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In nursing homes, an epidemic of poor dental hygiene
The New York Times
In nursing homes across the country, residents are plagued by cavities, gum disease and cracked teeth, in part because their mouths are not kept clean. While residents now require more dental care than in the past, nursing home employees rarely are prepared to provide it. Aides are swamped with other tasks, and when older charges must be helped to the toilet, fed or repositioned in bed, brushing their teeth often falls to the bottom of the to-do list.
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Brush your teeth, boost your brainpower
Men's Health News
Murky memory? Inspect your mouth: In a new study in the European Journal of Oral Sciences, researchers found that people with fewer natural teeth performed worse on mental exercises, regardless of their age.
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Pancreatic cancer risk and gum disease
The Palm Beach Post
Q: I recently saw the end of a television news segment talking about gum disease leading to pancreatic cancer. Did I hear correctly?
A: I'm the first one to say that the media loves to scare us but, this time, they caught my attention. For years, studies have shown links of untreated periodontal disease to a four-fold increase in cardiovascular disease — stroke, heart attacks and arterial disease. Now, a study out of Brown University revealed patients who had the common gum-disease-causing bacteria P. Gingivalis were twice as likely to have pancreatic cancer compared to the control group.

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'Blue Jasmine' joins long list of movies and TV shows portraying dentists as jerks (and worse)
New York Daily News
Critics are drooling over "Blue Jasmine," but the new Woody Allen film is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of New York dentists. The root of the issue: Yet another unflattering depiction of tooth docs. It's the latest in a series of such portraits by Hollywood, which midtown dentist Lawrence Spindel admits he finds "difficult." "It's unfair," he adds, "and a little hurtful." But predictable.
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RESEARCH AND SCIENCE
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Human urine used as source of stem cells to grow teeth
Science World Report
Researchers from the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health (China) have possibly found a temporary answer for those who have already missed out on the memo to properly brush and floss. They've created stem cells to make rudimentary forms of human teeth, only not in the most pleasant way: They derived stem cells in this new experiment from human urine.
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Cheap teas may cause fluoride-related issues
DrBicuspid.com
Drinking certain lower-cost tea blends can push people's fluoride intake over daily recommended levels, increasing the risk of skeletal and dental illnesses, according to a study in Food Research International. Researchers from the University of Derby compared fluoride levels in 38 tea products with each other and to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' daily dietary reference intake. (May require free registration to view article.)
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Link exists between plaque, early cancer death
Dentistry Today
Dental plaque could result in premature death in cancer patients, according to a new study. The researchers determined that a large amount of plaque had some connection to a higher cancer mortality. When dental plaque is present it indicates bad oral hygiene, which is something that raises the risk of infection and ultimately may result in death.
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Tooth sensor watches your mouth
Scientific American
A person's mouth says a lot about them. Sounds obvious, but we're talking less about what vocalizes and more about the way it behaves when we eat, drink, speak or even cough. Researchers at National Taiwan University believe that monitoring such oral behavior can provide doctors with a wealth of information about a patient's dietary habits, dental hygiene and overall health.
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FDA changes opinion on blade implants
DrBicuspid.com
Endosseous dental implants, also known as blade-form implants, could get a boost in interest from the dental community as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration moves forward with efforts to reclassify the implants as lower risk. The FDA Medical Devices Advisory Committee's Dental Products Panel met recently to consider reclassifying the implants from class III to class II, first proposed in January. Class II medical devices are of "medium risk," while class III is a "high-risk" medical device that is also highly regulated. (May require free registration to view article.)
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University of Central Florida still hopes to open dental school
Orlando Sentinel
Although the University of Central Florida withdrew its plan to open a dental school in 2011, the state's largest public university hasn't given up on its hope of building one in the coming years. A dental school is included on a "wish list" of construction projects that UCF will submit to the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
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Dental coding for Perio Trays® by Perio Protect is about to get a whole lot easier
PRWeb
For offices prescribing Perio Trays®, the 2014 CDT Code will simplify office record keeping and insurance documentation. The American Dental Association Code Maintenance Committee recently voted to add D5994 to the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Procedure code D5994 refers to a "periodontal medicament carrier with peripheral seal — laboratory processed."
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Leadership lessons: Listen, learn, lead
Forbes
For a leader — or anyone else who wants to succeed at hiring and retaining the very best talent — listening is a crucial skill. Because when you tune the wrong people (talent) and information out, you're depriving yourself of priceless tools that will enable you to take your career, and life, to new levels of workplace fulfillment, reward and fun.
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Unnecessary procedures violate ethical codes
American Dental Association
Corporate pressure or requirements that dentist employees perform unnecessary procedures in order to maximize profits, as alleged in a Senate report, would represent "a clear violation of the ethical codes of the profession as set forth in the ADA Code of Professional Conduct," the Association said. "The Code states that 'professionals have a duty to act for the benefit of others' and that 'contract obligations do not excuse dentists from their ethical duty to put the patient's welfare first,'" the association said in a press release.
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Oral healthcare during pregnancy and through the lifespan
ACOG
Oral health is an important component of general health and should be maintained during pregnancy and through a woman's lifespan. Maintaining good oral health may have a positive effect on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other disorders.

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4 ways to handle the inevitable negative review
The Huffington Post
Jay Gierak writes, "My dentist once had a customer slander him on Yelp in an effort to get out of a bill. He asked if I could help, hoping I might know someone at Yelp fix the problem. The review persisted online for years, as did my dentist's pleas for help."

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Gum disease may lead to cancer
LiveScience
Bacterial infections may play a role in triggering pancreatic cancer, according to recent research. A growing number of studies suggest a role for infections — primarily of the stomach and gums — in pancreatic cancer.

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Types of content for your dental website
Dentist Identity
Content is something that every website must have. In this information age, what you put forward is the most valuable currency you have in converting prospects to patients. The main reason why people look for websites online is because they have questions that need answering and problems they need solutions for. You, as a small-business owner and in running your dental practice, should be able to provide your visitors with the information they are looking for if you want to convert them into paying patients. Of course, you do that through content.
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GOVERNMENT AND REGULATORY
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Senate report wants dental chains booted from Medicaid
DrBicuspid.com
The Small Smiles dental chain should be excluded from the Medicaid program for encouraging dentists to perform unnecessary treatments to boost profits, according to a comprehensive report compiled by a U.S. Senate committee. The 1,500-page report also recommends that corporate-owned chains that use similar deceptive business models should be ousted from the federal program as well. (May require free registration to view article.)
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Survey: Most California patients satisfied with their dental insurance
DrBicuspid.com
A majority of California residents are satisfied with their dental insurance benefits, according to a survey by the California Dental Association. (May require free registration to view article.)
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New NY law gives dental hygienists expanded duties
DrBicuspid.com
The New York State Dental Association is applauding the passage of a new law that allows dental hygienists working in certain facilities to work under collaborative agreements with dentists who have a formal relationship with the same facility. (May require free registration to view article.)
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OTHER HEALTH NEWS


New study links HPV to oropharyngeal cancer
Fox News
People who are infected with one strain of the human papilloma virus are more likely to contract certain throat cancers, Medical News Today reported. In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers sought to identify how the presence of the HPV 16 virus — one of 200 strains of HPV — was associated with the occurrence of throat cancers.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Gum disease may lead to cancer (LiveScience)
Periodontal abscess, endodontic abscess or a combination: How to decipher (Surgical Restorative)
Bacteria in brains suggest Alzheimer's-gum disease link (Bloomberg)
Texas dentist takes action against critical Yelp comments (DrBicuspid.com)
Dental patients get $35 million over unneeded root canals (The Seattle Times)

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