Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year! Welcome 2010!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Dentist Philippines!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Philippine Prosthodontic Society Invitation

The Philippine Prosthodontic Society Inc. cordially invites all dentists to

Dr. Enrico Belen Memorial Lecture & Induction Ceremony
Theme: “Basic Prosthodontics Towards Advancement in Dentistry”
Date: January 30, 2010
Venue: Glaxo Smith-Kline-Nathan Hall, Makati City

For more info view these webpages:

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

UP Grad Tops December 2009 Dentistry Board Exam

With a score of 83.61%, UP Manila's Amina Kristina Angeles Abdulla topped the examination. She bested 735 board takers. 251 examinees passed the December 2009 Dentistry Licensure Exam. Other top placers are:
2. Grazielle Aquino Millo, University of the Philippines-Manila – 83.24%
3. Marichi Mariano Francisco, Centro Escolar University-Malolos – 82.82%
4. Juliet Picache Dela Rosa, University of the Philippines-Manila – 82.05%
5. Luis Miguel Pongos Espina, Cebu Doctors University – 82.02%
6. Angela Michelle Deligero Pantinople, Cebu Doctors University – 81.86%
7. Wendelmarr Buncad Baliga, University of the Philippines-Manila – 81.75%
8. Layra Ilan Marabe, University of the Philippines-Manila – 81.71%
9. Joanne Myrtel Thobinpe Lim, University of the Philippines-Manila – 81.70%
10. Liz Muriel Apawan Diano, Southwestern University – 81.67%

The oath taking ceremony of the successful examinees in the recent examination as well as in previous ones who have not taken their oath of professional will be held before the board on Jan. 25, 2010 at the Manila Hotel.

To view the complete list of passers, visit these webpages:
December 2009 Dentistry Board Exam Result
Dentistry Board Exam Result for December 2009
Approved Dental Technologists for December 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Maryland Bridge

A dental bridge is a piece of equipment used to replace one or more missing teeth. These bridges are cemented into place and therefore a permanent piece of cosmetic surgery.

Dental bridges replace missing teeth by bridging the gap between two remaining teeth. Typically, bridges consist of a pontic (false tooth) and crowns placed on the abutment (surrounding natural teeth) to hold the false tooth in place.

To design a bridge a dentist must first shrink, then reshape the surrounding teeth to make room for the supporting crowns. A mold of the teeth is then made and this mold is then sent off to a laboratory, where the actual crowns and bridge are made. Nearly everyone who has one or more missing teeth is a candidate for a dental bridge.

There are several different types of dental bridges, with one of the most common types being the resin-bonded bridge, also known as the Maryland Bridge

The Maryland Bridge is an ultra-conservative treatment option that enables the dental practitioner to splint or replace missing teeth esthetically, with an absolute minimum amount of tooth modification. This type of bridge combines a composite resin cemented to acid etched enamel and an acid etched cast metal framework. The Maryland Bridge improves the bond strength of the restoration three-fold over earlier perforated resin-bonded retainers.

With the Maryland Bridge, fixed partial dentures, periodontal splints and a variety of other conservative restorations can be placed with a minimum of tooth modification. Abutment teeth are basically left intact and not damaged.

Modifications of the bridge are restricted, but all tooth preparations are supragingival, (above the gingiva), making modifications kinder to the periodontal tissues and impressions easier to obtain. The preparation for a Maryland bridge does not involve the dentin so sensitivity is virtually eliminated either from the preparation or subsequent cementation procedure. Most importantly, as the Maryland Bridge requires little or no removal of tooth structure, the treatment is often reversible.

The Maryland Bridge has been used successfully for over 20 years. The quality and design enhancements of this cast resin-bonded bridge have been proven successful both as a transitional and/or permanent prosthesis, particularly where there is a reluctance to perform extensive reduction on a good tooth.

As with all types of bridges it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene. With proper oral hygiene, bridges can last up to ten years. However, improper or infrequent brushing and flossing, irregular dental visits, and excessive sugar and starch intake can all bring untimely damage to the bridge.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

December 2009 Dentistry Board Exam Results

An update on December 2009 Dentistry Board Exam Result : Some websites speculated that the Theory results will be posted tomorrow morning. While others say that the results will be released on tuesday. The practical part of the exam will be held starting on December 10, so most probaly the results will be released tomorrow. In the mean time, visit and search for updates about the Dentist Board Exam Results for Dec 2009.

