July 24, 2012

Free Software for Enhancing Digital Videos during Endodontic Treatment

Posted in Dental News & Updates at 12:39 am by queenqueer

According to a study from the Bulletin of Tokyo Dental College, a free software can be used to enhance the digital video used during endodontic treatment. An endodontist specializes in the dental field, specifically on root canals and during the treatment procedure of root canals, there is a necessary tool used for imagery.

“With a video camera, each frame contains a large amount of background noise and the image quality is low,” they wrote. “Although it is possible to use a computer to carry out image processing and adjust the brightness and contrast, achieving a fundamental improvement in image quality is difficult.”

To overcome these limitations, they used a public-domain software package called RegiStax in conjunction with an operating microscope and digital video camera to create high-quality still images from a continuous video stream.

Now in its sixth iteration, RegiStax was originally developed by an international team of scientists to achieve clearer astrophotography. It features an image-optimization method that involves aligning and stacking a sequence of video frames, followed by the use of a wavelet transform.




July 19, 2012

Good Oral Hygiene

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged at 12:33 am by queenqueer

A lot of the entries here suggest that we should always have good oral hygiene to avoid tooth decay and other oral problems. Then again, what exactly is good oral hygiene?

Good oral hygiene are simple regular habits that one should have to maintain oral health and good oral health can be shown with the following signs

  • Your teeth does not experience pain and they are clean, bright and white.
  • Gums are not loose and they do not bleed when you brush or floss.
  • No bad breath.

Daily Oral Hygiene Habits:

good oral hygiene

  • Brushing at least twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime.
  • Flossing daily. This should be done at night after dinner.
  • Healthy food choices can also affect oral health. Limiting highly sugary acidic food and drinks such as soda can make a big difference. Sugar contributes to bacteria build up in the mouth and acidic food and drinks can dissolve the outer covering of the teeth.

Yes they’re that simple, too simple that people actually neglect these simple habits. But they can go a long way when it comes to oral health.

July 18, 2012

Poetry Can Make You Smile

Posted in Dental News & Updates at 12:04 am by queenqueer

Reading poetry can be therapeutic for some and for a dentist in Texas, it’s a source of spreading great smiles all around.

Reflections On A Smile, Poems To Passion, by Lester Sawicki DDS offers a gathering of quick pondering on the enigma of lips and smiles and their many moods. Each reflection is brief but while some are light on their worldly wings, others are saddled with melodramatic trappings.

According to Sawicki, 36 years into his dental career he discovered lips more sensitive than fingertips and started to explore the mystical, sensual, humorous and sometimes psychical scarring trimmings of lips and smiles that embellished the circle of teeth he treated. Writing poetry seemed like the most suitable style to express the emotional effort of trying to achieve a more collective consciousness of his vocation.

Sawicki now sees the dental world in more complex terms than he did as  young aspiring dentist. His poems range from his personal experiences with love and the human condition to an almost abstract way of describing the magical texture of a smile on stage everyday in his dental theatre. “Even Frank Sinatra would be hard put to rival Sawicki when it comes to thoughts on lips and all they speak of,” Kirkus Indie.

Source: Sacbee

The art of poetry is a means of expressing emotions. Dr. Kester Sawicki wrote a book that mainly focuses on the happy thoughts of smiling and the little magic it can do for you everyday. Probably it’s a message that we have to give ourselves a reason to be happy everyday and freely express this to make difference for someone’s life.


July 16, 2012

Stop Bleeding Tongue

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Dental Treatments, Oral Health & Wellness tagged at 1:06 am by queenqueer

Bleeding Tongue is usually caused by an accidental bite or cut by the teeth. If the bleeding is intermittent, it is important to consult with the dentist. But this may not be the case at all times for many.

I was brushing my teeth one time and blood came out when I spitted. I was looking for the source of bleeding in my mouth as this is actually a sign of gum disease, but it was just a small spot on my tongue bleeding.

It didn’t hurt actually, but I wanted the bleeding even if there is only little blood that’s coming out. Nothing fatal, but I don’t like the taste of it when I wake up, and I can sometimes feel it in my throat which makes me uncomfortable.

