Avoid failure in RCT, Learn Why Endo fails
Three things are important in doing successful endo, most important goal for all actions is to achieve maximum possible disinfection. Can that goal be achieved with debris remaining in root canals ?
Study published in May issue of IEJ shows that popular tapered Endodontics systems do not even clean apical region to the extent of 50%. See the table below, score 1 indicates little debris and 5 indicates loads of it. FULL PAPER
Learn how to disinfect well
DCI acts to revise Ethical code for Dentists
After a gap of 36 years the EC of the DCI appointed ( Jan.2012) Dr Amit Roy (EC member) and Dr George Paul (Maxillofacial Surgeon and qualified medical ethicist) to prepare draft revised DCI code of Ethics Regulations (2012), To enroll 3 other members with experience in the said field to amend the Code of Ethics regulation 1976. The expert group consisting of Dr Amit Roy, Dr George Paul, Dr Girish Karandikar, Dr Manjunath Roy and Dr Santhosh Sridhar prepared a draft Code of Ethics Amendment which was passed by the EC of the DCI on 12th May. The draft code was presented to the AGM of DCI on 13th May 2012 and the members of the AGM have been given 15 days to respond with comments and suggestions and it will thereafter be forwarded to the Government for notification after due process. FULL DCI LETTER
ARE Goons still indirectly ruling MCI/DCI ?
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has ordered a probe after CNN-IBN reported that officials close to former Medical Council of India chairman Ketan Desai were being allowed a back door entry into the Council.
“A committee has been formed under the chairmanship of the Director General of ICMR. The committee will submit its report within two months,” Azad said. NEWSLINK
Texas dentist who did breast augmentation
A Laredo dentist with a penchant for performing illegal breast augmentation, and his wife, have pleaded guilty to submitting fake bills to Texas Medicaid, including “performing patient evaluations” while they were actually on trips to Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Morales-Ryan currently is not licensed to practice dentistry in Texas following his arrest and indictment on thirteen counts of practicing medicine without a license. MORE HERE
MDS course- A new specialty added ?
The Dental Council of India has approved a three-year master of dental surgery (MDS) course in forensic dentistry.
Forensic dentistry or forensic odontology is the proper handling, examination and evaluation of dental evidence.
“The proposal to have MDS in forensic dentistry has been approved by the Dental Council of India at a meeting on May 14 at Chandigarh. The proposal will now be sent to the central government for an issuance of notification,” said Dr Ajit Dinkar, professor at Goa Dental College, who is also a member of Dental Council of India. NEWSLINK
India has severe shortage of Dentists -WHO says
India is facing a severe shortage of dentists.
The World Statistics 2012, released on Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO), says India has less than 1 dentist (0.8) per 10,000 population. In absolute numbers, there are only 93,332 dentists.
“Oral disease burden in India is very high due to several reasons. Many oral health surveys have been done and the prevalence of various oral diseases in the population are Dental Caries (40%-45%), periodontal diseases (advanced disease in 40%), malocclusion (30% of children), Oral cancer (12.6 per lakh population), dental fluorosis endemic in 230 districts of 19 states, Edentulousness (tooth loss) 19%-32% of elderly population above 65 years. MORE HERE
Are you brushing your teeth RIGHT ?
Though most people brush their teeth regularly, only one in ten does it in a way that effectively prevents tooth decay, according to a study in Sweden.
Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg say almost all Swedes regularly brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste, yet only few know the best brushing technique, how the toothpaste should be used and how fluoride prevents tooth decay.
In two separate studies, Pia Gabre and her colleagues at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, studied the toothbrushing habits of 2013 Swedes aged 15-16, 31-35, 60-65 and 76-80 – how often and for how long, how often fluoride toothpaste is used, how much toothpaste is put on the toothbrush and how much water is used during and after the toothbrushing. MORE HERE
Dentist left broken drill bit in man’s tooth-Broken RC instruments in eyes of media !
Halit Kara, from Newcastle, told ninemsn the titanium drill piece was lodged in his tooth after undergoing root canal work in 2007.
Mr Kara claims the dentist, who worked at the Newcastle Dental Laser Centre but has since moved overseas, told him that he could leave the piece in his tooth because “it would act as a filling”.
Five years later, the drill piece is still lodged in the 29-year-old’s tooth and has become infected several times, costing him more than $4000 in medical bills. NEWSLINK
Enhancing healing after implants
Blood platelet concentrates can improve the outcomes of dental implants, according to a case study in the Journal of Oral Implantology.
The study authors describe the experience of a patient who had fractured an incisor during a sports-related injury and underwent an all-inclusive procedure where the tooth was extracted and an implant inserted (Journal of Oral Implantology, April 2012, Vol. 38:2, pp. 181-187).
Dental lessons from Lethal fish
Human teeth can be engineered to regenerate, thanks to the world’s most poisonous fish.
British scientists have been studying the pufferfish beak and have found it is uniquely resilient, generating new teeth every two weeks for the animal’s lifetime. They believe the beak provides a model for creating a system of continuous tooth replacement in humans.
“The pufferfish beak is completely unique,” project leader Dr. Gareth Fraser of the University of Sheffield says. “The main thing is we can use it to identify the gene network for tooth replacement. We can see how nature makes new teeth and about the genes that govern that process.” MORE HERE
200 new dental clinics to open in Jeddah
The director general of the Jeddah Directorate of Health Affairs in Jeddah, Dr. Sami Ba-Dawood, announced on Saturday that the Ministry of Health has approved plans to build 200 new dental clinics in the Northern and Southern districts of Jeddah, at a total cost of SR 120 million. The announcement coincided with the week of heightened awareness and prevention of teeth and oral problems.
Dr. Ba-Dawood called upon all government and private hospitals and health care facilities to conduct activities to celebrate the Oral and Dental Health Awareness Week that the Kingdom is participating in, along with its neighboring Gulf countries. He visited the Dental Center in King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah to commence the activities that the hospital is hosting to promote heightened awareness in the community regarding the health of the teeth, gums and mouth. NEWSLINK
Azithromycin could be bad for heart
In a study, Vanderbilt researchers have found a 2.5-fold higher risk of death from cardiovascular death in the first five days of taking azithromycin when compared with another common antibiotic or no antibiotics at all.
Wayne A. Ray, Ph.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, and C. Michael Stein, M.B.Ch.B., the Dan May Chair in Medicine and professor of Pharmacology, collaborated on the research.
Azithromycin is one of the most popular treatments for bacterial sinus infections and bronchitis. Although it was previously considered to carry little to no cardiac risk, the researchers noted well-documented reports in the published literature as FDA database reports linking azithromycin with serious arrhythmias. NEWSLINK
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