Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care, released a statement today (11th March 2019) where he stated “we have taken the decision to uplift dental charges for those who can afford it, through a 5% increase this year”. 
The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) national guidelines about the management of conditions of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) have been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Its purpose is to be an useful tool available for surgeons and other medical colleagues, so they can also assist in the management of what might develop into a condition of chronic pain. The use of TMJ multidisciplinary teams should be encouraged to allow all treatment options for management to be discussed appropriately in selected cases, rather than unnecessarily progressing to surgical intervention. In this review we will cover the range of clinical situations of the TMJ and what are the treatment options available in each case according to the NICE and BAOMS guidelines. 
The mother’s oral health during pregnancy is related closely to the oral health of her newborn. Bad oral hygiene in pregnancy has been associated with various adverse effects, such as premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia. Most professional authorities strongly advise pregnant women to continue their usual dental care during pregnancy. Various dental therapeutic aspects raise concern among pregnant women, such as the use of local anesthetics and radiography. However dental treatment of oral conditions is safe during pregnancy and must be managed at any time during this period. 
A study done by J. Seong, N. Claydon, E. Macdonald, S. Garner, N. West from Periodontology Clinical Trials Unit of Bristol Dental School, Bristol and R.G. Newcombe from the Institute of Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University. Based on the fact that toothwear is the cause of a lifetime exposure to a number of physical and chemical factors. Some of these includes attrition, abrasion, erosion and abfracation. These act synergically as a multifactorial aetiology of toothwear. This condition has increased dramatically over the last couple of decades, specially in young adults populations. Research has shown that the enamel surface loss its structural integrity specially when challenged by an acid substance such as orange juice. 
A study made in 2010 by Morse, Haque, Sharland and Burke, published in the British Dental Journal, wanted to assess who used clinical photography and for what purpose?. The results were very interesting, after five hundred and sixty two replies, of the respondents, 48% used clinical photography, with 59% using a digital camera, 34% a 35 mm camera and 19% a video camera. Principal uses of clinical photography were treatment planning (84%), patient instruction/motivation (75%), medico-legal reasons (71%) and communication with the laboratory (64%). The author of this study reports a rising trend of the use of clinical photography by dental practicioners since 2002. It has turned so important that there have been published articles and courses with protocols and tips to achieve the best picture, in order to ensure to the viewers that the information required was very well registered. If the picture is wrongly taken, the information in it, is therefore quite misleading. In order to avoid distortion, a training must be completed by the dental practioner.  
A burning pain sensation - and treatments that do not work. This is what daily life is like for many of those who suffer from recurrent aphthous stomatitis. Research from the Sahlgrenska Academy now sheds new light on the reasons behind this condition found in the mouth. 
April's issue of the British Dental Journal is finally here. This new volume includes 2 verifiable CPD papers: 1) Radiographic evidence of treatment with bisphosphonates written by M. L. (T.) Thayer and 2) Evidence summary: the relationship between oral health and pulmonary disease written by D. Manger, M. Walshaw, R. Fitzgerald, J. Doughty, K. L. Wanyonyi, S. White & J. E. Gallagher. Unfortunately this time, both papers requires paid access to read them. 
After a long planning, patient education, careful follow-up and a lot of patience, an orthodontic treatment is finally completed. The patient is happy because his teeth are going to be set free of all the wires and braces. However another phase of the treatment is about to begin, to maintain the orthodontic results for the long-term. A lot of questions come to our mind, which retainer is going to be used?. When it's about the fixed retainer we also have to wonder: Which technique are we going to use to bond it? direct or indirect ?. Here's an interesting study that's going to help you to answer these questions. 
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