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Sporting mouthguards: Preventing sports-induced orofacial injuries
AGD Impact
School and community sports provide lifelong benefits for athletes, offering them the opportunity to achieve physical fitness and improve their overall health. However, many of these high-impact activities, such as football, soccer, ice hockey, wrestling, boxing and lacrosse, pose serious health risks as well. Impact during these sports can lead to chipped or lost teeth, facial lacerations, broken bones and other injuries.
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Health authorities offer Ebola guidance for dentists
American Dental Association
The ADA remains in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention regarding Ebola and is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information for dental professionals on this evolving issue.
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Football players at Florida high school to wear concussion sensors
USA Today High School Sports
The Lakewood Spartans took the field recently wearing one more layer of safety equipment that fans didn't even know is there. Eleven players will now have ShockBox concussion sensors installed in their helmets to help trainers monitor dangerous hits on the field. Each sensor costs $178 but the ones Lakewood is using were given to the school to use for free on an experimental basis. The sensors are installed under the interior padding near the crown of the helmet.
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ADA 2014 highlights for dental offices
By Jill Nesbitt
After attending the recent American Dental Association conference in San Antonio, here are a few things I learned that those who work in dental offices might find helpful. During my trip to ADA 2014, the group practice I work with asked me to get quotes for some equipment. I was shopping for a panoramic X-ray machine and a portable nitrous unit. So I visited several equipment booths and requested quotes.
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When should high school athletes return to action after concussion?
The Kansas City Star
The attention given to concussions has never been more intense. It has prompted coaches, parents, schools, legislatures — everyone — to be hypersensitive to head injuries and their symptoms. A step in the right direction. But it's the next step — the aftermath of the initial diagnosis — that still lacks a precise medical standard.

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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?

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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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Brush like your life depends on it
Dentistry IQ
Edentulous individuals do not have to worry about oral-systemic interconnections: fact or fiction? Since there are no teeth, periodontal disease cannot possibly develop; therefore oral-systemic links cannot develop by that mechanism. There are, however, the direct effects of periodontal pathogens on the vasculature. But without teeth and the subgingival environment around them, can anaerobic bacteria exist and thrive in the mouth?
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Athletes' poor oral health results from diet, eating disorders, sports drinks
Medical Daily
Recent evidence has shown that changes in saliva caused by exercise can lead to poor dental health in the form of tooth decay, cavities and even gum disease. Dental health, sport and exercise medicine experts from the United Kingdom and North America have released The Consensus Statement to shed light on poor dental health among athletes and how it is impacted by training and performance.
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When should high school athletes return to action after concussion?
The Kansas City Star
The attention given to concussions has never been more intense. It has prompted coaches, parents, schools, legislatures — everyone — to be hypersensitive to head injuries and their symptoms. A step in the right direction. But it's the next step — the aftermath of the initial diagnosis — that still lacks a precise medical standard.
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Top 9 mistakes made by dental practice owners
Dentistry IQ
Morning huddles are the most important communication of the day. This 10- to 15-minute meeting will set the tone for the day. The meeting should be facilitated by the doctor or scheduling coordinator and should review the schedule for the day; determine where emergency patients should be placed on the schedule; discuss goals for the day and month; review the prior day and discuss any issues that need to be resolved; and discuss any housekeeping issues that can't wait until the next meeting.
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Understand risks of concussions in youth sports
Asbury Park Press
The beginning of October was tragic, when three high school football players in different states suddenly died in football-related events. None of the accounts have publicized an exact physical cause of death, but head injuries are always suspected. The deaths compound the controversial topic of concussions in youth sports, especially since a study last year by the Institute of Medicine found that high school football players are twice as likely to suffer concussions than even those in college.
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Just like your pets, dental patients need training for your practice to flourish
Dental Practice Management
Do you dream of a practice where patients pay their portion prior to treatment or on the day of service? Do you dream of having that perfect schedule where patients keep their appointments? Do you dream of never having to make another confirmation call again? Do you dream of having the new patient information forms before the patient walks through the door? Whatever your dream is in your practice, you can create it.
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