DUNEDIN, New Zealand: The goal of improving the oral health standards of people from the Pacific Islands has been given a boost with the recent graduation of the Fijian national Dr Oripa Waqa with a doctorate in clinical dentistry from the University of Otago. Waqa is the first female specialist in oral surgery not only in Fiji but also in the wider Pacific Islands.
CHENNAI, India: In a remarkable 2-hour operation, doctors at the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital have reportedly removed 526 teeth from the mouth of a 7-year-old boy. The teeth were discovered inside a sac embedded in the posterior region of his lower jaw. Dentists are unsure whether the cause was genetic or environmental.