The Oral Health Foundation, is delighted to announce the return of National Smile Month for 2017, with the campaign promising to bring with it a summer time of smiles right across the country. 
This year the UK’s largest and longest running oral health campaign takes place between 15 May and 15 June and aims to increase awareness of important oral health issues and make a significant difference to the well-being of millions of people. 
A new Odontogenic tumour has been officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as seen in the latest edition of the Classification of Head and Neck Tumours of 2017. Only 7 cases of the Primordial Odontogenic tumour has been reported so far (6 in 2014 and 1 in 2016). The tumour represent a kind of primordial ectomesenchymal odontogenic proliferation with features closely resembling those of the dental papilla. As these develop during childhood or early adolescence, the presence of unerupted teeth may be the result of their displacement during tumour growth. 
WaterPik, is an oral irrigator or dental water jet, is a device that aims a stream of water at the teeth to remove food particles. The dental floss is a flexible strand of nylon or plastic filaments that mechanically removes food trapped between teeth and the film of bacteria that forms before it has a chance to harden into plaque. Which one is better for our patients health?. 
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. 
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