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RESEARCH AND SCIENCE

How gum disease treatment can prevent heart disease
Forsyth Institute via ScienceDaily
A new study from the Forsyth Institute is helping to shed more light on the important connection between the mouth and heart. According to research recently published online by the American Heart Association, scientists at Forsyth and Boston University have demonstrated that using an oral topical remedy to reduce inflammation associated with periodontitis, more commonly known as gum disease, also results in the prevention of vascular inflammation and can lower the risk of heart attack.
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Researchers create a breath test for detecting HNC
DrBicuspid.com
A team of international researchers has created a portable device that can identify head and neck cancer by analyzing a patient's breath. The device was created in part by researchers in Switzerland and Japan. It uses microsensors that can pick up on nuances in the organic substances produced by cancerous cells as opposed to healthy ones.
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Dentists may soon prescribe nanoparticles to fight biofilms
DrBicuspid.com
Researchers have created a way for nanoparticles to deliver an antibacterial agent directly to dental plaque, according to a new study. Their discovery could lead to better treatments for caries and other biofilm-related diseases. Nanoparticles that deliver farnesol directly to cariogenic biofilm were created by researchers from multiple U.S. institutions. Farnesol is a naturally occurring antimicrobial agent that is effective against some caries-causing bacteria.
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    Dentists warn of risks of not looking after implants
    BBC
    Although implants are a growing industry, they are still far from being commonplace. Dr. Aws Alani, consultant in restorative dentistry at King's College Hospital, says implants have been a very successful innovation over the last 30 years. But he says patients are often not aware how to maintain them - and that can cause problems.
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    FDA panel votes against smokeless tobacco safety claims
    TIME
    An FDA advisory panel voted April 10 that it does not agree with the evidence and claims put forward by smokeless tobacco manufacturer Swedish Match regarding its application to change warning labels on its tobacco product, called snus. Snus, pronounced snoose, is a cloth baggie with moist tobacco powder which users stick under their upper lip for a nicotine buzz. As TIME reported April 9, Swedish Match wants to remove the required warnings that say snus causes mouth cancer, gum disease and tooth loss, arguing that there isn't sufficient scientific evidence to support them.
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    WHAT YOUR PATIENTS ARE READING


    Woman's 'burning mouth syndrome' had strange cause
    CBS News
    A healthy 65-year-old woman developed a relentless burning feeling in her mouth that stumped doctors and dentists for months before its strange cause was found, according to a recent report of her case. The burning got worse whenever the woman brushed her teeth but subsided within 10 minutes. The pain went away after one month after she first experienced it, but then returned a year later and remained constant.
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    New York lawmakers mull warning labels on sugary beverages
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    Public health advocates urged New York state lawmakers to require labels on sugary drinks to warn consumers about the dangers of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. The proposed mandate, now pending in the state Assembly, comes as states across the country grapple with the costs — human and financial — of obesity and other diseases related to the American diet.
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    Knowing you have bad breath can put you halfway to a cure
    Press of Atlantic City
    Let's take a moment to perform an experiment that could help us make friends, meet that special someone or even save a relationship. But, before starting, make sure no one is looking. Lick the inside of your wrist, wait 60 seconds, and then sniff it. Sulphur salts that are responsible for bad breath will be transferred from our tongue to our skin. While unconventional, it can solve the mystery of why everyone always stands far away when speaking to you.
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    PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
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    Redefining conservative: Explaining the need for perio treatment to patients
    RDH
    It's late Thursday afternoon, and the last patient of the day is Mr. Jones, a 64-year-old gentleman who is in the practice for a new-patient exam. Mary, the hygienist, tells Mr. Jones she will record pocket depth measurements before the doctor comes in to perform a full examination. Mr. Jones has recently retired to the area and has not seen a dentist in four years. As Mary probes, she notices that Mr. Jones has generalized bleeding and 4 mm pockets; two 5 mm pockets on tooth No. 31; and one 6 mm pocket on tooth No. 29. The radiographs indicate slight bone loss in that area.
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    4 reasons you can't ignore staff conflict
    DrBicuspid.com
    As far as you're concerned, everything is fine. Sure, you've noticed a bit of tension between some of your team members, but that's typical staff drama that every practice deals with from time to time. And yes, you've even seen a few eye rolls and overheard a snide remark or two, but you don't see any reason to get involved. These are adults we're talking about after all. Whatever the problem is, you're sure they'll work it out.
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    Benefits of using an expert when transitioning a dental practice
    DentistryiQ
    Transitioning or affiliating a dental practice is probably one of the biggest decisions any dentist will make during his entire career. Whether transitioning the practice to a partner, a new dentist or affiliating with an established dental practice management firm, dentists need to factor into their decision-making process the following important tips.
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