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Out of office – Sumeet Sandhu and a love for netball

Sumeet Sandhu talks about her passion for sport, travel – and why she thinks having hobbies away from dentistry is a must.

Please introduce yourself

I’m Sumeet Sandhu, a final year student at Peninsula Dental School. I am a co-founder of revisedental.com and won Sportswoman of the Year at the Future of Dentistry Awards 2019.

From this, I have recently started a blog called wholesum.uk, fusing a healthy lifestyle and dentistry together to encourage others to look after their mouths and bodies.

What do you get up to in your spare time away from dentistry?

This is a big question for me, as it varies so much!

It can jump from exercising to going out for meals with friends, to art and exploring the outdoors!

Recently, this list includes blogging and writing too. And with lockdown I have tried a bit of everything.

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The root of the problem – external cervical resorption

In this month’s Root of the Problem, Kreena Patel covers external cervical resorption, how to diagnose it and how to treat it.

External cervical resorption is a pathological resorption.

It initiates on the external aspect of the root, immediately below the gingival epithelial attachment. It is therefore most often found in the cervical region.

The literature states that external cervical resorption is relatively uncommon.

However, many endodontists notice it is becoming a more frequent finding.

It is difficult to know if this is due to the disease becoming more prevalent or because of better diagnosis by our dental community.

Resorption initiation

The external surface of the root is surrounded by a protective layer called precementum. Damage to this layer allows resorptive cells (odontoclasts) to penetrate the root.

The portal of entrance into the root can range in size from pinpoint to a much larger defect.

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How accurate are artificial intelligence systems at identifying tooth decay?

Artificial intelligence systems are able to identify tooth decay more accurately than human dentists, new research suggests.

The study, carried out by Pearl, compares the diagnostic abilities of three human dentists to that of an artificial intelligence (AI) diagnostic system.

It looked at the agreement between the human and AI diagnoses after they analysed more than 8,700 bitewing and periapical radiographs.

Additionally, the research revealed there was a lack of diagnostic agreement among the three human dentists.

Diagnostic discrepancies

They displayed a 79% unanimous agreement when it came to the absence of decay. But this dropped to 4.2% – around 370 X-rays – when it came to presence of decay.

And in nearly one in five instances, when two dentists identified decay in an X-ray, the third did not.

‘Our intention in producing this study was simply to demonstrate the efficacy of computer vision machine learning diagnostics in dental radiology,’ … Read the rest

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Dentist to take on charity swim across English Channel

A dentist is getting ready to take on the English Channel in a bid to raise money for a dental charity.

This month, Jim Lafferty will embark on a 12-hour solo swim from Dover to Calais.

Braving water temperatures of around 18°C, he hopes to raise £5,000 for Dentaid, a charity that works to improve oral health in the UK and overseas.

Although the shortest channel route is 21 miles, drifting currents will force Jim to swim around 25 miles to make it across to France. His solo journey will take place between 9 and 15 September.

Overcome obstacles

Jim will swim alongside a boat called High Hopes containing his support team, who will help him to overcome the risks of exhaustion, hypothermia and strong currents. The team includes a pilot and an observer from the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation.

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Half of sensitivity sufferers don’t report their pain

Colgate is launching a dedicated resource page devoted to helping patients suffering with dentine hypersensitivity.

Available at colgate.dentistry.co.uk, the interactive resource page provides readers with an overview on dentine hypersensitivity.

With 50% of sensitivity sufferers not reporting their pain, Colgate hopes this new resource page will help dental professionals diagnose and treat dentine hypersensitivity.

‘We wanted to set this microsite up to provide an educational resource around Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief Toothpaste range to help support dental professionals with managing their patients with dentine hypersensitivity,’ a Colgate spokesperson says.

‘We also want this to be easily accessible to dental professionals. So that they can access it in their own time and provide the opportunity to gain patient samples of Colgate Sensitive Pro relief for their practice.

‘We hope dental professionals will gain a true understanding of how Colgate’s portfolio of sensitive toothpaste can help manage this patient group.

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Report calls on government to provide financial support for dental services

A group of dental associations have joined together and called on government action for mixed and private services.

In a new report, key stakeholders assess the financial support measures currently available to practices.

And following the findings, the British Dental Association (BDA) has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak calling for an ‘urgent response’.

Robust support package

The paper sets out a number of key recommendations, for example:

  • The extension of eligibility for financial support and expansion of eligibility to business rate relief. This is to help manage the financial burdens of resuming provision and restoring the sector
  • Further support through investment in extended commissioning of NHS dental care to address the backlog of patients.

Additionally, it urges for a ‘robust and timely support package’ for the dental sector, asking the government to consider:

  • An extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Eligibility for business rate relief
  • Eligibility for the Retail,
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EXCLUSIVE: BDA ‘toxic at the top’ and refuses an independent external investigation

Tony Kilcoyne lifts the lid on his time at the BDA and why he thinks the organisation needs big changes at the top before it can move forward.

After raising serious concerns about the very top of the BDA organisation, have there been any further developments?

Tony Kilcoyne: Yes. I have asked the CEO of the BDA for an external independent enquiry. But this has been totally rejected.

They see absolutely no problems keeping any investigation only internal to the BDA via their own scrutiny committee and away from external eyes.

I have already explained this is inappropriate. Due to such serious concerns involving senior people, that the BDA itself inevitably conflicts with now.

Further, they’ll know their own people involved personally. And the perception externally could be that of a cover up, rather than one of objectivity, openness and fairness, to genuinely achieve any deep cultural changes needed.… Read the rest

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Out of office – Mark Skimming and spending time with the family

In this week’s Out of office, Mark Skimming discusses the importance of time out of the practice with his family to unwind, re-energise and refocus.

Please introduce yourself

My name is Mark Skimming, I am a married father of three.

I am a dentist now focusing on running a company, which currently has seven practices across central Scotland. We’re looking to expand throughout Scotland and into the north of England.

My career started after graduating in 2005 from Glasgow University. After this I continued to work around Glasgow.

My head was turned towards private care whilst completing my MSc in restorative dentistry with the FGDP. Through this desire to work in private practice I opened a squat practice in 2009.

Over 10 years the company continued to grow to the seven practices we have now. Most of my time is now spent running the company and supporting the clinical team.… Read the rest

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Dental news you’ve missed this week

Missed out on this week’s dental news? No problem, here’s what happened over the past seven days…

Female representation in the dental profession

Despite making up at least half of the profession, representation of female dentists as speakers, board members and social media influencers remains stubbornly low. Is it because female dentists don’t want to put themselves in these positions? Or is there a more serious problem within the profession? Jayne Sproson gives us her thoughts and includes some powerful anonymous quotes and experiences from those working in dentistry.

Dental labs need immediate help and support to avoid ‘catastrophic’ losses

Dental labs are often the forgotten team member. And this has certainly been the case during the COVID-19 pandemic. Steve Taylor describes dental labs’ perilous position as ‘catastrophic’. If our dental labs don’t receive some support/work soon, practices may well have to start looking abroad for their crowns and … Read the rest

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