Today's Dental News

Dogs’ Teeth Need Daily Brushing

Precaution is always better than cure. Especially when it comes to health problems may it be for yourself or your pets. According to a new research, New Zealanders are failing to meet new healthcare standards in keeping their dogs teeth hygienic.

According to most of the vets, dogs’ teeth need a daily routine of proper brushing and a check up by dentists every six months for avoiding tooth problems and foul smelling. About 99 percent of dog owners fail to brush their dog’s teeth daily, so they fail to meet the basic healthcare needs of their pets.

The main cause of pain and dental diseases of dogs is the absence of daily brushing. Teeth of dogs accumulate tartar and plaque as rapidly as humans do. The daily routine cleaning is the ideal way to maintain canine oral health.

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Facing Braces with a Little Help from Lego

Two life-size Lego heads will illustrate mouths before and after orthodontic treatment in a new campaign to raise awareness of orthodontic treatment.

The plastic brick constructions will be unveiled at the launch of the British Orthodontic Society’s second National Orthodontic Week (NOW) taking place February 22 to 28. They will be on display at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London, the venue for the launch of the dental campaign.

A competition will be held during the event to encourage visitors to guess the number of Lego bricks it took to build both faces.

The launch will be followed by a week-long event at the museum during half term, when the gallery is visited by more than 2,000 people per day.

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Mouth Cancer Awareness Should be All Year Round

Following the success of the recent Mouth Cancer Action Month, Dr. Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, has called for both dentists and patients to maintain their vigilance throughout the year, to help prevent deaths from the disease.

Dr. Carter said: “The support from the profession since the campaign started has been sensational and has grown year-on-year. The sheer number of surgeries and PCTs taking part, through free screenings, decking the walls with our posters, sporting Blue Ribbon Badges and working hard to highlight the campaign has been immensely pleasing.

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Success isn’t Pulling Teeth for Dental Hygienists

Teal Mercer of Brookfield, dental hygiene program director at the University of New Haven, believes it’s essential for all dental hygienists to learn about the culture of the people they treat.

That’s why, whenever she travels with her dental hygiene students to other countries and other parts of the United States, she requires them to become familiar with those areas’ healthcare, education system and economy.

In addition, students visit well-known sightseeing destinations, learn the kinds of foods that are commonly eaten, and learn the basics of the language spoken there.

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Exhibition probes history of dentistry

People who hate going to the dentist can get an idea of the real horrors of dental treatment in times gone by at an exhibition in Zurich.

Until the 18th century if you needed a tooth pulled you went to the blacksmith or barber who would yank it out—or try to with a pair of pliers. Things have moved on considerably since then, but for many people fear of the dentist remains.

An exhibition at Zurich University’s Museum of the History of Medicine, entitled “With Bite—Stories of Dental Medicine,” presents ordinary cultural experiences in the context of the development of dentistry down the ages.

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