The stories of (false) teeth

Ask any dentist and they will tell you stories of how patients have lost or mislaid their dentures. From the, possibly apocryphal, tale of the junior nurse taking the dentures from all the patients on the ward to clean them and not being able to tell one from the other to the gentleman who “lost”Continue reading “The stories of (false) teeth”

Urgent dental care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic – The Lancet

  The Lancet Vol.395 | Number 10232 | Apr 18, 2020 During the initial phase of a pandemic, when a vaccine is not available, personal protective equipment (PPE) plays a major part in disease control. Dental and oral surgery procedures using drills or ultrasonic devices cause aerosol release, and routine dentistry has therefore been suspended inContinue reading “Urgent dental care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic – The Lancet”

Time to give up the hand shake and replace it with…

In these times of contagion fear perhaps we should reconsider our traditional meeting gesture. Research shows that the strong handshake is responsible for sharing twice as many “bugs” as the moderate handshake or high five. The lowest risk contact is the brief fist bump. It might take a little bit of patient education but it’sContinue reading “Time to give up the hand shake and replace it with…”

Sunday Summary 200105

A collection of things that have entertained, informed or annoyed me over the past week or so. 1) Are at-home DNA tests worth the privacy risks? I have got deeper into tracing my family tree over the past few years and whilst it would be “interesting” to know more, there aren’t that many unexplored orContinue reading “Sunday Summary 200105”

Peri-implant Disease

From The Blog of the Campbell Academy. – a routine “must read”. “….It is absolutely crystal clear the patients who attend for routine maintenance get very little amounts of Peri-implant disease and the disease that they get is hugely treatable. Whereas it is also absolutely clear that if they don’t attend the incidents of Peri-implantContinue reading “Peri-implant Disease”

Why wouldn’t you?

I have a hoard of unpublished blogposts, some half written, some one line ideas, they are the result of experiences, ideas, conversations, things read, seen or thought. This one came about after talking to a client about his team routinely recording their patients’ blood pressure and pulse. Increasingly dentists ought to be seen as OralContinue reading “Why wouldn’t you?”

Yerkes-Dodson is still relevant – if you want to enjoy your clinical career

Why should a “law” described first in 1908 be relevant to everyday Dentistry (and more)? Robert Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson described their tests with rats that could be encouraged to complete a maze when stimulated with slight electrical shocks. When the strength of the shocks was increased however the rats just ran about lookingContinue reading “Yerkes-Dodson is still relevant – if you want to enjoy your clinical career”

HPV vaccination – isn’t it time?

The science is there, isn’t it time the political will was there? Dear Dr Rees, I wanted you to be the first to know. We’ve just got word that the UK Government’s scientific advisors have finally listened, and have recommended expansion of Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination programme to cover school-age boys. HPV has beenContinue reading “HPV vaccination – isn’t it time?”