Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome roundup readers, we are so glad to have you back! This week we have plenty of great stories for your reading entertainment and we can’t wait to share them with you. Our first story of the week is about a panda from the San Diego Zoo who had his very own trip to the dentist after suffering from a chipped tooth. We also have an informative article about how to financially start your own dental practice. Our last two articles are interesting reads from two separate studies. One is regarding the influence of depression drugs on implant failure and our final article is about the “Smile Romania” study, where we learned of the poor oral health and oral health education of Romanians. Make some time in your day to read these articles and let us know what you think!

Broken Tooth Sends Zoo’s Panda to Dentist
The San Diego Zoo’s 23 year-old panda Bai Yun underwent a dental procedure last week to fix a chipped lower tooth. Veterinarian dentist Meg Sutherland-Smith conducted a restorative procedure to cover up the part of the tooth that had been chipped to prevent further deterioration or chipping. Giant pandas spend almost 12 hours of their day chewing and breaking apart bamboo so their teeth can get damaged and worn down over time.

Starting a dental practice – How can you afford it?
Starting a dental practice can be a daunting task for a dentist wanting to start out on their own. So, where does one start this big endeavor and most of all, how do they afford it? Dr. Mustafa Shah-Khan breaks down a detailed cost analysis and gives any dentist looking to start a practice of their own, the right tips and tricks to have a successful business of dentistry.

Depression Drug Could Lead to Implant Failure
The International and American Associations for Dental Research have conducted a study that shows drugs that are made for treating depression could raise the risk of bone fracture. This occurs because Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors reduce bone formation. During the time span of three to 67 months, 38 implants failed and 784 were successful for non-SSRI users, while 10 failed and 84 were successful in the SSRI-user group.

Rural Romanians change their toothbrushes once every 10 years
A “Smile Romania” study has found that Romanians living in rural areas of the country only change their toothbrushes once every 10 years. The study also found that Romania has the lowest toothpaste usage in the EU, using approximately one tube in a year. In an effort to change these numbers, a program has been created where people can bring in their old toothbrushes and trade them in for a new one.

What is your No. 1 tip for someone who trying to start a dental practice? Share your experiences with us below!

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