

There has been a rise in infant tooth decay recently, most notably in Australia. The only cause of infant tooth decay is bottle feeding, according to the Children’s Hospital in Westmead, Australia.

Bottle feeding, however, is not the actual cause of the tooth decay. Instead, the reason is the amount of sweet drinks inside an infant’s mouth, which obviously come from the bottle. If there’s a constant presence of a sweet drink, that could be a big problem because there are times when a baby falls asleep with the bottle in his or her mouth.

As a result, there’s a high level of sugar in the infant’s mouth. This allows bacteria to remain present, which can eventually lead to holes in the teeth, tooth decay, and finally the baby teeth can then fall out prematurely.

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New Way to Teach Children About Good Oral Hygiene

If you’ve lost all hope trying to convince patients about the importance of good oral hygiene, do not despair. Help has finally arrived in the form of a 17-minute short film that really packs a punch in the brushing and flossing department. Now available on DVD, “CROOKED” is designed with “dentists in mind” and is starting to play on waiting room flat screens and patient chair monitors all over the country.

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Todd Thompson, “CROOKED” is told through the eyes of Samantha, a young girl obsessed with losing her last “crooked” baby tooth in order to obtain the perfect smile and win the heart of the new boy at school. The film stars Kendall Ganey (The Little Princess, Ace Ventura Pet Detective) and Bo Mitchell (October Road, Eastbound and Down) and introduces the talents of Sarah Grace Ackerman and Justin Garcia.

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Dentists Invited to Hypnotherapy Courses

Dental professionals in the United Kingdom have been invited to attend hypnotherapy courses to help nervous patients.

The courses are being run by the Institute of Hypnotherapy for Medical and Dental Practice and the sessions will be taught by Dr. John Butler, the creator of the institute.

The aims of the courses are to teach dentists how to effectively manage nervous dental patients, how to alleviate tension and stress, and how to boost patient numbers and encourage patients to attend routine check-ups. There are two courses being offered; one is an introductory course and the other is an advanced hypnodontics course.

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Dental Chain Makes Deal to Treat Allcare Patients

Emergency Dental Care USA, a dental chain, has said it will treat patients who paid for treatment from Allcare Dental before it abruptly closed.

An agreement was reached last week and Michael Obeng has agreed to treat the Allcare patients. Patient records will be transferred.

Emergency Dental Care USA began in Nebraska in 1996 and now has 11 dental offices in nine states. The staff of Emergency Dental Care USA will contact the former Allcare patients and will set up appointments for the unfinished treatment.

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