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Meeting focuses on evolving dental discipline of implants, implantology
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The 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology was held Nov. 12-15 in Miami Beach, Fla. Dr. Donald Clem welcomed everyone with a very inspiring speech, and there was a full schedule of continuing education courses. There were hands-on workshops, practice management sessions, and the first of three Corporate Forums. The Interactive General Session was a multipanel conversation presented in conjunction with the European Federation of Periodontology. There was no "Hygiene Day," but there was a Special Rate: One-Day Hygienist Pass. If you would like to see dedicated dental hygiene tracks again in the future, contact AAP to share your views. More



Proper maintenance, patient education can determine success or failure of periodontal therapy
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In order to know the role of the dental hygienist in the treatment of periodontal disease, we must first understand the epidemiology and prevalence, the pathology, and the etiology of the disease. Risk assessment is critical for accurate treatment, and working collaboratively with dentists and periodontists means discussing and understanding referral guidelines. Outcome measures for nonsurgical therapy should be set and assessed, and referral for surgical intervention should be discussed when nonsurgical therapy does not control the disease. Proper maintenance and patient education can mean the difference between success and failure. More

Probiotics again show oral health potential
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At least seven strains of lactic acid bacteria show potential oral health benefits, according to Spanish researchers. Several studies already have reported potential benefits of specific bacterial strains to control dental plaque-related diseases, such as caries, gingivitis and periodontitis. A study with 42 subjects with moderate gingivitis published recently in the journal Acta Odontologica Scandinavica showed benefits of L. reuteri prodentis against gingivitis, otherwise known as bleeding or inflamed gums. Danish researchers used BioGaia's proprietary probiotic strain and found its interaction with the immune system could boost oral health. More

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Dentists turn to marketing after getting brush-off from patients
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The economic downturn has taken a big bite out dentists' revenue and profits, forcing them to hire experts to help increase sales. They're redesigning websites, pampering their clients and using social media. More

Canadian dental industry gives US a lesson in competition
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In much of the U.S., dental services are monopolized by dentists. Hygienists can provide basic dental care like scaling and polishing, but only if they work under a dentist's supervision. The libertarian public interest law firm, Institute for Justice, is backing a lawsuit challenging U.S. dental restrictions. The plaintiffs give the case a David and Goliath flavor: Lisa Martinez, former operator of a small teeth-whitening kiosk in Waterford, Conn.'s Crystal Mall, versus the Connecticut Dental Association. The lawsuit challenges the dental association's right to prevent Martinez — or anyone other than a qualified dentist — from offering teeth-whitening services. More
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Dental school offering new implant procedures to patients
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University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio officials opened a new dental implant clinic on campus to offer treatments to area patients. The implant clinic is under the direction of Dr. Ilser Turkyilmaz, assistant professor in the dental school's Department of Comprehensive Dentistry. The dental school's implant clinic will serve as a training facility for post-graduate residents and fellows. More

Straumann to revamp to target Asia, Latin America
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Dental implant maker Straumann Holding AG said it will reorganize its business to better adapt to growth markets in Asia and Latin America, a move that should allow the Swiss firm to win market share and boost sales of recently launched products. Straumann, the world's largest dental implant maker by sales, said the revamp will help it react more quickly to events as regions such as Latin America and Asia will have more autonomy. The revamp also should help it unlock value as Straumann still has "significant inherent potential," Chairman Gilbert Achermann said. More

Mercury fillings 'filled' with controversy
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Silver amalgam fillings, which have plugged American cavities for more than 150 years, have lost their luster over the last couple of decades thanks to the rise of more attractive tooth-colored fillings and concerns about the environmental and health impact of their chief ingredient: mercury. Although use of amalgam fillings has dropped 30 percent in the last decade, according to the American Dental Association, these fillings still are sitting in hundreds of millions of mouths, and dentists continue to fill some 50 million teeth with amalgam each year — especially in children. As the safety debate rages on, how concerned should you be? More

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