September, 2012

Senate committee confirms standards for imported dental lab products

Troy Williams, CEO of the ADIA

The Australian Government has confirmed that dentists and resellers of imported dental laboratory work are subject to the same statutory obligations as local laboratories. The advice is contained in the Australian Government’s response to a Senate committee inquiry into the […]

Paediatricians and dentists combine to further child oral health

The RACP says all health professionals dealing with children should have training in oral health.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) have called for the elevation of oral health awareness in the training of all health professionals who work with children and young people. While […]

Before amalgam there was beeswax

The Lonche canine. A) Distal-mesial virtual section of the entire Lonche 1 lower left canine (resolution 18 µm). B) 1. Micro-CT detail of the crown showing the thickness of the beeswax (in yellow). Beeswax exactly fills the shallow cavity in the exposed dentin and the upper part of the crack (resolution 9 µm). 2. Three-dimensional virtual reconstruction and 3. microphotograph of the tooth crown in occlusal view with indication of the surface covered by beeswax (within the yellow dotted line). C) Micro-CT based cross-sections of the tooth showing the enamel cracks along the labial and lingual aspects (resolution 9 µm). The positions of the cross-sections are shown in Figure B2. The beeswax is colored in yellow. Scale bars, 2 mm. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044904.g002 CREDIT: Bernardini F, Tuniz C, Coppa A, Mancini L, Dreossi D, et al. (2012) Beeswax as Dental Filling on a Neolithic Human Tooth. PLoS ONE 7(9): e44904. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044904

While it’s rarely news when someone gets a filling, paleoantologists are quite excited this week to report what may be one of the world’s oldest fillings—made of beeswax, in a jaw recovered from a cave near Trieste, Italy. The specimen […]