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An Amazing New Dental Drill For Indonesian Dental Specialists

Dental drillA truly amazing and very interesting solution for those patients who are very much scared of the sound of dental drill is offered in one of Indonesian dental clinics. The patients of Dr Dhanni Gustiana, a dentist in one of the clinics in Purworejo, Java, Indonesia, have a lucky chance not to listen to terrifying sounds of dental drill. Instead, they can hear special musical sounds which assist greatly in decreasing their negative emotions, lowering their nervousness and anxiety before the procedure, as well as substantially decrease their fear of visiting dental clinics. A unique device known as musical dental drill was created by Dr. Gustiana himself, with the objective to reduce the loudness of high-pitch sounds and help patients to relax during the procedure. It is reported that this amazing device is extremely popular, especially among the younger patients and very little kids who very often visit Dr. Gustiana’s office without any fears and worries.

The specialist had to work with kids for some long time before he came up with this amazing idea. ‘The children are not afraid of doctor, many of them are afraid of drill. I modified this by putting a toy on the head of the drill and tell them that the toy will clean their teeth,’ he said. After spending more that a year researching and analyzing numerous ideas, he came up with the final project and made his special tool, a unique musical dental drill. His approach was modifying a usual dental drill commonly used in all dental clinics all over the world, inserted a sort of mp3 played to the device, collected a variety of popular cheerful songs and made sure that the sound of the music can go higher than that familiar buzzing sound of the dental drill. In addition to that, Dr. Gustiana provided the innovative device with colorful shining lights which attract attention and help patients not to get focused on their fears or their negative emotions.

It is interesting that the doctor can adjust the loudness and the type of music according to what is going on and what phase of the procedure is occurring. ‘The patient will hear the music louder when they open their mouths compared to when they close their mouths,’ the specialist says. According to the expert, the device is not expensive at all, and he spent about six million rupiah (£372) for creating the pilot item of this exclusive dental drill. Moreover, he says that further ideas that he is considering now is providing his tool with small figures of animals or fairy tale characters made from silicon to be placed to the tool to attract the attention of young patients and reduce their fear. However, as the Indonesian dental specialist says that the innovative dental drill has extreme demand both among kids and adult patients, and most of the latter enjoy magic effects of the dental tool not less than little kids.

In addition, there are plenty of positive responses from the patients who come every day to the dental clinic and enjoy the benefits of miraculous dental drill.  ‘Very interesting, the children listening to the music and they forget about the drill in their mouth. This is a good idea to overcome fear of dental drill,’ a mother of one kid wrote to the guest book. Also, a great deal of positive feedback comes from those patients who are not aware about magic dental drill, so the magic effects come as a surprise for them. Dr. Gustiana has over 6 years of experience of successful use of his amazing dental drill, and he is willing to introduce it to the world which is going to happen at the International Dental Congress in Greece in March. He hopes that many dental specialists and their patients around the world can also benefit from this amazing innovation.

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Dental Records May Assist In Identifying Osteoporosis Risk

Dental RecordsWe all know very well about the benefits of visiting our dental care specialist once every 6 months. These regular check ups are an essential element of a proper dental care program and can help prevent serious dental problems, starting from tooth decay and ending up with gum disease. However, doing regular dental check ups with a professional dentist has plenty of other advantages. In particular, some serious diseases (especially infections and inflammations) can be diagnosed early by examining the tongue condition, and successfully treated after. Besides, according to the newest findings of British dental scientists, dental records like dental scans can be turned into a unique tool to prevent such common disease as osteoporosis. They can help identify osteoporosis risk and start treating this problem years before the disease starts progressing.

A group of scientists at Manchester University have presented their new developments and pioneering dental technology which received the name Osteodent. It can be used to analyze dental records of the patients and estimate their osteoporosis risk. It is reported that this health condition has been diagnosed in over three millions of British people, and it mainly affects women aged 50 and older. Osteoporosis is considered quite a serious health problem which is linked to a lack of calcium in bones and bone density reduction leading to bone-thinning and extremely high risks of bone fracture. At the same time, modern medicine still can not offer an effective way of diagnosing this health condition on its earliest stages, or even estimate osteoporosis risk in one or another person until an actual bone fracture takes place and the disease can be diagnosed based on this evidence.