So how to stop bleeding tongue?

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap. Like any injury, the bleeding area should avoid any bacteria build up.
  2. Using a clean towel, gently wipe the tongue with your head bowed so that the blood will be directed going out of the mouth instead of coming in the throat.
  3. Still with the head bowed, apply cold compress using a separate clean cloth for 10-15 minutes. The coldness will help stop the bleeding.

Easy simple steps to stop the bleeding tongue. During the day, try to keep your mouth clean by a non-alcoholic mouthwash or anticeptic. This is to avoid infection on the injured area. These tips are for those who are not experiencing much pain.


July 14, 2012

Patients of Dentist to get tested for HIV, Hepatitis

Posted in Dental News & Updates at 4:50 am by queenqueer

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is urging patients of dentist, Dr. Stephen Stein to have themselves tested for HIV and Hepatitis. It was found out that Dr. Stein has been reusing needles on multiple patients since 1999.

According to the Colorado health department, Dr. Stein re-used syringes and needles during oral and facial surgery procedures, and for intravenous (IV) medications, including for sedation.

“Needles and syringes were used repeatedly, often days at a time,” the department said in a“Frequently Asked Questions” document posted on its website. “Because there can be a small amount of blood that remains in syringes and needles after an injection through an IV line, there is a risk of spread of bloodborne viruses, such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, between patients.”

CBS  News

July 13, 2012

Treatments for Sensitive Tooth

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Dental Treatments, Oral Health & Wellness tagged , , , , , , at 2:16 am by queenqueer

Tooth Sensitivity can be quite a hassle when you’re eating your favorite meals. This is caused by the exposure of dentin when the protective covering of the tooth, the tooth enamel, is dissolved due to bacteria build up.

sensitive tooth

Some people can tolerate the tooth sensitivity by being more conscious and maintaining oral hygiene. However, before it gets any worse, there are several treatments available for this condition and they may vary depending on the cause of tooth sensitivity.

  • Desensitizing Toothpaste. If your teeth are naturally sensitive, a special toothpaste recommended by the dentist can be used.
  • Fluoride varnish or gels. Fluoride is known to help reduce bacteria build up in the mouth. Applying fluoride varnish or gels on affected areas will help strengthen the tooth enamel.
  • Dental Crowns. If you have a weak tooth that’s causing the tooth sensitivity, then a dental crown may be recommended.
  • Gum Treatments. This is applicable if the cause is a certain gum or periodontal disease.

Of course, to really track down the cause of tooth sensitivity. It’s still a must to see the dentist.

July 12, 2012

Fangs on the Trend List?

Posted in D-Entertainment tagged , at 1:15 am by queenqueer

Yesterday I was reading Michelle Phan’s blog and came across an entry where yaeba teeth or double teeth are becoming a trend in Japan.

crooked teeth

The yaeba teeth can be described as crooked with fang-like features due to croded teeth.

Normally people prefer having their teeth straightened by braces or invisalign, but in Japan, several dental and cosmetic procedures are offered to those who would like to achieve the yaeba look starting at around 30,000 yen.

It is said that misaligned teeth make girls seem more approachable because of the imperfection. The child-like feature is perceived to be cute by men which makes them feel more confident and comfortable being around those girls.

A theory says that women with seemingly perfect features intimidate or scare some men. Men perhaps think that these women are out of their league and constant rejection can degrade their ego.

Crooked teeth on the other hand can be a disadvantage when oral health is concerned. Having crooked teeth will make one more prone to having food stuck in the teeth and eventually lead to cavities.

In my opinion, spending much to get your perfectly straight teeth turn crooked is a crazy idea.

July 11, 2012

Dental Fillings That Kill Bacteria and Re-Mineralize the Tooth

Posted in Dental News & Updates tagged at 4:06 am by queenqueer

This came out last May but I thought it would be an interesting read for those who are considering on getting dental fillings.

Rather than just limiting decay with conventional fillings, the new composite is a revolutionary dental weapon to control harmful bacteria, which co-exist in the natural colony of microorganisms in the mouth, says professor Huakun (Hockin) Xu, PhD, MS.

