At one point or another, all dentists must face patients that are considered difficult for various reasons from special care requirements to bad behavior. The fact that you have already made your position clear in that you have no intention of hearing anything related to science or evolution because of your beliefs in God and that no amount of facts or evidence will ever shake the foundation of your faith would only show the dishonesty of your post here. How very sad indeed it is when believers are compelled to do such things in order to defend their religion. In the last 50 years, America has made a transition toward high sodium, processed foods. Fast food restaurants have become one of the easiest and cheapest ways to eat, and combined with less labor intensive occupations and plentiful food supplies, many Americans have become overweight. Obesity and general high body fat … Read the rest
Dentistry is a dynamic and rewarding profession offering a variety of career options. Now, it is important to remember that not all of the programs in the country can be applied to through PTCAS. Check out the complete list of programs in case there are some you are interested in. If you are worried about getting into school, those not enrolled in the PTCAS database will be less competitive due to the increased steps in the application process. So if you want some ‘safeties,’ those would be good schools to apply to. Go through the entire list of schools and start choosing some potential programs. Look up the faculty. Check out their publications. To identify factors associated with rural sepsis patients’ bypassing rural emergency departments to seek emergency care in larger hospitals, and to measure the association between rural hospital bypass and sepsis survival. Panama is also a popular place … Read the rest
The food we eat and our oral health are interconnected. Medically complex clinics focus on aspects of internal medicine of concern to the provision of safe and effective dental treatment in patients with severe medical conditions. Topics include: defective haemostasis, blood transfusion requirements, endocarditis prophylaxis, bisphosphonate therapy, drug interactions, infectious diseases, allergy, immunosuppression, chemotherapy, radiation oncology, palliative care, endocrine therapy, geriatrics, physical handicaps, psychiatric illness and chronic pain problems. Supported, in part, by a grant from the Emergency Medicine Foundation, with additional funding from the University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Iowa, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award program, grant U54TR001356. Any licensed physician can become a hair transplant surgeon. Because a physician is able to diagnose the whole body in a surgery rather than just considering the head. … Read the rest
Tina Wixon talks to Tania Ross about her experience as a new sole owner during COVID-19 and her plans for the future.
Tania Ross became the sole owner of the practice she has co-owned for many years just one month before the outbreak of COVID-19 and shutdown of routine dentistry.
Here, Tina Wixon talks to Tania about that baptism of fire and how she managed the lockdown as a new sole owner, and the direction she now wants to take her practice.
What were your highs and lows during this period?
Tania: The high was that it enabled me to really step back and take a good look at the practice and the team. It’s made me realise how good a practice I have and the members of my team who are really behind me and supportive.
Even though we couldn’t physically see and treat patients, it was really rewarding … Read the rest
As counties across Wales are thrown into local lockdowns, the chief dental officer has spoken out about the implications for dental practices.
Today, it was announced that Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) will be subject to new restrictions following an increase in cases. Over the last week, the county has a rate of 82.1 infections per 100,000 people.
This follows the first local lockdown imposed on Caerphilly last week.
The CDO for Wales, Colette Bridgman, has said the latest standard operating procedures (SOP) remain in place for practices in restricted counties.
Prioritise routine care
According to the BDA, she emphasised that there is no need for dentistry to return to a red or heightened amber alert – unless practices fall under a higher risk category.
The Welsh government has confirmed that travel in areas that are on lockdown is permitted for healthcare appointments.
Additionally, the CDO asks that all practices providing … Read the rest
Dr Ahmed Hussain and Zainab Al Mukhtar discuss the rising problem of bruxism during the pandemic.
Have you seen a spike in cases of bruxism during the pandemic?
AH: Yes. I have seen an increase in patients attending with jaw pain and cracked teeth.
ZAM: Yes, I certainly have seen this. More people presenting with pain in the TMJ, tense muscles of mastication, increased signs of tooth wear and in some, enlarged masseter muscles and complaints of wider looking jaws.
Why do you think teeth grinding has increased?
AH: Increased stress during pandemic; the stress of the risk of getting the virus, stress of not finding a job after the furlough scheme, financial strain. Or just being at home all day with the kids whilst schools we’re closed!
ZAM: Stress, anxiety and uncertainty around all this underpins this. This could be due to financial strains, out of routine, health fears, … Read the rest
With Formlabs launching its new Form 3B, we speak to Sam Wainwright, product manager, about where 3D printing in dentistry is right now.
What are the latest innovations in 3D printing?
3D printing has been in the dental industry for a very long time now.
It’s been pretty lively for the last 20 years. But in the last, I’d say, five years, really the biggest changes for dental and 3D printing is the affordability and ease of use of the systems.
Specifically, the Form 2 from Formlabs was released in 2015. It really changed the perception over what affordable 3D professional level printing can be.
Since then there has been a rapid evolution of technology and adoption of 3D printing in dental. At Formlabs we continue to be on the cutting edge and defining what is possible with affordable 3D printing with the release of our next generation 3D printers … Read the rest
Government progress in tackling the growing problem of childhood obesity has been slow, reports the UK’s independent spending watchdog.
The National Audit Office urges the government to act with ‘greater urgency, commitment, co-ordination and cohesion’ if it is to improve the nation’s health.
‘Progress with the programme has been slow and many commitments are not yet in place,’ the new report reads.
However, it acknowledges that the new strategy announced in July 2020 indicates a greater willingness to tackle childhood obesity.
The report brings together a number of key findings. These include:
- The government estimates obesity-related treatments in England cost the NHS £6.1 billion every year
- Almost 10% of four to five year olds, and more than one fifth of 10 to 11 year olds, were obese in 2018/19
- Children living in deprived areas are twice as likely to be obese than those in less deprived areas
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This week, Colin Campbell talks about his triathlon experiences and why he recommends taking part.
I first competed in a triathlon in 2008 after aspiring to be a triathlete since 2003.
At school I was fit, really fit, I played basketball sometimes 30 hours per week. By the time I finished university I had put on five stone and peaked at 18 stone!
The next 15 years was a battle with weight, I would run on and off and I could swim a little bit, but I hadn’t really picked up a bike since I was a boy. In 2003 I decided I wanted to try some cycling. With a little bit of money that I was given when a relative passed away, I bought my first road bike, shoes, helmet, cycling top and shorts for £500 all in.
I went on holiday that year and started swimming in the … Read the rest
Missed out on this week’s dental news? No problem, here’s what happened over the past seven days…
Dental nurses are leaving the profession in droves. With all the extra PPE and decontamination protocols now required, some of the most valuable members of the dental profession feel they are suffering from a ‘severe lack of support’. This is leading many to leave the profession altogether. We hear from three dental nurses as they give their experiences back in practice. This is particularly worrying when you consider there was a shortage of nurses before the pandemic. Dentistry cannot continue without the support of its nurses.
Colette Bridgman has clarified the rules for dentistry in Wales as Caerphilly county became the first localised lockdown in the country. It … Read the rest