CAMBRIDGE – Saturated fats in junk food have been associated with obesity, diabetes and hyperlipidaemia risk. Now, researchers from the University of Cambridge have warned that such food also contains a great deal of sugar, which can contribute to periodontal disease when consumed to excess. They suggested that its effect on oral health may be an important additional mechanism by which junk food elevates the risk of cardiovascular disease.November 14, 2013 Brain drain to cause severe health-worker shortage in poor countries
LONDON – Health Poverty Action, a UK-based international development organisation, has published a new report on the consequences of the migration of health workers. According to the researchers, poor countries will be affected worst by the severe shortage of health workers as the specialists they train migrate to wealthier countries.October 18, 2013 Interview: "The term 'implantologist' is ill-defined and often misleading"
While dental implantology has seen tremendous growth in the last 20 years, education standards for the field, particularly at university level, are still lacking. A recent European consensus workshop on implantology education in Budapest in Hungary sought to discuss ways to assure quality and effective education in implant dentistry. Dental Tribune ONLINE spoke with Dr Nikos Mattheos, one of the organisers of the workshop and EAO presenter, from the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Dentistry about education standards in implant dentistry and the reason the field does not qualify to be an independent specialty.October 15, 2013 Interview: 'Human error is inevitable'
As a full-time A330 airline captain who flies internationally, Dr Mark Pinsky from Ann Arbor in Michigan, USA, knows a great deal about errors and their possible consequences. Although piloting a plane and performing dental procedures require completely different skill sets, they have common ground when it comes to application of these skills, he says. Dental Tribune ONLINE had the opportunity to speak with the former dentist and EAO 2013 presenter about the sources of error in implant dentistry and the tools currently available to minimise the risks.October 15, 2013 Mercury treaty sensible says BDA
LONDON – The British Dental Association (BDA) believes that the signing of a globally-binding treaty on the use of mercury is a sensible outcome that recognises the practicalities of improving oral health. The treaty was endorsed at a meeting in Minamata, Japan, on 10 October. It requires nations to phase down the use of dental amalgam fillings, of which mercury is a component, over an appropriate period of time.October 10, 2013 Implantology in Ireland—A dental specialty with tradition
DUBLIN, Ireland: After 18 years, the Annual Scientific Congress of the European Association of Osseointegration is finally returning to Ireland. Osseointegrated dental implants were first used in the country in 1983. This early adoption of the innovative clinical technique occurred when our own team, based at the Blackrock Clinic, was invited by Prof. P.-I. Brånemark to become one of a small number of pioneer teams worldwide to introduce his techniques into clinical practice.September 27, 2013 Over a quarter of UK five-year-olds have dental caries
LONDON – New figures published last week highlight that a considerable number of children in the UK have tooth decay. Despite a slight overall improvement in children’s oral health over the past four years, the new survey revealed that significant variations persist between children in different areas of the country and from different backgrounds.September 23, 2013 Contract prevented Harry Potter star from fixing teeth
LONDON – Actors sometimes have to make sacrifices for their roles in films. In the case of Matthew Lewis, who is best known for his role as wizard Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series, the producers made the actor sign a contract that forbid him to have his crooked teeth fixed.September 13, 2013 Foreign dentists face language tests in UK
LONDON – Last week, the UK Department of Health announced its plans to introduce language tests for European medical professionals wishing to work in the UK. The new regulation will give the General Medical Council (GMC) the power to impose checks where concerns arise about a doctor’s English language competence.August 21, 2013 Smallest electric toothbrush for babies launched in UK
WINCHESTER – Brush-Baby, a UK-based specialist in children’s dental health care products, has announced the launch of BABYSONIC, the smallest electric toothbrush available on the market worldwide. It is significantly smaller than regular electric toothbrushes for children and can be used on a baby’s gums from the day it is born.August 16, 2013 UK to remove ban on HIV-positive dental personnel
LONDON – Yesterday, the UK Department of Health announced that it will be modernising the HIV rules that were implemented in the 1980s to protect the public better. Part of the plan is to allow doctors, nurses and other skilled health care workers with HIV who are undergoing treatment to perform certain medical procedures from which they are currently banned.July 5, 2013 Rolls-Royce used as front-line dental surgery at auction
LONDON – A Rolls-Royce that was used as a mobile dental surgery during the First World War is expected to sell for an estimated £600,000 at an auction next week. The 1913 Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer was once owned by a dentist who volunteered for the Red Cross during the war and equipped the car with various dental equipment to treat injured service personnel.July 3, 2013 New degradable particles could repair decayed teeth
LONDON – Researchers from the UK have received the materials science Venture Prize for developing a new degradable particle that could bring toothache relief to millions. The particles, which are about the same size as small holes in teeth, are designed to block such holes and repair decayed teeth.June 28, 2013 A-dec Nightrider cyclists raise funds for dental charity
LONDON – At the beginning of June, a group of eight A-dec representatives took the Nightrider challenge in London to raise funds for Bridge2Aid, a long-standing partner charity of the company that provides dental care, education and training to African communities. The team completed the 100 km tour through the city and raised over £1,300 (€1,600).June 11, 2013 Millions of Brits neglect basic oral hygiene
RUGBY – A new survey published recently by the British Dental Health Foundation has shown that many people in the UK have a poor attitude with regard to oral health. It found that a considerable number regularly skip brushing their teeth and flossing even though this could lead to severe health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease, in the future.May 28, 2013 One in four patients would skip dentist for tooth whitening
RUGBY – Tooth whitening is becoming increasingly popular. Last week, UK health authorities voiced concerns about illegal and potentially harmful tooth-whitening services in the country, as a survey had shown that over 25 per cent of the participants would choose to purchase home kits or visit beauticians rather than consult a dentist to have their teeth whitened.May 17, 2013 3-D digital head and neck to revolutionise dental training
GLASGOW – Researchers from Scotland have presented the world’s first anatomically accurate interactive 3-D head and neck learning resource, which also features an interactive dental injection stimulator. With this innovation, they hope to enhance understanding of the anatomy, increase the flexibility of training for health-care professionals and improve patient safety.November 16, 2012 EU health experts demand taxation of unhealthy food
LONDON, UK/BERLIN, Germany: This week, a UK and a German health society have demanded the introduction of health-related food duties. In order to tackle diet-related diseases and to offset the financial public health burden of diabetes, heart disease and dental decay, other organisations across Europe have also called upon their governments for intervention recently.April 11, 2012 Dentists central to tackling alcohol abuse
LONDON – In a recently published paper on alcohol abuse in the UK, researchers have pointed out the key role of dental professionals in the detection of oral cancer. They suggest that dental settings might provide an ideal place for identification and intervention, since those working in primary care are often the first to notice abnormalities of the oral cavity caused by excessive drinking, among other factors.March 26, 2012 Medical tourism: 65 per cent of dental patients would do it again
LONDON – A UK online adviser for medical treatment has investigated the latest trends in overseas travel for dental treatment. The company conducted a survey that revealed new insights into the travel destination, kind of treatment and patients’ satisfaction with procedures and services abroad. The study is the largest of its kind in Europe.March 16, 2012 Dentist purchases Elvis Presley’s dental crown
STOCKPORT – A Canadian dentist has recently made the winning bid on a porcelain crown of Elvis Presley. The affectionately named “Kings Crown” sold for £5,200 (US$8,150) and added to the dentist’s collection of celebrity dental memorabilia, in which he already had a tooth from John Lennon he bought last year from the same auction house.