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What are patients’ perceptions of benefits and risks of complete denture therapy? A study

This summary is based on the article published in the Journal of Prosthodontics: Patients’ Perceptions of Benefits and Risks of Complete Denture Therapy (October 2014) Bàrbara Barbério Miranda, DDS, Mateus Bertolini Fernandes dos Santos, DDS, MSD, PhD, & Leonardo Marchini, DDS, MSD, PhD      Context Edentulous patients can have problems with feeding, speaking, and socializing. 1 Some edentulous patients may present an increase in psychological and social problems due to this handicap. Physical consequences of tooth loss also exist: residual ridge resorption, loss of facial support, and a decrease in bite force and masticatory efficiency. 2 The rehabilitation of edentulous ...

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Is there a benefit for the routine use of an antibacterial mouth rinse prior to dental appointments?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: Is there any evidence of benefit for the routine use of an antibacterial mouth rinse (ie. chlorhexidine gluconate 0.12%) prior to dental appointments?  Would there be any contraindications to this practice? Drs. Gordon Schwartz from Gumdocs and Suham Alexander provided this quick initial response.      The intended aim of having patients use a pre-procedural antibacterial mouth rinse is to reduce or limit the exposure of patients and dental staff to microorganisms that are found in aerosols in the dental office as well as to decrease contamination of equipment and operatory surfaces ...

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Do sensation differences exist between dental implants and natural teeth?

This summary is based on the article published in Clinical Oral Implant Research: Do sensation differences exist between dental implants and natural teeth? A meta-analysis (November 2014) Nobuaki Higaki, Takaharu Goto, Yuichi Ishida, Megumi Watanabe, Yoritoki Tomotake, Tetsuo Ichikawa   Context Mastication is an essential function for processing foods into a bolus in the oral cavity. 1-3 This behavior is controlled in a coordinated manner by the stomatognathic organs and regulated by the central pattern generator in the brain stem. 4-5 Moreover, the oral sensory-motor system, including periodontal sensation, is thought to affect the oral motor behaviors and to be ...

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What are the possible ways of reducing dental erosive potential of acidic beverages

This summary is based on the article published in the Australian Dental Journal: Possible ways of reducing dental erosive potential of acidic beverages (September 2014) T Stefański, L Postek-Stefańska Context Frequent consumption of acidic beverages is related to excessive tooth wear, namely dental erosion. Preventive measures may involve reduction or elimination of acidic drink consumption. However, the success of this approach is difficult to achieve as it is highly dependent on patient compliance. Therefore, a practical way of minimizing the erosive potential of popular acidic drinks may be their chemical modification. Purpose of the Review The aim of this article ...

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‘Know thy patient’: is there a relationship between personality and oral health?

This summary is based on the article published in the European Journal of Oral Sciences: Personality and oral health (October 2011) Thomson WM, Caspi A, Poulton R, Moffitt TE, Broadbent JM.         Context Recent decades have seen a burgeoning in the use of self-report measures in oral epidemiological and health services research 1. This has been sparked by not only the development of such measures, but also by an increasing awareness of their utility in such research and the recognition that health is a subjective state 2. Research into the association between personality and health has shown at ...

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Lift the Lip: Uncovering the dangers of early childhood caries

Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager, spoke with Dr. Olva Odlum, senior scholar in the Department of Preventive Dentistry at the University of Manitoba, about the issue of extreme early childhood caries and their link to systemic health.       Listen to the audio interview   Interview Highlights The number of children between the ages of 2 and 5 presenting in hospitals every year with obvious signs of malnutrition is staggering. These are children with extreme early childhood caries. It is important for Canadian dentists to know about this issue because current research shows that broken and abscessed teeth in very ...

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A new digital resource: Dental Radiography, A quick reference guide for intraoral images, by Dr Anthea Senior

The September 9th edition of the News Bites included a news item about a new interactive radiography manual, authored by Dr. Anthea Senior, Clinical Associate professor in the radiology department in the School of Dentistry at the University of Alberta. The aim of the e-book is for students to have a quick reference guide to review before lab sessions and before they would take their first radiograph on patients. We interviewed Dr. Senior about her motivation to write the book as well as the value that such a resource brings in helping students and dental professionals.   Listen to the ...

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How often and over what time period will any excess root canal cement/sealer dissolve?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: If expressed through the apical foramen during RCT, how often and over what time period will any excess root canal cement/sealer dissolve? Dr. Mary Dabuleanu from Dabuleanu Dental and Dr. Suham Alexander provided this quick initial response:            Root canal sealers or cements play an important role in endodontic treatment such as: filling irregularities between the filling material and root canal walls filling accessory canals and foramina of canals binding agent for gutta percha or other core material to the dentin illustrates presence of areas of resorption, internal shape ...

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