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This issue features articles on oral lymphoma, the Dahl Concept, and entrustable professional activities in dental education.
Cover image: Throughout this volume, each cover will include a mystery dental object. Can you guess what it is..? Look out for the answer in the following issue!
Answer to Vol 234 Issue 2: Trismus has been a problem encountered by operators for the teeth from time immemorial. Many gadgets have been tried with varying degrees of success to open the jaws. The screw mouth prop, as shown in the photo, proved one of the more popular devices. Usually used by patients themselves, the design allowed the thin tip of the screw to be positioned between any closely opposing molar teeth. By turning the screw clockwise, the jaws would be gradually eased apart as the screw diameter widened. Being made of wood rather than metal, it proved less damaging to teeth. In some cases, it took numerous attempts before adequate mouth opening was achieved. And it could be quite painful for the patient – even when self-inflicted! Brian Williams – BDA Museum volunteer.
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