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March 21, 2011

Indian denitsts in UK face odds, Endodontics, oral sex cancer link, Life saver Floss, Enamel, Dentist & Jewelry

Filed under: Dental,mouth-body — drsgoel @ 8:05 am

UK Playing with lives of Indian Dentists
LONDON: Several dentists from India and other non-EU countries have been caught in bureaucratic wrangles between professional governing bodies in Britain, a leading migrants campaign group said today.
Non-European dentists who wish to practice in the UK have to pass the Licentiate in Dental Surgery (LDS) exam.
However, candidates who complete the first part of LDS held by the Royal College of Surgeons of England are not being allowed to complete the second part due to wrangles between the Royal College and the General Dental Council (GDC). FULL REPORT

Dental Council President Election soon
We reported in last blog that DCI election was postponed, now decks have been cleared and we may soon have a new elected DCI president.

Rotary Endodontics- Hands on course- Golden opportunity
For the first time On popular request now Prof Beena will conduct the above 3 days hands on course at Gurgaon. This three day course will revolutionize your practice. For dates and Full program details CLICK HERE —- Also have a look at the newsly added case files section CLICK HERE

Indian Dentist in UK suspended
A celebrity dentist who had sex with a patient (dentist says it was outside his clinic) in London has been suspended for “a serious breach of standards”. BBC NEWS

Oral sex linked to throat cancer risk
A new report shows that oral sex may be causing more throat cancer than tobacco.
Researchers studying HPV (human papillomavirus) say that it causes 64% of oropharynxl cancers in the US.
It is now thought to be the main cause of throat cancer in people under 50 years old.
The study was presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in February.
Researchers at Ohio State University say the more oral sex someone has had, and the more partners they’ve had, the greater their risk of getting these cancers, which develop in the middle part of the throat. UK NEWS

Orthodontic clinical tips
Download this full issue of JCO Feb 2011, it has useful clinical papers,  CLICK HERE

Very interesting Educational video on dentistry

A must-see for dental professionals and dental patients alike, this beautifully animated film goes through the various stages of tooth decay and dental treatments.
The four-minute film is the creation of Javier Tapia Guadix, BDS, for Juice Dental Media Design and covers implants, takes a humorous look at teeth cleaning, looks at bridges and braces, deals with tooth infection and root canal treatment and touches upon tooth sensitivity.

Flossing your teeth could save you from a stroke

Flossing may be a bore but this kind of fastidious teeth-cleaning might be a lifesaver
Tooth loss increases the risk of a stroke many years later, according to a new Japanese study, and underlying gum disease may be to blame.
Researchers have calculated that those with fewer than 24 of their own teeth (adults should have 32) are 60 per cent more likely to suffer a stroke.
Stroke is caused by a disturbance of blood supply to the brain.
The most common type is an ischemic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel that normally delivers oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked.
An haemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel bursts, causing bleeding into the brain. MORE HERE

Less than 24 teeth- You may be at higher risk of getting stroke
If you have less than 24 teeth, beware. It could lead to a stroke.
Researchers calculate that those with fewer than 24 teeth are 60 percent more likely to suffer a stroke. Underlying gum disease may be to blame, a new study says.
Researchers at Japan’s Hiroshima University examined 358 patients and found that stroke patients in their 50s and 60s had significantly fewer teeth than patients in the same age groups who had had other problems.
The number of teeth was also significantly lower among stroke patients in their 50s than in the other population of the same age. Having 24 or less teeth increased the risk of stroke by 57 percent, compared with those with 25 or more teeth. YahooNEWS

Device to Check Radiation Levels in Tooth Enamel
Checking for radiation levels in the enamel is one of the most reliable ways of accurately finding how much a person has been exposed to radiation. The changes in the tooth enamel caused by radiation are permanent. They don’t change over time. So that allows us to make these measurements at any time after the exposure.
Known as an electron paramagnetic resonance dosimeter, the device has been developed by Dr Harold Swartz who hoped that it will be used to accurately check the amount of exposure that the Japanese people living around the Fukushima Nuclear Plant that has been destroyed in the recent earthquake and tsunami tragedy.
Dr Swartz revealed that while the device is still in the research stage, a prototype copy has been shipped to Japan. Doctors can check the radiation levels by making the patients bite on a mouthpiece and rest their head on some padding.  NEWSLINK

Jewelry a health hazard, even under gloves
March 18, 2011 — SAN DIEGO – Wearing jewelry under gloves should be prohibited by all dental practices due to risks of tearing, leakage, and microbial cross-contamination, according to research to be presented today at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization only “recommend” that rings be removed under gloves because of the risk of cross-contamination between healthcare workers and patients, the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandate ring removal, noted the researchers, all from the University of Louisville.
In addition, many dental clinics do not enforce this policy. “Rings may cross-contaminate, tear gloves when donning or when working, impede dexterity, and cause injury working with mechanical or electrical equipment,” the study authors noted.

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