Saturday, October 18, 2014

New Robotic Patient Helps Train Future Dentists

 



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2011-06-showa-hanako-realistic-robot-novice.html#jCp

    
Scientists at Japan's Showa University say they have been able to perfect a sort of robot practice dummy that dental students can practice on and get some sort of a realistic reaction to different mistakes being made during the practice. The robot will move its mouth as though it is engaging in conversation and will even gag or choke if the student is doing something that would most likely make a real person do the same. Even more lifelike, this robot will also occasionally come down with the need or shake its head and even simulate the need to close its mouth if it has been open too long and too wide.
Of course a robot that has a rubber coating that feels a little too much skin and will actually train its empty robotic eyes on you could actually be quite unnerving but the makers of the robot say that once the students get past their initial misgivings, this particular robot will go a long way towards getting patients familiar with the interactions of an actual patient without causing such patient as much discomfort. The robot, Hanako 2, is as lifelike as she is in large part thanks to an unlikely partnership between the researchers and Japan's top sex-doll company, Orient Industry. Orient worked hard to make sure that Hanako's skin, tongue and mouth were all built in order to look and feel as close to a real human as possible. It is because of these attention to details, paired up with the small sensors all around the robot's "skin" that make Hanako so convincing and such a good training aid.
While the robot was originally created over a decade ago, the Showa researchers say this is a vast improvement over their original model.
By Oliver VanDervoort

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Natural Remendies For Keeping Your Teeth Healthy

 
For years people have gone the all-natural route instead of pharmaceutical medicines.  Today many people turn to herbal & natural remedies for many reasons.  A couple of being it is cheaper than the alternatives & you are not getting the chemicals found in traditional medicines.
 
For those of you that drink Green Tea, did you know that is  good for fighting dental cavities by getting rid of bacteria
 
 
 
Celery, Apples & Cheese also help keep bacteria away
 
 
 
 
 
 
To ease that toothache you may have, you can use Clove Oil, Vinegar & you can place an Ice Bag on your face wherever the pain is.  Those things will help you ease your pain until you can get into the dentist
 
 
Most people push aside a little Parsley that comes on your dinner plate, but if you have somewhere to be after dinner & don't have time to brush your teeth or any gum on hand, eat the Parsley and it will do the trick.
 

To whiten your teeth rub the white side of the Orange Rind against your teeth & rinse after a few minutes, or you can make a paste using a few Strawberries and Baking soda, let it sit on your teeth for a few minutes then rinse.
 
Those are a just a few examples on how you can use natural herbal remedies that are all natural and healthy for you :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

What is a Dental Hygienist ?


A dental hygienist is a licensed dental professional who specializes in preventive medical care, typically, but not limited to, focusing on techniques in oral hygiene.

Common procedures performed by hygienists include cleaning, scaling and root planing, taking of prescribed radiographs, dental sealants, and provide instructions for proper dental care.
Educational and licensing requirements in U.S. To become a dental hygienist in United States, you must graduate from a dental hygiene program, with either an associates degree (most common), a certificate, a bachelor's degree or a master's degree from a dental hygienist school that is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA).

The dental hygiene process of care has five steps:

Assessing the patient: This includes, but is not limited to, a full review of the patient's medical history, necessary x-rays to be taken, a clinical exam, and a periodontal assessment.
Dental hygiene findings: Assessing of data pertaining to a client's condition in terms that will help identify problems so as to lead to a creation of an order to apply available professional therapies. The diagnosis of disease in most jurisdictions may only be performed by the doctor.
Planning: creating a sequential treatment plan for the patient. The treatment plan will vary based on the patient's immediate needs.
Implementation: Carrying out the plan.
Evaluation: Determining the effectiveness of the work that was performed.
Over a period of months or years a dental hygienist may have his or her work evaluated several times, altering the diagnosis and plan numerous times as the client's condition changes.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

How Soda Impacts Your Body

Weight:
 Drinking one soda equates to consuming 39 pounds of sugar per year. Regularly consuming sugary drinks interacts with the genes that affect weight. Sugar- sweetened beverages are linked to more than 1800,000 obesity-related deaths a year.

Brain :
 Having too much sugar in your diet reduces production of a brain chemical that help us learn, stores memories & process insulin.  Consuming too much sugar also dulls the brain's mechanism for telling you to stop eating.

Kidneys:
The high levels of phosphoric acid in cola's have been linked to kidney stones & other renal problems  Diet cola is increased with a two-fold risk- especially when more that two servings a day are consumed.

