As my UK dentist colleague Dr Martin Kelleher, who lectures on “veneerial” disease, would say, use the daughter test before you do anything irreversible. I would add that you owe it to your patients to learn from the best in the profession, and cross-training in continuing education may be the best investment you can make in dental practice.
“Smilorexia” is the fanciful term I coined for this disorder, which appears to affect attractive young women more than others. If you open the pages of any journal published by the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry, you will no doubt find at least one or two of these patients having extensive veneer treatment that could easily have been avoided with unbiased professional advice. The problem is that too many dentists have dedicated their lives to pure cosmetic dentistry, which is often based on using porcelain as a cure-all. See case below treated with short Orthodontics, FULL PAPER
London dentist dies in car crash
A London dentist who made patients and staff feel like part of his family died Thursday in a car crash. Chris Guiltinan was 49. He leaves behind a wife and two teenage sons.
Guiltinan loved his work and treated his patients like royalty. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car, police said. The crash remains under investigation. MORE and PIC
MDS entrance by Dental colleges NOT Valid
It was decided in the syndicate meeting that as per Supreme Court guidelines, the dental colleges will have to fill management quota seats on the basis of the test administered by the GU. Colleges cannot have their own entrance test. MORE HERE
Son extracts Dads Tooth
Dental care is too expensive in New Zealand. He asked his son Henry to remove his tooth with a pair of pliers because he could not afford to see a dentist.
Tevita Mahe of Glen Innes works fulltime to support his family but says he can’t afford anything more than $60 on dental care.
He queued at Middlemore Hospital’s emergency dental clinic for three hours from 5am on April 25 for an appointment but just missed out on the daily quota of 10 patients. MORE n PIC
FDA steps up to regulate Xray Machines
FDA said Make sure your new equipment has settings and instructions that minimize radiation hazards for kids, or the agency will look to slap a label on the machines that recommends they not be used for children at all.
The agency proposed the approach today (details in the Federal Register); it’s the latest move to curb radiation hazards from imaging equipment.
X-rays and CT scans can provide doctors with lots of useful information. But the radiation that creates the helpful images also increases a person’s risk for cancer. There’s been an explosion in the use of imaging tests. And rising radiation doses, particularly from CT scans, have drawn concern. NEWSLINK
Advertising of prescription drugs by pharma companies shocks govt panel
A parliamentary panel on heath found that pharma companies are advertising prescription drugs, which is not permitted in India. The Standing Committee also made a shocking revelation that the DCGI is favouring drug manufacturers by approving drugs without conducting mandatory clinical trials
A parliamentary panel which made a shocking revelation that on an average Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) is approving one drug every month without trials has also pointed out that pharmaceutical majors like Ranbaxy, Cipla, USV and Lundbeck are advertising prescription drugs, falling under Schedule H, which is not permitted in India. MORE HERE
USA reacts to India Drug Scam
Dentists income in USA have been falling
US dentists’ incomes have been dropping steadily since 2005, mainly because Americans are using less dental care, according to a report published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.
“That was one of the surprising results,” lead author Marko Vujicic, PhD, an American Dental Association (ADA) economist, told Medscape Medical News.
Independent general practitioners’ average real net income peaked at $217,850 in 2005 and fell to $192,680 in 2009, the most recent year for which data are available, according to researchers for the ADA. Before that,dentists’ incomes had gone up almost every year since 1981, they said. MORE HERE
Roadside dentist appointment
Fried silk worms for breakfast or hunt your own rat for lunch. Chilli eye rub for cleansing or a roadside dentist appointment. Sounds absurd? Fox Traveller presents the most quirky stories from across the country in the second season of its popular show, It Happens Only In India .NEWSLINK
Top medical experts are part of DRUG SCAM
In a shocking disclosure, some drug companies have been caught red-handed writing scientific recommendations of their own products and submitting them to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) after getting them endorsed by top doctors for a quicker marketing approval.
What’s worse, some of India’s top medicine experts – some are even head of departments – from the country’s most iconic medical institutes like PGI Chandigarh; CMC Vellore; AIIMS Delhi and St John’s Medical College, Bangalore had signed these recommendations.
It says, “There is sufficient evidence on record to conclude that there is collusive nexus between drug manufacturers, some functionaries of CDSCO and some medical experts.” MORE HERE
MCI vows to take action against medical experts
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