Some interesting social observations:
‘Don’t get fooled by those mangled teeth she sports on camera!’ says the ABC News host introducing the woman who plays Pennsatucky. ‘Taryn Manning is one beautiful and talented actress.’ This suggestion that bad teeth and talent, in particular, are mutually exclusive betrays our broad, unexamined bigotry toward those long known, tellingly, as ‘white trash.’ It’s become less acceptable in recent decades to make racist or sexist statements, but blatant classism generally goes unchecked.
Source: There is no shame worse than poor teeth in a rich world | Aeon Essays
This long essay includes some astute observations as well as a long tale of dental woes. The author’s poor dental condition leads to both pain and shame. She makes the accurate observation that people with ugly, unhealthy mouths are shunned in America. They are seen to be low class and are mocked.
Her dental problems and the problems of her family members she describes are horrific. She indicates that the major issue that lead to the problems is money and that more dental insurance would make the difference. However the dental problems she talks about are major and expensive issues that dental insurance would not cover to any significant extent. Hers is a common misunderstanding regarding dental coverage.
Never the less her observations regarding the stigma of bad teeth in America are right on.
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After treatment for a woman suffering from leukemia proved ineffective, a team of Japanese doctors turned to IBM’s Watson for help, which was able to successfully determine that she actually suffered from a different, rare form of leukemia than the doctors had originally believed.Watson managed to make its diagnosis after doctors from the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Medical Science was fed it the patient’s genetic data, which was then compared to information from 20 million oncological studies.
Source: Watson correctly diagnoses woman after doctors were stumped | SiliconANGLE
This is just the beginning.
Big data analysis using AI expert systems will become the diagnostic protocol of the future. We will look back on the days when we relied on the memory and experience of individual physicians to make a diagnosis just as we now look back with horror on the days of leaches and bleeding to cure disease.
From ADA News:
Mississippi hospital agrees to $2.75 million settlement
its investigation followed UMMC’s report of a stolen laptop. The investigation revealed that information stored on a UMMC network drive was “vulnerable to unauthorized access” via the hospital’s wireless network because users could access a directory that included 328 files containing the electronic protected health information
Source: Mississippi hospital agrees to $2.75 million settlement
As with most reported incidents the breach was the result of a stolen computer, not hacked data. There was no evidence that any patient had actually been harmed or that the data potentially at risk on the stolen laptop had been used in a malicious manner. Never the less the hospital was fined $2,750,000. That works out to $275 for each of the 10,000 patients potentially exposed.
If you have an average 3,000 dental patients your fine would be $825,000. Could you survive that?
“Mouth Guards” OK I admit this is a big stretch as far as “art” is concerned. I wanted something athletic since we are in the middle of the Olympics. This is it
Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.
All the Dental Art images can be found here on Pinterest.