Visits to the dentist can evoke memories of traumatic sexual abuse

The defencelessness experienced while sitting in the dentist’s chair can prompt memories of sexual abuse, finds endodontist Eva Wolf in her new study. She has interviewed 13 people, who had such experiences, and found many are scared and avoid going to the dentist, do not show up for scheduled appointments, or leave ongoing treatment. “It is very clear that the […]

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This Woman Went to the Dentist With a Bump in Her Mouth—It Turned Out to Be a Rare Cancer

American tennis star Nicole Gibbs announced earlier this week that she had pulled out of the French Open to undergo surgery for salivary gland cancer. The 26-year-old said her diagnosis came after her dentist asked her about a growth on the roof of her mouth during a routine appointment last month.  Gibbs, currently ranked number 117 globally by the Women's Tennis Association, shared on Twitter that she's scheduled to […]

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Negative experiences at dentist much more common for low-income, nonwhite children

Disparities in young children’s experiences at the dentist are linked to income, ethnicity and language, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine. Published in Academic Pediatrics, it found that families with lower incomes or from ethnic or linguistic minority groups were more likely to report negative incidents, such as the child being physically restrained, separated from […]

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Costly ‘scale and polish’ service at the dentist ‘may be unnecessary’

Costly ‘scale and polish’ service at the dentist ‘may be unnecessary for those with good teeth’ as evidence finds it makes ‘no difference’ to dental health The clean involves scraping to remove plaque and a polish to make teeth smooth It costs £11.40 on the NHS and around five times that at some private practices But it may make ‘little […]

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