GREAT YARMOUTH, UK: Dentures need to be taken out before a general anaesthetic is administered, doctors have warned after a 72-year-old man’s dentures became stuck in his throat during surgery to remove a harmless lump in his abdominal wall. They were not discovered for eight days. Aside from causing the patient considerable pain, bleeding and difficulty swallowing, the oversight led to repeated hospital visits, additional invasive tests, blood transfusions and, eventually, more surgery.
NEW YORK, U.S.: More access to dental care facilities can only be a positive step toward improving the general health of people and benefiting the community. Welcome news for the people of Brooklyn and surrounding areas is the announcement that the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) will open a new dental care facility at City Point in early 2020. The aim is to bring high-quality, low-cost care to adults and children.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., U.S.: Scientists have recently discovered that an oral rinse referred to as magic mouthwash significantly reduces the pain caused by oral mucositis and mouth ulcers in patients receiving radiation therapy for head and neck cancers. The mouthwash contains diphenhydramine, lidocaine and antacids.