Today's Dental News

Girl’s Dental Braces Stops Bullies

A girl who faced bullying taunts on a weekly basis for her protruding teeth has scooped an award in recognition of how extensive orthodontic dental work can changes lives.

The Against all Odds award was conceived by the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) to illustrate the power of orthodontic treatment.

Teenager Eva Hulme was seriously affected by the appearance of her teeth and suffered shocking humiliation, facing bullies throughout primary and secondary school.

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Before Packing Your Child’s School Lunch, Do Your Homework

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Parents spend days preparing for their children’s return to school. Many schools now provide a long list of supplies that children are expected to have when they show up. As parents send their kids off for the first day of school, it’s a good idea to put as much thought into what they’re packing in their kids’ lunchboxes as they do into their school supplies.

While parents wouldn’t send children to school with a lunchbox full of candy bars, they might be packing almost as much sugar when they send them off with some of the popular lunch time classics. Considering that most children brush their teeth in the morning and again before bed, the sugar they put in their mouths at lunch time could stay in there for a while, and that worries some dentists.

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Fluoride in Water Prevents Adult Tooth Loss

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Children drinking water with added fluoride helps dental health in adulthood decades later, a new study finds.

In an article appearing in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health, Matthew Neidell reports a strong relationship between fluoride levels in a resident’s county at the time of their birth with tooth loss as an adult.

“Your fluoridation exposure at birth is affecting your tooth loss in your 40s and 50s, regardless of what your fluoridation exposure was like when you were 20 and 30 years old,” said Neidell, a health policy professor at Columbia University.

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Arizona Dentist Receives Award for Treating Homeless

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Kris Volcheck used to have a private dental practice, but he decided to give it up.

He wanted to treat the homeless instead.

Volcheck created the Central Arizona Shelter Services, which now provides dental services for more than 6,000 homeless patients. For his work, Volcheck earned a national community health award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

When he decided to do this, Volcheck knew he was going to see teeth in some of the worst conditions he had ever seen. But today these people are receiving the kind of dental care every person needs. Volcheck now has a group of about 500 dentists and hygienists and they perform their work in a modern building. It wouldn’t have been possible without donations.

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World’s Tallest Man to Receive Smile Makeover

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SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Aug. 20—The dental office of Dr. Eric Johnson announced today that Sultan Kosen, currently the Guinness World Records title holder for the ‘Tallest Living Man’ will receive a complimentary, custom smile makeover from Dr. Johnson. Kosen will first travel from London to Virginia for a medical procedure, then continue on to San Clemente, Calif., later this week to begin the dental treatment.

The 27-year-old Kosen measures a staggering 8-feet, 1-inch or 246.5 in centimeters tall. The part-time farmer, who uses crutches to stand, filmed the documentary “World’s Tallest Man and Still Growing” as a way to raise awareness about his condition. He is featured prominently in the Guinness World Records 2011 edition that launches in mid-September.

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