Different proportion and species of pathogens can be related to periodontal diseases. Therefore, different bacterial compositions require specific ways of treating various kinds of periodontal diseases.
Cancer treatment, by definition, is highly cytotoxic: radiotherapy and chemotherapy cause death of or damage to cells of the oral cavity, and the side effects vary from patient to patient. In a free webinar on Friday, 4 September, researcher and dental surgeon Dr Juliana Schussel, who is also an adjunct professor in the graduate dentistry programme at the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba in Brazil, will be teaching dental professionals how to prevent and treat cancer complications before, during and after treatment. A special focus will be placed on oral mucositis, as well as medication- and radiation-related osteonecrosis of the jaws.
The iTOP—which stands for individually trained oral prophylaxis—training programme is for dental professionals who want to set up patients for a lifetime of oral health. In an iTOP session, dental professionals learn about the correct tools and techniques for perfect brushing and oral care through hands-on practice so that they can teach patients in turn. Dentist and iTOP trainer Dr Franka Baranović Huber explained how practical brushing skills are still lacking among dentists and how exactly patients can benefit from iTOP.
Periodontal disease, acute trauma, ill-fitting mouth guards—these are just a few examples of problems that could compromise athletic performance. As a result, sports teams in most countries have realized the need for specialized dental care, and dentists are increasingly being regarded as essential members of the sports medical team. New York-based dentist Dr Andrew Sarowitz is in charge of the dental health of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA’s) Brooklyn Nets basketball team and works with mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters.