The Kiwi dentist with a new approach to treating tooth decay in children

A Kiwi dentist thinks we should ditch convention and start looking at tooth care in children when they're still babies.

Professor Mark Gussy says the earlier we identify possible teeth problems the better.

"If you have tooth decay as a child its predictive of lifetime cavities," Professor Gussy told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp.

New tests mean dentists are able to check for tooth decay in babies who don't have teeth yet by testing their saliva.

The test looks at the mix of bugs in the babies mouth as a way to predict any possibilities of decay later on.

"Two is too late (for checkups) once diet is established at two that's it. We are interested in the first year or two of life," Professor Gussy said.

The test is aimed at preventing problems before school starts and Rhode Street School in Hamilton is on-board with the oral hygiene revolution, banning fizzy drinks and other sugary treats.

This kind of action is welcome in New Zealand with a study out this week showing over 6000 Kiwi kids needed hospital treatment for severe decay in just one year.

A new study has found 6000 Kiwi kids needed hospital treatment for severe decay in just one year. Source: Seven Sharp

What's it like interpreting Jacinda Ardern's weekly press conference in sign language?

With New Zealand celebrating Sign Language Week a new initiative was launched that will see the Prime Minister's weekly post-cabinet press conference signed for the deaf community.

The job of signing the press conference fell to Alan Wendt who says tone and mannerism is all important when signing another's speech.

"You don't want to mimic the person or ape them in any way but you do want to as much as possible transmit how they're talking and sort of some of the implications behind what they're saying," Mr Wendt told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp.

This can be a tricky job when dealing with a political back and forth.

"The question and answer, the to and fro, it can be confrontational or it can be light-hearted.

"As an interpreter you need to be able to be flexible enough to move with wherever the conversation's going," the interpreter said.

The deaf community has been fighting for a long time for greater access to all areas of life.

Now they've got a front row seat in the political arena.

The new move which will give deaf people access to what the PM is saying started this week. Source: Seven Sharp


1 NEWS reporter Katie Bradford opens up about online abuse: 'If you're having a bad day that stuff's really hard'

1 NEWS reporter Katie Bradford has spoken candidly about the impact of cyber-bullyng.

Appearing in a clip released ahead of this week's The Inside Word programme on TVNZ's Duke channel, Bradford revealed she is vulnerable to online comments, despite the impression those in the public eye are fair-game for anything.

"Being in the public eye you expect people are going to say what they like, for example, a couple of weeks a go an ice-cream truck nearly drove into me in Waitangi and a woman on Facebook posted, 'if that truck had hit her, it would have been a write-off'," Bradford said.

"I'm barely five foot for starters so I don't think I would have done much damage to the truck, but if you're having a bad day, that stuff is really hard.

"People think, for whatever reason, that's OK and I should just have to put up with it - and most of the time you do."

Bradford also recalled an email she received belittling her presenting skills.

"Another one called a colleague and I Dumb and Dumber; lots of comments about being stupid, I notice on Facebook. There are a lot of things accusing us of having low intelligence and not being smart - ironically a lot of the time they're not spelt correctly," she said.

"I have blocked so many people now because it would get so nasty some really awful stuff."

The Inside Word airs 9pm Sunday on TVNZ DUKE, and the full series is available now OnDemand.