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Dental Anomalies

DENTAL NEWS, Volume IX, Number I, 2002 Dental Anomalies By Dr. Mladen Kuftinec - D.M.D., Sc.D. Department of Orthodontics, New York University College of Dentistry
INTRODUCTION Some form of a dental anomaly, or at least dental irregularity is found in nearly every individual, including men, women and children. Some of these are relatively mild and simple, as in rotations of teeth, small interdental spacing and unusually shaped teeth. Others are more complex and cause more functional and esthetic concerns. Among the latter, one should include congenitally missing, impacted and severely crowded teeth and also craniofacial anomalies, such as various forms of clefts. An orthodontist, who is primarily concerned with the function and esthetic of the human dentition, sees these anomalies as a challenge in his efforts to change a malocclusion to a more normal and cosmetic occlusion.
Traits of Malocclusion It is well accepted that among all the traits of malocclusions of the modern man, dental…

Fact Sheet: About Tooth Decay

ABOUT TOOTH DECAY Tooth decay is a chronic disease in which there is localised destruction of susceptible dental hard tissue by acidic by-products from bacterial fermentation of dietary carbohydrates. This damages hard tooth structure causing tooth decay. It is the most common chronic disease on the planet, affecting 80 percent of the population, in which some regions have higher rates of caries than others.
Early forms of tooth decay – known as early or initial caries – can be stopped and reversed if the multiple causative factors are reduced. On average, people in the North Africa and Middle East (NAME) region have 1.9 instances of DMFT – Decayed, Missing, or Filled Teeth – each, with some countries’ populations averaging up to 4.6 DMFT per person. In several countries, the instances of 6 year olds with untreated tooth decay is higher than 80 percent, up to as much as 100 percent.
CAVITIES The formation of cavities occurs along a continuum which spans a series of stages from small i…

Factors Affecting Children’s Behavior at Dental Clinic

DENTAL NEWS, Volume VIII, Number II, 2001 Factors Affecting Children’s Behavior at Dental Clinic

Dr. H. H. Al-Sayegh - BDs, MSc. The Head of Paedodontic Unit School Health, MOH, Kuwait.
Dr. E. M.H. Behbehani - BDS, MSc, FFDRCS Ireland, BMedSc.
Dr. A. Ramzi - BDS, MSc, PhD. Consultant Oral Surgery & Oral Medicine. The Head of Oral & Maxillofacial Unit, Beneid Al-Gar Dental Center, Kuwait.
INTRODUCTION “Man is the enemy of what he ignores” is a statement often heard, and is entire- ly true. Ignorance of a thing leads to fear from it, and fear from a certain event leads to avoiding and not repeating it. However, if a person has to deal with the event, this might lead to negative psy- chological reactions (disturbances) such as fear, dislike, and rejection. These reactions or disturbances may range between mild to severe, which may express themselves at first by weeping and crying then end by losing con- sciousness and hysteric convulsions. Yes, this can really happen at the dental c…

Latex Hypersensitivity Among Students in United States Dental Schools

DENTAL NEWS, Volume VII, Number 1, 2000 Latex Hypersensitivity Among Students in United States Dental Schools

Dr. Lisa P. Deem - DMD, JD. Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine and Assistant, Dean for Admission, Temple University School of Dentistry
Dr. Mohamed A. Bassiouny - BDS, DMD, MSc, PhD, Professor of Restorative Dentistry, and Director of International Academic Program, Temple University School of Dentistry, Former Lecturer at the Victoria University of Manchester, UK.
Dr. Thomas E. Deem - Thomas E. Deem, DMD, Clinical Instructor Restorative Dentistry, Temple University School of Dentistry
ABSTRACT The purpose of this communique is to raise the awareness of dental health care professionals to the issues of latex sensitivity. Its incidence and prevalence among dental professionals during their formative years in United States dental schools were studied. Clinical manifestations of allergic reaction, consequences of occurrence, and immune system response to latex protein were discuss…

Fluoride in dentistry: use, dosage, and possible hazards

DENTAL NEWS, Volume XXIV, Number II, 2017 Fluoride in dentistry:
use, dosage, and possible hazardsMounir Doumit - Dr. Chir. Dent., Dr. Sc. Odont., WHO Expert in Public Health and Community Dentistry, Chairperson and Professor,  Public Health Dentistry Department, and Former Dean, Lebanese University School of Dentistry, Beirut, Lebanon
Mohammad Omar Machmouchi - MD (Stomatol.), M.Sc. (Dent. Public Health), Associate Instructor, Public Health Dentistry Department, Lebanese University School of Dentistry, Beirut, Lebanon
Hicham Diab - Dental Surgeon, DU Oral Biol., DESS Preventive/Public Health Dent. Chief of Clinical Services, Public Health Dentistry Department, Lebanese University School of Dentistry, Beirut, Lebanon

Abstract Fluoride (F) therapy is the delivery of fluoride to teeth, either topically or systematically, in order to protect them from dental caries. Extensive evidence proved that fluoride toothpastes and water fluoridation reduce dental caries. Fluoride and water fluoridat…

Marketing Your Dental Services

DENTAL NEWS, VOLUME XIII, NUMBER I, 2006 Marketing Your Dental Services Between Technicalities & Business By Dr. Ehab Heikal ( - B.D.S., D.I.M., MBA / Manager, Middle East & North Africa, J. Morita Corporation

Introduction One might be astonished to find such a business title in a dental magazine, but we – as dentists – are in the service sector, and we sell our service to our patients, thus we need to be aware of the marketing techniques and how to professionally sell our service and gain more market share. Many dentists complain that they have the skill, the latest equipment, but are unable to attract customers or convince customers to perform treatments other than the routine treatments. This can be done by incorporating your technical information along with some marketing talents.
First of all, let’s try to find an answer to the following question:
Why is the Dental Service – as a business – lagging behind in our area? The answer would be by de…

Bridge Designs

DENTAL NEWS, VOLUME XIII, NUMBER I, 2006Bridge Designs (Case Report) By Dr. Hazem Freij  ( - BDS, Senior GP Dentist, North West Armed Forces Hospital, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Introduction Skills of dentist and laboratory technician are very important in giving highly esthetic and functional prosthodontic results, but it is very important for both to know the most appropri- ate designs of bridges for every case.
In a case-based post-graduate course: 68% dentists suggest- ed designs that would have carried a very high risk of failure. The frequently asked question, “What about those who don’t attend continuing education courses?” is worth highlighting again.(1)
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to find cases of bridgework with unfavorable or even mistaken designs of crown and bridge work. In this case, mistaken design of old bridge case was found, with poor esthetic, functional and biologic results.
Correction of old treatment, full mouth rehabilitation and compromise…