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             The        Monthly     E-newsletter                   Vol - I I I      Number-  I          June  2008

In this Issue:

  • Editorial

  • News

  • DentistryUnited @ Rank 4 on GOOGLE

  • Laughter - The best Medicine

  • Beta Version launched by DentistryUnited

  • Indian Dental Association Madras Branch celebrated WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY PROGRAM MAY 31ST -Dr.ChandraGuptha

  • New species of Oral Bacteria -Prevotella histicola                                               

  • 2 ADA's joint symposia says periodontal health crucial in healthy heart .


Editorial :

      Dear Fellow Dentist,

                           New research always keeps us giving more enthusiasm at work . A new discovery - saliva sensor developed by a team at  at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) works by chemicals to isolate potential cancer cells in saliva, followed by a “confocal” microscope which uses a laser to check for cancer cells.This makes it possible to detect cancer at an earlier stage and better prognosis.

                       I hope the day is not far when we see dental clinics with " salivary diagnostics" as one of the stuff mentioned on the "facilities available"  signboard outside .

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News :


                        DentistryUnited Ranks 4 on Google  for key word "Dentistry"

Laughter - The Best Medicine :

A patient sits in the dental chair with severely fractured front teeth. After discussing how they will be restored and what the fee would be the patient says, "Before we begin, Doc, I gotta know, will I be able to play the trumpet when you are finished?"
The dentist replies "Sure you will!"
The patient replies "Great, I couldn't play a note before!"





Indian Dental Association,
Madras Branch



                                                                                                                                             Chennai ,INDIA


Oral Cancer is the 8th most common cancer in the world & number one in males in India 90% of his cancer is caused by the use of tobacco, making tobacco the cause of second highest preventable death, in India. Most of the present day tobacco users, both smoking & smokeless, are those who started using the tobacco products in their adolescent age.Use of tobacco & the diagnosis of oral cancer is most of the time first detected by dentists, giving us a very important role in the prevention of this fatal disease. It is imperative that the message against this fatal habit should begin with us.

Hence Indian Dental Association, Madras Branch has coordinated with City Dental Colleges to train students in implementing tobacco-control measures (as fixed by the State Tobacco Control Cell,  Govt of Tamil Nadu) to certify these colleges ‘Tobacco- Free’. 

Government Dental College, Meenakshi Dental College,SRM Dental College, Balaji Dental College, Sri Ramachandra Dental College, Saveetha Dental College and Sri Venkateshwara Dental College,  have complied with the norms and were  certified ‘Tobacco-Free’ by the Union Health Minister Honourable Dr. Anbumani Ramdoss at a function on may 31st 2008, Saturday at Cancer Institute, Adyar. 

Indian Dental Association,  Madras Branch in coordination with Tobacco Cessation Centre, Cancer Institute (WIA), Tamil Nadu Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India & World Health Organization (WHO), is taking the lead in Tobacco Cessation and Control. 

A full day programme was conducted on May 31st – “No Tobacco day”. In the morning, competitions, among dental students of Chennai city colleges were held.The program was held on  31st May 2008 at  Cancer Institute (WIA),  Sardar Patel Road , Chennai.


The  various criteria  for Tobacco/ Smoke Free Medical and Dental Colleges  issued by the State Tobacco Control Cell and Directorate  of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, are

1.     No Sale of tobacco inside the premises of the institution.

2.     No smoking  or chewing  of tobacco inside the premises of the institution.

3.     Display of sign boards( No smoking Area – Smoking  here is an Offence) of 6030cm size inside the institution.

4.     No Sale of tobacco in the radius  of within  100 yards  of the educational institution.

5.     Posters that give information  about the ill effects  of tobacco displayed  inside the institutions.

6.     Having a copy of COPT Act 2003 and rules 2004.

7.     Display of sign boards “Sale of  tobacco products  around the institution within  100 yards is banned” prominently near the maingate  in outside wall face of the institution.

8.     Setting up and running a Tobacco Cessation Clinic in the institution premises. 

Inter-Dental  College Competitions were held on this occasion  which included Oratorical competition , Slogan Competition , Painting competition , Quiz Competition , Skit ,Poster Presentation , Essay Competition. Certificate of participation  were given to all participants, certificates and cups were distributed to all the winners, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College got the Overall best college award.

 The program was Presided by Dr.Senthil MP (advisor m Tamil Nadu Control Coalation) , Welcome address Dr.T.Rajkumar  





New species of Oral Bacteria -Prevotella histicola

International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology reported a publication by Professor William Wade from King's College London Dental Institute.These bacteria were found in both normal and carcinogenic oral cavities. Prevotella Histicola are anaerobic, variably pigmenting, Gram-negative saccharolytic bacilli producing acetic acid & succinic acid as major end products of fermentation and trace to minor amounts of isovaleric acid and lactic acid. The paper has been published by Julia Downes and William wade of King's College London Dental Institute at Guy's, King's College and St Thomas' Hospitals, Infection Research Group, London & Samuel J. Hooper & Melanie J. Wilson of Cardiff University School of Dentistry.




2 ADA's joint symposium concludes a crucial relationship between Diabetes ,  periodontal health and cardiovascular disease

The first joint symposium of the two ADAs – the American Dental Association and the American Diabetes Association – at the annual scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association said the close relationship between Diabetes and Periodontal health .The speakers said that  Diabetes appears to induce periodontal disease or cause it to worsen in some patients, but periodontal disease seems to worsen glycaemic control. Periodontal disease also seems to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke and, when present in pregnant women, to increase the risk of low-birth-weight babies.Lewis .F. Rose of the university of Pennsylvania ,(who was one of 18 physicians, dentists, and other independent experts who convened in Scottsdale, Arizona, in April 2007 to review the strength of the evidence for the associations among periodontitis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The participants in the Scottsdale Project conducted a systematic review of 118 published articles in an attempt to answer eight focused questions) was one of the speakers at the symposium. This result has indicated a crucial role of dentists in taking care of systemic health of their patients , in their limited period of diagnostic appointment .