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The bridge between dentistry and the law

Dentistry talks to Sarah Ide, Debbie Herbst and Eric Easson about their experiences as dentolegal advisers.

What is a dentolegal adviser?

Sarah Ide (SI): A Dental Defence Union (DDU) dentolegal adviser (DLA) is an experienced dentist with further training and understanding of assisting dental professionals with complaints, regulatory matters and other ethical and legal issues that crop up in relation to our members’ daily work. They act as a bridge between dentists and the legal process.

Debbie Herbst (DH): A DLA provides support, advice and assistance to dental registrant colleagues. It aids in a wide variety of matters relating to their ethical and professional responsibilities. DLAs are experienced dentists who work closely with other colleagues, such as the legal or media teams. They protect members’ interests and resolve issues in a timely way.

What is your dental background?

SI: I qualified in 1992, working as a house officer in hospital … Read the rest

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Severe COVID-19 linked to genetic make-up of both host and virus, say researchers

A recent study conducted by a team of international scientists has revealed that the infectivity and pathogenicity of SARS-CoV-2 strongly depend on the genetic background of both the virus and the host.

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Creating the perfect pout

Harry Singh explains the treatment process and potential complications for considering non-surgical lip augmentation.

From Hollywood lips to the Essex lip, it seems that a commonly requested procedure from our aesthetic patients is the non-surgical lip augmentation.

Lips have always created attention and there is currently a high public demand for lip enhancement, which many consider to be a sign of attractiveness (Wollina, 2013). 

Full, well-defined lips showcase youth, health, attractiveness and sexuality.

Wider, fuller and curved lips and a short upper white lip are signs of female attractiveness (Verner, 2015) – a feeling only accentuated by the celebrities showcasing their own pout – from Kylie Jenner and Katie Price to most of the Love Island cast.

So why do we see so many distorted results?

In this article, we will look at how you can create that perfect pout. This will involve balancing age-specific treatments with the correct product … Read the rest

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What are the dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 transmission inside an aircraft cabin?

A team of US scientists has recently evaluated the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection among passengers present inside an aircraft cabin. The findings suggest that the risk of airborne viral transmission is minimal during long-duration flights.

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Negotiating a perforation of the mesiobuccal canal

Dr Dickon Adams presents a case report describing the treatment of a patient who had been referred to him with a mesiobuccal perforation.

In this particular case, someone referred a 36-year-old female patient to me. Her general dental practitioner was having problems with the root canal treatment on the LL6.

The patient had originally presented to the dentist due to pain. The dentist initiated root canal treatment.

The initial radiograph showed there to be extensive apical areas. I made an association between a mesial radiolucency and a buccal fistula. Also, it revealed slight furcation radiolucency that may have been a result of perforation from the creation of the previous access cavity (Figure 1 and Figure 2).

It also looked as though the instrumentation had failed to negotiate the curved mesial root and had perforated mesially.

Further investigation revealed that there was a large perforation of the mesiobuccal canal (Figure 3).Read the rest

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CBP, FDA seize counterfeit, flavored e-cigarettes valued at over $719K

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport working in conjunction with agents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that they have seized 33,681 units of e-cigarettes with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $719,453.

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Quick fire round with Katy Galloway

Katy Galloway talks about the desire for an Americanised smile, Invisalign, training dogs, skiing and rock climbing.

Factfile

Name: Katy Galloway

Qualifications: MChD/ BChD Dental Surgery, BSc Oral Surgery

Job title: Dental associate, soon to be practice owner

Professional Interests: Smile transformations, minor oral surgery

Interests outside dentistry: DIY, enjoying time with my partner and pets

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I am originally from Hull. After graduating from University of Leeds I have not relocated. I have devoted my youth to dentistry and I absolutely love the profession! Throughout my school years I thrived in both science and art subjects. For me, nothing pairs both of these skills better than dentistry.

I met my partner in my academic year at university. Together, we have developed our skill sets and look forward to opening our first practice together later this year.

What or who made you

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Researchers study the effectiveness of FEND product to improve airway hygiene

In a paper published in Molecular Frontiers Journal, researchers from Cambridge, Massachusetts and Bangalore, India study the effectiveness of FEND product to significantly improve airway hygiene by reducing and suppressing respiratory droplets potentially containing airborne pathogens and other contaminants.

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Has lockdown got you feeling like you can’t be there for your patients?

Amo Sohal will discuss how digital technology will future proof patient care in dentistry on Sunday 17 January at 19:00.

Let’s not beat around the bush and consciously accept the fact that 2020 took all sectors by surprise. Dentistry included.

We are now living in the information age, where information and data is everything.

How can we make informed decisions? We must have information and data to make such decisions.

How can we assist our patients’ problems and concerns when we have limited information streams available to us such as email/text/phone calls? With many patients now also reluctant to leave home – how are we able to help with limited information?

We must have more data – this is what dental check-ups are for! Dentists are visual people!

This is where technology can help us. Embrace technology to gain more data from patients and offer an enhanced level of care. … Read the rest

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Researchers identify bacterium that produces pharmaceutical all-purpose weapon

For some years, an active substance from the leaves of an ornamental plant has been regarded as a possible forerunner of a new group of potent drugs. So far, however, it has been very laborious to manufacture it in large quantities.

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