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  • Do-It-Yourself Dentistry: It’s a real thing. We watched the videos. We don’t recommend it.


    Perhaps the biggest indication of our crappy healthcare system is the development of the new trend of do-it-yourself dentistry. Dentistry that you perform on yourself.

    Here is a guy who will teach you how to make false teeth .

    This guy will show you how to repair a chipped tooth using a paperclip, LED light and hairdryer.

    “I have seen more than one instance where harm has been done,” said Dr. DeWayne McCamish, a member of the American Association of Orthodontists in an interview with CBS Miami. “I can assure you that with the internet and the availability of information that’s out there for a lot of consumers, that there’s going to be more occurring.”

    In an interview with Inside Edition , New York orthodontist Dr. Christina Carter was horrified by the trend: “This is terrible. So many bad things can happen. You can lose your teeth. You can have gum infection… This is a major medical health risk.”

    An alarming, wide-spread quick fix involves something called “ gap bands, ” which you fasten around two teeth with a gap in the middle.

    McCamish explained how dangerous the practice is:

    “A tooth is shaped like an ice cream cone. That rubber band, as it goes up the teeth, it pulls that tooth out of the bone,” he said. “We are dealing with a medical procedure. We are dealing with how a person is going to be for a lifetime. This is not today and tomorrow. This is forever.”

    Let’s make this a universal rule: friends don’t let friends practice dentistry on themselves.


  • Temple, health company to create ‘digital dentistry’ center

    The Kornberg School of Dentistry entrance

    A Philadelphia dental school has formed a partnership with a global health products company to create a new training site for current and future dentists.

    Temple University’s Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry and Henry Schein Inc. are collaborating to create the Henry Schein Digital Center of Excellence.

    The center, expected to open within the next 12 months, is being designed to serve as a digital dentistry training hub for educating students, faculty and alumni about digital dentistry.

    The cost of the proposed center is being kept confidential at this time.

    Digital dentistry, under the broadest of definitions, refers to any dental technology or device that incorporates digital or computer-controlled components into patient care.

    The center planned for Temple will feature equipment and products such as digital radiography, intraoral cameras and practice management software from Henry Schein (NASDAQ: HSIC) and its supply partners.

    Henry Schein, a supplier of medical, dental and veterinary care products, is based in Melville, N.Y., and has offices in Philadelphia.

    Amid Ismail, dean of the Kornberg School of Dentistry, said the goal of the private-public collaboration to “advance the skills and knowledge of current and future dentists in the new and rapidly emerging era of digital dentistry.”

    Ismail said starting this fall, the predoctoral and postdoctoral clinics at the dental school will be offering a digital dentistry alternative to traditional restorative care.