Posts from March 2017

Article published by the Journal of the American Heart Association in its issue of April 2017 which reports the association between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease risk in 57.001 postmenopausal women ages 55 to 89 years old.  
When anthropologists of the future find our fossilized teeth, what will they be able to conclude about our lives? 
 
Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg has an idea. She is a professor of anthropology at The Ohio State University who studies fossilized teeth to answer questions about the life history, growth, and diet of primates and our human ancestors, as well as the relationships between different species. 
As part of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, select articles from the Journal of Prosthodontics will be available as open access until May 31. 
 
This is your chance to share valuable research and expertise with your referral network, students, colleagues, and patients. 
Dentaid’s first volunteering team has returned from the Greek island of Samos where they have been providing emergency dental treatment for refugees. 
 
Dentist Jane Lelean and dental nurse Claire Hooper spent a week in Samos treating people who were suffering terrible dental pain. The team was based in a temporary building in Samos Camp which is home to about 1,000 men of many different nationalities. Most of them have complex dental needs and have been living in pain for many months. Several are on liquid diets and can’t eat because their pain is so severe. 
The British Dental Association (BDA) has initiated legal proceedings against NHS England for setting up potentially impossible barriers to smaller contractors in tenders for over £1/2 billion of orthodontic services. 
A small community-based oral health project which has comprehensively demonstrated how effective it can be to initiate tooth-brushing programmes in schools has become the first winner of the newly created BSPD Outstanding Innovation Award. 
Estrogen therapy has already been credited with helping women manage an array of menopause-related issues, including reducing hot flashes, improving heart health and bone density, and maintaining levels of sexual satisfaction. Now a new study suggests that the same estrogen therapy used to treat osteoporosis can actually lead to healthier teeth and gums. 
On the occasion of World Oral Health Day, FDI World Dental Federation revealed the results from a global survey carried out to determine people’s oral health beliefs and habits. The results exposed a significant gap between what people believe to be good oral health practices, versus what they actually do. 
Unavoidable vibrations, such as those on airplanes, cause rigid structures to age and crack, but researchers at the University of Michigan may have an answer for that—design them more like tooth enamel, which could lead to more resilient flight computers, for instance. 
 
 
 
 
An electron microscope image of the enamel of a Tyrannosaurus rex tooth. Credit: Kotov Lab, University of Michigan 
First Smiles will take place on Friday 16 June and will encourage BSDHT members to enter schools and nurseries across the UK to deliver fun and accessible lessons to children on the importance of good oral health, teaching youngsters the necessary habits needed to maintain a healthy smile for life.