Burden of oral disease in Syrian refugee children

A summary of: Joury, E., Meer, R., Chedid, J. et al. Burden of oral diseases and impact of protracted displacement: a cross-sectional study on Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Br Dent J (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-021-2960-9 Introduction: Conflicts and war crises have been among the most persistent global challenges. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the global[…]

Miswak: a potential alternative to standard tooth-brushing?

A summary of: Yasmin, W. et al: “Miswak: The underutilized device and future challenges”. Vol.11(2), pp. 6-11 , October (2019) https://doi.org/10.5897/JDOH2019.0240 What is Miswak? Miswak also known as Siwak is a (bark) stick from the Salvadora Persica plant used as an alternative toothbrushing tool. ”Miswak” in Arabic means “stick to brush your teeth”. It has[…]

Research Summary: Trials and tribulations of dental tourism

A summary of: Turner, L. Cross-border dental care: ‘dental tourism’ and patient mobility. Br Dent J 204, 553–554 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2008.403 What is cross-border dental care? Cross-border dental care is also termed as ‘dental tourism’ a new phenomenon where an increasing number of patients are travelling across national borders for dental care and treatment. For example, individuals from[…]

Research Summary: Link between paediatric patient-related factors and dental general anaesthetic

A summary of: Hua, L., Busuttil-Naudi, A. & Keightley, A. Do paediatric patient-related factors affect the need for a dental general anaesthetic?. Br Dent J 233, 407–412 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-022-4922-2 General anaesthesia (GA) is frequently used as a treatment modality in paediatric patients. There are several potential patient factors that may increase the need for treatment under GA[…]

Research Summary: Role of 3D Printing in Dentistry

A summary of: Tian, Y., Chen, C. Xu, X. et al. A Review of 3D Printing in Dentistry: Technologies, Affecting Factors, and Applications (2021) https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/9950131 Three-dimensional (3D) printing technology has quickly become a much more widespread manufacturing process, with it first being introduced into dentistry in 1986 by Charles Hull. Today, it has uses in[…]

Research Summary: Role of virtual reality in reducing dental anxiety

A summary of: Cunningham, A., McPolin, O., Fallis, R. et al. A systematic review of the use of virtual reality or dental smartphone applications as interventions for management of paediatric dental anxiety. BMC Oral Health 21, 244 (2021) https://doi.org/10.1186/s12903-021-01602-3 Dental anxiety is a highly prevalent psychological issue experienced by patients and encountered by dental health[…]

Research Summary: Comparison of horizontal and vertical methods of tooth preparation for a prosthetic crown

A summary of: Łabno, P. and Drobnik, K. 2020. Comparison of horizontal and vertical methods of tooth preparation for a prosthetic crown. Journal of Pre-Clinical and Clinical Research. The article compares the pros and cons of several types of tooth preparations for different kinds of crowns, including the modern concept of verti prep (vertical preparation). […]

Research Summary: Applications of Propolis in Dentistry: A Review

A summary of: Abbasi, A.J. et al. “Applications of Propolis in Dentistry: A Review.” Ethiopian journal of health sciences vol. 28,4 (2018): 505-512. doi:10.4314/ejhs.v28i4.16 Propolis is a resin-like substance produced by bees that is comprised of bee saliva, beeswax, and tree buds. Its role is to seal holes in the beehive and maintain the structural integrity and[…]