Human Saliva Speeds Wound Healing

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The above photo is not what Flap really had in mind but new studies have discovered the age old observations as to why animals lick their wounds.

A report by scientists from The Netherlands identifies a compound in human saliva that greatly speeds wound healing. This research may offer hope to people suffering from chronic wounds related to diabetes and other disorders, as well as traumatic injuries and burns. In addition, because the compounds can be mass produced, they have the potential to become as common as antibiotic creams and rubbing alcohol.

Specifically, scientists found that histatin, a small protein in saliva previously only believed to kill bacteria was responsible for the healing.

“This study not only answers the biological question of why animals lick their wounds,” said Gerald Weissmann, MD, Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal, “it also explains why wounds in the mouth, like those of a tooth extraction, heal much faster than comparable wounds of the skin and bone. It also directs us to begin looking at saliva as a source for new drugs.”

Now, comes the isolation process and the derviative drugs. Better living though licking.

Flap can hardly wait.

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The Case of Dentist Dr. Roy S. Shelburne – Sentencing Postponed

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Dr. Roy S Shelburne and dental student (VCU) son Ross

The sentencing of Virginia dentist, Dr. Roy S. Shelburne has been postponed due to a recent United States Supreme Court case relating to his conviction on money laundering.

A June 2 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the federal statute for money laundering is the latest in a string of delays – ranging from a late-arriving transcript of the trial, to the defense attorney’s computer crashing at the 11th hour – to push back the sentencing.

On Monday, Judge James P. Jones of the U.S. Western District of Virginia said the high court’s split decision in United States v. Santos “may be significant” in sentencing Shelburne.

Jones called the decision “complicated,” and “something I need to study further.”

It is unclear what if any bearing the high court’s decision will have on the sentencing.

Shelburne was convicted on March 6 of racketeering, health care fraud and money laundering, and faces up to 120 years in prison and a $1.25 million fine.

Dr. Roy Shelburne remains on bail pending sentencing and continues to practice dentistry but on a “dramtically reduced” level.

The judge in the case did not set a trial date for sentencing on Monday. The defense hopes to argue for a new trial at the sentencing hearing.

Stay tuned…..

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The Future of Dental Trade Shows: On the Internet?

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Dental Economics magazine is trying something novel and innovative – a dental trade show on the internet.

And, why not?

It is a pain in the ass for the active practicing dentist to run out to a dental society or other dental organization sponsored trade show in a distant locale to attempt to look at a product with a horde of other folks crowding around. Besides the exact product that you may be researching may not be there or the booth/exhibit space so crowded you cannot see it demonstrated.

Then, there is the competing dental continuing education that NEVER allows enough time to get down to the exhibit floor.

Flap knows of the dental manufacturers and sales representative concern about the costs of these shows. It is a legitimate concern and pushes up the costs of dental care unnecessarily.

A virtual trade show is a step in the right direction.

From the press release:

Flap has moved the graphic press release which has active links for registration here. Check it out.

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Oh, by the way, Flap has not accepted any gratuity or anything from the companies featured in the press release over at My Dental Forum.


Tooth Whitening Shops – Are They Practicing Dentistry?

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Nicole Linker, left, an iSmile technician, checks on Katie Blood during her whitening treatment.

Why would anyone think this is NOT practicing dentistry, despite the lame excuses the iSmileXpress company gives?

The California Dental Board will currently go out of business on July 1 of this year, thanks to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger so the enforcement of California law has probably been lax. Also, Jerry Brown, the uber liberal former Governor ond now the Attorney General is too busy suing county governments and President Bush over global warming to bother.

Let’s see why should these companies be regulated?

1. The treatment is worthless – mostly dehydration of the teeth and hence a fraud

2. A patient actually may be harmed by the materials and how would the technicians (who ain’t dentists) know anyway?

The video is here.

Flap is amazed at the fast buck artists in and around dentistry.