Today's Dental News

Anesthesia Blamed for Death of Wisdom Tooth Patient

The San Diego man who died as a result of wisdom tooth surgery last March lost his life due to an overdose of anesthesia. The autopsy report confirms that the man was given six different sedatives.

During the oral surgery, the patient started to cough, so he was given a dose of propofol. Subsequently, his oxygen levels dropped, and he was rushed to the hospital, where he passed away.

The dentist who performed the surgery was not available for comment, reports Fox 5 San Diego. The victim’s family is planning to take legal action but is first waiting for a report from the Dental Board of California.

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Magical Mystery Tooth: Dentist Teams Up With Scientists to Clone Beatle DNA

Dentistry Today reported almost two years ago that John Lennon’s tooth was purchased at an auction by a Canadian dentist. Now, that same dentist, Dr. Michael Zuk, is teaming up with scientists to decode the famous rock legend’s DNA.

The tooth has already had a whirlwind life, especially for something that was rotten and pulled more than 50 years ago: it has traveled the United Kingdom on an oral-cancer awareness tour, and a piece of it was integrated in a sculpture, on display to help provide cleft-palate surgery for impoverished children.

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Maine Dental School Looks to Boost Dentistry in New England

Rural communities in New England may have more dentists in the years to come.

The University of New England recently opened the first dental school in northern New England. This will fill a large void for an area that previously had to look to Boston for the nearest dental school.

Based on the rural nature of northern New England, it was difficult to entice dentists to open a practice in those areas. But if more people in the area have the opportunity to become a dentist, that trend could be reversed.

Studies have shown that when people in Maine or the rest of northern New England leave the area to study dentistry, they generally don’t come back.

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Periodontal Health Essential for Expectant Mothers

Pregnant women should probably pay attention to their oral health more than anyone else.

New studies from the American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology are warning women that periodontal disease may cause early births or lightweight babies.

The information appears in the Journal of Periodontology and the Journal of Clinical Periodontology.

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Tea May Thwart Dental Issues

It may be a good thing to drink more tea.

A new study indicates that drinking tea may aid in preventing gum disease and prohibit cavities from developing. The information showed that three cups of tea each day battled bacteria, which led to a lower risk for gum disease and tooth decay.

Black tea, specifically, possesses ingredients that fight certain bacteria like Lactobacillus and Streptococcus mutans, which are bacteria that cause gum disease. Three cups has become the recommended amount because the best results in fighting gum disease were shown by people consuming three to four cups of tea each day. The tea succeeds because it limits the amount of plaque acids released when eating.

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