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Sports denistry in education
ASD
The future of sports dentistry is in the hands of our young clinicians. Are they being educated and trained in sharing the benefits of athletic mouth guards to our athletes? Are these young clinicians even interested in knowing about this specialty field? My answer to these questions, is a resounding "yes".
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Study: Girls suffer worse concussions
The Associated Press via CBS News
Girls who suffer a concussion may have more severe symptoms that last longer compared to boys, according to new research that builds on other studies finding gender differences.
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Good teeth may help sporting success
BBC News
The Oral Health and Performance in Sport conference in London heard that athletes' oral health was often bad and could impair training and performance. At the pinnacle of elite sport, the difference between winning and losing is tiny, so even marginal improvements can make a crucial difference. Doctors for Team Great Britain's boxing squad are already trying to improve oral health. A study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, showed a fifth of athletes said their oral health damaged their training and performance for the Games.
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High-tech teeth: Dentistry is going digital
USA Today via KING-TV
Suffer a cracked or broken tooth and your dentist is likely to recommend a crown, a custom-fitted cap to cover it and restore the tooth's shape, strength and appearance. Traditionally that meant having a model of the tooth and surrounding area made using a mold, sending the impression to a dental laboratory to make the crown, having a temporary restoration put in place, waiting a week or more for the finished crown to be sent back to the dentist's office and returning for a second visit where the temporary is removed and the new crown is cemented into place. In the last several years, however, an increasing number of dentists have embraced a quicker option. Using computer aided design and manufacturing technologies, many have begun making crowns in one office visit while the patient waits.
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Sports denistry in education
ASD
The future of sports dentistry is in the hands of our young clinicians. Are they being educated and trained in sharing the benefits of athletic mouth guards to our athletes? Are these young clinicians even interested in knowing about this specialty field? My answer to these questions, is a resounding "yes".

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April is National Facial Protection Month
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Five of the nation's top dental associations want to remind young athletes to play it safe by wearing a mouth guard during recreational and organized sports this spring. Research estimates that about 2 percent of all children or adolescents who participate in sports eventually will suffer a facial injury severe enough to require medical attention.

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A season in the life of an NBA team dentist
By Edward R. Bick, DDS, PA
Dr. Edward Bick writes, "As a professional sports team dentist, there are two requirements I think are critical: communication skills and flexibility. Being a professional team dentist isn't all fun and games — pun intended. I make myself available whenever needed — regular office hours don't apply. For my situation, this also means being present at all home games or making arrangements for someone else to be there."

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A 3-D scanner that makes helmets custom-moulded to your head
Gizmodo
VideoBrief It's not hard to find an awesome looking helmet for your adrenaline-fuelled hobbies. The trick is finding one that fits correctly. For decades, that's meant buying a standard size lid and rearranging the padding to conform to your noggin. Recently, reporter Robert Sorokanich got to try out a much better way.
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New law means new standards for mobile dentistry
The Associated Press via WLUC-TV
Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law he says will help increase the standards of care for mobile dental facilities. The law requires mobile dental units to get permits from the Department of Community Health and gives the department more authority to oversee them. It requires specific equipment and also requires that patients be referred to local dentists if more treatment is needed.
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What the health of teeth, gums has to do with the health of your heart
The Huffington Post
A new study provides further evidence of the link between oral health and heart health. Researchers found an association between periodontal disease — including gum bleeding and tooth loss — and heart risk factors, including large waist circumference and high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
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Marketing with postcards: Part I
By Jeffrey Dobkin
How can you stay in your customers' minds? It's easy with a few postcards. Mail postcards to prospects and customers every few weeks, and they'll think of you first when they need something. They'll pick up the phone and call you first when they're ready to buy. Postcards are cheap, easy, hard-working marketing tools, and here's why.
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Recalling when the NFL made helmets mandatory
NBC Sports
Seventy-one years ago the NFL made two key rule changes. One change, according to the league's Record and Fact Book, was to allow teams to freely substitute players. However, the rule was repealed in 1946 and wasn't brought back until 1949. The second key regulation, according to the Record and Fact Book and the New York Times, was to make helmets compulsory for all players.This rule, of course, has stuck. The materials have changed over the years, from leather to plastic to polycarbonate. And it's probably safe to assume that today's helmets will continue to be tweaked with the goal of best protecting the participants in a very physical sport.
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Dual anesthetics preferred by most US dentist anesthesiologists
Dentistry iQ
Anesthesia is commonly used by dentists when they want to ensure young patients remain calm during an operation and feel as little pain as possible afterward. Dentist anesthesiologists may use either general or local anesthesia but some choose to use both with children, despite conflicting research on the combined approach. The current issue of the journal Anesthesia Progress reports on a survey given to members of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists. It asked about anesthesia choices for young patients and reasons for supplementing general anesthesia with local anesthesia.
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