Is the Flavor Component in Dental Products Therapeutic?

Oral care items are normally dispensed in various flavors. And even though flavoring is considered a marketing strategy to generate more consumers, it is salient to note that the approach does have advantages on dental tissues/organs. Therefore, dental health specialists should strive to amass a collection of product flavors entailing palatable as well as therapeutic attributes.
The flavoring take has so far been featured in quite an enormous number of consumer products including toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, breath freshening compounds, and also therapeutics such as restorative materials and dental isolators. Natural flavorings are primarily obtained from edible elements of flora species like grain, fruit, bark, leaf, and root. Other viable sources are seafood, dairies, eggs, poultry, or biochemical/enzymatic processes involving animal/plant raw materials. Furthermore, there are some synthetic flavorings which emulate the above-mentioned classification about chemical properties. The two categories may either be volatile (in that they entail nasal arousal) or non-volatile (catering solely to the tongue’s flavor receptors). The latter division provides gustation depictions like sweetness, sourness or saltiness, impressions responsible for trigeminal sensations such as cooling or burning.
These flavoring agents are essential not only for the oral division but also for the drugs sector as a whole, particularly because they counteract medication with dire distinctive tastes.
Reference
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3283969/

VR for the Dentist

Going to the dentist can often be a scary experience for the uneasy and anxious, but a new relaxation technique used by one dental practice in Devon, England is consistently resulting in a better time for dental patients.

As the virtual reality fad continues to envelop the nation, medical practitioners are finding ways to exploit its full potential. A team of researchers in Devon led a study to determine whether such measures could improve a patient’s experience during routine dental procedures.

Patients who consented to the experiment were randomly assigned to one of three virtual reality settings: 1) standard care (the control), 2) a virtual walk on a beach equipped with a headset and handheld controller, or 3) a walk around a virtual city. The researchers concluded that patients who walked around the beach during their time at the dentist reported less anxiety, pain, and had more positive memories of their treatment after some time as compared to those in the standard care condition or those who walked around in the city.

“The use of virtual reality in health care settings is on the rise,” says Dr. Karin Tanja-Dijkstra, lead author of the study. “Under the right conditions, this technology can be used to help both patients and practitioners.”

References: https://www.vrs.org.uk/virtual-reality-healthcare/dentistry.html

 

Grape Seed Extract Could Strengthen Composite Fillings

 

New research from Chicago College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois has uncovered that grape seed extracts could serve as invaluable strengtheners to dentine. Published in the Journal of Dental Research, the expedition details how the aforementioned constituent has the capability of enhancing composite resin fillings allowing them to last longer. Project author Ana Bedran-Russo mentions that the extracts can increase the durability of dentine, which is made up of calcified extracellular tissue and forms the layer beneath the external enamel.
Interface reinforcement
Dentine comprises of mostly a collagen makeup, the most prevalent structural protein in skin and other connective tissues. Ana points out that resins have to affix themselves on the dentine, but the boundary between the two is unstable, and therefore restorations involving this area normally disintegrate. When fillings fail, dental carries come about, and the seal is lost.
The study seeks to reinforce the interface to in turn yield a strong bond between the resin and the dentine, particularly via the use of new natural materials.
The study group have conducted experiments and discovered that damaged collagen can restore itself with the help of flora based flavonoids found in most foods and vegetables, and extracts from grape seeds.
Reference
http://www.dentistry.co.uk/2017/06/13/grape-seed-extract/

Photonics in dentistry–south of the border

Dentists Zoom Laser Whitening

The Los Algodones Township in Baja California, Mexico is home to quite a relatively small population of about six thousand residents. Nevertheless, the city harbors a staggering nine hundred dentists and three hundred dental clinics, and has been highly acclaimed as the global leader with regard to dentists per capita. Expenses incurred in oral undertakings such as teeth cleaning and crowning are documented to be four times cheaper in the town than in the US. The notion out there is that Mexico might be using unsophisticated and out-of-date equipment. And yet surprisingly, Los Algodones bears the same novel machinery being used in US dental offices. Some are even further equipped with photonics.

