Archive | June, 2013

Schoolchildren to receive oral health education (via @TheMyanmarTimes)

28 Jun


Dental experts are planning to teach more than 4 million of the country’s schoolchildren about the importance of looking after their teeth.

Starting on July 1, an international program called “Live, Learn, Laugh” will see dental specialists volunteer their time over the next three years to travel to schools across the country and provide oral health care and education.

The program is a collaboration between the FDI World Dental Federation, the Myanmar Dental Association (MDA) and Unilever Oral Care.

Dental association president U Pwint Phoo said in addition to checking students’ teeth, the dentists will share information on good dental habits, including the use of fluoride toothpaste.

“We will teach children that the right form of brushing, carried out twice a day, is important to protect against decaying teeth and other dental problems,” U Pwint Phoo said at a press conference on June 20.

He added that working with schoolchildren is the best way to ensure better health habits.

“It is effective to start with the younger generation to help them develop good behaviour which will last for the rest of their lives,” he said. “They can then share their knowledge with other members of their family.”

U Zaw Myo Hlaing, Unilever’s country director, said parents and teachers will also be involved in spreading the message.

“When we teach the children, the most challenging task is to keep them interested in the program,” he said. “Our program aims to combine education with fun.”

Since it was first launched in 2004, Live, Laugh, Learn has operated in 37 countries, reducing the number of school days lost to dental problems.




#Colgate-Palmolive partners with #Hispanic #Dental Association (via @dentistryiq)

28 Jun


NEW YORK, New York–Colgate-Palmolive has partnered with the Hispanic Dental Associationto launch Colgate’s 2013 Oral Health Month campaign.

Beginning July 1, 2013, this campaign will help educate Hispanic American families about the importance of proper oral care through the 2013 theme, “Unite for a World of Healthy Smiles” (“Únete por un mundo de sonrisas saludables”).

“At Colgate, we care about improving oral health among Hispanic Americans,” said Carla Kelly, general manager, U.S. multicultural marketing, Colgate-Palmolive.

“Our Oral Health Month campaign allows us to promote the practice of healthy oral care habits. By continuing our partnership with the HDA, we are able to leverage our mutual expertise and resources to reach these communities with the encouragement and information they need.”

According to the HDA, nearly 40% of Hispanic adults live with untreated oral disease—nearly double the rate of nonHispanic whites—and twice as many Hispanic children are likely to have untreated cavities, in comparison to non-Hispanic white children.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health reports that Hispanics have the highest un-insured rates in the U.S., which is often a barrier to scheduling professional dental visits.

In partnership with the HDA, Colgate’s “Oral Health Month” will help reach Hispanic communities by delivering bi-lingual oral health education resources online and by providing free dental screenings to children in need through Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® fleet of mobile dental vans.

On a larger level, consumers will also be encouraged to take charge of their smiles by pledging to practice healthy habits online at or by texting “SONRIE” + your zip code to 24474.

For every pledge submitted during Oral Health Month, a dental clinic in one of the chosen cities nearest the participant will receive $1 worth of Colgate oral care product, for a minimum donation of $5,000 value and a maximum donation of $10,000 value per clinic, up to $80,000 worth of oral care products overall.

“The Hispanic Dental Association is proud to join Colgate in celebrating this year’s Oral Health Month, an annual campaign that supports our organization’s mission to improve oral care among Hispanics,” said Maritza Morell, president, Hispanic Dental Association.

“We are inspired by the enthusiasm of this campaign, and look forward to educating families across the U.S. and to helping our sponsored dental clinics, one pledge at a time.”


Daily Dental Tip

28 Jun


A healthy diet helps maintain excellent oral health. Vitamin deficiency can cause tooth decay & oral disease. To prevent this, make sure you are getting enough essential vitamins: such as the B vitamins, calcium, and other much needed essentials.

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25 Jun

BN Doctors’ Lounge: #Oral #Hygiene (via @bellanaija)

25 Jun



Oral health is perhaps the most ignored aspect of the mother topic: health. I mean, who cares about a couple of bleeding gums and the occasional painful tooth when people are dying of cervical cancer in their tens of thousands, right? So as long as there’s no mouth odour (for the more conscious populace that care about such trivialities) and it’s not causing painful sleepless nights then it can be ignored; and more attention paid to the rising blood pressure and sugar level. this is how most folks think, even the enlightened ones.

