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RESEARCH AND SCIENCE
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Gum disease may increase breast cancer risk
Bucks County Courier Times
A recent study by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden on more than 3,000 patients showed those who had gum disease and tooth loss had more than 11 times greater risk of developing breast cancer. Although this is the first study to show a link between gum disease and breast cancer, gum disease has also been associated with pancreatic cancer, heart disease, stroke, and premature and low-birth-weight babies.
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Clean teeth can hold off arthritis: Scientists discover link between gum disease bacteria and early onset of the condition
Mail Online
Brushing your teeth well could help prevent arthritis, scientists claim. Researchers found a link between the bacterium responsible for gum disease and earlier onset of rheumatoid arthritis, as well as faster progression and greater severity of the condition. The bacterium produces an enzyme which reacts with the residue of certain proteins. The body recognizes these proteins as intruders, leading to an immune attack, the researchers from the University of Louisville's School of Dentistry in Kentucky said.
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DENTAL INDUSTRY NEWS
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How dentists can collaborate with physicians to bridge the oral-systemic gap
Dental Practice Management
Dr. Charles Whitney writes, "I had my oral systemic epiphany in 2010 when I completed the training program for the Bale-Doneen method of heart attack and stroke prevention. It was there that I learned the many root causes that lead to vulnerable soft plaque in the arteries to rupture and cause a stroke or heart attack."
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Connecting the oral and systemic gap: What's it going to take?
DentistryIQ
Dr. Lisa L. Knowles writes, "With so many medically compromised patients taking alarming amounts of pharmaceutical agents and still others making unhealthy lifestyle choices, dentists have an opportunity of a lifetime to broaden the public's image of what a dentist does. But, will we?"
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Lawmakers try to address dentist shortage
KUNM-FM
A bill in the New Mexico legislature that would create a new category of dental practitioners — dental therapists — will be considered during this 30-day legislative session. They would be able to do teeth cleanings, scaling and root planing, routine fillings and extractions, and denture repairs. Nine counties in New Mexico have either one or zero dentists or dental hygienists, said Pamela Blackwell of Health Action New Mexico.
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ADA: Fluoride should be given to kids earlier
CBS News
Dentists are now recommending fluoride toothpaste for kids earlier than ever — as soon as a baby's first tooth comes in. Previously, the American Dental Association had recommended kids younger than 2 years old have their teeth brushed with water, before moving onto a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste through the time they're 6 years old.
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Hidden dental dangers of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea
Surgical Restorative
The field of mandibular advancement therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea has grown tremendously in the last few years. Regardless of whether or not a general practitioner chooses to participate in the management of OSA for these patients, recognizing the oral signs and symptoms of this disease is critical to the success in many aspects of dental treatment.
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New research explores the link between periodontal disease and diabetes
WCJB-TV
Proper brushing, flossing, and regular trips to the dentist aren't always easy, but you might find yourself in serious trouble if you don't make the time. Now new research exploring the role periodontal disease can play with other illnesses. "I had beautiful teeth, and all of a sudden one day I'm had a toothache, and I'm 58 years old," Margaret Matko says.
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Scientists chip away at mystery of what lives in our mouths
Ohio State University via ScienceDaily
Scientists have pieced together sections of DNA from 12 individual cells to sequence the genome of a bacterium known to live in healthy human mouths. With this new data, the researchers were able to reinforce a theory that genes in a closely related bacterium could be culprits in its ability to cause severe gum disease.
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To premedicate or not to premedicate? The question continues to confuse many dental clinicians
RDH
The question of whether or not to premedicate patients who have certain heart conditions or joint replacements with antibiotics prior to dental treatment is a perplexing issue today for dental professionals. Unfortunately, there is a lack of clear consensus among physicians concerning the need for premedication, while the specter of antibiotic resistance grows worse every day.
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AAP IN THE NEWS
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AAP celebrates 100 years
American Dental Association
With 2014, the American Academy of Periodontology is commemorating a century of science, education, leadership and advocacy with a year full of festivities in celebration of its 100th year anniversary. The centennial celebration will culminate at the AAP's 100th annual meeting on Sept. 19-22 in San Francisco. Attendees can expect a number of special events highlighting AAP's achievements over the past 100 years and presenting a vision of the future of the periodontal specialty.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
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Do's and don'ts for practice management: Making associateships work
DrBicuspid.com
Associateships are a major part of dentistry. Each year thousands of practices add associates for myriad reasons. Some dentists think this is an automatic step in creating a successful practice, while others are extremely reluctant to bring an associate into the practice. (May require free registration to view article.)
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Gum disease may increase breast cancer risk
Bucks County Courier Times
A recent study by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden on more than 3,000 patients showed those who had gum disease and tooth loss had more than 11 times greater risk of developing breast cancer.

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Dental implant assessment
RDH
Consider this scenario: Your dental hygiene patient enters the treatment operatory for a routine visit. She mentions that she has noticed bleeding from the area around her implant at the maxillary left lateral site. You take a periapical radiograph of the area. Upon probing, you note a 9 millimeter pocket.

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Three things your dental practice can learn from Starbucks
Dental Practice Management
What does Starbucks have that That Place Next Door doesn't have? Why are people drawn to one place, even if it means that they have to stand in line and wait to be served? And, finally, what can a dental office learn from the Starbucks model to get loyal patients who are willing to go to any length for their service?

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Phone line fishing for new patients
DentistryIQ
What's the most valuable piece of equipment in your dental office? Every office has at least one. It's not used to directly deliver dental care. However, the manner in which this critical piece of equipment is used can make or break the success of any practice.
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How electronic health records protect your practice
RDH
EHR, EDR, HITECH, ACA — the alphabet soup goes on and on. But what does each mean and what effects will these abbreviations have for you as a hygienist and for dentistry in general? What should we understand about the new territory we are now entering? Can technology both protect and grow our practices?
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Dental practice turnarounds begin with a business analysis
DentistryIQ
Most dentists now understand that the new, more challenging economy is here to stay. They also realize that, more than ever, the future of their practice is in their own hands. The question is how to initiate their individual recovery. By looking to successful, real-world businesses for guidance, their turnaround process can begin with an objective, expert business analysis of their practice.
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Dental health during pregnancy: How to care for your teeth and gums (Fox News)

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