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First Issue

MALTA ASSOCIATION OF DENTAL STUDENTS NOVERMBER 2015


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6 th Nov. 2015
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IN THIS ISSUE

IT IS THE FIRST IN THE HISTORY OF


MADS!
By Fatemah Abdullah

Our exclusive newsletter begins with


very warm greetings to the entire
dental faculty and its students
especially the Fresherswelcome!
It is a pleasure to introduce this
newsletter, which will be published
monthly, as to keep students up-dated
to all what interests them from simple
study "tips & tricks" to awesome cases
handled by students in their clinical
years, third, fourth and fifth.
Nevertheless, MADS newsletter is a
window which interlinks you to the
faculty, and both, to the outside nondental related reality. Being so, makes
it essential for you to be an active
individual. RememberDentistry is
Dynamic, Improvable, and Amazing; it
is a lifestyle which you have chosen.
Hereby, it is an opportunity for all
dental, hygiene, technology students
as well as the dental assistants to
speak their mind; this newsletter is a

platform for intellectual freedom &


creativity. Therefore, it is a delight to
have your input, feedback, and/or
participation through writing an
academic article, showing off your
talent, sharing a healthy low-sugar
low-fat recipes, introducing ideas to
improve public health & community
perception towards dentistsetc.

Changing the Black & White


into?
A bold decision has been made, the MADS Black
& White T-shirt will be changed into a more lively
yet professional design. The winning design will
be announced at the Gala Dinner. Check the
Criteria of the expected new design to meet on
page 2

Dentistry is
Dynamic,
Improvable &
Amazing!
"Choosing Dentistry as a profession, is
choosing a lifestyle"

MADS Up-Coming Events


A small adrenaline rush will do us good; getting
away from the academic life to create our own
stress-reliever(s). Check the details on page 5

MALA ASSOCIATION OF DENTAL STUDENTS NOVERMBER 2015

CHANGING THE
BLACK & WHITE
INTO?
All students within the Faculty of
Dental Surgery are given the
opportunity to show off their
creativity by introducing new
designs, which will introduce to the
public MADS NEW FACE!
Due date 24th October, 2015

DESIGNING CRITERIA TO MEET

1-

The design to be made on


a polo t-shirt

2- MADS logo & website


should be included

Designs to be sent to:


itofficermads@gmail.com

To the ones who applied for the


TRD:
MADS will be organizing team
building and educational activities
during the Saturday morning
sessions.
This would include interactive
dental sessions that will help you
sober up :P
P.S. Sessions held at Seabank Hotel, room 4402

MALA ASSOCIATION OF DENTAL STUDENTS NOVERMBER 2015

Pieces of
Advice For
The Public's

Oral
Health
Aetiology of dental caries: Tooth,
Sugar, Bacteria & Time.
There are 57 names of sugars
(hidden/added).
WHO recommends only 5% of daily
sugar intake = 25g (5 tea spoons)
e.g. Medium portion of Barn
Flakes = 5g
Small 200ml Orange Juice = 20g
Frequency is the key risk factor to
caries; so RESTRICT SUGAR TO
MEAL TIMES.
For children up to 3 years: parents
should supervise brushing x2 daily as
soon as teeth erupt.
a) Use only smear of toothpaste
containing less than 1000 ppm
Fluoride.
b) Go for sugar free medicines.
c) Don't allow children to lick/eat
toothpaste.
Children 3-6 years:
a) Apply pea-sized toothpaste
with 1350-1500 ppm Fluoride.
b) Spit out rather than rinsing.
c) Visit the dentist to apply
Fluoride Varnish (x2 a year).
Children 7 to young adults: All the
above, Plus
a) Visit the dentist to fissure seal
the newly erupted molars.
b) Children aged 8, who can spit,
can rinse with a mouth wash on
a separate occasion from tooth
brushing.

PUBLIC
Is dental
HEALTH
Erosion a
WORKSHOP Public
Health
Concern?

3rd November, 2015

The workshop was delivered by:


Dr. Gabriella Gatt
(BChD , MSc Paedodontics London)
Dr. Paula Vassallo
(Consultant Dental Public Health,
Lecturer of Preventive & Community
Dentistry)
The lecturers guided the students
with regards to giving a consistent
and a united simple advice,
avoiding jargon, for the public to
ingest as to prepare the students
for the upcoming events.
Students who attended have gained
both the knowledge & a certificate
This page sums up all the basic
information, which has been
discussed, of both topics.

ENCOURAGE MOTHERS TO BREAST


FEED, BECAUSE

o
o
o

It strengthens infant's
immunity,
Unlike milk formula, no added
sugars or conservatives,
Ensuring systemic & dental
health, no decayno obesity.

