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August 5, 2012 Posted by Mark in News

July's Winner

The winner of the Oral B electric toothbrush for July is Cara Mcainsh          CONGRATULATIONS

August 2, 2012 Posted by Mark in News

August Prize Draw Offer!

ALL DENTAL RECALLS ATTENDED IN AUGUST  GO INTO A DRAW TO WIN AN ORAL B TRIUMPH ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH VALUED AT $215



Check ups are important for the health of your mouth and your general well being.  It is important also to catch any problems before they become more serious, and more expensive to fix. We are here to help you maintain good oral health and look forward to you contacting us for an appointment.

August 1, 2012 Posted by Mark in News

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to Mark Jones Dental Surgery’s new website! 



We are very pleased with our new site and hope you find the information here helpful and interesting. We’d love it if you could let us know what you think.

July 29, 2012 Posted by Mark in News

One Step Closer to Growing a Tooth

To build a tooth, a detailed recipe to instruct cells to differentiate towards proper lineages and form dental cells is needed. Researchers in the group of Professor Irma Thesleff at the Institute of Biotechnology in Helsinki, Finland have now found a marker for dental stem cells. They showed that the transcription factor Sox2 is specifically expressed in stem cells of the mouse front tooth.

Missing a tooth

Despite the development of new bioengineering protocols, building a tooth from stem cells remains a distant goal. Demand for it exists as loss of teeth affects oral health, quality of life, as well as one’s appearance. To build a tooth, a detailed recipe to instruct cells to differentiate towards proper lineages and form dental cells is needed. However, the study of stem cells requires their isolation and a lack of a specific marker has hindered studies so far.

Researchers in the group of Professor Irma Thesleff at the Institute of Biotechnology in Helsinki, Finland have now found a marker for dental stem cells. They showed that the transcription factor Sox2 is specifically expressed in stem cells of the mouse incisor (front tooth). The mouse incisor grows continuously throughout life and this growth is fueled by stem cells located at the base of the tooth. These cells offer an excellent model to study dental stem cells.

The researchers developed a method to record the division, movement, and specification of these cells. By tracing the descendants of genetically labeled cells, they also showed that Sox2 positive stem cells give rise to enamel-forming ameloblasts as well as other cell lineages of the tooth.

Although human teeth don’t grow continuously, the mechanisms that control and regulate their growth are similar as in mouse teeth. Therefore, the discovery of Sox2 as a marker for dental stem cells is an important step toward developing a complete bioengineered tooth. In the future, it may be possible to grow new teeth from stem cells to replace lost ones, says researcher Emma Juuri, a co-author of the study.

 

Source ScienceDaily

Oral health tips for Infants and Toddlers

Oral health Tip for Infants and Toddlers

Oral health tips for children

"Your child depends on you for healthy baby teeth." These teeth are important as healthy teeth look good, help your child eat well and are important for speech. They also help retain space for the eruption of the permanent teeth, which helps prevent crowding. Good oral health from an early age will help your little ones keep their teeth for a life time.

Oral Hygiene

  • Start brushing as soon as the first baby tooth comes through the gums. 
  • Buy a soft, small-headed brush and make sure that you only use a smear of fluoride toothpaste.
  • By having your infant sit or lie on your lap, both facing the same direction, you can get easy access to his or her mouth.

Feeding

  • Breast milk is recognised as the best form of nutrition for infants. 
  • If a bottle is used always hold the baby while bottle-feeding and do not put the baby to bed with a bottle.
  • What you put in the bottle is very important for your child’s oral health. Use only expressed breast milk or formula for bottle-feeding.
  • Do not put fruit juices or any other sweetened drinks in your baby’s bottle. The sugar in the drinks can damage your child’s baby teeth and cause early decay.
  • If you are using a pacifier to calm or soothe your child do not dip them in sugar or honey. Discontinue the use of pacifier by 2 years of age.

For more information on how to care for your little one’s teeth visit the NZDQ’s Healthy Smiles website.

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