Quezon City Dental Clinic

I've recently visited the Quezon City Dental Clinic of my former classmate Dr. Ian and Dr. Brian. Carreon-Obiniana Dental is a family oriented Dental Office located in 661 Quirino Highway Quezon City. It is open monday to saturday from 8 in the morning to 6 afternoon. It is easily accessible through buses, jeeps, taxi cabs and Tamaraw fx services. Dr. Ian is a UE Dentistry classmate and a true dabarkads of mine. He's also a Registered Nurse. His good bro, Dr. Brian, is currently taking up Master of Science in Dentistry Major in Orthodontics in UE College of Dentistry.

Quezon City Dental Clinic

Dr. Nora, Dr. Ian and Dr. Brian

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Blog Sidebar

I've edited this blog's sidebar. I've added dental resources. Some useless about me info were also removed.

Monday, November 30, 2009

December 2009 Dentistry Licensure Exam Room Asignments

See the licensure exam room assignments by visiting December 2009 dentist board exam room asignments webpage. The licensure exam for dentists, theoretical part will be held on December 1, 2 and 3 2009 in Manila. I'm going to post a copy of Dentistry Board Exam Results for December 2009 as soon as the PRC released the list.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

December 2009 Dental Board Exam Results

The theoretical phase of December 2009 Dental board exam, also known as licensure examination for dentists, will be given on December 1, 2 and 3 in Manila. After the theoretical exam results are released, the practical phase will be given on December 10 to 15 2009. The composition of the board of dentistry who will give the exams are chairperson: Dr. Norma R. Ayap and members: Dr. Daniel G. Feraro, Dr. Gloria M Bumanlag and Dr. Melinda L. Garcia.

Room Assignment for the dentistry exam shall be posted in the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) official website soon.

I will post a copy of room assignments list and dental board exam results (theoretical and practical) as soon as the PRC released the list.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Toothpaste Ad Model

Very pretty. She should be a model in a toothpaste ad. Calling Lamoiyan or Colgate. She is Emieren Van CaƱete - Filipina Model

Friday, November 20, 2009

Google Adsense

I have just changed my mind. I've just placed back this site's adsense. LOL. View their website for more info about Google Adsense. It's one of the best product by Google, next to their search engine.

Friday, November 6, 2009

PCOMS National Conference 2010

PCOMS will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and induction of officers and conferment of new fellows which will coincide with the national conference on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery on January 16 and 17, 2010, venue will be at the Quezon City Sports Club.

The conference agenda aims to attain clinical excellence and professional upliftment thus, the theme

PCOMS Golden Commitment to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

This two- day event of the PCOMS includes a symposium on Oral and Maxillofacial Trauma, Dental Implants, Cleft lip and Palate surgery and Head and Neck Infections. Well- known Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons from other countries as well as local surgeons will be the premier lecturers.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dentist for Dentist

The PDA is calling all dentists to partake in Dentista para sa Dentista.

Dentist for Dentist is a fund raising project of the Philippine Dental Association to raise funds for our colleagues affected by the recent typhoon.

Date: October 29 2009
Time: 6 pm onwards

SMX convention Center
Function HAlls 2 and 3

Ticket Price at Php 1,000 per person inclusive of dinner, fun and entertainment

For inquiries please contact PDA Secretariat at
Telephone No.
02 899 63 32
02 890 46 09
02 897 80 91

Prizes to be given away: Trip for 2 to Hong Kong, (5) cellphones, (5) wireless broadband connection.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Denture Care

When you lose a tooth or an entire set of teeth to injury or disease, it can be a traumatic event in many ways. Your smile is something that is important to daily life, and a missing tooth can completely wreck it. Having a gap between teeth can also cause problems of tooth misalignment as they begin to shift with all that extra space. It can also complicate your hygiene by being a trap for food bits that grow bacteria in your mouth.

Dentures have been the traditional way to replace lost teeth, and they promise to significantly eliminate the problems arising from missing teeth. However, they are not without their own specific issues. Dentures care is a crucial part of having dentures. There are several things you need to consider when caring for your dentures.

