Chewing gum rapid test for inflammation

Dental implants occasionally entail complications: Six to fifteen percent of patients develop an inflammatory response in the years after receiving a dental implant. This is caused by bacteria destroying the soft tissue and the bone around the implant in the worst case.Read more

Practice characteristics and service provision rates of dental hygienists in Australia

Abstract IntroductionDental hygienists (DHs) have been practising in Australia since the early 1970s. ObjectiveThis study describes the clinical activity of Australian DHs. MethodsA questionnaire was mailed to members of two professional associations representing DHs. Practitioner characteristics, employment characteristics and clinical activity on a self-reported typical practice day were collected. The proportion of each service item of all services provided was estimated. Associations between practice characteristics and service provision were assessed by log-binomial regression models. ResultsAdjusted response rate was 60.6%. Of the DHs included in analysis (n=341), 80% were employed in general practice, and…Read more

Does dental hygienist professional education meet the needs of working life? Educators’ views

Abstract ObjectiveThe aim of this study was to describe the compatibility of dental hygienist education with working life from the perspective of their educators. MethodsWe conducted a qualitative study among principal educators of dental hygienists in Finland in 2012-2013. The participants were leading educators of dental hygienists (n = 13) from the four Finnish education units. We used semi-structured interviews based on previous Nordic studies to collect the data and analysed them using inductive content analysis. ResultsAccording to the educators, dental hygienists' skills at work are neither fully nor effectively utilized, even though their education…Read more

Clinical outcomes of experimental gingivitis and peri-implant mucositis treatment with professionally administered plaque removal and photodynamic therapy

Abstract AimTo comparatively evaluate the outcomes of professionally administered plaque removal (PAPR) and photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the treatment for experimentally induced gingivitis (G) and peri-implant mucositis (p-iM). Materials and methodsTwenty systemically healthy patients, each contributing a single implant-supported unit in a posterior sextant and a tooth within the same quadrant, were selected. Patients underwent an experimental G and p-iM trial consisting of a 2-week period of undisturbed plaque accumulation and a 6-week resolution phase following treatment administration. Supragingival plaque levels, probing depth (PD) and bleeding on probing (BoP) were recorded at experimental…Read more