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. 
Pilot UB research finds nearly half of divers experience dental symptoms in water, including jaw pain and broken fillings. 
 
Scuba divers may want to stop by their dentist’s office before taking their next plunge. A new pilot study found that 41 percent of divers experienced dental symptoms in the water, according to new research from the University at Buffalo. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vinisha Ranna, BDS, lead author and certified stress and rescue scuba diver, swims near underwater wreckage in Sri Lanka. 
March 2017 Issue of the British Dental Journal, Volume 222 No 5 pp321-404 is already online, in this Issue we can find an editorial written by C. Klass, K. Wanyonyi, S. White, A. D. Walmsley, N. Hunt & J. E. Gallagher. Members of the Rapid Review Steering Group of the BDJ. They assemble 3 Task groups, including a medical and dental consultant/specialist, PHE representative and two members of junior staff. Four of the top global diseases; diabetes mellitus, pulmonary disease, dementia and cardiovascular disease were selected to be reviewed and published as a series of four papers in the British Dental Journal, starting with cardiovascular disease in this issue. This month also includes 2 interesting articles with Verifiable CPD, one for resin-based composite restorative materials and implants retained overdentures. 
A University of Rochester Medical Center study suggests that electronic cigarettes are as equally damaging to gums and teeth as conventional cigarettes. 
 
The study, published in Oncotarget, was led by Irfan Rahman, Ph.D. professor of Environmental Medicine at the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, and is the first scientific study to address e-cigarettes and their detrimental effect on oral health on cellular and molecular levels. 
Antibodies attach themselves to and neutralise gum disease-causing bacteria. (Image: Oral Health CRC)  
A world-first vaccine developed by Melbourne scientists, which could eliminate or at least reduce the need for surgery and antibiotics for severe gum disease, has been validated by research published in a leading international journal. 
The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) and Henry Schein are delighted to announce that they are joining forces to launch a brand new national award. 
 
This award will recognise the personal achievements of a new graduate of either dental hygiene or both dental hygiene and therapy. 
 
The winner of the award, to be presented at the BSDHT Oral Health Conference in Harrogate in November, will have demonstrated exceptionally high standards throughout their studies and have gone ‘above and beyond’ in furthering the profile of the profession. 
The GDC is recruiting up to two registrant and four lay council members. 
A stretch relationship have been established between obesity and oral health in the past. Several studies have determined that adipose tissue can influence the intensity and resolution of inflammatory response in multiple tissues. Including bone and gingival mucosa. The final outcome of this metabolic response, clinically manifest as an increased risk of chronic periodontitis, this have been reported several times in the literature.  
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