The family dentist who developed a treatment for Alzheimer’s patients who had cavities and other health problems is not sure if it can work.
Key points:Dr Martin McGuinness was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship for his work on Alzheimer’s researchDr McGuinness has a new family dental practice, which has developed a novel way of treating patientsDr McGuiness has used the MacArthur fellowship to create a new dental procedureThe research was presented at the 23rd Annual ACM Annual Meeting, a US medical conference in Orlando, Florida, in January, with the goal of testing the idea out in a large group of patients with dementia.
Dr McGuizzens work on the research was supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr Patrick McGuinness, a dentist from the family’s dental practice in West Virginia, said the treatment was an interesting new approach to dementia.
“We have patients that have cavities that are very bad, but they don’t have the brain pathology that we see in Alzheimer’s.
They have a huge amount of fluid that they can’t drain properly,” he said.”
And they have a lot of plaque that’s been around in the tooth, and they have other signs that we know are associated with Alzheimer’s that aren’t as obvious as the cavities.”
He said the technique, known as an enamel denture, had helped many patients.
“They had no idea there was something that could help them,” he told ABC Radio Perth.
“When we did a small trial of it in one of our patients we had to wait about five weeks to see if the treatment worked.
And we were able to see some improvement.”
Dr McGuiggins is working on a new treatment that could lead to a quicker, more effective return to work.
The treatment is based on a technique known as a “visceral enamel enamel gum”.
Dr McGuiggs has developed the technique with a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the Mayo Clinic.
He said while the treatment had worked well in one patient, some had complained that it did not help their cavities.
“It is a very difficult problem to work on because there are many different factors that can lead to cavities,” he explained.
“The cavities are associated and there are all these other factors that we can’t fully understand.”
He explained the treatment would be based on the saliva of a patient, which he said would be placed over the top of a gel.
“If you put the gel on the surface of the tooth and apply it to the cavity, it is basically like a sponge, and the gel would be the surface that is touching the tooth,” he added.
“So it has a gel on it, and then there is a gel underneath the gel that is basically a thin layer of gel, and that would be what is called the enamel.”
Then the gel is just like a thin film of tissue that is sandwiched between the enamelled surface.
“The treatment would then be rubbed into the cavity.
Dr Peter McGuinness said the therapy was based on “a principle that we’ve known for a long time that we don’t know if it works for every patient”.”
But we have been doing a lot more work on it and have been able to work with patients who are very good at saying, ‘I am going to be good, but I have been having cavities for a very long time’,” he said.”
“And so I think it’s an interesting thing to look at.”
Dr Peter said the study was based around two patients who both had large cavities in their mouths.
“One of them had a large cavity in his mouth, so he could never get it out.
And the other one had a cavity in a lower jaw and couldn’t get out.
So there is still a lot to learn from that.”
Dr Martin said the research involved a patient who was taking a different form of dental treatment, called a craniofacial laser.
“That was a very different treatment.
It was a different method that used a high-frequency laser, which was very powerful,” he noted.”
A high-powered laser is very powerful and it takes care of the entire surface of your mouth.”
He noted the patient who had the large cavits had taken several months off their treatment, which included using a dental mask and wearing a mouth guard.
Dr Martin described it as a different type of treatment than traditional dental treatment.
“What we’ve done is we’ve put a lot on the bottom of the mouth and that is really important, so the tooth is not completely covered,” he observed.
“But there are still some things that need to be done there, so it’s still a little bit different.”
Dr Patrick said the team had been able take advantage of a number of clinical trials to try out the treatment.
He agreed that there were some people who were not successful in their treatment.”[But] we’re