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RESEARCH AND SCIENCE

Human microbe study yields periodontitis insights
R&D Magazine
Microbes from the human mouth are telling Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists something about periodontitis and more after they cracked the genetic code of bacteria linked to the condition. The finding, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, profiles the SR1 bacteria, a group of microbes present in many environments, ranging from the mouth to deep within the Earth, that have never been cultivated in the laboratory. Human oral SR1 bacteria are elevated in periodontitis, a disease marked by inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support the teeth.
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Conquering dental anxiety with virtual reality
The Mace and Crown
An Old Dominion University dental research study is helping patients combat their fears of being seated in "the chair." "We're looking at dental anxiety to see if visual immersion therapy will help," dental hygiene professor Gayle McCombs said. "It's sort of like virtual reality. People would wear high-tech glasses and they could be watching a movie or a relaxing scene, or some kind of visual to help them reduce their stress level while they're getting their teeth cleaned."
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WHAT YOUR PATIENTS ARE READING


How to boost oral health, stave off gum disease
CBS News
A recent study finds half of the adults in this country suffer from gum disease. Dr. Jonathan Levine of New York University's School of Dentistry speaks to the "CBS This Morning" about the study.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


Beyond practice management: The heart of caring
DrBicuspid.com
Have you changed your life or your conscience since you became a dentist? As Tolstoy said, we have unlimited powers of rationalization. Have we rationalized our practices, our profession, and even our lives into something we never imagined we would? Have we become focused on "the bottom line," fighting insurance companies, bad-mouthing corporate dentistry, looking for the next great product that will make us more money, trying a new marketing scheme for people to find us and become "new patients"? Where is our profession going? Where are our practices going? Where are we as people and as professionals going? A cynic might say we are small-business people, so what else can we do? (May require free registration to view article.)
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DENTAL INDUSTRY NEWS


Study questions costs of routine dental antibiotic prophylaxis
DrBicuspid.com
Routine antibiotic prophylaxis for dental patients who may be at risk of infection from invasive dental procedures costs the U.S. healthcare system more than $150 million annually, according to a study in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology. But there is little scientific basis for AP prior to dental procedures, noted the study authors, from the Carolinas Medical Center and Wingate University School of Pharmacy. (May require free registration to view article.)
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Chewing ability tied to dementia risk
TeethRemoval.com
Researchers at the Department of Dental Medicine and the Aging Research Center at Karolinska Institute and from Karlstad University in Sweden have looked at tooth loss, chewing ability and cognitive function in a random nationwide sample of 557 people ages 77 or older. The researchers found that those who had difficulty chewing hard food such as apples had a significantly higher risk of developing cognitive impairments.
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Decoding the oral leukoplakia/oral cancer link
DrBicuspid.com
Is there a direct relationship between oral leukoplakia and tobacco and alcohol consumption? Do all oral leukoplakias lead to oral squamous cell carcinoma? Is it possible to detect premalignant oral leukoplakia? These are some of the questions a recent literature review in Oral Diseases attempted to answer. (May require free registration to view article.)
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'Dental therapists' spark debate
POLITICO
Some state lawmakers think they've found the solution to the nation's severe dental care access problem, but so far, only two states are using the touted "dental therapists" — and dentists aren't thrilled about the idea.

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Underlying mechanisms behind chronic inflammation-associated diseases revealed
ScienceDaily
Inflammatory response plays a major role in both health protection and disease generation. While the symptoms of disease-related inflammatory response have been know, scientists have not understood the mechanisms that underlie it.

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Worst foods for teeth: Make sure to brush after eating these 7 foods
The Huffington Post
By now, we all know the basic recipe for healthy pearly whites, including regular brushing and flossing, and a diet rich in teeth-healthy foods. What we might not realize is how some food choices can contribute to the wear and tear of teeth. So what makes a food bad for your smile?

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GOVERNMENT AND REGULATORY


FDA: Stop using 'latex-free' label on medical products
Examiner.com
The FDA has released recommendations for labeling medical products to avoid giving a false sense of security to people who are allergic to natural rubber latex. The Food and Drug Administration is recommending that manufacturers of FDA-regulated medical products stop using statements on labels such as "latex-free" or "does not contain latex."
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Judge blocks New York City's limits on big sugary drinks
The New York Times
A judge struck down New York's limits on large sugary drinks, one day before they were to take effect, in a significant blow to one of the most ambitious and divisive initiatives of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's tenure. In an unusually critical opinion, Justice Milton A. Tingling of State Supreme Court in Manhattan called the limits "arbitrary and capricious," echoing the complaints of city business owners and consumers who had deemed the rules unworkable and unenforceable, with confusing loopholes and voluminous exemptions.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Worst foods for teeth: Make sure to brush after eating these 7 foods (The Huffington Post)
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Immune system genes linked to gum disease (Futurity)
North Carolina sues DentalWorks, alleges unnecessary treatments pushed, illegal ownership (The Fayetteville Observer)

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