“Tooth decay means that the mineral content in the tooth has been dissolved by the organic acids secreted by bacteria residing in biofilms or plaques on the tooth surface. These organisms convert carbohydrates to acids that decrease the minerals in the tooth structure,” says Xu, director of the Division of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering in the School’s Department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry.

After a dentist drills out a decayed tooth, the cavity still contains residual bacteria. Xu says it is not possible for a dentist to remove all the damaged tissue, so it’s important to neutralize the harmful effects of the bacteria, which is just what the new nanocomposites are able to do.

The researchers also have built antibacterial agents into primer used first by dentists to prepare a drilled-out cavity and into adhesives that dentists spread into the cavity to make a filling stick tight to the tissue of the tooth. “The reason we want to get the antibacterial agents also into primers and adhesives is that these are the first things that cover the internal surfaces of the tooth cavity and flow into tiny dental tubules inside the tooth,” says Xu. The main reason for failures in tooth restorations, says Xu, is secondary caries or decay at the restoration margins. Applying the new primer and adhesive will kill the residual bacteria, he says.

Fillings made from the School of Dentistry’s new nanocomposite, with antibacterial primer and antibacterial adhesive, should last longer than the typical five to 10 years, though the scientists have not thoroughly tested longevity. Xu says a key component of the new nanocomposite and nano-structured adhesive is calcium phosphate nanoparticles that regenerate tooth minerals. The antibacterial component has a base of quaternary ammonium and silver nanoparticles along with a high pH. The alkaline pH limits acid production by tooth bacteria.

Dental Fillings are used to restore the structure of the tooth damaged by cavities. They are more commonly or intentionally applied for aesthetic purposes and to return the tooth’s normal function.

July 10, 2012

Choosing a Dentist

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged at 6:18 am by queenqueer

Choosing a dentist is not much difficult. It can be either referred by a friend or you can follow these guidelines:

choosing a dentist

  • Schedule. Look for a dentist whom you can work with to easily set up better check up appointments. Work schedules are fixed most of the time.
  • Location. Always choose a dentist who is not that far from the comforts of your home. This is very much convenient in case of dental emergencies.
  • Professional Background of the Dentist. It’s important to know how credible the dentist can be, such as the training they have gone through, and if they are members of American Dental Association.
  • Flexibility of Terms. Check the dental practice/clinic if they are offering flexible terms for payment and if they accept the health cards that you are currently using.

Sometimes even the personality of the dentist is considered by many. There are those who have fear of going to the dentist, and yet, it’s a necessity for them to have their regular dental check ups. This is why some would require that they choose a friendly dentist who can make them feel comfortable upon the application of dental procedures.

Just remember that choosing a dentist will mainly rely on first, the quality of services the dentist is giving and second, the convenience.


July 9, 2012

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Dental Treatments, Oral Health & Wellness tagged , at 4:01 am by queenqueer

Choosing a toothbrush is simple but there are some things to consider in doing so:

choosing a toothbrush

Choosing your Toothbrush:

  • Soft Bristles. Dentists recommend using soft-bristled toothbrushes as these will prevent abrasion against the gums.
  • Size. Choosing the size of the toothbrush will depend on the size of the mouth. If you have a small mouth, it follows that you don’t need a huge toothbrush. This is just to clear the perception that perhaps a bigger toothbrush may be better.
  • The style of the bristles can also be considered but it’s a matter of choice and comfort. There are flat and edgy toothbrushes, but my personal preference are anything but flat toothbrushes. The zigzag edges of the bristles make it easier for me to clean the grooves of the teeth.
  • Handles. Some would consider the handles of the toothbrush if they are comfortable enough to hold. For example, those with arthritis might think about using toothbrushes with flexible handles.
Other Toothbrush Tips:
  • Bacteria can also build up on the bristles so make sure to change your toothbrush every 3 months.
  • To retain the softness of the bristles, have it dipped in hot water for a few minutes. Other than softening the bristles, this will also help decrease bacteria build up on the bristles.
  • Make sure to cover the brush with a cap just for protection. Clean the cap from time to time as this might also be a source of bacteria on the brush.

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