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Orthodontic management of an impacted mandibular canine in a 14 years old Kuwaiti girl

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Dental News Volume XXIII, Number I, March, 2016

By Dr. Saud A. Al-Anezi BDS (Liverpool, UK), Doctorate in Orthodontics (Bristol, UK)


IntroductionAn impacted tooth can be defined as a tooth with a delayed in eruption time or that are not expected to erupt completely based on clinical and radiographic assessment. 1 An impacted tooth in children is a major problem with potentially damaging sequelae such as, damage to the adjacent teeth and cystic formation. The prevalence of impacted maxillary canine is reported to be 1.5% 2, however, the prevalence of impaction of the mandibular canine is much lower. 3,4 In one particular study, the incidence of mandibular canine impaction was shown to be 1.29% in 5022 individuals of a Turkish population sample. 5  Clinicians should suspect impaction if the canine is not palpable in the buccal sulcus by the age of 10–11 years, hence a full clinical examination and radiographic assessment are essential in order to locate the canines. 6 There are many etiolo…

Study: recording selfies while brushing teeth can improve oral health care skills

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Daniel Robison Case Western Reserve University

Recording smart phone video “selfies” of tooth-brushing can help people learn to improve their oral health care techniques, according to a new study. 
Using smart phones propped on stands, study participants filmed their brushing at home. Researchers saw an increase in the accuracy of brush strokes, an increase in number of strokes and an overall 8 percent improvement in tooth-brushing skill—but the length of time a person brushed did not change. 
While most people have the ability, motivation and desire to brush their teeth properly, they often do not because of improper techniques—and opportunities to improve such skills can be few.
“Often, tooth-brushing is learned and practiced without proper supervision,” said Lance T. Vernon, a senior instructor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and co-author of the study. “Changing tooth brushing behaviors—which are ingrained habits tied to muscle memory—can take a lot of …