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New Paste for Severe Oral Stomatitis

Researchers at Hyogo College of Medicine (Japan) assesses the application of an admixture paste containing dexamethasone, gel for oral care and petrolatum to treat the severe stomatitis that associate head and neck cancer and radiotherapy. The paste works to promote eating, chewing and swallowing which are usually painful and difficult in case of inflamed oral …

Hossam Hamza Mar 05, 2018 Dental Education
Sports Guard That Prevents Dental Caries

Researchers at Tokyo Medical and Dental University have conducted a laboratory work to fabricate an oral stent for prevention and treatment of dental caries. The oral appliance (stent) was entirely made of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer reinforced with silver particles (5,000 ppm) to induce maximum antibacterial effect against a wide range of species that are involved …

Hossam Hamza Jan 31, 2018 Dental Education
Fighting Oral Malodor with Zinc Ions

Zinc ions are known to exhibit a preventive action against volatile sulfur compounds such as gaseous H2S that cause oral malodor. Oral malodor results from microbial fermentation of food debris in the mouth; so, antimicrobial agents have the potential to reduce oral malodor by chemically neutralizing the fermentation by-products. A combination of zinc ions and …

Hossam Hamza Jan 28, 2018 Dental Education
Ready to Use Titanium-Based Nanostructures for Dental Implants

Titanium alloys have excellent mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility, but their usage as dental implants is compromised by bacterial growth causing infection, inflammation and peri-implantitis. The infection process starts with the formation of bacterial biofilms, that is, bacteria accumulate over the implant’s surfaces and form a matrix of extracellular polymeric substances to protect themselves …

Hossam Hamza Jan 24, 2018 Dental Education
The Golden Era of Silver in Dental Treatments

Topical application of fluoride is the long followed protocol for caries prevention in children even at the time of the highest risk. Food and Drug Administration recognized the application of topical silver diamine fluoride to arrest active carious lesions and as a preventive approach for unaffected teeth with no risk of toxicity. That is, silver …

Hossam Hamza Jan 21, 2018 Dental Education
Nanotechnology in Dentistry: Orthodontics

The orthodontic applications of nanotechnology are numerous. Nanotechnology can assist in manufacturing orthodontic wires, brackets, orthodontic aligners and mini-/microimplants. Orthodontic wires coated with nanoparticles exhibited well-controlled tooth movements and better anchorage, with less frictional forces, less root resorption and less bone/periodontal damage. Orthodontic nanorobots and nanoindented orthodontic wires both contributed directly to healthy periodontal tissues, …

Hossam Hamza Jan 15, 2018 Dental Education Orthodontics