The truth is, oral health is a very important aspect of health. Its importance can really not be overestimated. It’s quite as important as your rising blood pressure and sugar levels. Its problems can be quite as scary as that impending heart attack you worry about every time you bite into that succulent, cholesterol rich slab of beef 6 hours after your bathroom weighing scale tells you you’re overweight. You really should pay as much attention to it as the time you spend on your treadmill, or your cardio regimen, or that expensive annual full body check-up.

Why Bother So Much About My Oral Hygiene?
Why? you may wonder. Well, for one there is that latent potential for indescribably excruciating pain. Pain so severe it makes grown men cry. Pain only comparable to that of childbirth. I’ve had mothers come into the clinic after classic episodes of toothache and claim that childbirth probably wasn’t as painful after the first. You may be lucky to never have experienced this before, good for you. The problem is it’s never too late for the dental problems that can cause this genre of pain to develop. All you have to do in many cases is slip up on your oral hygiene while certain factors are present in your mouth for long enough.

Toothache, I can almost hear some folks say, is easy to deal with. Just visit a dentist when you have pain and he’ll sort you out and you’ll be fine afterwards. Sadly, it doesn’t always end there. Dental issues may in fact not cause any serious oral pain but still cause even more severe general health problems. Studies have shown that poor oral hygiene has been linked to severe cardiac conditions, complications of diabetes and even low birth weight while in pregnant women. So your oral health does play a vital role in the general well being of the body.

Tenets of Oral Hygiene
We have all at some point come across the aspects of oral hygiene and definitely practice some of them. I’m pretty sure we all brush in the morning; bear in mind though that brushing last thing at night is just as important as the morning round.

It’s of course unreasonable to say you should not have your regular helping of gourmet chocolate or that particular tangy flavour of Haribo but you should remember to brush afterwards, especially before bed, to make sure none of it is left on your teeth to start the process of tooth decay.

Tooth brushing technique matters for effectiveness. Vertical strokes (away) from the gums to the edge of the teeth with the mouth slightly open and each arch separately cleaned has been shown to be the most effective method. Horizontal brushing is really not as effective and may damage the teeth at the neck, especially when combined with hard toothbrushes. Hard brushes can damage your teeth, medium consistency is safest.

Flossing should be done instead of using a toothpick to remove left over foods hanging between the teeth. This is because tooth picking has a very high potential for damaging the supportive structures of the teeth (the gums, the periodontal ligaments and the bone holding the tooth) and causing or aggravating the development of artificial pockets. These pockets then easily harbour more remnant foods and, in consequence, more bacteria which further increases the damage in the area. Pocketing is essentially a vicious cycle that easily gets worse, especially with constant tooth picking thrown in the mix.

When Should I Visit the Dentist?
The hardest part of taking care of your teeth and mouth is perhaps that regular scheduled visit to the dentist. You are supposed to visit your dentist for a check-up and routine scaling and polishing (professional wash) every six months. But of course most folks won’t go unless their night’s sleep or at least their comfort depends on it.

You should visit the dentist so that freshly emerging dental conditions that can evolve and cause serious issues later can be detected early and treated before getting out of hand. The mouth also always feels and looks great after a professional wash. Imagine taking your valued BMW to a proper car wash after your gate man has been doing the best he can with the washing every day for six months. There’s definitely going to be a difference.

Other people won’t routinely visit the dentist because of variations of that primitive emotion called fear. Fear of the dentist and his cold, uncomfortable, scary looking metal instruments. Fear of catching some disease because of improper sterilization techniques. Fear of the potential for more pain.

Honestly, most of these fears are unfounded. You cannot catch anything if proper sterilization procedures are followed and you have a right to ask to see the sterilization autoclave and procedure if you want. And most dental procedures are not painful (or at least the pain factor, if present, can be controlled and limited) if done by a skilled and patient dentist.

What Do I look For in a Good Dentist/Dental Center?
Quacks do exist out there but a learned person will do his/her research and may be able to spot a so-called “dentist” that really isn’t one. In fact, with the monitoring and licensing procedures in place now the problem isn’t really quackery but rather lack of proper equipment and motivation in many dental centers.

A good dental center will be adequately equipped with a modern chair that has all the necessary options. It should also have the following:

An intra-oral camera is not a necessity but a good add-on so that pictures of the trouble areas in the teeth/mouth can be taken and the patient can see on a wide screen.

An X-ray machine is important for proper diagnosis and for exactness in certain procedures.

An autocalve for sterilization is a must and cannot be compromised upon. Autoclaving is the most thorough form of sterilization, other methods may not always cut it.