A great number of dentists in the subject area can partake in Zoom laser whitening, particularly by combining ultraviolet laser and special hydrogen peroxide gel. This approach has made the expedition a one-time affair taking about forty-five minutes, a relatively short time span when compared with the conventional non-laser based whitening.

The resident Sani Dental group has some of the most distinguished equipment in the country; one is the panoramic and digital periapical X-ray machines lacking in most clinics across the globe.
They also have the latest laser apparatus catering to periodontal ailments, tissue regeneration, and teeth cleaning.

Reference
http://www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/2014/03/photonics-in-dentisty-south-of-the-border.html
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StellaLife Inc. Launches Vega Oral Care System of Homeopathic Oral Healing Products

StellaLife, a franchise producing biotechnology products, has unveiled a new line of items meant to speed up the healing process after oral undertakings, manage oral discomfort, and perpetuate long-term oral health. The Vega Oral Care system, awaiting patent approval so that it can be rolled out, is designed to enhance oral post-surgical recovery and optimize dental medication. It will serve as StellaLife’s first merchandise to be sold in the dentistry market.
The package constitutes three natural items: a gel, a rinse, and a recovery kit that harbors a spray. They altogether negate pain, damage, and swelling, while also corroborating a faster rate of healing. They also feature anxiolytic attributes which assist in dealing with the uneasiness of dental procedures. The spray is applied on the tongue, with gel catering to the entire topical area while the rinse serves as an antimicrobial mouthwash to disinfect wounds.
The collection bears sixteen active ingredients which are constituents of the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS). It can be put to use after all dental surgery undertakings including bone and tissue transplants, extractions, oral fixations, biopsies, as well as non-surgical expeditions such as root planning. The products’ production is done in accordance with principles of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).
Reference
http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2017/06/stellalife-inc-launches-vega-oral-care-system-of-
homeopathic-oral-healing-products.html

Dental Jewelry

In Europe, the tooth jewelry fashion has existed for quite some time, but in the US, it’s a relatively novel conception that is slowly gaining momentum regarding the application. The most prevalent form of dental jewelry involves the covering of teeth with gold or silver caps. However, it is salient to note that there are different viable materials which perform the same aesthetic function.
Dental jewels are affixed to the teeth’s enamel, with the latter being slightly roughened to get a strong grip between a bonding agent and the two subjects. The procedure is simple and utterly pain-free. The choice on the jewel type determines whether the process will be expensive or cheap.
Besides material classification, tooth jewelry also entails a variety of configurations, designs, and colors. The figures may include crosses, stars, hearts, skulls, etc. Rubies, Amethyst, and emeralds are some of the most common stone typologies used in the domain.
Dentists have nevertheless expressed concern with the practice, detailing that attaching metal/crystalline implements could result in bacteria/plaque build-up on the teeth and gums.
Reference
http://dentalnewspk.com/did-you-know-about-dental-jewelry/

Miraculous Honey: A Sweet and Valuable Remedy in Dentistry

The curative attributes of honey bee items have since time immemorial been put into practical use. While bearing anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties, honey has also proved to be quite effective in impeding cancer metastasis in rodent specimens. It is currently serving as a constituent in some prevalent anti-cancer medications. But besides that, the product’s benefits in the dentistry domain are yet to be fully documented, and therefore the article provides a few insights on the conception.
Honey harbors polyphenol compounds which enhance restoration in cases of dental carries, oral cancer, and periodontal ailments. It can consequently be integrated into oral antiseptics including toothpaste and mouthwash. Manuka and acacia honey have demonstrated significant capability in dealing with halitosis. Dental specialists have also advocated for the chewing of honey gum after meals as a means of decreasing plaque and the subsequent risk of gingivitis. Further, honey can also accelerate healing after a radiotherapy treatment plan on stomatitis.
Reference
http://www.srmjrds.in/article.asp?issn=0976-433X;year=2016;volume=7;issue=2;spage=132;epage=133;aulast=Newadkar