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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin April 2011
45 APRIL 2011 Compiled by Associate Professor Barrie Gillings clinical hints COMMUnICATIOnS One of the delights of writing Clinical Hints is receiving letters, e-mails and telephone calls from readers. The following is a representative sample: Mark Knapp (South Yarra 3141) includes with his manifold hints occasional observations. He noted recently that your Columnist neglected to mention, in the December 2010 CH, that harbinger of Christmas, the koel, with its incessant ‘k-o-e- -l’ call. There is a reason. They did not arrive, or if they did, they were ousted by an even worse visitor, the channel-bill cuckoo, another Asian visitor, which also lays eggs in the nests of unsuspecting birds, then abandons them. The cuckoos make raucous calls nearly all night to attract mates, then, after the eggs are hatched, the fledglings call nearly all day to be fed by the hapless foster parents. PROOfInG Over the years, Vin Amerena (Brighton 3186) has been assiduous in his detection and notification of spelling errors, and others of commission or omission in this column. Martin Tyas is equally efficient. He commented: “Lady Louisa (‘Loo’) is the daughter of the Earl of Lichfield, not Litchfield. The latter spelling is used by Frederick Litchfield, who in 1864 was a member of an early SA exploration expedition.”* The Earl of Lichfield, on the other hand, is named after Lichfield, in Staffordshire, UK. Martin continued: “It was the capital of the Archbishopric of Mercia (786-803 AD), has the only three-spired medieval English cathedral, and is the birthplace of Samuel Johnson, who wrote the first major English dictionary”. He then added, en passant: “Dr Johnson attended the local grammar school (founded 1495), as I did (emphasis added by your Columnist)”. Martin shares old boy status with Erasmus Darwin (father of Charles), Elias Ashmole (the Ashmolian Museum in Oxford) and David Garrick (Garrick Theatre, London). It is clearly a good school, judging from Martin’s achievements. Eleanore Owen (Adelaide 5000) submitted a TEASER answer, but reserved the right to provide revised answers “if I have any brainwaves”. Your Essayist thought it appropriate to tell her that this year the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of Australia will be holding its annual rally in Canberra (2–6 April), and is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ R-R car mascot, every one of which, prior to 1940, was dated Feb. 6th, 1911, and signed by the sculptor Charles Sykes. Because some believe that the model for the mascot was the Second Lord Montagu of Beaulieu’s personal assistant, Eleanor Thornton, a group travelling to the rally has called their convoy ‘The Eleanor Overlander’. † Folk think that your Columnist is something of an authority on the mascot, and he will be giving a mascot lecture and demonstration at the rally. bLEACHInG John Ball (Hornsby 2077) noted your Narrator’s suggestion that bleaching was justified in matching age-darkened teeth to an old crown of lighter appearance, and affirmed that he does this with his now many long-term patients, but he is implacably opposed to bleaching normal teeth in younger folk. So is your Archivist, only more so. John continued: “I had a 13 year old girl in last week, and I refused the bleaching she wanted. After a heated discussion, I found that she wanted it done BECAUSE ALL THE KIDS AT SCHOOL WERE DOING IT (emphasis added by John). I believe that the more we condone it, the wider its use”. Your Inscriber concurs. Bleaching teeth may be a nice little earner, and “if I don’t do it, someone else will”. This is an argument, but we are trained as health care professionals, not beauticians, and should strive to improve general dental health, and restore dentitions to a natural condition and appearance. The shade A1 complete dentures often worn by some seniors now look unnatural, compared to aged natural teeth. The way things are going; older folk with bleached natural teeth will also look as if they are wearing shade A1 complete dentures. CLIMATE Douglas Custance (Buderim 4556) has written expressing concern that your Compiler has supported the view that our climate is changing. He kindly included a book: Climate Change, the Facts, and says that our planet has been cooling since 1998. I have studied the book and suggest that if you want to read alternative opinions about climate change, obtain a copy. It has the ISBN 978090953671. Douglas thinks your Compiler is an opinion leader and is concerned that said Compiler has stated that the planet is warming. What your Notary believes, as do more than 90 per cent of the world’s climate scientists, is that the climate will warm if we keep adding greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere. If this happens, there will be many millions having to move to higher ground, the supply of food will be reduced drastically, and climate changes will result in more frequent floods and droughts. Douglas will be aware that a minority of people are opposed to water fluoridation, immunisation, genetically modified plants, in-vitro fertilisation, gene therapy, stem cell research and so on. Such opposition is essential to ensure that any changes made are thoroughly researched before they are adopted. We should all hope that this occurs. Dr Constance has since provided a second book, Climate: The Counter Consensus (ISBN 978 1906768 29 4) to which interested readers are directed. fAIR WEAR And TEAR An elderly gentleman telephoned your Archivist recently to obtain a screw to replace the one “that held his tooth in place”. He was somewhat vague, but it was decided that he had a sectional denture, the captive retaining screw of which had stripped a thread. His dentist, Warwick Grave (Sydney 2000) affirmed that a new screw was needed, and it was sent. Warwick * It is also the name of a former student of your Recorder. † Martin Tyas note, this is the correct spelling.
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