Monday, February 20, 2017

Dental Colleges to use Biometric Attendance for PG Students

Skipping classes is going to be harder for postgraduate dental students across the country. The Dental Council of India (DCI) will now monitor attendance centrally through the biometric system at all dental colleges. Additionally, there will also be teams that would inspect the Aadhaar card and address proof given by students.

The medical fraternity is clearly taking policing seriously now. Recently, medical colleges were asked to have live streaming on campus as well as CCTV cameras.

The call for such a move came after colleges witnessed increased absenteeism. Compared with undergraduate students, PG students were reportedly more careless with attendance and there were even cases of PG students working at clinics when they should have been in class.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Katrina Kaif to undergo dental surgery

Katrina Kaif has been in great pain all of last week. She has been walking around with a swollen face because of an infected wisdom tooth. The actress has been pumped with antibiotics. But being Ms Perfect, Katrina has attended three events that she was committed to, delaying her appointment to the dentist. Now the tooth has become severely infected and she has to undergo surgery.

Says a source close to Katrina, “Her wisdom tooth has been acting up. She neglected it and attended two events — a party thrown in honour of photographer Mario Testino in Delhi and Anurag Basu’s Saraswati puja after her return. On Thursday, she went to Breach Candy hospital to have the surgery but was sent back as the tooth had become too infected. Now the doctors have told her she can only have it done next week once the infection settles. On Friday, she attended another event (of a financial institution), She is on antibiotics and is feeling sick because of them, but she didn’t want to cancel her appointments. She wants to complete her work commitments as she can rest later. Today, she may go to the hospital to have the surgery done.”

Director of AVCO Dental Delhi arrested by CBI for illegal sale of dental products for armed forces

When the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last week busted an alleged criminal conspiracy involving the sale of dental products meant for armed forces to a private company, agency sleuths had stumbled upon hundreds of false teeth also known as dentures.

While the CBI probe was specifically probing the sale of 90 kits of Glas Ionomer Cement (GIC) to one Seth, the dentures pointed out to larger conspiracy involving at least one official working at the Armed Forces Medical Store Depot (AFMSD) and businesses which might be based out of India.

The probe agency, according to official sources, might now be sitting on a larger conspiracy involving illegal export, of dental products.

Skeletons started tumbling out after CBI received information that Hawaldar P Sridhar, who was working as the store in charge at Armed Forces Medical Store Depot (AFMSD) in Delhi Cantonment was allegedly involved in the sales of dental products.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Indian-origin dentist to pay $250,000 in fraud case in New York

New York An Indian-origin dentist is to pay $250,000 to settle a fraud case involving treatment of children enrolled in a government insurance for the poor, according to a federal prosecutor in Texas.

Akhil Reddy agreed to pay the amount to resolve the governments’ claims in the case involving a dental practices in Texas that he party owned, John Parker the Northern Texas federal prosecutor announced on Monday.

A total of $8.45 million was recovered by the government from him, four other dentists and a manager of the practice, the prosecutor said.

Between 2009 and 2014, their dental practices submitted false claims to Texas Medicaid for single-surface fillings in children that were not done and allegedly kickbacks were paid to the patients, their families and marketers, according to the prosecution.

Vadodara dentist invents low-cost denture for tobacco addicts

VADODARA: A 50-year-old woman from Dahod's tribal village had been chewing tobacco for the last 30 years. Due to this habit, she could not open her entire mouth when she needed denture. Doctors told her that she needs to undergo laser treatment so that they could fit denture in her mouth, but she could not afford it. The case then came to a dentist from the city who invented new form of dentures for patients like her.

Dr Kinnar Desai, who hails from Dahod and is practising in the city for some years now, invented a push button denture that could fit in the mouth of those who had the habit of chewing tobacco. "When the lady came to me, I told her that I will try to treat her but it will take some months. One day when I saw my assistant wearing a shirt with push buttons, the idea suddenly struck me," said Desai, who completed his dental studies from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya from Indore.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

No more fillings: Alzheimer's drug may help naturally repair tooth decay

Dental fillings may soon become a thing of the past, as scientists have found a way to renew living stem cells in tooth pulp using an Alzheimer's drug which could help naturally repair decaying teeth. Following trauma or an infection, the inner, soft pulp of a tooth can become exposed and infected.

In order to protect the tooth from infection, a thin band of dentine is naturally produced which seals the tooth pulp, but it is insufficient to effectively repair large cavities. Currently dentists use man-made cements or fillings, such as calcium and silicon-based products, to treat these larger cavities and fill holes in teeth.This cement remains in the tooth and fails to disintegrate, meaning that the normal mineral level of the tooth is never completely restored.

Scientists from the Dental Institute at King's College London have proven a way to stimulate the stem cells contained in the pulp of the tooth and generate new dentine -the mineralised material that protects the tooth -in large cavities, potentially reducing the need for fillings or cements.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Did you know that scuba diving can harm your teeth?

If you are planning a scuba diving session at your next holiday destination, first see a dentist! Due to the constant jaw clenching and fluctuations in the atmospheric pressure underwater, divers may experience symptoms that range from tooth, jaw and gum pain to loosened crowns and broken dental fillings, says a study. 

Recreational divers should consider consulting with their dentist before diving if they recently received dental care, said lead author Vinisha Ranna from the University at Buffalo in New York.

“Divers are required to meet a standard of medical fitness before certification, but there are no dental health prerequisites,” Ranna, who is also a certified stress and rescue scuba diver, noted.

“Considering the air supply regulator is held in the mouth, any disorder in the oral cavity can potentially increase the diver’s risk of injury. A dentist can look and see if diving is affecting a patient’s oral health,” Ranna said.


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