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Helping in Haiti
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In the wake of the devastating earthquake that occurred Jan. 12 in Haiti, the ADA Division of Global Affairs and the ADA Foundation are assisting member dentists and other individuals and organizations who want to make a financial contribution toward relief efforts or volunteer their services at the disaster site. "The ADA Division of Global Affairs is already working with major nongovernmental dental organizations that work in Haiti to respond to the disaster with both short-term assistance to meet immediate needs of victims as well as long-term recovery plans that will be developed to help rebuild dental infrastructure in Haiti," said Dr. Ron Tankersley, ADA president. More

DNA-PCR tests
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DNA-PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, developed by an American biochemist in 1983, are not new to the medical community, and are making impressive inroads into the field of dentistry. For the first time, dental professionals have the opportunity to use science at the DNA level to significantly improve the quality of care we provide for our patients. The overall impact will be profound. Salivary DNA-PCR test results will provide us with a comprehensive view of our patients' periodontal status and the particular bacteria behind each case. More


Environdent helps recycle 10,000 pounds of dental instruments in 2009
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Hu-Friedy customers recycled enough dental instruments in 2009 to equal the weight of two mid-size cars by participating in Hu-Friedy's Environdent Instrument Recycling Program. Environdent allows customers to receive value for used, broken, and retipped instruments while keeping practices "green" by reducing the amount of instruments sent to landfills as waste. Instead, instruments are sent to metal scrap recyclers which use them for non-medical applications. More


Study: One in four patients have lost bone around their implants
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Bone loss around dental implants is far more common than previously realized, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Around a quarter of patients loose some degree of supporting bone around their implants. The study analyzed X-rays of over 600 patients. The more implants a patient had in the jaw, the more common it was to find loss of supporting bone. More


ADA joins coalition opposing health benefits tax
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The American Dental Association joined dental,labor and benefits groups urging Congress to eliminate or modify substantially an "unfair and punitive" benefits tax before sending a health care reform bill to the White House. ADA policy opposes taxation of employer-provided benefits. More


Teeth braces back in fashion as adults seek Hollywood smile
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They have long been the focus of cruel playground taunts for self-conscious youngsters — but dental braces may finally be coming into vogue. A survey for the British Lingual Orthodontic Society found one-in-five adults now believes they need braces as the Hollywood trend for straight, white teeth shows no sign of abating. More


Dental enamel: Ways to give it a boost
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Tooth enamel is tough, harder even than skeletal bone. But even with good dental hygiene, the enamel protecting teeth may show signs of decay in older adults. The January issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers what to look out for and what to do to promote an enamel-friendly setting in the mouth. According to the newsletter, two significant contributors to tooth decay are too little saliva and inadequate fluoride. More

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