Thursday, 1 May 2014

Dialogue: Advising your patients

One of your patients presents to your dental practice with serious oral problems and he confesses he likes one of the foods/drinks in the slideshow below.

Read the slideshow: Foods your dentists avoid, then pick one of the types of foods/drinks your patient exaggerates with, and WRITE A SHORT DIALOGUE of your communication with this patient (5-10 replies), advising him/her why he/she should avoid that item and what to do instead.

Manifest consideration, politeness for your patient's decisions but be enough convincing about what is good and bad for his/her teeth in the long-run.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Parental stress and early childhood caries

Read the following article on the Association of parental stress and early childhood caries (click on article title to open in a new window) and then write its abstract according to the rules of paragraph writing we have discussed in class (up to 100 words).

The original abstract of this article hardly illustrates its content but I am sure yours will be highly descriptive, appropriate and attractive for the potential readers.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Read the case study below and then express your opinion:
1. How would you have settled the case and why? (attention to if-clauses!) In your answers agree or disagree with your colleagues by hitting "reply" to their comments.

Dental neglect – but whose? - dental case study
03 July 2009–-but-whose.aspx
Mr M had worked for the same dental practice for 35 years and was looking forward to his retirement.
One morning a letter of claim arrived at the surgery from solicitors representing a patient Mr M had treated for over 20 years from the age of four.
Mr M remembered D well as he attended over 70 times in the period that he was a patient at the surgery. His notes constituted a long list of caries and fillings with occasional antibiotics and, in the later teen years, numerous root canal treatments and crowns. In the claim it was alleged that many of the fillings and treatments were incomplete and required to be re-filled and crowned.
The patient also alleged that he was never given any advice on diet or oral hygiene. Nor was he ever referred to the dental hospital where he might have been offered preventative treatment such as fluoride washes and sealants. Such measures might have prevented the extensive dental decay suffered by D


 Read the article on Free checks in Edinburgh to raise awareness of mouth cancer.

Then do the following:

1. Supposing you were one of the dentists, what questions would you ask to find out the factors likely to have triggered mouth cancer?

2. How exactly would you  break the news to the patient who presented such signs? Imagine you have in front of you such a patient, address him/her directly!

3. What one major initiative would you take in our country to promote oral health?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Arguments for and against TOOTH JEWELLERY

Esthetic dentistry boasts that tooth „crystals have a special coating on the back and their face reflects the light and makes it sparkle like a diamond”.

YOU ARE A DENTIST and have to advise a teenage girl who is still hesitant whether to have tooth jewellery or not. Bring one argument (!!) either for or against tooth jewellery. Start your comment: I think YOU should........... (then bring the argument and support it adequately)

Friday, 28 March 2014

Dentures fun

Teeth from Noreen Fitzgerald on Vimeo.

Fun-break: Do you know other joke, clip, incident or other funny situations linked with your future profession? Let us know about it here with a short presentation of the content.


1. According to the video – how can you find out if you have brushed your teeth thoroughly?

2. How long should you brush your teeth according to the video? Do you agree or not?

3. Can you develop on another aspect of time/tooth-brush/brushing technique that you learnt about in Preventology? (Try to write about a differenta aspect than that presented by your colleague/s.

Below is an advertisement of Waterpick waterfloss. What do you think of it?

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Truth vs Myths about Dental Procedures

Read the article on The Truth Behind Major Dentist Myths (click on the title link)

Then answer the following questions:

1. What new thing (even vocabulary) about dental procedures have you learnt from the article?

2. What do you think the article means by: “modern anesthetizing techniques not traditionally taught in dental schools?” (you may make enquiries, even talk to your teachers and practitioners about this)

3. Do you know one other myth about dental health?

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

General health issues - what do they mean for our teeth?

Watch the video on being overweight, below:

1.       1. What is your opinion on sugar consumption in your area/age group and what are the implications,  from the point of view of the current study?
2.      2.  Why should you as a future dentist be aware of these two topics?
      3.Do you know about other such strange legally enforced health issues?
      4. What would you promote as a must, stomatologically speaking, if you had the power and why?