The specialist Adriana Poletto investigates the relation of facial asymmetries with joint dysfunctions and clarifies that Odontology has to treat them in time, during childhood in order to avoid permanent and irreversible damages. Through the study carried out by the researcher it is seek to elaborate integral diagnostic protocols and establish the adequate treatment to deal with the pathologies in an interdisciplinary way.
Mate is a well rooted Argentinean and Uruguayan custom. The way to prepare it is so diverse as there are regions in Argentina, but everywhere the common factor is the high temperature of the water. This detail led two Faculties of Odontology in Argentina and Uruguay to investigate if the thermal action of mate is a risk factor which predisposes to mouth cancer.
An interdisciplinary team worked in the communities of the desert in the North east of the province and found that dental care is a serious deficit in the region. The sporadic character of the care system, the lack of instruments in health centers and the distance are some of the obstacles which contribute to this deficit. Apart from the treatment of oral diseases, the professionals carried out preventive activities through conferences about dental health.
Professionals in the field of Odontology elaborated a scale to measure the levels of fear of the patients to treatment. The most frequent emotions in the odontological practice are fear, anxiety, anguish and anger. The researchers carried out polls in which the patients manifested that feeling pain or receiving a wrong diagnosis are some of the causes of fear. They notice that this is one of the reasons why the initial consult is delayed and this makes worse mouth diseases.
Scientists investigate how to treat this disease. They carried out a clinical trial in 120 patients and proved the effectiveness of the combination of the drugs alpha lipoic acid and gabapentin for the treatment of the pathology. The Burning Mouth Syndrome is characterized by burning in the oral mucosa without injuries which justify it and it affects mostly to women older than 60 years old.
Whereas in the eighties the prevalent problem or pathology was children malnutrition, after the nineties and nowadays the problem is overweight and obesity in children. An analysis of the nutritional status of children population in Catamarca determined that, in keeping with the global transition of the traditional eating habits and the changes in lifestyle there is a new nutritional paradigm in the children of the province.
Investigadores llegaron a la conclusión de que el 65% de los niños menores de 5 años está afectado; que hay mayor probabilidad de sufrirla cuando no se previene, y que está asociada a la marginalidad debido al difícil acceso a centros de salud. La Dra. Claudia Fernández asegura que la población "urbano marginal es la más afectada".