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More action needed for seniors' oral health
Huffington Post
Roughly 75 million Americans are considered to be the generation known as Baby Boomers, or those who were born between 1946 and 1964. This large portion of the population may have reinvented retirement and created a unique community for themselves, but they also have trouble with their oral health. According to a recent study by Procter & Gamble, Baby Boomers' dental health isn't up to par, creating other health issues throughout the body. Senior oral health is important to maintain because bacteria can build up and cause tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease.
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Mobile dental clinic helps life in High River get back to normal
CBC News
Six dentists from High River have found a way to reach their patients after the flood forced the closure of their clinics. They've set up shop in a retrofitted 38-foot Winnebago on loan from the Alberta Dental Association. While many people try to avoid the dentist at all costs, a visit to the clinic is a welcome piece of normalcy for many in flood-ravaged High River.
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3D imaging improves orofacial pain diagnoses
Dr. Bicuspid
While as many as 50 per cent of elderly people may be affected by orofacial pain, it is often hard to diagnose, noted the study authors, from the College of Dental Medicine at Georgia Regents University. This is because orofacial pain can be attributed to a variety of disorders, including TMD, odontogenic disease, neuralgia, and headaches.
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Why you should become a dental assistant
Dental Assistant Salary
Becoming a dental assistant can be a rewarding career with the opportunity to work with great people. The role of a dental assistant is to help the dentist in any way possible to speed up the dental process as efficiently as possible. A dental assistant is the supporting arms of the dentist and has a number of functions around the office, depending on which state you work in. It usually includes interaction with patients and assisting the dentist in the oral procedure.
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Oral health should not be taken for granted
Windsor Star
Oral health professionals remind people of the importance of visiting the dentist regularly, but the full reasoning is not always explained. Since many people have an intense fear of the dentist, understanding why it's necessary to go on a regular basis may encourage otherwise nervous individuals to make an appointment. Bleeding and tender gums, toothaches, and oral infections, are common problems which are often ignored but can affect a persons quality of life.
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Research into special degradable particles to reduce tooth decay wins venture prize award
Medical News Today
Researchers have developed new degradable particles, about the same size as small holes in teeth, which are designed to enter these holes and physically block and repair decayed teeth.

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6 attributes of a SUPERB front office
Dr. Bicuspid
Anyone who has managed a dental front office knows how hard it can be to find qualified, motivated front-office team members. Applicants typically range from having no previous experience in the dental or customer-service fields to being so overqualified that the only reason they applied was because of the obvious short supply of jobs in the market.

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Going to the dentist with fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue syndrome
About.com
My gums hurt! My jaw, too. I had to go in for a teeth cleaning today, and it was, let's just say, less than pleasant. I know that's fairly common among those of us with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

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University of Buffalo receives $1.2 million grant to train future oral health researchers
Buffalo
The Department of Oral Biology in the School of Dental Medicine has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Grant to allow PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to engage in critical oral health research in areas such as salivary gland physiology and oral infectious diseases. The National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant will provide $1.2 million from July 2013 through June 2018.
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Melatonin may be more effective than Amitriptyline for migraine prevention
TeethRemoval.com
Melatonin is an over the counter supplement and it has shown to be more effective than placebo for migraine prevention. In addition, it has a more favorable adverse effect profile than the tricyclic antidepressant amitriptyline.
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Self-adhesive composites not always ideal sealants
Dr. Bicuspid
Over the past several years, a variety of self-adhesive restoratives have been introduced, and data about their performance for certain indications are still trickling in. Now researchers from the University of Athens School of Dentistry and the Center for Dental Medicine at the University of Zurich have compared two self-adhesive materials versus two sealants to see which of them perform best as pit-and-fissure sealants (Dental Materials, July 2013, Vol. 29:7, pp. 752-762).
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Google says: Not blogging for business is inexcusable
Modern Dental Marketing
In one of Matt Cutts' videos, he literally says that there's no excuse for businesses not having a blog. This can be difficult for dentists to understand, primarily because the purpose of a blog has changed in the past few years. Today, blogs are still "web logs," but they aren't necessary personal journals, breaking news, or how-tos and tips. While all of these subjects can be presented in blogs, the purpose of a blog for marketing a business is status quo in this day and age. Here's why.
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How to keep your schedule full and avoid costly no-shows
By Jan Keller
Other than legitimate last-minute issues, what causes patients to cancel without notice, or no-show altogether? What many practices don't understand is that it is often the absence of "value" placed on the appointment by the patient, leading them to believe "It's no big deal, I can reschedule," or "They'll call me back if I really need the treatment." The end result: frustration for you and your team, and costly holes in what probably started out as a full and profitable schedule.

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Medical billing: Are dentists and hygienists at the tipping point of change?
Dentistry IQ
Oral physicians and oral hygienists are at the tipping point of change. The opportunities for us to provide treatment that helps our patients' overall health are here and expanding rapidly. Dentists and physicians are now able to interact, providing wellness plans for their mutual patients. Setting up communications with a patient's physician is imperative in today's world. These communications provide seamless interactions with regard to medications and changes to health history. It is important for the physician to know if the patient has active periodontal disease and the dentist to know if the patient has systemic problems such as diabetes. The patient will benefit with better treatment.
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