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Could you be suffering from gum disease?
DentistryIQ
Do you notice blood on your toothbrush every time you brush these days? Or persistent bad breath or taste in your mouth? Are your gums red and swollen? If you've noticed some or all of these symptoms, you may be suffering from gum disease or gingivitis. It's time you take it more seriously.
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Tulsa dentist's patients test positive for blood-borne diseases
Yahoo News
When the unsanitary practices in the dental offices of Dr. W. Scott Harrington first came to light in March, it was as a result of one of the dentist's patients having tested positive for the blood-borne diseases HIV and hepatitis C in the absence of other risk factors. Since then, more than 3,000 people who had been Harrington's patients have received testing through the Tulsa Health Department — and more than 50 of these people have learned they've tested positive for hepatitis C, according to a situation update provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
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RESEARCH AND SCIENCE
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A new tool in the fight against peri-implant disease
Surgical Restorative
Peri-implant disease has been defined as an inflammatory process affecting the hard and/or soft tissues surrounding an implant in function. Peri-implant diseases can be broken down further into two entities: peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis. Peri-implant mucositis has been described as a disease in which the presence of inflammation is confined to the soft tissues surrounding a dental implant with no loss of supporting bone following initial bone remodeling. Peri-implantitis on the other hand has been characterized by an inflammatory process around an implant, which includes both soft tissue inflammation and progressive loss of supporting bone beyond biological bone remodeling.
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Lollipops with licorice-root extract inhibit perio pathogens
DrBicuspid.com
Sugar-free lollipops containing glycyrrhizol A successfully beat back the prominent oral pathogens Streptococcus mutans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, and Prevotella intermedia, at least in the laboratory. A University of Iowa team presented a study at the International Association for Dental Research's 2013 annual meeting showing that a solution made from dissolved glycyrrhizol-A-containing sugar-free herbal lollipops inhibits the growth of these three types of oral bacteria. (May require free registration to view article.)
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All-on-four implants yield short-term success
DrBicuspid.com
The all-on-four dental implant treatment concept appears to be successful in the short term, according to a new systematic review in Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research. But more research is needed to determine long-term clinical outcomes for this treatment approach, noted the study authors, from University Hospital in Freiburg, Germany, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. (May require free registration to view article.)
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Future 'drug' for dental phobics
DentalBuzz
It looks like virtual reality may actually be almost Matrix-quality in a few short years, and dental patients will be able to immerse themselves fully in another world while they're getting their dental work done. But because there's a lot more money to be made in gaming — and there's a much wider customer base — don't expect that this technology will have a dental application any time soon. Here's a decent introduction to the concept featuring Palmer Luckey, the originator of the Oculus Rift headset.
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Iodine mouthwash treats gingivitis, lowers cholesterol
DrBicuspid.com
A new iodine mouthwash was shown to be safe and effective at fighting gingivitis and lowering LDL cholesterol, according to clinical trial results to be presented this week at a meeting of the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Conducted on behalf of Biomedical Development Corp., the three-month, phase II trial was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. A longer phase II trial is now being conducted and will evaluate gingivitis patients over a six-month period, the company said. (May require free registration to view article.)
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
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3 tactics to improve your phone skills in the dental office
DentistryIQ
Keaton Marks writes, "Before I dive into the details of phone calls and how to better convert strangers into patients, I want to give you three tactics that can be easily applied today. If you remember these and turn them into habits, you will truly be in the top percentile of phone skills."
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Dental office overhead
American Dental Association
The perception that dentists take home a hefty profit is misleading, but changing the way dental practice expenses are publicized may change people's minds. Members of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs noted at their November meeting that one of the ways dental office overhead has been commonly calculated is faulty. Past survey reports released by the ADA Health Policy Resources Center reported average dental practice expenses as a percentage of gross billings as 60 percent, which suggests that dental offices have a 40 percent profit margin.
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Did deceased dentist expose patients to infection?
ABC News
The Arkansas health department's announcement that a dentist who died more than a year ago may have exposed his patients to "infectious material" has thrust his history of drug abuse into the national spotlight, but the state dentistry board says it's not clear the dentist did anything wrong.

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Inflammatory foods: 9 of the worst picks for inflammation
The Huffington Post
While it doesn't exactly make you feel warm and fuzzy, inflammation is the body's healthy response to injury and infection, a way of defending ourselves by sending immune cells and key nutrients to the areas that need them most. How do those fighter cells get there? Via increased blood flow, which in turn creates the redness, warmth, swelling and pain you likely associate with the word "inflammation."

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What caused California man's death during third-molar surgery?
DrBicuspid.com
Authorities are looking into a San Diego man's death last month during what was considered a routine third-molar extraction procedure. On March 21, Marek Lapinski, 25, underwent surgery in the care of Dr. Steven Paul, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Temecula, Calif. In the midst of the surgery, Lapinski began to cough, was administered propofol, and subsequently went into cardiac arrest, according to news reports. (May require free registration to view article.)

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GOVERNMENT AND REGULATORY
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90 percent of Michigan dentists provide free care to poor
DrBicuspid.com
Some 90 percent of Michigan dental practices provide an average of $62,000 annually in free or discounted care to low-income children and adults, according to the results of a survey released by the Michigan Dental Association. But the MDA says the situation is an "unsustainable effort to prop up an underfunded Medicaid safety net." (May require free registration to view article.)
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More than 4 million US children have unmet dental needs
Dental Tribune International
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, about 6 percent of U.S. children under 18 had unmet dental needs in 2011. Through analysis of national health data and parent interviews, the center's investigators found that uninsured children and children from single-parent families were particularly affected.
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Herbal supplements may have side effects (Reading Eagle)
Straumann unveils new implant line (DrBicuspid.com)
5 dental habits that can help you keep your teeth (U-T San Diego)
Keeping periodontal maintenance relevant and positive (RDH)

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