Posts tagged “General Dentistry”

Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care, released a statement today (11th March 2019) where he stated “we have taken the decision to uplift dental charges for those who can afford it, through a 5% increase this year”. 
The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) national guidelines about the management of conditions of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) have been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Its purpose is to be an useful tool available for surgeons and other medical colleagues, so they can also assist in the management of what might develop into a condition of chronic pain. The use of TMJ multidisciplinary teams should be encouraged to allow all treatment options for management to be discussed appropriately in selected cases, rather than unnecessarily progressing to surgical intervention. In this review we will cover the range of clinical situations of the TMJ and what are the treatment options available in each case according to the NICE and BAOMS guidelines. 
The mother’s oral health during pregnancy is related closely to the oral health of her newborn. Bad oral hygiene in pregnancy has been associated with various adverse effects, such as premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia. Most professional authorities strongly advise pregnant women to continue their usual dental care during pregnancy. Various dental therapeutic aspects raise concern among pregnant women, such as the use of local anesthetics and radiography. However dental treatment of oral conditions is safe during pregnancy and must be managed at any time during this period. 
A study made in 2010 by Morse, Haque, Sharland and Burke, published in the British Dental Journal, wanted to assess who used clinical photography and for what purpose?. The results were very interesting, after five hundred and sixty two replies, of the respondents, 48% used clinical photography, with 59% using a digital camera, 34% a 35 mm camera and 19% a video camera. Principal uses of clinical photography were treatment planning (84%), patient instruction/motivation (75%), medico-legal reasons (71%) and communication with the laboratory (64%). The author of this study reports a rising trend of the use of clinical photography by dental practicioners since 2002. It has turned so important that there have been published articles and courses with protocols and tips to achieve the best picture, in order to ensure to the viewers that the information required was very well registered. If the picture is wrongly taken, the information in it, is therefore quite misleading. In order to avoid distortion, a training must be completed by the dental practioner.  
April's issue of the British Dental Journal is finally here. This new volume includes 2 verifiable CPD papers: 1) Radiographic evidence of treatment with bisphosphonates written by M. L. (T.) Thayer and 2) Evidence summary: the relationship between oral health and pulmonary disease written by D. Manger, M. Walshaw, R. Fitzgerald, J. Doughty, K. L. Wanyonyi, S. White & J. E. Gallagher. Unfortunately this time, both papers requires paid access to read them. 
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. 
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. 
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