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Six easy tips from UAB dentist to keep your toothbrush (and mouth) free of harmful bacteria
al.com
You probably have no clue how much gross stuff is hiding on your toothbrush. That humble implement meant to help you clean your teeth, get rid of plaque and prevent cavities may harbor such hazards as Staphylococci, coliforms, yeasts and intestinal bacteria, according to Dr. Maria Geisinger, a periodontist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry.
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Physical, oral health are connected
Physician Focus
Research has shown that oral health and physical health are connected, and that problems with oral health are linked to problems with our physical health, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pneumonia. Recognizing the connection, physicians and dentists are beginning to collaborate for the overall health of their patients.
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Six things your tongue tells you
Men's Health via Time
There's no need to wait until you're in a dentist's chair to open wide. Regularly inspecting your tongue in a mirror can help you detect issues in your mouth — and other parts of your body — before they become more serious. Stick it out and give yourself a quick health check.
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RESEARCH AND SCIENCE
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Stem cells from teeth may aid stroke patients
Dentistry Today
A groundbreaking discovery during stem cell research of teeth may provide a boost in stroke therapy. A group of researchers determined that stem cells grow to resemble brain cells, something that could eventually be used in the brain. The information comes from the University of Adelaide in Australia.
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Correlation may exist between gagging, dental fear
Dentistry Today
The amount of fear from a dental visit may be higher among people with frequent gagging problems. The information comes from the authors of "Gagging and Its Associations with Dental Care-Related Fear, Fear of Pain and Beliefs About Treatment." The gagging issues may also cause negative beliefs about dentists and dental treatment.
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New breakthrough offers easier way of detecting pathogenic bacteria outside clinical setting
The Medical News
The breakthrough, published in the journal Nature Materials, could offer an easier way of detecting pathogenic bacteria outside of a clinical setting and could be particularly important for the developing world, where access to more sophisticated laboratory techniques is often limited.
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Attached gingiva and dental implants
Surgical Restorative
The free gingival graft is an age-old periodontal procedure first described by Sullivan & Atkins in 1968. It has long been the gold standard for increasing attached gingiva around the natural dentition. Connective tissue grafting provides many of the same benefits along with root coverage, without the accompanying discomfort from the donor site, making the FGG less desirable.
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Six easy tips from UAB dentist to keep your toothbrush (and mouth) free of harmful bacteria
al.com
You probably have no clue how much gross stuff is hiding on your toothbrush. That humble implement meant to help you clean your teeth, get rid of plaque and prevent cavities may harbor such hazards as Staphylococci, coliforms, yeasts and intestinal bacteria, according to Dr. Maria Geisinger, a periodontist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry.

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Blindsided by dental bills? What you can do
ABC News
Q: I had an appointment for a dental cleaning in December. I filled out the form, paid a $25 co-payment and they put me in the chair, ready to take an X-ray. I told them I didn't want the X-ray. The dentist took a look at my teeth, and he said I have good teeth, but they couldn't clean them unless I took an X-ray there or transferred one from another office. So I asked for my co-payment back and went home.

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Researchers work on ways of detecting gum disease earlier
NY1
Researchers may have found a way to classify and detect gum disease well before symptoms become severe. NY1 health reporter Erin Billups filed a report on the potential medical breakthrough.

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DENTAL INDUSTRY NEWS
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Dental therapists aim to fill in oral health shortfalls
USA Today
A few states are trying to alleviate their oral health care shortages by allowing the licensing of dental therapists — a fairly new class of dental care providers, essentially dentistry's version of physicians' assistants. They face strong resistance from dentists. In the handful of states where they are legally approved, dental therapists — who generally get two years of intensive training before going out into the field — can provide services ranging from cleanings to extractions to pediatric stainless steel crowns, says Mary Williard, director of the Alaska Native Tribal Consortium, a program that trains dental therapists.
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Ask Dr. Christensen: Is dentistry still a viable and desirable career choice?
DentistryIQ
Dr. Gordon Christensen is asked this question a lot — Is dentistry still a viable and desirable career choice? He asks in return, "How do YOU feel about dentistry?" The research shows that most dentists are very satisfied with what they're doing.
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UCLA Dentistry receives $2.36 million to provide dental care to patients with HIV/AIDS
UCLA Newsroom
Accessing affordable medical and dental care is a major challenge for people living with HIV and AIDS, many of whom are disabled and can not afford dental exams and treatment. For this underserved, vulnerable population, maintaining oral health is important not only for functional and aesthetic reasons, but also as part of overall HIV disease management. To address that need, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recently awarded the UCLA School of Dentistry a two-year grant of $2.36 million, which will enable UCLA to provide dental care for more than 1,000 people with HIV or AIDS each year.
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The role of staff in a successful sleep medicine practice
DrBicuspid.com
Dr. Michael F. Hna writes, "In a few short years, dental sleep medicine has become the special focus of my general dental practice. A primary catalyst in the rapid evolution has been the collaborative and concerted effort of my entire staff. The most important 'ingredients' to the successful and growing DSM practice are well-informed, caring, and enthusiastic staff members in their interaction with the prospective sleep patients along with the medical and sleep-lab personnel." (May require free registration to view article.)
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    Researchers work on ways of detecting gum disease earlier (NY1)
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