Generally, a good dentist will always try and make procedures as comfortable and painless as possible and in the cases that it is not feasible, he/she will tell you what to expect but still try as much as possible to put you at ease. You have a right to know what is being done to you so always ask questions; a good dentist will be patient and answer your questions in simple terms that you can understand before proceeding.

I do hope we will start paying more attention to our oral hygiene and oral health after reading this piece. It is very important in judging a wholly healthy individual. If you’ve got questions please mail them to



Short films unveiled to honor 100th anniversary of dental hygiene (via @DentistryIQ)

25 Jun



CINCINNATI, Ohio–Crest Oral-B has continued the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the profession of dental hygiene by releasing two short films during the 2013 American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s 90th Annual Session in Boston.

Each film captures the commitment hygienists have to their patients’ lives and showcases their contributions beyond the dental chair.

Crest Oral-B continues to thank hygienists for their unwavering hard work and dedication to the field,” said Dr. Veronica Sanchez, global oral care scientific communications director, Procter and Gamble.

“With these short films, we hope to expose the endless ways hygienists can affect their patients’ lives and bring deeper insight into the true nature of the profession.”

The films highlight Mariann Danielson, RDH, from Austin, Texas, and Vinny Wong, RDH, from New York, N.Y., as examples of hygienists who have altered the lives of their patients through their dedication to the oral health cause.

Through support and repeated dental visits, Danielson helped a 15-year-old patient slowly overcome sensory integration disorder and conquer fear of the dental chair and instruments. Wong discovered that the patient had ankyloglossia—was tongue tied—during a routine oral cancer scan and suggested corrective surgery.

These stories are just two examples of the nature of the profession.

“I think the biggest stereotype for dental hygienists is that we’re ‘teeth pickers,’” explained Danielson in the short film.

“There’s a lot more to it than just buff and puff. We’re educated. We’re state licensed. We’re national licensed, and we’re the nurses of the dental profession,” added Wong in his short film.

“I’m going to clean your teeth, but I’m going to educate you along the way. And also, I’m going to give you all the knowledge, and all the power for you to take care of yourself at home.”

The two short films are part of Crest Oral-B’s ongoing show of gratitude towards hygienists for what they have brought to the oral care industry during the past 100 years.



#NYC Schools to Offer Oral Health-Care Clinics #newyork #oralcare (via @NYpost)

25 Jun



For city school kids, it’ll soon be reading, ’rithing and ’rithmetic.

The Department of Education is searching for dentists to set up clinics inside public schools — where even extractions would take place, The Post has learned.

The oral health-care clinics, debuting next year, will also offer cleaning and cavity-filling, and will dispense “information on tooth brushing, flossing, [cavity] prevention and management, nutrition, and refraining from the use of tobacco products,” according to DOE planning documents.

The agency said it worked with the city Health Department to hatch the initiative after recognizing “a lack of access to comprehensive oral-health care for students” at “historically underserved” schools, according to the recently released “request for proposals” document.

The clinics will be housed in rooms designated by the principal, and will be open at least one day a week during school hours. Parental consent would be required before a child opens up and says “ahh,” and Medicaid will foot the bill for each visit, according to the DOE, which will receive extended use permit fees from vendors for use of school space.

So far, the city has targeted eight schools in Brooklyn, including the Academy for Environmental Leadership; Academy of Urban Planning; Bushwick School for Social Justice, PS 269, IS 285, PS 256, PS 3 and PS 238; PS 40 and JHS 189 in Queens; the Urban Assembly Academy of Civic Engagement, Mott Hall Community School, Urban Institute of Mathematics, and PS 107 in The Bronx; and PS 21 in Staten Island.

The DOE cited federal data showing more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness in America.

And students living in poor neighborhoods are the most vulnerable.

“In general, these students are at a greater risk of poor oral health,” the document reads. “Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases — five times more common than asthma.”

If successful, the pilot program could spread faster than gingivitis.

“This program will serve as an initial study which will allow the DOE to evaluate best strategies for further expansion of dental services in the future,” reads the document.

The initiative is not the first time the city has injected its public-health vision on a captive audience, including making birth-control and morning-after pills available in school clinics; outlawing bake sales with homemade items that don’t list caloric content; and tracking students’ body mass index in an ongoing battle of the bulge.

Critics said the nanny state is gumming up the works.

“If we are going to decide that government and schools are responsible for everything a kid might need in their life, then we have fully replaced parenting,” said Bob Bowdon, executive director of Choice Media, an education-reform group.