Tick saliva could hold cancer cure:
Dr. Carmen D. Sanchezwins R.I.
minority SBA award
DEDICATES DENTAL MUSEUM; U. of P.
Awards Honors at Opening of Evans Building. - Feb 15 1923- The new
The higher the technology goes
, the higher is the feeling of going back to basics. Ultimately
inspite of the high technology it is the basic skills of the
dentist that plays a mojor role in the treatment outcome. Sometimes
the treatment for a particular ailment could perhaps be in some bug.
In one of the articles this issue , there is about " Amblyomma
cajennense" a blood sucking parasite which holds the future of
I welcome more and
more of you to send your cases or articles for Dental Follicle .
Its always amazing to hear of crash victims so badly mutilated
that they have to be identified by their dental records.What't tough
to understand it.. if they dont know who the dead fellow is, how
they know who the dentist of the dead man is???
Halitosis -Breath Malodor - A review
By Dr.Ghazala Danish MDS
Oral Diagnostitian & Radiologist
Breath malodor means an
unpleasant odor of the expired air, whatever the origin may
be. Oral malodor specifically refers to such odor
originating from the oral cavity itself. A term like
halitosis is synonymous with breath malodor. There are
references to it in the Bible and in the Koran. Surprisingly
enough, until recently breath malodor has not been a matter
of much interest in periodontology, although its most
frequent causes are plaque-related gingivitis and
Breath malodor should not be
confused with the momentarily disturbing odor caused by food
intake (e.g., garlic) or smoking because these odors do not
reveal a health problem. The same is true for morning bad
breath: as habitually experienced on awakening.
A persistent breath malodor,
by definition, does reflect some pathology.
Imaginary breath odor or
halitophobia, well-established personality disorder
questionnaires allow the clinician to assess the patient's
tendency for illusional breath malodor.
Morning bad breath
Transient breath malodor is
noticed when waking up in the morning in more man half the
adult population. It does not deserve special attention
since it is due to the xerostomia developed during sleep,
i.e. when salivary flow is reduced to a minimum. This with
the ongoing intra-oral putrefaction explains the malodor
when waking up. Morning breath odor disappears soon after
the intake of food or fluid. The intra-oral placement of a
toothpaste containing zinc salts and triclosan has the
capacity to reduce the odor for several hours, even in the
absence of toothbrushing.
The real concern of the
population is the breath malodor which remains during the
day and which can cause social and/or relational problems.
Subjects who believe they produce malodor can adopt
avoidance patterns such as keeping a distance when speaking
to others or holding their hand in front of the mouth while
speaking. There is also a tendency to constantly use rinses,
sprays, chewing gums or pills to mask the breath odor,
although many such items have no effect whatsoever or at
least no lasting effect.
Even more disturbing is the
fact that a number of subjects imagine they have breath
malodor when they may not have. This imaginary breath odor,
also called halitophobia, has been associated with
obsessive-compulsive disorders or hypochondria. It has even
led to suicide. For such patients, the presence of a
psychologist/psychiatrist at the multidisciplinary malodor
consultation is essential.
Causes of halitosis
ØLack of flow of saliva during sleep
A.Disorders of oral cavity
ØPoor oral hygiene
B.Disorders of upper respiratory tract
ØAtrophic rhinitis (ozena)
ØWegener’s granulomatosis (Midline granuloma)
ØCarcinoma of larynx
C.Disorders of lower respiratory tract
ØCarcinoma of the lung
ØSalivary gland dysfunctions
ØCarcinoma of the tonsil or pharynx
ØCongenital bronchoesophageal fistula
E.Disorders of lower gastrointestinal tract
ØFebrile illness with dehydration
continued in next issue
Tick saliva could hold
cancer cure: Brazilian scientists
A South American tick, Amblyomma cajennense , a blood
sucking parasite ,may perhaps be the cure for skin cancer .
A protein in the saliva of the tick apparently reduces and
can even eradicate cancerous cells while leaving healthy
cells alone.The protein shares some characteristics with a
common anti-coagulant called TFPI (Tissue Factor Pathway
Inhibitor), specifically a Kunitz-type inhibitor which also
has been shown to interfere with cell growthApparently it
did not kill the normal cells.This is hoped to
revolutionalize the cancer care.
VIDEO OF THE MONTH
Dr. Carmen D. Sanchezwins R.I.
minority SBA award
Dr. Carmen D. Sanchez founded Comfort Dental in 1999 in Providence
after moving to the United States from the Dominican Republic. She
earned her degrees in dentistry from Boston University and the
Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican
Republic. She also has been the recipient of a fellowship on
implants from the Misch International Implant Institute in
Detroit.She will be honored next the U.S. Small Business
Administration (SBA) as the 2009 Rhode Island Minority Small
Business Person of the Year.