Mid-Week Clinical Medley #1

Where I gather and share some links that I have discovered during the previous 7 Days

Is there a link between bad breath and SARS-CoV2 Infection?

“SARS-CoV-2 may cause epithelial changes to the upper surface of the tongue, causing patients with COVID-19 to experience bad breath. ” The alterations on the tongue surface may occur via binding with angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors, which are present throughout the oral mucosa with the greatest expression on the tongue. These tongue alterations, in turn, can lead to halitosis. Other infections caused by the novel coronavirus may also play a role, the authors wrote. via Dr Bicuspid full link HERE

Time to address the UK’s other public health crisis, says Linda Greenwall of the Dental Wellness Trust.

As the nation enters another period of local Covid-19-related lockdowns, dentists around the country are also having to grapple with another worsening public health crisis – and that’s tooth decay, especially amongst children.

Latest figures published by the Local Government Association (which represents councils across the UK) showed nearly 45,000 hospital operations to remove rotten teeth in children and teenagers – equating to a staggering 177 a day. During the summer, this shocking news led councils to warn of a potential post-coronavirus surge of dental treatments following the lifting of lockdown. Furthermore, the pandemic has caused a backlog of 15 million appointments, leaving many patients suffering badly – with some having to wait for treatment until next year.  Continues HERE

“There are dentists who “get” the TMJ Disk – and there are the rest” so said one of my revelatory teachers as the scales were ripped from my eyes. Editor.

This article by Jim Mckee is worth a read

“It’s just a clicking joint, it’s no big deal.”

“I’ve clicked for years and it hasn’t been a problem for me.”

“I used to click but it stopped, so I guess it isn’t a problem.”

These statements are common when patients and dentists discuss clicking jaw joints. Clicking joints have become so common they are accepted as normal or a variation of normal. While some patients have clicking joints that are stable and do not cause any problems, many other patients have significant issues….Continues here Spear Digest Weekly


Published by Alun Rees

Dental Business Coach. Analyst. Troubleshooter. Consultant. Writer. Presenter. Broadcaster.

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