Hygiene is one of them. Though dentures prevent food from being trapped in the gap they fill, they can still accumulate bacteria through daily use. It’s recommended that you wash your dentures at least once per day. The best time is usually right before you put them on. To clean dentures, use a suitable cleaning paste designed for dentures (they don’t have the same requirements as regular teeth) and a good denture brush. Be sure to cleanse all surfaces of the denture and focus on areas where staining may occur. If you use denture adhesives, you must make sure that all of it has been removed before applying a new patch of adhesive.

Before you sleep you should remove your dentures and place them in a cleansing fluid. This helps maintain cleanliness while giving your gums and oral tissue time to be exposed to air and saliva. You shouldn’t leave dentures in for more than 16 hours without taking them off for at least 8 hours.

You should always be monitoring the fit of your dentures. It’s easy to forget that you’re even wearing them, but the fact of the matter is that you can do serious harm to your mouth if you wear them improperly. Dentures should be snug and comfortable. Regular chewing of soft to moderately hard food should not jostle or shift the dentures out of position. If you like to eat harder foods on a regular basis, an adhesive is probably the best way to go. If you find that your mouth is sore from wearing the dentures, and if sores begin to develop, this should not be corrected by applying more adhesive. This is a sign that your dentures may no longer fit your mouth correctly or that they were never done properly in the first place. At the first sign of any misfit, you should consult your dentist for a new set.

Dentures are a great solution to the problem of missing teeth. However, you should never neglect dentures care just like you shouldn’t neglect proper oral hygiene.

Source: PPS

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


We're devastated by flood in Rosales. Many are still homeless. There is still no power. Smart and globe are up. SM was destroyed though I haven't seen it yet. Peace and order is okay, thanks to Mayor Ricardo Revita. Thanks to Remigio P Yu for charging my phone for free and for offering some help. Thanks also to kagawad Jimlo Olegario and kagawad Perfecto Cezar. Special thanks to all volunteers, channel 7 and 2, President Gloria M Arroyo, AFP and PNP.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Infection Control

It has long been noticed by dental community in the Philippines the lack of guidelines on Infection Control. This year the Philippine Dental Association put up its Infection Control Guidelines which the PDA based on United States' Guideline for Infection Control in dental health care settings. The PDA has fulfilled the need to meet global standards through the said infection control protocol.

All dentists have the professional responsibility to prevent transmission of infection. Dental professionals are always at risk of catching infection and passing it to others. Infection from patient to dentist, dentist to patient, patient to patient and dentist to others. These guidelines meant to inform and steer local dentists to strict and updated antiseptic systems observed internationally.

Kaya kapag may nakita o naobserve kayo na kakaibang ginawa ang dentists niyo, advise niyo sila na meron nang guidelines ang Pinoy dentists about infection control. Suggest the linked site above or they can get their own Guideline booklet from PDA.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Google Adsense

I've decided to remove Google Adsense from this blog to make this non-profit. I was not banned from adsense. In fact my other dental blogs are doing okay and I might enroll for masters in Prosthodontics next month using what I'm getting from Adsense.

Google Adsense is one of the best products Google provided for Filipino bloggers, second to Google Search Engine. Philippines is a third world country. One of the most corrupt nation in the world. Lots of filipinos can't even afford to surf the internet. The opportunity for a better life can't be provided by the system. Walang trabaho at ang ekonomiya bugbog sa kurapsyon. Mismong SSS id ayaw ibigay dahil walang pondo ang SSS para magprovide ng ID.

Google Adsense gave Filipino bloggers the chance to earn money. Yung tsansang hindi maibigay ng sistema at ng mga taong naiboto natin. Especially for bloggers from poor towns and provinces na hindi maabot ng asenso.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Typhoon Ondoy

Typhoon Ondoy rampaged Manila during the PDA Convention. Ondoy caused flooding which resulted to loss of lives and affecting millions of filipinos.

SMX convention center carpark

Help for Typhoon Ondoy Victims in the Philippines
Typhoon Ondoy: Help. Donate. Volunteer.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

PDA 101st Annual Convention Day 1

September 22 2009, day one of the Philippine Dental Association 101st annual convention which was held at SMX Convention Center.