Digestive System:
The carbonation in soft drinks can cause gas,bloating, cramping & exacerbate the effects of irritable bowel syndrome.  Caffeine can also  worsen episodes of diarrhea or contribute to constipation.

Bones:
Soda consumption has been linked to osteoporosis & bone density loss, likely due to the phosphoric acid & caffeine in soda.

Heart:
Chronic diet & regular soda consumption leads to increase risk of heart disease, including heart attack-stroke.

Lungs:
The more soda you drink, the more likely you are to develop asthma or COPD.

Teeth:
The high levels of acid in soda corrode your teeth-almost as badly as drinking battery acid.

Old Time Dentistry: A Little Walk Through Time

 

 
dental history, tooth replacement
Ancient Bridgework secured with brass bands
 

Dentistry sure has come a long way since the dark ages!  Back in about 300 B.C. ancient dentists were building dental bridges to replace missing teeth and holding them in place with brass bands.  These days, modern dentistry allows us to replace missing teeth with a simple dental implant procedure.

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Dark Ages Dentist
 
The Dark Ages of Dentistry must be where people’s overwhelming fear of the dentist originates.  In this depiction of a dentist extracting a patient’s tooth, we can see that the patient is clearly in distress.  Keep in mind that back then, there was no novocaine, no laughing gas, no anesthesia of any type to alleviate dental pain.  Dentists in the 1700’s recommended using “soot” to clean teeth.
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Dental humor
Laughing Gas
 
With the invention of nitrous oxide sedation, “laughing gas”, we could finally have dental procedures and tooth extractions without pain.  It didn’t take long for doctors to realize that you had to mix the nitrous oxide with oxygen to prevent serious complications with your patient!  Nitrous oxide was invented in 1794 by Thomas Beddoes and James Watt.  It began being used for dentistry in 1844.
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Fix my teeth
He fixed his teeth, alright!

.Dentists and dental products have been popular in advertising for as long as advertising    has existed.  The gentleman in this advertisement for Dr. Shiffman looks really happy to have a big, gaping hole where his tooth use to be.  Dental implants in one form or another have been found throughout ancient history.  Ancient Egyptian mummies have actually been found with functioning dental implants in their jawbones!

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity ?


Did you ever drink something hot or cold and feel a sharp, shooting pain in one or more of your teeth? You probably have tooth sensitivity: potentially caused by a myriad of different problems.
 
Here is a list of things that can cause sensitive teeth:
  • Receeding Gums
  • A Cracked Tooth
  • Teeth Grinding (Also known as Bruxism)
  • Whitening Products (Especially if overused.) Note: Some people have a natural sensitivity to whitening products, so it's common to have some sensitivity after use.
  • Gum Disease
  • Brushing your teeth too hard or with a hard bristled toothbrush.
  • Foods that have a high acid content, like citrus fruits, tomatoes, vinegar.....diet soda....
There are a variety of remedies out there to try, such as:
  • Desensitizing Toothpaste (there is a wide variety available at the drugstore)
  • Sealants
  • Brushing with warm water or rinsing with warm salt water
  • Add foods rich in vitamin D to your diet.
The most effective remedy is the common sense approach.....limit your usage of harsh mouthwashes, use a soft bristled toothbrush and keep up with your routine dental cleanings!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dental Hygiene For Men


Here are some of the risk factors for developing gum disease:

Being male: Men are more likely to suffer from gum disease than women.

Being African-American: Black men are more likely than white men to develop gum disease.

Lack of funds and insurance: People at the lowest socio-economic levels tend to have the most severe gum disease. This is largely because they don't have access to (or can't afford) regular dental care.

Age: As we get older, our gums gradually recede, exposing the roots of the teeth to plaque. We also produce less saliva, which plays an important role in rinsing plaque out of the mouth.

Genetics: If your parents lost teeth to gum disease, you are at greater risk.

Neglect: Not brushing and flossing regularly.

Poor diet: Sugary snacks and drinks encourage the growth of plaque, and crunchy snack foods can damage enamel and teeth.

Clenching, grinding teeth: Chronic teeth grinding can sometimes result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. The chronic grinding may also damage tooth enamel and wear teeth down. This kind of damage can lead to the need for a host of expensive dental work, including bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, partial dentures, and even complete dentures.

Smoking: Recent studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of gum disease. In addition, following periodontal treatment or any type of oral surgery, the chemicals in tobacco can slow down the healing process and make the treatment results less predictable.