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The motivation and genesis for the creation of the ASD Mentorship Program
ASD
In one of our initial contacts with non renewing members several reasons for non renewals were the lack of personal contact or interactions with the Academy. These former members felt left out, not having any personal connection with the Academy nor any reason to maintain their membership. It is for these reasons that the Mentorship Program was developed, with the intention to make our Academy more personal and closer together. The belief is that with mentorship creating many more personal interactions, more opportunities to network, interact and learn would occur and benefit us all.
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Can mouthguards really prevent concussions?
Dr.Bicuspid.com
To answer the question posed in the title, to be perfectly blunt — no, they can't. The truth is that the whole notion of mouthguards protecting your head is just that — a notion. Jan Akervall, M.D., Ph.D., the inventor of the SISU Mouth Guard has been asked numerous times if a mouthguard protects against concussions. "Preliminary laboratory studies from the '60s (Stenger 1964 and Hickey 1967) indicated decreased forces transferred to the skull and decreased intracranial pressure from impacts to the jaws when a mouthguard was in place," Akervall said."
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Stiffness and hardness of sheep molar enamel is lower than that of humans
Phys.Org
A first-ever study investigating the survival of ovine teeth has found the stiffness (Young's modulus) and hardness of sheep molar enamel is lower than that of human molar enamel, while the toughness of sheep enamel is the same as a human molar enamel. The study between researchers from UWA and Edith Cowan University compared the structure of ovine molar teeth, collected postmortem from an adult sheep, to human molar teeth extracted from three patients aged 20–30 years of age.
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Water fluoridation: Safety, effectiveness and value in oral healthcare
Oral Health Group
Community water fluoridation (CWF) and other fluoride modalities historically have been and remains the cornerstone for the prevention and control of dental caries. There is extensive evidence on the efficacy and costeffectiveness of these interventions as well as assessments of the risks associated with fluoride ingestion. In 2006 the National Research Council identified severe fluorosis as the only documented health effect of fluoride at 2 - 4 mg/L in drinking water. Concentrations recommended for CWF and current dosage schedules for other modalities ensure safety.
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Study: Tooth decay may have detrimental effect on child's quality of life and success in life
News-Medical
Dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay, is the single most common chronic childhood disease. In fact, it is an infectious disease. Mothers with cavities can transmit caries-producing oral bacteria to their babies when they clean pacifiers by sticking them in their own mouths or by sharing spoons. According to Liliana Rozo, D.D.S., assistant profesor, University of Louisville School of Dentistry, tooth decay can have a detrimental effect on a child's quality of life, performance in school and success in life. The disease can cause pain, inability to chew food well, embarrassment about discolored or damaged teeth, and distraction from play and learning.
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Can mouthguards really prevent concussions?
Dr.Bicuspid.com
To answer the question posed in the title, to be perfectly blunt — no, they can't. The truth is that the whole notion of mouthguards protecting your head is just that — a notion.

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ASD has gone 'hi-tech'
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"Ain't nobody got time fo dat!" We live in a high paced, information based society and we want this information at our fingertips. ASD's evolving website is exactly that.

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A sports fan spectacular
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Dr. Xavier J. Gutierrez recounts his experiences in St. Louis, a trip he won at the ASD Convention.

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New niche for 3-D printers in dentistry
The Times of Israel
One growth area for the technology is digital dentistry, where dentists use 3-D printers to produce models, dentures, braces, and implants, while foregoing the gooey pastes and gels that are traditionally used to make them. One of the earliest adopters of digital dentistry was 3-D printing giant Stratasys, which in 2012 merged with Israel’s Objet 3D, another major manufacturer of 3-D printers. Both companies had already developed printers geared to the dental market, and after the merger, Stratasys headquartered its digital dentistry division in Israel.
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Mouthguards are mandatory for good oral health
CNW
Is there such a thing as too much dental protection? Not according to the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), which urges parents and caregivers to ensure their children wear properly fitted mouthguards for a wide range of activities, from hockey and tobogganing, to football and rugby. You may think that full face and head protection, such as hockey masks and helmets, offer enough protection. You may also think that recreational activities such as skating present a lower risk for dental injuries. Think again. "It is possible to incur dental trauma to teeth, jaws and the temporomandibular joint by getting hit or falling on the chin or jaw," says Dr. Rick Caldwell.
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Where should you look for the funding you need?
DrBicuspid.com
If you underfund your company, you're merely delaying the inevitable bankruptcy of your business, whether a dental practice, dental lab, or another company. I have witnessed this shortcoming in multiple industries, and it is not a pretty sight. Being stiffed on a job, being shorted by a bank, and facing liquidation and bankruptcy are not unique to any particular industry. The following is a dental lab company's recent experience, and an even more recent dental practice oversight. How wonderful it must have seemed to have been the lab of choice of a major retail dental chain stretching across 25 states and hundreds of practices.
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Keep that smile on, the tooth ache away
The New Indian Express
If our face is an index of the mind, our oral health is an indicator of our overall health, say city dentists. The ability to chew well and the confidence of a bright smile is totally dependent on the condition of the mouth. Dr Reshma, dental surgeon and assistant general manager, Axiss Dental - South, rues that a regular dental checkup is often neglected by many, but it is important to have one every six months. “It helps us diagnose problems that may be in the initial stage and hence proves to be cost effective as well. Kids below the age of six require preventive and sometimes temporary curative treatment to save their milk teeth. From then on, till they turn 16, they need preventive treatment,” she said.
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Futuredontics explores most popular dental marketing methods
Dentistry IQ
With the evolving marketing landscape, it's becoming a more common question among dentists and dental staff members every single day. "What are the best marketing methods for our practice?" Futuredontics, parent company of 1-800-DENTIST, has released a new whitepaper, “Marketing Best Practices: A Guide for Modern Dental Practices.” The report analyzes the most popular marketing methods used by dental practices, and outlines how to determine which strategies are working for the practice and which should be reevaluated.
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Byproducts of gum disease bacteria can incite oral cancer growth
Dr.Bicuspid.com
Byproducts in the form of small-chain fatty acids from two bacteria prevalent in periodontal disease incite the growth of deadly Kaposi's sarcoma (KS)-related oral lesions and tumors, according to a new study by researchers from Case Western Reserve University. The discovery could lead to early saliva testing for the bacteria, which, if found, could be treated and monitored for signs of cancer and before a malignancy develops, according to the researchers.
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