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RESEARCH AND SCIENCE

Researchers explain mechanism that makes their mouthwash so effective against tooth decay
University of California, Los Angeles via Medical Xpress
In 2011, UCLA's Dr. Wenyuan Shi developed a mouthwash that could eliminate the bacteria that is the principal cause of tooth decay. A new study led by Shi, chair of the section of oral biology at the UCLA School of Dentistry, describes more precisely the mechanism that makes the mouthwash's active ingredient so effective.
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DENTAL INDUSTRY NEWS
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Medicare deadline extended, but dentists need to learn about it now in order to opt in or opt out
DentistryiQ
Do you have very many baby boomers as patients? Your answer is probably, "Of course." With 10,000 people turning age 65 every day since Jan. 1, 2011, and continuing through 2030, questions about Medicare have become routine. The answers aren't as easy as you might think. Doing nothing about Medicare is a choice and action with major ramifications. Opting out might seem easy, yet it too has many negative ramifications.
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California ended Medicaid for dental care: Big mistake?
Futurity
Dropping Medicaid coverage for dental visits may actually cost states more money than keeping it. California ended adult dental coverage under Medicaid in mid-2009, a move that resulted in a loss of benefits for about 3.5 million low-income adults. After the change, adults made more than 1,800 additional visits annually to hospital emergency departments for dental care.
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Comments sought on proposed sedation, anesthesia guideline revisions
American Dental Association
The American Dental Association Council on Dental Education and Licensure seeks comments, due June 29, to proposed revisions to two sets of guidelines concerning the use of sedation and anesthesia. ADA CDEL is considering proposed revisions to the ADA Guidelines for the Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia by Dentists and the Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students.
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AAO 2015: Sleep apnea treatment options multiply
DrBicuspid.com
There is a growing demand for therapies to treat sleep apnea, and dentists are well-positioned to help patients understand how oral appliances, continuous positive airway pressure machines, and surgery can help, lecturers told a well-attended session of the recent American Association of Orthodontists meeting in San Francisco. "Obstructive sleep apnea is a life-killing, progressive disease that needs to be handled carefully, but with your knowledge and skills, directly with oral appliances and working with oral surgeons, you can do a number of things to help your patients," said Dr. Alan A. Lowe, a professor at the University of British Columbia and chairman of the division of orthodontics, who also has an orthodontic practice in Vancouver.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
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Will big medicine slow down EHR evolution?
DentistryiQ
The Boston Globe recently covered a $1.2 billion grand opening at Brigham and Women's Hospital, which is southwest of the city. No, it was not a new wing for the hospital, or any newly constructed structure. The newspaper covered the hospital's system for computerized health records. The records are part of a system covering 10 hospitals and 6,000 doctors.
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Why dentistry needs branding
Dental Tribune
Owning a dental practice or group has always presented challenges, but the marketplace has never been more crowded than it is now. With an ever-increasing level of choice for patients, it is more important than ever for dental businesses to stand out from the crowd.
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The new Yellow Pages: Online listings for your dental practice
DentistryiQ
Remember when your patients would flip through the phone book to find your practice? Since an Internet search is the primary tool for finding businesses today, it is vital to make sure you're using the free online listings for your dental practice to reach new patients. According to data released by Google, 97 percent of consumers search for local businesses online, and 73 percent of all online activity is related to local content.
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WHAT YOUR PATIENTS ARE READING


Ask well: Floss or brush first?
The New York Times
Question: Is it better to floss before or after brushing my teeth?

Answer: Great question. Alas, surprisingly few studies address it directly. Based on existing evidence, flossing first isn’t necessarily better for oral health than the other way around. Still, dentists have opinions on the matter. Dr. Edmond R. Hewlett, a spokesman for the American Dental Association and a professor of restorative dentistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, recommends flossing first.

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How many dental X-rays are too many?
The Huffington Post
Question: Every couple of times that I visit my dentist's office, she asks me to submit to more dental X-rays. I seem to be getting an awful lot of them. I don't want to increase my chances of getting cancer. How often should I be getting dental X-rays?

Answer: You're not the only patient who has expressed concerns about exposure to radiation from dental X-rays. So it's a good question. But, unfortunately, there is not one answer for everyone.

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The unexpected side effect of your juice cleanse
Allure via Yahoo
Leave it to a carb enthusiast who also happens to be the daughter of an oral surgeon and dental hygienist to stumble upon this justification for why you might want to skip your next juice cleanse: It turns out that all of the sugar from these juices might actually be having a negative affect on your oral hygiene.
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Not brushing your teeth can lead to dementia and heart disease
The Independent
Neglecting to brush your teeth can trigger dementia and heart disease, while also helping to make you look older, a new study has found. The study shows that 89 percent of people believe that bad teeth contribute towards somebody's age, with 40 percent admitting that they had never considered how their smile could be affecting their appearance.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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