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February 26, 2011

Dental college to close down, Cure Gum recession, End of Fluoride ?Celeb asked to help, Superglue helps, New MRI, Obesity and perio


Dental assoc asks Fardeen to dump tobacco brand

After ticking off actor Sanjay Dutt, anti-tobacco activists are targeting Fardeen Khan for endorsing tobacco products. The Indian Dental Association wrote to Khan a week ago, asking him to stop these endorsements.
“As we have yet not received any acknowledgment from his side, we plan to write to him all over again,” said IDA secretary general Dr Ashok Dhoble, who is preparing a list of Bollywood actors, directors and producers whom his group can sensitise to tobacco’s ills.
The IDA’s aim is simple: celebrities should not use their popularity quotient to further medically unsafe messages. TIMES NEWS

Ex Principal of Dental college booked for corruption
The State Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau has booked former Government Dental College, Shimla, principal Dr N C Rao, brother of former Congress cabinet minister Rangila Ram Rao, for alleged financial irregularities during his term.
In another case, the vigilance has registered an FIR against Dr Ashwani Sood of the paediatrics department of Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Shimla for allegedly working for another organisation while serving at Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College Tanda in Kangra. NEWSLINK

Dental College to be closed ? students protest
Students of a dental college here protested outside the residence of its chairman fearing closure of the institute, police said today.
Students of Krishna Dental College protested outside the residence of the Chairman Atul Garg last night and charged the management of the institute of not abiding by the eleven mandatory conditions listed out by Dental Council of India (DCI), they said.
The future of the students is in a limbo as the DCI has already cancelled affiliation of the institute for not fulfilling the mandatory prerequisites.
The students called off the protest only after the intervention of SSP Raghubir Lal, who assured them of helping in registering complaints against the concerned persons, if needed. LINK Also see this LINK

Treating gum recession with AllodermTraditionally, it has been not feasible to treat exposed gums, but with Alloderm it is now possible to reverse this sign of ageing and give patients back a beautiful smile by covering up areas of gum recession.
Historically, treatment was geared to maintenance of existing gum tissue following its loss, but now this loss can be predictably reversed, producing great and long lasting results. To see details of the full treatment CLICK HERE

Whether dentists should continue using the ‘Dr’
The General Dental Council (GDC) must prioritise its role in protecting the public and stop wasting time and resources on whether dentists should be allowed to continue using the courtesy title ‘doctor’, the British Dental Association (BDA) has argued in a letter to the GDC.
The letter has been sent ahead of a meeting of the GDC’s Council today (24 February 2011), which is due to consider a recommendation by GDC’s Standards Committee that dentists no longer be permitted to use the courtesy title. NEWSLINK

Many Patients Try Super Glue Before Visiting Dentist
In preparation for the Chicago Dental Society’s 146th annual Midwinter Meeting, which will draw more than 30,000 dental professionals to Chicago this February, society members were asked about current trends, dental care tips and more. More than 300 of the society’s member dentists responded to the fall 2010 survey.
Here’s what the society found:
Patients self-treat before they visit the dentist. Nearly 70 percent of dentists have taken care of a patient who tried to treat their own dental problem before visiting the dentist. The most common home treatment among patients, dentists said, is Super Glue for broken dental work, like crowns and dentures. Using an emery board to file chipped teeth or overusing topical painkillers, like teething gels, to deaden pain were also common. Remarkably, several dentists had treated patients who attempted to give themselves a root canal using power tools. MORE HERE

Is it End of Water Fluoridation ?
In a surprising reversal, last month EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) announced that it intends to lower the maximum amount of fluoride in drinking water because of growing evidence supporting the chemical’s possible deleterious effects to children’s health.
January’s EPA recommendation reversal was made following a revised risk assessment study that found 2 out of 5 adolescents had tooth streaking or spottiness and some pitting as a result of excessive fluoride. In addition, other studies have found excessive ingestion of fluoride capable of increasing the risk of brittle bones leading to fractures and debilitating bone abnormalities. FULL NEWS

Goa Dental college may be denied MDS admission next year
Authorities of the Goa Dental College and Hospital said that they are unable to meet all the requirements in the Goa University affiliation inquiry committee’s report for admission to the three post graduate (PG) courses at the college for the academic year 2011-2012.
The dean of the Goa Dental College and Hospital, Dr P K Chandra, said, “I don’t know whether we would be able to conduct the PG courses in the next academic year.”
Incidentally, the three PG courses offered in the field of periodontics, conservative dentistry, and oral medicine and radiology, were begun by the college in the year 1998.
They had been provided temporary affiliation each year on the condition that infrastructure would be upgraded according to the Dental Council of India’s guidelines. TIMESNEWS

American Dental Asso. opposes creation of Dental therapist in USA
Two states, Alaska and Minnesota, currently allow dental therapists to provide oral care, according to the American Dental Association. Minnesota was the first to license dental therapists, and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry has become the first college in the nation to offer a dental therapy track.
Dental therapist should be able to work in a dentist’s practice performing such procedures as filling cavities and screening for oral cancer. “It’s a first-level set of skills called as primary restorative services.
The American Dental Association has come out against the idea of dental therapists and criticized the Kellogg report, saying it assessed only a limited sample — five therapists and 300 patients — in perhaps the only state in the nation where geography creates a major barrier to access to dental care. NEWSLINK

MRI that sees hard and soft dental tissue simultaneously
Just as the dental community is starting to get comfortable with cone-beam CT — and becoming more aware of the ionizing radiation risks it poses if not used properly — another well-established diagnostic technology appears headed for the dental operatory: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Two presentations to be given at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) conference next month in San Diego will showcase novel MRI technology developed at the University of Minnesota that is being tailored for use in both soft- and hard-tissue dental imaging applications.

Obese patients at higher risk of perio disease
February 24, 2011 — A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina found that dentists are interested in helping patients with serious weight issues but are afraid of offending them and appearing judgmental.
A large number of dentists would be more willing to have such discussions if obesity were definitively linked to oral disease, the study authors noted.
Now researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have found a positive association between periodontal disease and obesity, according to data from a study to be presented next month at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) conference in San Diego. MORE HERE

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