British scientist studied bone deterioration which can be clearly seen in the jaw bone of dental patients. Such kind of dental records as x-ray usually performed before making a decision on one of another dental treatment, can help in detecting bone deterioration which is occurring in jaw and other bones of the body. Manchester University scientists came to these conclusions after analyzing 5,000 x-rays of people with dental problems, aged between 15 and 94. The scientists found out that by using this kind of dental records, it is possible to detect bone density changes. It has been very clearly seen especially in women: those aged below 42 did not demonstrate bone density changes, but those over 42 had clear signs of bone density loss linked to increased osteoporosis risk. Comparing x-rays of other bones helped to confirm that the changes similar to the ones in jaw bone took place in other body parts.

The scientists realize the importance of their findings and underline amazing opportunities modern dentists may have for estimating osteoporosis risk, early diagnosis and increasing the effectiveness of osteoporosis treatment. Hugh Devlin, one of the study leaders and professor of restorative dentistry at Manchester University said: ‘Dentists are uniquely positioned to provide such a service as they see patients regularly and routinely perform X-ray examinations.’ The findings helped Manchester University scientists develop a revolutionary technology, a new software to estimate an individual’s osteoporosis risk. It can give valuable information to dental care specialist taken from x-rays. Devlin is convinced that their technology can say a new word in osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment, and it can save hundreds or thousands of pounds used for osteoporosis treatment and preventive therapy techniques. More information about the study and the findings can be found in this article.

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A New Sensitive Teeth Treatment And Prevetnion Technology

Sensitive Teeth TreatmentSensitive teeth is a curse of our times, and a great deal of modern people suffer from this problem. Teeth sensitivity known also as dental hypersensitivity is a condition connected with exposure of dentin and dental nerves to the environment, and such factors as poor dental care, dental problems like tooth decay, gum shrinking, or exposed tooth roots are among the most common causes of sensitive teeth. Also, this condition can be caused by increased consumption of sweet or sour foods, as well as by digestive condition known as acid reflux. Teeth sensitivity is revealed with such symptoms and signs as painful reactions in teeth caused by cold, hot, sweet and sour foods, air pressure, and other factors.

There are a number of effective solutions for sensitive teeth. Those can include at-home treatments like using special toothpaste, mouthwashes, chewing gums for sensitive teeth, etc., or professional in-office sensitive teeth treatment options like fluoride therapy, potassium nitrate therapy, strontium chloride therapy, the application of dental sealants, using various adhesives, and so on. Numerous studies and researches are currently being conducted in order to find new technologies and solutions for sensitive teeth treatment and prevention. As it is reported, a group of Japanese scientists at Kinki University’s Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology have created a revolutionary technology to eliminate the effects of all causes of teeth sensitivity and protect our teeth from damage causing teeth sensitivity.

Japanese dental scientists offer using invisible tooth-patch made from totally flexible and hard-wearing hydroxyapatite material, similar to natural tooth enamel. The material used for the procedure can be obtained as a very thin film (0.004 millimeters) and the technology includes special laser treatment of compressed blocks of hydroxyapatite that causes some particles of the material falling out and crystallizing on small blocks of salt. When a thin layer of such particles is formed, the salt can be simply dissolved in water, and the film can be transferred onto special filters for drying. Currently, the film is totally invisible, but Japanese experts say that it is possible to make it white and this way create sheer whitening effects for human teeth.

‘Dentists used to think an all-apatite sheet was just a dream, but we are aiming to create artificial [tooth] enamel,’ Shigeki Hontsu, one of the study leaders and professor at Kinki University, commented on the findings. ‘This is the world’s first flexible apatite sheet, which we hope to use to protect teeth or repair damaged enamel.’ The film can be put on to teeth surface and can play a role of totally natural tooth enamel. It has some microscopic holes so natural tooth enamel can be ventilated and remain in a perfect condition. Currently, the only problem with this new sensitive teeth treatment is quite long time necessary for the film to adhere to tooth enamel. According to Prof. Hontsu, it takes up to one day.

Professor Hontsu also reported that he himself had tried the newly developed sensitive teeth treatment on his own teeth, and he is convinced that it can work perfectly great for eliminating the effects of all causes of sensitive teeth and preventing this common dental health condition. It is estimated that it will take about 5 years before this new technology is ready to be used around the world as a practical dental treatment. However, since a very similar technology developed by a scientific group of the experts at Osaka Dental University has already been patented in Japan and South Korea, there is a probability that the new sensitive teeth treatment from the experts at Kinki University can be put in use as a cosmetic procedure just in two-three years from now.

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