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Health Canada grants B.C. company licensing approval to tout benefits of probiotic-loaded chewing gum
Vancouver Sun
Should you chew gum containing good germs to fight off the bad ones? That's the idea behind a Vancouver company's probiotic gum. When I wrote about the Canadian chewing gum product containing antibacterial properties four years ago, it was a novel idea worthy of a story. Unlike some other trendy "natural products" which fade into oblivion, Cultured Care Probiotic Gum has had sustained success in its niche market.
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Flavoured smokes attracting kids
Chronicle Herald
Among Canadian teens who report using tobacco, more than half are opting for products infused with such flavours as bubble-gum, cherry or watermelon, a study has found. The University of Waterloo study, published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control journal Preventing Chronic Disease, is based on the 2010-2011 Youth Smoking Survey of Grade 9-12 students from across Canada.
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Pack more pay into your dental assistant paycheque
Dentistry IQ
Do you ever wish for more rewards from your career in dentistry? The good news is that there is huge potential in expanding your career and adding value to your patients and practice. You may have come across conversations that discuss compensation on many dental assisting forums and Facebook page. However, one surprising fact is that many team members rate appreciation from their boss as the No. 1 criteria in job satisfaction.
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Does running lead to worse oral health?
Runner's World
New research shows that carbs, altered saliva flow can harm teeth. Aside from overuse injuries and skin cancer, runners score well on most measures of good health. But another red flag has been raised by new research: runners may suffer higher risks of tooth erosion and cavities.
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Meet some inspiring women in dentistry
Dentistry IQ
I recently had the opportunity to attend the second Annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration by Benco Dental in Orlando, FL. For those of you who do not know about Lucy Hobbs, she was the first woman to become a licensed dentist in 1866. Dr. Hobbs had been denied entrance to dental school because of her gender.

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Shifts in the composition of the oral microbiome may be promoters or causes of oral cancer
Medical News Today
Each year, approximately 22,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. The five-year survival rate of 40 per cent in the U.S. is one of the lowest of the major cancers, and it has not improved in the past 40 years.

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Exposing fears about dental radiation
Inside Dental Assisting
Although natural background radiation has surrounded us since birth, your patients — prompted by consumer news — have a real concern about the exposure. Modern dentistry uses a form of radiation to help make their lives better and healthier but needs to keep the risk-benefit balance in check.

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Cut sugar to just 4 teaspoons a day
Daily Mail
Dentists are calling for a dramatic reduction of around 75 per cent in daily sugar consumption to save the nation's teeth. Experts at University College London say consumption of added sugar in treats like sweets, cakes, chocolate and fizzy drinks should be cut to around four teaspoons a day.
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Flexible, medical-grade silicone rubber floss introduced
Dentistry IQ
Flexi Floss has unveiled a flexible, medical-grade silicone rubber floss that is suitable for all ages. Gummy Floss is a dental hygiene device that is custom designed with comfort and hygiene in mind to overcome the challenges of acquiring and maintaining good oral hygiene habits. The product helps make flossing fun, pain-free, and comfortable.
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