Monthly Archives:April 2019

Virtual Reality Technology Targets Maxillofacial Surgery Training

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Researchers at the University of Huddersfield are developing virtual reality (VR) technology to train surgeons, including maxillofacial surgeons. The gear will provide close-up, stereoscopic 3-D views of procedures in a 360° virtual operating room without the sightline problems that can occur in the packed operating theaters of today’s medical and dental schools. “During these sessions, the trainees

UNLV Students Build Models Instead of Dissect Cadavers to Learn Anatomy

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Dental students typically dissect cadavers to learn about human anatomy. The University of Las Vegas Nevada School of Dental Medicine, however, uses a different approach. The second-year students in Clinically Oriented Anatomy use colored dental wax and thread to build anatomically correct models of the skull over the seven-week course. Dissection

Colgate Expands Oral Health Education Program to Boys & Girls Clubs

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After reaching a billion children around the world, Colgate is expanding its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (BSBF) oral health education program with a new initiative with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Launched in the United States in 1991 and active in more than 80 countries, BSBF is among the most

Midway Dental Donation to Equip University of Michigan Dental Clinic

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A major gift from Midway Dental will allow the University of Michigan School of Dentistry to create a unique clinic where students, faculty, and staff learn how to use the latest innovative dentistry tools and technologies, according to the school. The gift is one of the largest financial commitments the school received during its

The unexpected dangers of gum disease

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Gum disease is common and unpleasant, but, according to a growing body of evidence, it could also play a role in a surprising range of seemingly unrelated health problems. Plaque – a sticky substance that contains bacteria — builds up on teeth. If it is not brushed away, the bacteria

Pharmacies offering oral health advice under pilot scheme

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A pilot scheme offering oral health advice through pharmacies is being rolled out across north east England. The scheme offers a ‘five-minute oral health intervention’ as customers wait for their prescriptions. This includes advising patients on how to brush their teeth properly and checking they were using the right products. ‘This

Busting barriers to dental care – Pasifika adolescents hold the answers

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Sitting at the forefront of inequalities in oral health care, Pasifika youth are well placed to provide solutions to the problem, a unique University of Otago study has found. Lead author Dr. Lee Smith, of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry, says despite dental care being free for all adolescents under the

How a common oral bacteria makes colon cancer more deadly

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Researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have determined how F. nucleatum— a common oral bacteria often implicated in tooth decay — accelerates the growth of colon cancer. The study was published online in the journal EMBO Reports. Why it matters The findings could make it easier to identify and

Gum bacteria implicated in Alzheimer’s and other diseases

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Researchers are reporting new findings on how bacteria involved in gum disease can travel throughout the body, exuding toxins connected with Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and aspiration pneumonia. They detected evidence of the bacteria in brain samples from people with Alzheimer’s and used mice to show that the bacterium can

Teeth whitening products can harm protein-rich tooth layer

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Americans spend more than a billion dollars on teeth whitening products each year. Although these products can make smiles brighter, new research shows that they might also be causing tooth damage. In three new studies, researchers found that hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in over-the-counter whitening strips, can damage the

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