Thursday, April 16, 2009

Flap's Dentistry Blog Links - April 16, 2009

It's all about tossing and turning; 30 percent of Americans today say they are losing sleep over the economy. Some of them might go to a sleep lab for help; others might try their dentist. Dental sleep medicine is a growing field. It doesn't cover all sleep disorders like insomnia, but as CBS 2's Kristyn Hartman reports, it can help some patients get their six to eight hours of sleep at night.

New research shows that human teeth lost some enamel hardness after the application of several different products used in the home to whiten teeth. The study suggests that future generations of such products might be reformulated in an effort to reduce these side effects

The practice of extracting baby canine teeth to make way for adult canines that are erupting in the wrong place has no evidential basis, according to a new study by Cochrane Researchers. In a systematic review, the researchers were unable to identify a single high quality study to support the practice. "The recommendation of extracting the baby canine is in fact based on one uncontrolled study that was carried out over twenty years ago," says lead author of the study Nicola Parkin of the Department of Oral Health and Development at the University of Sheffield.

For whatever reasons, sometimes the dentist may want to switch hosting companies for their dental website. Most hosting companies all carry the same uptime guarantee and will have some sort of customer support service in place. The difference between Web hosts is often a matter of a personal preference & price. If your Web developer builds your site in PHP (or .html extension), you’ll want to obtain Unix hosting. For our own purposes we’ve found that Unix + PHP extends functionality and facilitates quick development. Since bandwidth usage is not really an issue for the garden variety dental website with ordinary visitor traffic, we’ll focus on basic, practical needs.

Like so many young women, Amy King always took great pride in her appearance. Standing in front of the mirror to check her make-up before a night out, the 21-year-old would always try a smile - friends told her they loved the way it lit up her face. Eight weeks ago, all that changed. The student from Plymouth was admitted to hospital where, in a single operation, she had every tooth in her mouth removed. Amy, whose dental problems were caused by untreated gum disease, does not go out any more. And when she looks in the mirror she hardly recognises the face staring back at her. 'Even with my mouth shut I look different,' she says. 'My cheeks are hollowed and my face looks thinner. I look like an ugly, old woman.'

It's a bizarre memento from an equally bizarre performer, one that Brian Blouin kept in a desk drawer for years. But now, Tiny Tim's teeth will travel to Texas. Before he died of a heart attack in 1996, Tiny Tim — a novelty musician best known for his falsetto rendition of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" — was contemplating oral surgery.

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