YES, it certainly is especially when


Malta's 11, 13, and 15 years olds are
ranking the first place in "wine &
spirit consumers" among 41
countires involved in this study
WHO HBSC 2006.
Adolescenece & children account
for 65% of soft drinks sales. Whilst
42% of fruit drinks are consumed
by children between the ages of 2
& 9. This is extremely worrying, as
it also accompanies other systemic
manifestations i.e. diabetes &
obesity.
Malta's National Dental Survey
involves screening the population
for signs/severity of erosion.
Therefore, the message to be
delivered to our community is to
avoid carbonated fizzy/soft drinks
as they have absolutely no
nutritious value & weaken the
tooth structure rendering it to
being sensitive/prone to caries.
REMEMBER
Be consistent when giving an
advicebe as simple as possible
when delivering a message. YOU
should be a ROLE MODEL to the
advice you give.

MALA ASSOCIATION OF DENTAL STUDENTS NOVERMBER 2015

I'VE JUST CREATED A


Case Report By Fatemah Abdullah 3rd Yr MDS

Mr. JB is a 48 year old gentleman with a complete upper & lower removable
dentures. His old sets have lost their aesthetics; & will eventually lose their
function Note how the anterior sextants come into contact as teeth are worn
down; the incisal angle, which determines the overbite & overjet is completely
absent.
Fabricating a new set of complete dentures demands both an extremely good
communication between clinicians & lab technologist A team work which
also involves the patient being co-operative.
I had the oppurtunity to fabricate the first complete dentures at Sant Vincent
De Poul Residence. After taking the patient's history, an extraoral & an
intraoral examination were caried out; the patient has the eperfect maxillary
tuberosities being the supporting structures for the upper denture. He also has
a firm lower residual ridge which "made my day"!
Briefing out the stages of fabricating a denture: (Blue refers to clinical
work/Green refers to lab work)
1.

Primary impression taken with a stock tray; material of choice,


Alginate.
2. Casting the primary models to fabricate the special trays.
3. Border mould the special trays to take the secondary impression;
material of choice, ZOE for a close-fitting functional denture base.
4. Fabricating the final (master) cast.
5. Jaw relation Registration with waxed occlusion rims.
6. Mounting the occlusion rims on the articulator to set-up the

acrylic teeth; shade A3.


7. Try-in visit, no further adjustments needed as form, function
& aesthetics are achieved Even though there is 1mm right
shift of the midline, patient's acceptance achieved.
8. Finishing & polishing the complete dentures with an acrylic
base.
9. The delivery & maintenance of the denture's status will be on
9th Nov. 2015.
The patient was so pleased that he did not want to leave the clinic!
It is worth to note that this process lasted for 6 weeks (5 visits) to
finally achieve the aimit paid off eventually.
One must appreciate that the new set of dentures achieved a 3mm
labial support which has been lost in the previous old setsobserve
these two pictures
Since it is an aging population in Malta, More Cases to ComeMore
Smiles to Create!

MALA ASSOCIATION OF DENTAL STUDENTS NOVERMBER 2015

MADS
UP-COMING
EVENTS

PaintBall Fight
MADS Adds Adrenaline Rush into Your Life!
Only tough people are encouraged to participate ;D

A payment of 28EURs to be given to MADS Activity


Organizer, Roberta Curmi madsactivitiesofficer@gmail.com

P.S.

Having 20 "Warriors" will reduce the payment to


25EUR.

Kindergarten SchO,Ol Outreach


We are invited at SBC Mqabba Primary School, to be part
of the "People who help us" day. Students will be taught
the basic oral hygiene practices.
Their CUTE teeth need to be taken care ofyou are
MOST WELCOME to join the family

Date: 10th Nov. 2015 @ 9:00am


Please contact Laura Cuscheri, MADS Public Health
Officer for further details: madspublichealth@gmail.com

Smoke-Free Smile Campaign


This campaign was first launched on 18th March, 2015 &
it'll be run annually; engaging the public in improving
oral health esp. in smokers/passive smokers.
There will be an "Instagram Photo Competition",
sponsored by V.J. Salomone, where the lucky winner will
get an electric tooth-brush. Check date/time/location on
MADS calendar. On the day, we'll be filming a promotional
video for the up-coming "Oral Cancer" December
Eventdon't be shy to join us ;)

MALA ASSOCIATION OF DENTAL STUDENTS NOVERMBER 2015

UP-DATE YOUR CALENDAR WITH THE COMING EVENTS

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FEEDBACK
MATTERS!
You can send it
to:

itofficermads@gmail.com