Health administrators in Minnesota have been striving to curb the dissemination of antibiotic-related germs by castigating over-prescription of the associated drugs – but new data shows it’s now a cause for concern in the dentistry sphere too. Epidemiologists in Minnesota’s Health division recently assessed around one thousand six hundred cases of dire intestinal infection referred to as Clostridium difficile (C.diff) from 2009 to 2015. More than half the figure was found to have ingested antibiotics before diagnosis. C.diff becomes active after antibiotics have catered to other germs in the anatomy. Involved specialists were however surprised after discovering that around one hundred and thirty subjects had gotten the antibiotics from oral procedures. The findings were tabled last month at a science convention in San Diego. Dental specialist Dr. Amanda Beaudoin points out that dentists previously prescribed antibiotics before some oral processes to prevent incidences of bacterial infections, but currently, the take is on a phase-out and is not recommended as much. She also notes that research on the repercussion of excess antibiotic ingestion has scarcely factored in the dentistry domain, and that’s why experts on the field have been overprescribing. But more importantly, Amanda calls on the public at large to play a crucial role of not demanding excess antibiotics, especially in the cold/flu season.
A UN-sponsored worldwide expedition meant to negate the use of mercury in dentistry is now shifting its focus away from developed countries into the developing ones. The main aim is to safeguard human health and the environment alike from mercury releases. The campaign has identified the most plagued groups from the use of amalgam, which include children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding women. Amongst the key advocacies being championed are: revising the training curriculums present in dental institutions to emphasize mercury-free dentistry and the enactment of a phase-down strategy. This has to be accompanied by the requisite guidelines and legislative review. Others include prohibiting the drilling of new mercury sites, phasing out existing ones, banning conventional items and procedures employing mercury, curbing the material’s trade, beefing up its storage and disposal, plus catering to contaminated areas to decrease exposure to the dire neurotoxin.
Mercury, prevalently employed in dental fillings to treat cavities, has been castigated for one, its signature repercussions on the environment such as its long-range atmospheric dissemination plus its long-term persistence and accumulation in the ecosystem. On the health aspect, the chemical is known to be injurious to the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, cardiovascular and immune anatomy frameworks of the groups above.
While many are content with using the traditional method of flossing to rid plaque from the surfaces of teeth, in recent years a new technology has surfaced that claims an easier alternative to flossing: the Waterpik.
Using a highly pressured jet stream of water to remove tooth debris instead of the traditional thin string, a Waterpik is designed to be easy, reusable, user-friendly. This device can also provide a method of flossing to those who are unable to use string floss, such as orthodontic patients with braces.
While numerous studies have been conducted comparing the efficiency of both methods, no conclusive results have emerged; some studies have found that Waterpiks were 24% more efficient than string floss in cleaning plaque, while others have claimed that Waterpiks increase the risk for gingivitis.
Regardless of which method you prefer, technology cannot substitute for good oral hygiene: just remember to keep your teeth clean.
William Huntzinger, a dental practitioner, based in Ohio, mentions that he learned early in his career that investing in products and equipment alike was quite salient in enhancing patient care, increasing production, and ensuring efficiency in the workflow. He has outlined some of the novel feats he’s purchased over the years, which include an air abrasion model, rotary endo implements, a diode laser, digital x rays, a caries detection gadget, among others. The latest one, going by the name Solea CO2 laser, seems to be the one taking his practice to unprecedented levels. All of the aforementioned investments, however, have transformed William’s office from a five personnel workforce to a sixty-two number team, while also paving the way for the opening and operation of two subsidiaries.
An example of return on investment
Solea is a perfect case study of how new technologies can not only yield dramatic benefits on patients but also professional efficiency and profitability. It functions on both hard and soft tissue and most importantly facilitates oral undertakings without the use of anesthesia. Besides offering blood and pain-free services to patients, William points out he can also engage in multiquadrant dentistry with the same, thus tremendous gains in efficiency.
King’s College in London is currently working on a new technique that may make the dentist’s drill obsolete in a mere five years. Employing a form of spectroscopy emulating that which is present in condensed matter physics and material science, the technology could equip dentists in detecting decay at its onset or even prior, and therefore the minor damage will be catered for with mouthwash/fluoride varnish instead of drilling.
The expedition is yet to conduct experiments on human subjects. Nevertheless, the initial results look promising, and the involved project participants are asserting the model might see widespread application since it’s simple and practical. Its operation will first begin with the oral specialist pointing a laser-equipped fiber optic cable on the patient’s tooth. The subject will have to remain still for almost thirty seconds so that the mapping out is accurate without any distortions. Some are seeing this as a huge hindrance to its adoption.
The feat utilizes Raman spectroscopy, a variation that relies on inelastic dispersing of monochromatic light in the infrared and ultraviolet ranges. Molecular vibrations change the wavelength and strength of scattered light to in turn yield valuable info on an intermittent material. A healthy tooth will disperse the light differently from one with bacteria or in the initial phase of decay.
The Alpha Dental Center has added a novel implement to its equipment array, one that particularly gets rid of all forms of guesswork in the intricate implant and root canal undertakings. Dr. Babak Salahbin points out that only three percent of dental practices have the sophisticated tool.
Going by the name 3-D Cone Beam Machine, the device has surpassed the conventional panoramic X-ray to provide comprehensive views of the oral region, including details on the teeth, bones, nerves, and muscles. Babak mentions that for instance, they can now see how the canal is curved, as the 3-D tool enables comprehensive viewing in different angles.
It’s also safer take since patients are subjected to relatively fewer radiation amounts. But most importantly, the gadget has brought in better treatment plans since a specialist can, for example, ascertain an implant size about the relative nerves and striated muscles in the target area. It’s also negated the risks involved in puncturing a sinus cavity, one being an injury on a nerve. The machine is further bound to aid undertakings in the orthodontics domain, more so because it can facilitate the monitoring of how braces expand with time. Salahbin notes the Cone Beam was quite yearned/needed in their area of operation
(Elkton), due to the region harboring lots of underserved people.
Doomadgee State School will now receive some healthy new smiles all thanks to a collaborative initiative with North West Hospital and Health Service (NWHHS) and Gidgee Healing. An oral health group from the former organization will partake in a six-week program at the institution, providing dental check-ups, medication, and insights on how to maintain the “Deadly Smile.”
NWHHS Senior Dentist Dr. Rachael Seadon notes the expedition will be their first to utilize tele-dental technology. She has further revealed the team will have a multidisciplinary make-up, constituting a dental therapist, an oral health specialist, and pediatric dentist. A site at the Doomadgee State School will be designated to harbor the signature Gidgee Healing Dental van wherein the NWHHS members will provide the requisite services. She’s also mentioned of the undertaking’s main goal: to see children in the Doomadgee community receiving eminent dental care; under continual supervision by an accomplished dentist at Mount Isa Hospital, through a novel tele-dental implement.
The new tool features a minute intra-oral camera capable of comprehensively scanning the teeth and mouth. It does so while recording a video which is then dispatched to the Mount Isa dentist for assessments. Dr. Seadon asserts that even though teledentistry is currently in the pilot phase, it can significantly enhance access to dental consultation services in remote regions.