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Don't be afraid of dentists
CNN
It is disheartening and alarming to learn that as many as 7,000 patients are at risk of serious, life-threatening infections because of dentist W. Scott Harrington's alleged failure to follow "standard infection control guidelines" at his practice in a Tulsa, Okla., suburb. Around the country, people are asking: Are U.S. oral health services safe? The short answer is: Yes. But, patients should always check to make sure that their dental provider adheres to the strictest safety guidelines.
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Watch your mouth
ABC News
Taking a seat in the dentist chair goes far beyond maintaining a healthy smile. Our mouths are the gateways to our bodies and can tell us more about our health than we may think. A dentist can detect nearly 120 medical conditions in their early stages. Dr. Jonathan Levine, an oral health expert and aesthetic dentist practicing in New York City, talked to Katie Couric about how good oral health can affect our overall health.
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5 things to do at the dentist's office
CNN
The recent news in Tulsa, Okla., brings to light an issue that is rare, but nonetheless important: cross infection in the dental office, or the transfer of infection from one patient to another in a healthcare environment. The unfortunate reality is that you, as the consumer, have very little chance of knowing what's going on — it's a huge trust relationship. Cross contamination is literally invisible because it's caused by microbes invisible to the human eye, so only the professionals can guarantee that it doesn't happen.
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For sale: Buzz Aldrin's toothbrush, $9,000 OBO
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How much would you pay for another man's toothbrush, if that toothbrush happened to have gone to the moon? The auction house estimates someone might throw as much as $24,000 at this unique opportunity to own a piece of space history. More

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Laila Ali appointed spokeswoman for Kids' Health Mouths Campaign
Look to the Stars
Laila Ali, athlete, health advocate and mom, has been announced as the new campaign spokesperson for the Kids' Healthy Mouths public service advertising campaign. The campaign, developed by the Ad Council and a coalition of more than 35 leading dental organizations (The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives), sheds light on the importance of children brushing their teeth — a basic task yet constant struggle for many parents.
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Study: Regular scaling can reduce atrial fibrillation risk
DrBicuspid.com
Is there a relationship between periodontal health and cardiac dysrhythmia? Yes, according to a study in the International Journal of Cardiology. In fact, the study authors propose a way to lower the risk of developing atrial fibrillation, the most common type of sustained cardiac dysrhythmia: by undergoing dental scaling at least once a year. "Oral infections due to poor oral hygiene may also predispose patients to new-onset AF by adding to the inflammatory burden of the individuals," the researchers from Taiwan wrote. (May require free registration to view article.)
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Study: Shots kill budding wisdom teeth
NBC News
Could wisdom teeth be a problem of the past? Researchers have found that young children who got shots of anesthetic for dental work sometimes never grow lower wisdom teeth when they are older. The findings, published in The Journal of the American Dental Association, suggest it might be possible to deliberately prevent the development of the often-troublesome teeth, the team at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine said.
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Oral healthcare, psychology are intertwined
The Washington Times
Oral and dental health issues are intimately related. Psychological well-being can affect oral health and oral health can affect one's psychological well-being. Add to the mix is odontophobia, a psychological condition depicting an irrational and overwhelming fear of dentistry. Estimates suggest about 75 percent of adults experience some degree of "dental fear," with 5 to 10 percent suffering ondontophobia. Those who not suffering odontophobia develop their fear from several source.
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Gum disease tied to vitamin D in kidney patients
MedPage Today
Lower levels of serum vitamin D appeared to increase the risk that patients with chronic kidney disease would also have periodontal disease, researchers found. Patients with periodontitis had a median 25(OH)D level of 22.6 ng/ml compared with 28.6 ng/ml in patients without gum disease Jessica Bastos, DDM, a clinical dentist at the Federal University of Juizfora, Brazil, reported at the National Kidney Foundation meeting.
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Dental groups dispute Consumer Reports cancer screening story
DrBicuspid.com
The dental community is up in arms over a recent Consumer Reports article that claims oral cancer screening is one of several medical tests that are overrecommended and unnecessary for all but high-risk patients. The article, which appears in the March 2013 issue, concluded that "most people shouldn't waste their time" on most diagnostic tests, including chairside visual screenings for oral cancer. (May require free registration to view article.)
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Toothbrush 3.0: An app for your mouth
Forbes
Gone are the days when toothbrushes simply cleaned your teeth. Now, with the help of a Louisville, Ky., tech startup, dental hygiene may go hand-in-hand with saving cash. It's a unique progression, when you think about it: once merely a stick with bristles, then a stick with bristles that vibrated and emitted sonic waves on battery power, now a dental hygiene system with a corresponding smartphone/tablet app. Can you say "next-gen"?
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Dental bib clips can harbor oral and skin bacteria even after disinfection
Forsyth Institute via ScienceDaily
Researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and the Forsyth Institute published a study that found that a significant proportion of dental bib clips harbored bacteria from the patient, dental clinician and the environment even after the clips had undergone standard disinfection procedures in a hygiene clinic.

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American Academy of Periodontology issues report on peri-implant disease risk factors and implications
Dentistry Today
The American Academy of Periodontology recently published a report, "Peri-Implant Mucositis and Peri-Implantitis: A Current Understanding of Their Diagnoses and Clinical Implications" in April's Journal of Periodontology. The paper was developed in an effort to review the current knowledge of peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis, and guide dental professionals in their diagnoses and disease prevention.

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Patients urged to get tested for HIV, hepatitis after investigation shows dirty instruments in use
Fox News
Thousands of patients of an Oklahoma dentist are being urged to get tested for HIV and hepatitis after public health officials found evidence of practices that could have exposed patients to the viruses.

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GOVERNMENT AND REGULATORY
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Minnesota Medicaid dental payments lower than most
DrBicuspid.com
Minnesota's Medicaid dental reimbursement rates are lower than they were in 2000, which makes the state one of the lowest for reimbursements in the U.S. The state needs to increase dental reimbursements to improve access to dental care, particularly for special needs patients and other underserved populations, according to a report released by the state's Office of the Legislative Auditor. (May require free registration to view article.)
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    Thousands of Oklahoma patients urged to get tested for HIV, hepatitis after investigation shows dirty instruments in use (Fox News)
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Astronaut Chris Hadfield shows how to brush your teeth in space (CBS News)
Inflammation of the gingiva: The other reasons besides the obvious (DentistryIQ)

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