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Hypnosis In Dentistry

Dental Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a great way to get relaxed and suppress all worries and fears. But what do you say about dental hypnosis? Is this legal and allowed to use hypnosis in dentistry? Is it legal for dental specialists to put their clients in a trance state? And also, can dental hypnosis be linked to certain types of traumas or unwanted health conditions?

Dental hypnosis is an absolutely legal thing which lately is becoming more and more common. According to the statistics, many dental care specialists in the UK use dental hypnosis to about every one of four patients of theirs. As it was reported previously, dental hypnosis is considered a great and effective way to overcome dental phobias, including needle phobia, phobia of feeling too much pain, etc. Also, it is a great tool to alleviate anxiety and other symptoms of stresses connected with dental visits. Stressful reactions are extremely common and well familiar to everyone of us without exception. But, in addition, dental hypnosis can also assist in relieving stress of dental personnel, which also takes place quite commonly.

Besides, hypnosis in dentistry is recommended as a great way to improve patient’s satisfaction with the services. It is a great technique to improve patient’s feelings and wellbeing during any sort of dental procedure, and it is another great way to attract more and more clients to today’s dental clinics. In particular, experts are convinced that those dental care specialists who use dental hypnosis can receive much more dental patients for regular check-up and cleaning procedures. Finally, dental hypnosis can be of a great help to comfort those patients who have serious dental problems, or those who suffer from certain allergies or have other certain limitations for using one or another type of medicines.

It is very interesting that numerous official dental and medical organizations offer special courses for dental specialists to master and use hypnosis in dentistry. In particular, one of the most popular and highly respected courses are offered by the Institute of Hypnotherapy for Medical and Dental Practice (IHMDP), located in London. For as much as £150, a dental specialist from the UK can take part in a 1-day program which will help in developing special skills to use hypnosis when working with dental patients as a great and safe tool to calm down anxiety, bring relieve to pain and any sort of discomfort, reduce related phobias, and so on.


Growing Teeth In Lab Is Becoming Real

More and more miracles of dentistry are coming out to make dental care for modern people more advanced and effective. Recently, a group of scientists at the Research Institute for Science and TechnologyTokyo University of Science created a new technology which can be used to grow new tooth tissues using stem cells. The technology allows growing full “tooth units” which can be successfully attached to jaw bones, as the experiments on lab mice have shown. Animals were able to use their teeth and chew all their daily meals, according to the report of the scientists in PLoS One (Public Library of Science).

Masamitsu Oshima, the study leader and assistant professor at the Research Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science, stressed in the report about the results of teeth transplantation to the animals that the teeth were absolutely similar to the natural teeth, including such elements as tooth enamel, nerves and blood vessels, and they are even sensitive to pain.

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 ‘The bioengineered teeth were fully functional… there was no trouble (with) biting and eating food after transplantation,’ he wrote. Therefore, this technology can be effectively used by modern dental specialists to replace lost or damaged teeth.

The team leaded by Oshima and his fellow scientist, Professor Takashi Tsuji, used two types of stem cells in the labs to grew new teeth for the animals. To control the shape and length of teeth, they can be placed in a specific mould, where the process of growing teeth is carried out. In average, the process takes about 40 days. Then, the newly grown teeth were transplanted to the jaws of mice, and it was possible to receive great functionality. The scientists say that using this technique it is possible to grow any type of teeth.

Moreover, many experts stress on the importance of this discovery as they are sure that using the same technology it will be possible to grow not only teeth but all important body organs. Despite of such major disadvantage as very high cost of this technology (it is currently estimated that growing a stem cell tooth will cost to the customers the amount of money equal to about 2,000 British pounds), the experts are sure that within the time the technology will get cheaper and more advanced. However, they underline, it will take at least a decade or so to make it available (and properly tested) for the general public.

Dental Care And The Risks Of Diabetes

Dental science is developing very fast, and every day more and more innovations are launched and the findings of new studies are published, making our dental care more effective and our dental specialists more proficient. In particular, there’s a great chance that very soon, your dentist will be able to tell you what are your risks of having such serious disease as type 2 diabetes. Or, what are your chances to have a stroke, a heart disease or even suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. How is this possible, you may ask? Well, the issue is: according to the latest study, all those health problems are linked to your gum condition, and looking at your gums it is possible to predict, as well as possibly prevent, the above mentioned life-threatening diseases.


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A new study carried out by a group of specialists at  Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine, has shown that such a condition as gum disease is a very common early sign of developing type 2 diabetes. Dr Anjana Satyajit, one of the study leaders and the head of the dental care department at Artemis Health Institute, says: ” If you are a diabetic, poor oral hygiene can cause the blood sugar to rise, resulting in the need for more insulin.

It is believed that modern dental care allows diagnosing pretty serious diseases and health problems on quite early stages. Such conditions as clogged arteries and other common cardiovascular problems are considered also to be strictly linked to our dental health and gum condition. ” Even cancer, substance abuse and sexually transmitted disease can show up through bad oral conditions,” says another expert at Balaji Action Medical Institute.

According to the specialists, such factors as the color of our tongue, the location of decaying tooth or tooth pain, the condition of our lymph node and other details can say a lot to the experienced dentist about our health and can play a role of indicators for cancer, migraines, respiratory infections, tuberculosis and other serious health problems. Bleeding gums is one of the primary factors that allows dangerous bacteria enter out blood stream and cause a great deal of diseases and complications. Dental problems and dental diseases can be the first indicators of possible decrease in the function of our immune and digestive systems, about blood pressure problems and about the lack of certain vitamins in the body.

The Gene FAM20A, A New Key For Our Dental Health

It is a known fact that people can not restore their tooth enamel, and if it is damaged as a result of an improper dental care, poor diet or other factors, we have nothing else to do but visit our dentist and place a type of tooth filling. This is explained by the phenomenon that the cells that produce our tooth enamel (which are called ameloblasts) are meant to retire after the necessary amount of enamel to cover up out mature teeth is produced. Nowadays, the scientists found out what gene is responsible for tooth enamel formation and quality.

A group of specialists at the University of Manchester, leaded by Dr. James O’Sullivan analyzed the genomes of the members of the same family. At that, four of the relatives shared the a certain genetic disorder known as amelogenesis imperfecta, which is associated with too weak and thin tooth enamel, and the rest five members of the same family were not diagnosed with the mentioned disease. 

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Further, genetic samples were compared to more than nine hundred other genetic samples taken from other people who did not have the signs of the mentioned disorder.

It turned out that the family members affected by the disorder had mutations in both copies of FAM20A gene, and those relatives who did not have the disorder had only one copy of the gene affected by mutations. No other genetic sample taken from other people had the stated type of mutation. The researchers also noticed that in mice, extremely high rates of normal FAM20A gene could be found during the maturing period of ameloblasts, supporting the theory that FAM20A has a great importance for healthy tooth enamel formation.

Other specialists are trying to find some explanation of the discovered phenomenon. An expert at the University of Western Australia in Crawley, Tony Phan, supposes that the gene produces a type of protein which can stimulate the production of tooth enamel cells by in some way binding to ameloblasts. If this theory will find scientific evidence, there can be a way opened to using this protein for reactivation of ameloblasts and making them produce new tooth enamel sells when the tooth is decaying or is damaged. Read more about this interesting study and its findings in the latest issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics.


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