SMX Convention Center Mall of Asia
SMX Convention Center Mall of Asia

Hapee na ang PDA
Hapee na ang PDA

Hapee Toothpaste Welcomes Partner Dentists
Hapee Toothpaste Welcomes Partner Dentists

Dental Chapters
Dental Chapters

Dental Convention Registration Booth
Dental Convention Registration Booth

Philippine College of Oral and Maxillo facial Surgeons pre Congress Session
Philippine College of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgeons Pre-Congress Session

Sunday, September 13, 2009

LNU College of Dentistry

I visited Lyceum Northwestern University College of Dentistry yesterday, September 12, 2009. I spend a year in Lyceum High School 10 million years ago so it's great to see this University again. Tumatanda na ako.

Lyceum Northwestern University College of Dentistry Admin
Lyceum Northwestern University College of Dentistry, Admin

Upper Floors of Dentistry Building
Upper Floors of Dentistry Building

FQD Monument in front of College of Dentistry
FQD Monument in front of College of Dentistry

LNU Dental Infirmary
LNU Dental Infirmary

Friday, September 11, 2009

Ultrasonic Scaler

This is a clogged Woodpecker Ultrasonic Scaler. Particles from the new tube installed blocked the narrower tubes from the valve going to the tube inside the handpiece. It's important to make sure that new tubes are clean and free from small particles before connecting it to the main unit.

Woodpecker is one of the most affordable scalers in the Philippines.

An ultrasonic scaler is primarily used for oral/dental prophylaxis.

Woodpecker Ultrasonic Scaler
Woodpecker Ultrasonic Scaler

Friday, September 4, 2009

Orthodontist in Malabon Philippines

I've visited my friends in Malabon Metro Manila. Dr. Kaye and her husband, Dr. Robert Barrera are my former classmates. She is now a Malabon Orthodontist. They have 2 dental clinics. Their other clinic is located in Navotas.

Malabon Dental Clinic
Malabon Dental Clinic

Malabon Dental Clinic Reception Area
Malabon Dental Clinic: Reception Area

Malabon Orthodontics Waiting Area
Malabon Orthodontics: Waiting Area

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Portable Dental Air Flow

This is an old portable air flow which was used by my mother as her main dental air unit 20-25 years ago. It's a remembrance of her humble beginning.

Old Portable Air Flow Main Parts
Portable Air Flow Main Parts
A. air pedal
B. water pedal
C. water regulator
D. water container
E. pressure regulator
G. alligator clip
H. spiral tubing for high speed
I. spiral tubing for air/water syringe
J. metal beam

Old Portable Air Flow Other Parts
Portable Air Flow Other Parts
A. socket for borden 2 hole dental high speed or air slow speed handpiece
B. air/water syringe (without its tip)
C. handpiece holder
D. stainless tray

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Philippine Dental Association Pangasinan Chapter Meeting

The 1st board meeting of Philippine Dental Association Pangasinan Chapter under the presidency of Dr. Ma. Victoria Tandoc was held on August 25 2009.

Jam Sweet Jam
The venue of the meeting is Jam Sweet Jam Restaurant.
Blue Jam
It is located along Guilig St, just in front of Blue Jam Resto.
President Tandoc
President Dr. Tandoc (left) started the meeting at 3:00 PM.
Dr Parado Dr Bravo and Dr Rosario
Dr. Parado, Dr. Bravo and Dr. Rosario
Dr Viray Dr Parado
Dr. Ruth Viray (green), Dr. Dominic Parado, (I forgot the name of dentist in orange)
Dr Rosario Dr Padlan Dr Silvino
Dr. Ray G. Rosario (left), Dr. Evangeline F. Padlan (Dean of LNU Dentistry), Dr. Agnes Padlan-Silvino (former Dean of Lyceum Northwestern University College of Dentistry)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Dental Model

This is a dental model I bought from New Citizens Dental Supply in Quiapo, Manila, Philippines.

Teeth with transparent front halves

Transparent front halves were detached

Pulp detached from pulp chamber

Molar and Premolar were detached from the corresponding sockets

Back side of the detached pieces of the Dental Model

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Conservative Aesthetic Dentistry Lecture by Dentsply

Learning is Easy and Fun

Dentsply Philippines Inc Lecture and Workshop: Conservative Aesthetic Dentistry

Dentsply Philippines invites all dentists in Pangasinan to their FGD-Resto with Lecture and Workshop entitled Conservative Aesthetic Dentistry (Class IV Build Up). It will be held in Cozy Place Resort in Rosales Pangasinan on August 21, 2009 from 2 to 5 pm. For info, contact Al Bautista @ 09272780253.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Removable Partial Denture - Valplast Flexible

Valplast flexible removable partial denture was constructed after healing of soft tissue on the RTR - implant site. It will be adjusted after the second Resorbable Tissue Replacement after 6 or 9 months.

