Today's Dental News

Dentists Try to Prevent Halloween Tooth Problems

The fear associated with Halloween has nothing to do with the history of the holiday for dentists.

Their fear is completely different. It involves the tooth problems that come from eating all the sugary and sticky candy that cause havoc to a child’s teeth.

That’s why dentists will try to step up the efforts of the Halloween Candy Buy-Back program. This program was started to limit the amount of tooth-harming candy that children consume on Halloween.

Children can bring candy to their dentists, who will then send the candy to Operation Gratitude, which is a military support center. The candy will be shipped along with other necessities for the troops as part of a holiday care package. The children can also write letters and send cards to the troops. For their good deed, children may receive money or some kind of goody bag.

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Space Technology-Inspired High-Resolution X-Ray Camera to Help Dentists

A Swedish company has taken inspiration from an advanced technique used for miniaturizing space hardware to make a visit to the dentist a little more comfortable.

The tiny new high-resolution x-ray camera captures pictures that are dramatically more detailed and with higher contrast than the conventional x-ray machines widely used.

The heart of the camera is a tiny ‘structured scintillator’ device that converts x-rays to visible light. The camera was designed by Scint-X and the scintillator was built by a Swedish company called Nanospace.

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The Case for and Against Travelling for Treatment

Medical tourism is to go under the microscope in a major new study, led by an academic from the University of York, which aims to assess its potential advantages and disadvantages.

The study, which is funded by the National Institute for Health Research, will examine the motives people have for travelling across national boundaries to receive treatments, such as dental services, elective surgery for hip or joint replacement, cosmetic surgery and fertility treatment.

Dr. Neil Lunt of the York Management School will head a team of researchers that includes health economists, social scientists and clinicians who will research four aspects of medical tourism.

They will spend 18 months studying (1) economic impact; (2) consumerism and patient decision-making; (3) quality, safety and risk; and (4) industry development.

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Dentists Provide House Call Care to Senior Homes

Proper dental care is a particularly critical issue for seniors. Many recent studies have confirmed that oral health is crucial to seniors’ overall physical and emotional well-being.

Yet physical difficulties and cognitive challenges like dementia often present formidable obstacles, keeping seniors from the dental care they need, particularly at assisted living communities, where shear numbers compound the problem.

Put simply, it is often extremely difficult, even prohibitively so, to get senior home residents to a dentist’s office, even in the case of emergencies or serious conditions that have long gone undetected.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, however, there is one dental practice dedicated to overcoming these barriers. Bay Area House Call Dentists, a service of the San Francisco-based Blende Dental Group, brings high quality, compassionate dental care to the homes of special needs patients who can’t travel to a dentist.

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Parents Should be Warned: Fluoridated Water is Not Recommended for Infants

A new study confirms infants fed formula reconstituted with fluoridated water are at greater risk of developing discolored teeth (dental fluorosis). The American Dental Association (ADA) warned dentists about this in 2006 but has done little or nothing to inform the nearly 200 million Americans who live in communities with fluoridated drinking water.

The study by Levy et al. confirms Levy’s earlier studies, which show “[F]luoride intakes during each of the first 4 years were individually significantly related to fluorosis on maxillary central incisors, with the first year most important,” and that “[I]nfant formulas reconstituted with higher fluoride water can provide 100 to 200 times more fluoride than breastmilk, or cow’s milk.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 32% of American children have dental fluorosis, an increase of 23% from the 1980s. Black and Hispanic populations have even higher rates. Dental fluorosis is a visible sign that a child was overexposed to fluoride.

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