May 3rd, 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the department of dentistry at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). A full-day educational symposium with notable speakers is planned, including Dr. Ed Barrett, staff pediatric dentist at the hospital. Dr. John O’Keefe sat down with Dr. Barrett and spoke about dentistry in the age of helicopter parenting. The interview tackled questions, such as: How is the helicopter parenting concept defined? What are the implications of a culture clash for general practitioners? Is the helicopter parent a guilty parent, when there is dental disease? Main points The most important relationship you have ...Read More »
What are the current options for treatment of immature permanent teeth that have had trauma leading to pulp necrosis?
This question was submitted by a general dentist: What are the current options for treatment of immature permanent teeth that have had trauma leading to pulp necrosis? Drs. Aimee Castro, Jamie Ong, Anoushe Sekhavat and Rae Varughese Drs. Aimee Castro, Jamie Ong, Anoushe Sekhavat, and Rae Varughese are second-year graduate students in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Toronto A necrotic immature incisor can be distressing to both parents and children. Long term concerns for management of these teeth include unfavourable crown-root ratio, parallel root walls that prevent traditional treatment of the root canal space and fragile thin walls that may predispose to vertical root ...Read More »
With the reported rise in incidence of early childhood caries in North America in recent times, dental professional organizations are re-doubling efforts to encourage parents to bring children for a dental visit by the first birthday. For many children, caries is a largely preventable disease, and I have always found it really sad to see a mouthful of cavities in the mouths of young children, especially when simple measures can have a profound impact on preventing the disease in young children. A colleague that I respect very much pointed me to a neat resource the other day that demonstrates how to brush the teeth of very ...Read More »
This question was submitted to us by a practising dentist: “I had a patient present today with ongoing generalized sensitivity. No clinical evidence of recession; no bruxism or clenching that she is aware of; and no dietary changes. I would like to make trays to better deliver some palliative relief (she is currently using desensitizing toothpaste). What is the best product for the trays? Would Fluoride or relief gel or some other product that I am unaware of be best?” Dr. Hardy Limeback, former head of preventive dentistry at the University of Toronto provided this initial response: Persistent generalized dentin ...Read More »