Friday Dental News Roundup

After a brief week off, we are back to give you your trending dental news stories for the week. First, we have some interesting reads on the new air flow polishing technique as well as the importance of sleep apnea recognition. We also have an intriguing article on the NIDCR’s proposal for e-cigarette research. Our fun read of the week is about the history of cotton candy and how it all began from dentists! Read on for more information on “fairy floss” or any of our other articles and share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. We would love to hear what you have to say! Until next time, stay informed and better your practice.

Why Air Flow Polishing is Superior to Traditional Periodontal Treatment
Traditional teeth cleanings have been revolutionized with an innovative air flow polishing technique that uses a machine to clean and polish teeth with a mix of water, compressed air and fine powder particles. Air flow polishing allows for more effective cleaning, improved patient comfort, faster appointments and a reduction in teeth sensitivity. Read on for more information on this revolutionary technique in teeth cleaning!

CDA Presents: Sleep apnea recognitions starts in your office
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is extremely widespread and it is important that dentists recognize sleep apnea in patients who are unaware they suffer from it. A patient who snores after a few alcoholic drinks or a patient who has recently put some weight are both signs of someone who could suffer from sleep apnea. It’s important to recognize OSA because it can lead to cardiovascular problems, depression, diabetes and many other serious conditions.

How Cotton Candy Was Popularized By… A Dentist
Surprisingly, cotton candy the pink sugar-filled treat that graces fair grounds and sports games, was developed by dentists! In 1860, James Morrison, a former president of the Tennessee Dental Association, and his friend John C. Wharton invented the electric candy machine to spin and melt sugar which they referred to as “fairy floss.” In 1921, dentist Josef Lascaux attempted to reinvent the machine while also coining the name “Cotton Candy.”

NIDCR proposes e-cigarette research
The popularity of e-cigarettes is drastically on the rise and dental researchers want to know more about the oral effects of these devices. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, one of the National Institutes of Health, proposes conducting more research to better inform consumers, health care professionals and regulators of e-cigarette aerosol mixtures on the mouth, gums and tissue that cause periodontal epithelia.

Have you tried the new air flow polishing technique? What were your thoughts on it versus traditional periodontal treatment? Share your comments with us below!


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