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Concussions among youth athletes getting serious look
CBS News
Varsity lineman Tom Cutinella took a hard hit during an afternoon game. The 16-year-old underwent emergency surgery, but doctors were unable to save him. Deaths among the nation's estimated 1 million high school football players are rare. Cutinella was the third this year, all within a week. Last season nationwide, six high school players died of head trauma.
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Canadian district goes to school on concussions
The New York Times
For decades, schools across North America have taught about public health issues like the dangers of tobacco and drug abuse. But this academic year in one large Ontario school district, students are learning about a newly identified public health concern: concussions. Last month, the Halton District School Board, near Toronto, started immersing its more than 4,000 ninth graders in a detailed course on concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. It is believed to be the first course of its kind to be taught across an entire school district in Canada or the United States.
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Severe periodontitis: 6th most prevalent health condition in the world
International & American Associations for Dental Research via ScienceDaily
There is an enormous public health challenge posed by severe periodontitis. In 2010, severe periodontitis was the sixth most prevalent condition in the world affecting 743 million people worldwide. Between 1990 and 2010, the global age-standardized prevalence of severe periodontitis was static at 11.2 percent.
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Compare your dental practice collections with national averages
By Jill Nesbitt
It takes constant work to keep your aging accounts under control. The measure of your success is your aging report. Take a look at your aging report in your dental software. Find the report that shows you the percentage breakdown for each category: current, over 30 days, over 60 days, over 90 days. What are your percentages for each category? How does your office compare with the national averages? The key is setting up a system for what communication you are going to tackle with patients who have a balance.
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Concussions among youth athletes getting serious look
CBS News
Varsity lineman Tom Cutinella took a hard hit during an afternoon game. The 16-year-old underwent emergency surgery, but doctors were unable to save him. Deaths among the nation's estimated 1 million high school football players are rare. Cutinella was the third this year, all within a week. Last season nationwide, six high school players died of head trauma.

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3 easy ways to create a more effective dental team
Dentistry IQ
While staff members do make mistakes and perform below expectations at times, dentists must realize that they — as the leaders of their practices and their teams — are ultimately responsible for what occurs in the office. If the team isn't performing well, have they received proper training? Does the practice have documented step-by-step protocols? Has the dentist provided every staff member with a written job description detailing responsibilities and duties?

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Helmet sensors may detect concussions in football players
Today Show
Football season has begun this year amid a striking estimate from the NFL: Nearly three in 10 retired players will develop debilitating brain conditions like Alzheimer's disease or dementia. The concern of the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury has reached the high school and pee wee levels, where young players are especially vulnerable.

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States move to protect high school athletes from concussions, heat stroke
The Washington Post
When Georgia public high schools were asked five years ago to devise a policy to govern sports activities during periods of high heat and humidity, one school's proposal stood out: It pledged to scale back workouts when the heat index reached 140. Those who understood the heat index, a formula that uses air temperature and humidity to calculate how hot it feels, weren't sure whether to be appalled or amused. "If you hit a heat index of 140," said Bud Cooper, a sports medicine researcher at the University of Georgia who examined all the proposed policies, "you'd basically be sitting in the Sahara Desert."
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LSU using mouthguards that register impact of head hits
Montgomery Adviser
The Michigan coaches didn't initially see quarterback Shane Morris get his bell rung to the point of sustaining a concussion, but i1 Biometrics has created a way to alert teams how severe their players are hit. The Kirkland, Washington-based company has the Vector mouthguard designed to detect how hard a player was hit and where he was hit in real time. The information is sent from the computer chip in the mouthguard to a computer and the athletic trainer's smartphone.
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Is exercise bad for your teeth?
The New York Times
Vigorous exercise is good for almost all of the body — except perhaps the teeth, according to a surprising new study of athletes. The study, published in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, found that heavy training may contribute to dental problems in unexpected ways. There have been hints in the past that athletes could have a heightened risk for cavities and other oral issues.
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How long does the average person brush? Check out this infographic
Dentistry IQ
Have you ever stopped to add up how many hours in a lifetime dental professionals recommend that their patients brush? Probably not. Jefferson Dental Clinics took the time to do a little math, and the results may surprise you — or not. With a 79-year average life span brushing at four minutes per day, that comes to 1,440 minutes per year, or one day per year of brushing, which is 79 days throughout a person's lifetime. Sounds pretty reasonable.
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6 Yelp survival skills every dentist should know
Modern Practice
Dr. Johnson is a dentist in Philadelphia who has been practicing for more than 30 years. He has treated thousands of patients over his career. One day in 2013, he Googled himself, and to his dismay, only one person had left him a review on Yelp. The review was written two years ago. It was negative, and he suspected it was written by a former employee.
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New government regulation eyes mercury disposal by dental offices
Dental Tribune International
Despite its known negative effects on the environment, tons of mercury derived from removed amalgam dental fillings end up in public wastewater systems in the U.S. each year. New rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency aim to reduce the threats posed by improper waste disposal by making it mandatory for dentists nationwide to employ amalgam separators, among other measures.
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