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RESEARCH AND SCIENCE

Secondhand smoke and cavities: Research indicates link between the two
Tufts University via Medical Xpress
Exposure to secondhand smoke could make children more susceptible to cavities, although more research is needed before it can be considered a risk factor. One way to accomplish this would be to look for evidence of exposure to nicotine in the blood of young children, suggests a Tufts dentist.
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Inflammatory gum disease influences heart attack severity
Pharmacy Times
The extent and severity of inflammatory gum disease is closely related to heart attack severity, new research published in the Journal of Dental Research suggests. Researchers from the University of Granada in Spain determined that chronic periodontitis extent and severity was related to serum levels of two biomarkers indicating heart tissue death.
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Caffeine found to stimulate consumption of sugary drinks
Dental Tribune International
Researchers at Deakin University in Melbourne in Australia have announced the results of a recent study that indicate that caffeine may increase consumption of soft drinks. The researchers have thus called for stronger regulation of caffeine as an additive in food because it appears to be a major contributor to obesity and other health issues, such as dental caries in the general population.
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Headlines from the Crossroads of Perio and Tech

In anticipation of the AAP's upcoming 2015 Spring Conference, "Embracing Technology to Enhance Your Clinical Practice," This Week in Perio brings you a special roundup of headlines on technology's impact on periodontics, from clinical practice to practice management. Don't miss the AAP's 2015 Spring Conference, to be held May 2-3 in Chicago. Click here for more information.


DENTAL INDUSTRY NEWS
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Dentist is best job of 2015
Dentral Tribune International
Every year, U.S. News & World Report ranks the top 100 jobs. This year, the publisher announced that dentist and dental hygienist are again among the best jobs in the country, with dentist at No. 1. This high ranking is mainly attributable to a considerable predicted employment growth rate, a low unemployment rate and the agreeable work–life balance in the dental profession.
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Possible treatment for sensitive teeth
Dentistry Today
A new material may be just what people with sensitive teeth need. A biomaterial was created that has the potential to rebuild worn enamel and lower tooth sensitivity for an extended time. This will be helpful for people with teeth sensitive to simple things like hot tea or hot chocolate. The material was tested on dogs and the study appears in the journal ACS Nano.
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WHAT YOUR PATIENTS ARE READING


Blood-sugar blues: How dentists can help diagnose diabetes
The Irish Times
You are sitting in the dentist's chair when out of the blue she says, "I think we should check you for diabetes." Anticipating a referral to your GP, you are somewhat taken aback when she offers to screen for the disease there and then. This scenario may be closer to reality than we think. Writing in the current issue of the Journal of the Irish Dental Association, Dr. Denise MacCarthy and colleagues from the Dublin Dental University Hospital suggest that screening people at high risk of diabetes in the dentist's surgery is cost effective.
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Good oral healthcare can lead to better management of diabetes
Marketwired
Jeanne Eder Rhodes didn't realize how the simple acts of regularly brushing and flossing her teeth could lead to better health for diabetics. Rhodes, 66, who recently retired as head of the University of Alaska's history department, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1998. "I didn't learn about the importance of oral care until 2004," says Rhodes, a Dakota Sioux from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana.
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Are dentists failing to be clear about their fees?
WebMD
People could be paying more than they need for dental treatment because some dentists are not upfront about prices or clear about what treatment patients are entitled to on the NHS, says the consumer magazine Which? It says research shows that around half of people who recently visited their dentist in England did not see a list of charges.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
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Is your dental practice ready for digital transformation?
Oral Health Group
A majority of large, medium and small organizations as well as professional practices have recognized the importance of digital transformation to stay ahead in the information age. It is time to take a close look at your dental marketing approach and strategy to determine whether your practice is geared up to engage effectively with potential patients at every digital touch point in the patient experience life cycle.
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Infographic: 101 ways to help dentists grow their practice
DentistryiQ
As a dentist, the one thing you never have enough of is great patients. You probably understand that in order to get those great patients, you need to market to them. There seems to be a million different ways to do this, and it can seem overwhelming to say the least.
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It's easier than you think to lose a patient's trust
RDH
Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, RDH, BS, MBA, writes: "From time to time, I get inquiries from patients who find me on the Internet when they are researching a dental topic. In about 90 percent of cases, these inquiries come from patients who are unhappy or suspicious of their dental office, and it's often dealing with periodontal disease treatment."
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Pregnancy myths and the dental office debunked
DentistryiQ
There has been much discussion on social media lately about pregnancy and care in the dental office, including the exposure of radiographs. There's a lot of misinformation and advice given based on anecdotal experience or emotion. This article will focus on pregnancy and the dental office, specifically patients in the office. References are shared to provide further information.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Chronic periodontitis influences prognosis and the severity of heart attacks (University of Granada via Medical Xpress)
8 ways dentists can use their time more efficiently (DentistryiQ)
FDA approves new hydrocodone product that's hard to abuse (American Dental Association)
Durable biomaterial potentially reduces tooth sensitivity (Medical News Today)
3 ways to know when stress is getting to you (DrBicuspid.com)

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