Valplast Flexible RPD: Outside

Valplast Flexible RPD: Tissue Side

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

World Press Photo 2009

Dentist Philippines saw the World Press Photo 2009 exhibit in SM North EDSA on August 9 2009.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Maxillary Complete Denture

An upper complete denture for a 50 year old female patient.

Complete Denture: Outside

Complete Denture: Tissue Side

Sunday, August 2, 2009

101st PDA Annual Dental Convention

Dental Convention Venue: SMX Convention Center

The 101st Philippine Dental Association Annual Convention & Scientific Meeting will be held at SMX Convention Center on September 22 to 27, 2009. Its theme is: Encompassing the Emerging Trends in Dentistry.

Dental Convention highlights (info from PDA Official Website)
1. 307 booths at the Trade Exhibit Area
2. Gargling fountains courtesy of GSK-Astring-o-sol
Health screening area (2 fountains) 8 am onwards
-near the lounge at the Trade Exhibit Hall
-near the lounge at the Registration Hall
3. Give away promos
4. Swiping machines inside the meeting rooms (PDA Identification card is needed to encode the credit units for the scientific lecture and time in/out )
5. Kid's station
6. Chapter's/Affiliates tables in panel type
7. PRC card renewal counter
8. PDA Identification Card (IC) Application counter
9. Legal Assistance/Advisory counter
10. Illegal practice counter
11. PDA hotline counter
12. UCPB Insurance counter

Visit the PDA Official Website for more details.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Dentistry Student in Web Awards

When I was still a dental student, I attended the Awards Night of Philippine Web Awards on November 29, 2002. The event was held at Dusit Hotel Nikko, Makati City, Philippines.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Immediate Removable Partial Denture

Temporary RPD: Outside

Temporary RPD: Tissue Side

Immediate removable partial denture for an implant patient after Resorbable Tissue Replacement. The immediate denture will be replaced after healing.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

6th Dental Seminar

The Philippine Dental Association Pangasinan Chapter held its 6th Bimonthly Scientific seminar on July 5, 20009 at the CSI Stadia Lucao District, Dagupan. With the theme, Taking Philippine Dentistry to the Next Level, the Dental Seminar was attended by Pangasinan dentists and dental laboratory technicians.

Dr. Lucy G. Honrado, President of Philippine Dental Association Pangasinan Chapter

The new Philippine Dental Law was discussed. One topic is about regulation of practice of dental technology and dental hygiene.

According to Philippine Dental Act 9484:
Dental Hygienist refers to a person who is a holder of a valid certificate of registration and professional identification card and has undergone a two year course in dental hygiene from a government recognized school under a college of dentistry and passing the prescribed board examination for dental hygienist, renders oral health promotion and preventive measures, performs scaling and polishing, oral examination, taking brief clinical history, taking radiograph, and giving oral health education to patients under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

Dental Technologist refers to a person who is a holder of a valid certificate of registration and professional identification card and who renders technical services such as mechanical construction of artificial denture and other oral devices under the supervision of a licensed dentist, and has finished a two year certificate course in dental technology from any government recognized school.

Dental Technologist holds a PRC card while a dental technician doesn't.

After the lectures, a general membership meeting was held, were:
1. PDC by-laws were ammended.
2. The election of officers was held.
3. The dental fees within the province were standardized.

Friday, July 17, 2009


These are photos of a dental autoclave I bought from Pandora Dental Trading. I have taken these photos when I changed the busted tube inside the autoclave unit. The said tube is where the steam flows when it is being released.

Dental Autoclave is a dental equipment/device used to sterilize autoclavable dental instruments, inserts, handpieces and other equipments, by subjecting them to high pressure steam at 121° C or greater.

Autoclave: Front

Autoclave: Right Side

Autoclave: Left Side

Autoclave: Back

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Fixed Partial Denture

Long span bridge with a very very long canine pontic which will cause soft tissue irritation and bone resorption.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Crown & Bridge

Q: What's wrong with this Fixed Partial Denture?
A: Look at the canine, tooth 13