Special care

Posted by watchmen
June 13, 2024

  By Dr. Joseph D. Lim Maintaining oral health has beneficial effects on the overall well-being. And yet, oral health care for persons with disability (PWD) receives low priority in Southeast Asia, according to a recent study on disability and oral health among member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). And to think …

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Odontophobia

Posted by watchmen
June 8, 2024

  By Dr. Joseph D. Lim Here’s a new word: Odontophobia. It’s the fear of dental surgery. Wisdom-tooth extraction, oral cancer, congenital deformation, or injury correction, all these procedures bring out the primal fear of the dental chair. “Many, if not most, if not all, patients are very scared when it comes to these surgeries,” says …

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Non-communicable diseases

Posted by watchmen
June 6, 2024

the By Dr. Joseph D. Lim The World Health Organization (WHO) is determined to implement a roadmap for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. Non-communicable diseases account for almost two-thirds of all deaths in Southeast Asia. In 2021, nearly half of the deaths from non-communicable diseases occurred prematurely between the ages of 30 and 69 …

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Kidney, liver issues

Posted by watchmen
June 1, 2024

  By Dr. Joseph D. Lim People with acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) are more likely to have issues with oral health. That is, those with kidney failure or liver scarring have worse dental health, with a greater number of filled or missing teeth, compared to those without the genetic disorder, according to a study published in …

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Paradigm shift

Posted by watchmen
May 30, 2024

By Dr. Joseph Lim Dr. Shristy Sharma is a public health dentist at the Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciencesin New Delhi, India. A public health dentist is a dental professional, a specialist whose expertise is on population-based dentistry instead of on treating an individual patient one at a time. They usually have a Doctorate of …

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Dental implants: A stunning growth

Posted by watchmen
May 25, 2024

  By Dr. Joseph D. Lim The global market for dental implants is growing. At a “stunning pace,” according to DelveInsight, a healthcare market research and business consulting company based in India and the United States. It is valued at US$5,126.5 million in 2021 — and growing. From 2022 to 2027, it is expected to reach …

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Tongue scraping

Posted by watchmen
May 23, 2024

  By Dr. Joseph Lim Brushing or scraping the tongue helps rid bacteria in the mouth. As in many things in life, there is a downside to the beneficial effects of tongue scraping. And it has something to do with bacteria in the oral microbiome. The microbiome is a “community” of microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, benign …

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No Sugar Day

Posted by watchmen
May 11, 2024

  itstBy Dr. Joseph D. Lim Earlier this year, the Indian Dental Association (IDA) and the World Dental Federation (FDI) held joint workshops to improve oral health by tackling the sugar and tobacco epidemics. The outcome of the workshops was the development of the Mumbai Declaration on Sugary Drinks and Healthy Food, which was supported by …

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