A HIV-positive dentist has been found to pose no risk to the public despite hundreds of patients in Victoria’s east being urged to undertake a test for the virus.A health professional with HIV is able to continue to work, under national guidelines, as long as they do not perform exposure-prone procedures - procedures during which the healthcare worker could be injured and their blood exposed to a patient’s open tissues without them knowing - but this could be difficult for a dentist.
"Ashik’s malaise was diagnosed as a complex composite odontoma where a single gum forms lots of teeth. It’s a sort of benign tumour," Dr Dhiware said.
“At first, we couldn’t cut it out so we had to use the basic chisel and hammer to take it out.
“Once we opened it, little pearl-like teeth started coming out, one-by-one. Initially, we were collecting them, they were really like small white pearls. But then we started to get tired. We counted 232 teeth,” she added.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the BDHF, says: “When you drink and munch starchy or sugary foods, you’re not only feeding yourself, you’re feeding the plaque that can cause havoc in your mouth.
“Plaque is a thin, invisible film of sticky bacteria and other minerals that covers all surfaces of all your teeth. When sugars in your mouth come into contact with plaque, the acids that result can attack teeth for 20 minutes of more after you finish eating. Repeated attacks can break down the hard enamel of the surface of teeth, leading to decay.
“To battle tooth decay, it is important to maintain a simple oral health routine including: brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste; cutting down on sugary foods and drinks; visiting the dentist as often as they recommend; and flossing and using mouthwash to help get rid of bits of food and bacteria.”
"As wealth increases in these countries, so does sugar consumption," noted Christian Splieth, a professor at Greifswald University Hospital’s Department of Paedodontology. Sugar contributes to tooth decay.
At the same time, established cavity prevention programs are lacking in these developing countries, which include Brazil, Lithuania and Poland.
Twelve-year-olds there have an average of six teeth with cavities, said Splieth, speaking on the occasion of the 61st Congress of the European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA) in Greifswald earlier this month.
In contrast, German 12-year-olds have an average of only 0.7 teeth with cavities, compared with seven in the 1980s - a decrease of 90 per cent.
Nathan has lost his first tooth, and he’s going to keep it forever. But the Tooth Fairy has different plans. When she finds it hidden in a plastic bag in the sock drawer, she “opened her briefcase and tucked it inside. She left a dollar behind for Nathan.”
A month later when the second loose tooth falls out, Nathan guards it with toy army men to no avail. The Tooth Fairy finds it readily. Nathan makes better plans for advanced tooth-hiding.
The red-haired, bespectacled Tooth Fairy uses a Super Tooth Sensomatic to scan all hiding places, and the Tooth Fairy Wars begin.
Recently, my 19-year-old daughter suffered severe pain in her wisdom teeth and visited the dentist who prescribed two antibiotics, amoxicillin and metronidazole. She was also taking Panadol. When the pain intensified later that day, she went back to the dentist to ask for something stronger, but was told dentists are not allowed to prescribe pain relief any more, only antibiotics. We then visited the doctor to be told that doctors do not deal with dental pain, and we should visit the dentist for pain relief. We have been to the chemist and bought some ibuprofen on their advice, but she is still in severe pain.
Dental Surgeons Association Jammu and Kashmir(DSAJK) today observed hunger strike demanding complete absorption of unemployed dentists in the state. The association has demanded complete absorption of unemployed dentist youths, recruitment of dental surgeons on annual basis and establishment of separate directorate for dental health in the state.