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Advances in pain management help patients overcome fear of dentist
Las Vegas Review-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Patty Peterson considers herself someone who has "a pretty high pain threshold." Yet for most of her life, Peterson, 54, went to the dentist only as a last resort. "I'd wait until something hurt, and then I'd go," she says. She recalls nothing in particular that led to her longtime pattern of dental avoidance, "other than for the time they tried to give me an injection in the middle of the roof of my mouth. I remember that. I really wanted to punch the dentist." More



OMG! Are you texting behind your patient's back?
Dentistry IQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Dangers of multitasking" was the subject line of an e-newsletter I subscribe to, writes Kristine Hodsdon, RDH. What a surprise it was to read that distracted driving causes 8,000 car crashes daily, and more than 5,000 deaths and 400,000 injuries every year. ... Then, I received the Harvard Health Blog, which featured an article titled, "Multitasking — a medical and mental hazard." More

Radiation dose linked to periodontitis after radiotherapy
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Radiation dose can influence the development of apical periodontitis in patients undergoing radiotherapy for cancer, according to a study in Clinical Oral Investigations. Researchers from Ghent University analyzed the effect of the radiation dose of oral radiotherapy for cancer on the presence of apical periodontitis in 36 patients without dental prescreening or specific preventive measures. More

Creating proper space in the esthetic zone
Inside Dentistry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the consultation appointment for esthetic treatment, the assessment is divided into a conventional evaluation through radiographs, photographs, diagnostic models, and a smile analysis focusing on the patient’s esthetic requests. The clinician’s ultimate goal is to give the patient a brilliant smile by creating an esthetic arrangement with proper proportion in relation to the face. For this reason, the clinician must follow a systematic approach to predictably manage patients seeking esthetic treatment. More

Genetic variation revealed that raises a risk linked to bisphosphonates
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Researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have identified a genetic variation that raises the risk of developing serious necrotic jaw bone lesions in patients who take bisphosphonates, a common class of osteoclastic inhibitors. The discovery paves the way for a genetic screening test to determine who can safely take these drugs. More

New Innovative Oral Health Rinse
Sunstar Americas introduces G•U•M PerioShield Oral Health Rinse – a new and innovative aid for the prevention and treatment of gingivitis. Clinically proven proprietary ingredient delmopinol 0.2% has a unique mechanism of action which disrupts current plaque and helps to prevent new build-up by forming a protective shield on the teeth and gums. perioshield.gumbrand.com more


Dental health: A window to overall well-being
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Still not convinced that dental health is something that should be a priority? Some people may be surprised to learn that even seemingly simple oral health issues can be signs of something more serious. More

New report identifies key elements for improving oral health quality
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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which in recent years has supported mid-level dental providers in the United States, suggestions to make dentistry "similarly accountable" as other healthcare professions, as well as ensuring "quality improvement" in the profession through "data collection" and "new ways of delivering oral healthcare." The Kellogg Foundation teamed up with DentaQuest Institute to suggest steps such as increased emphasis on electronic health records, further development of diagnostic coding systems, innovative payment and "incentive" mechanisms based on demographics, use of telehealth technologies in rural areas, and the delivery of care in nontraditional settings that would involve new types of allied dental professionals. More

8 tips for creating an outstanding team
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One of the most important elements in creating an outstanding dental practice is leadership. Without it, the practice lacks a strong culture, motivation, and dedication, all of which will ultimately affect the bottom line of the business. Bringing out the greatness in people can be achieved ... if a leader is creative and committed. More

Antimicrobial scrubs help reduce bacterial burden
Dr. Bicuspid    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The use of antimicrobial impregnated scrubs combined with good hand hygiene is effective in reducing the burden of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on healthcare workers' apparel and may potentially play a role in decreasing the risk of MRSA transmission to patients, according to a new study from Virginia Commonwealth University researchers. More

Is oral sex to blame for the surge in cancer of the mouth and throat?
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Earlier this month, the American Cancer Society released its annual Cancer Facts & Figures. The 2012 report includes some encouraging facts. Since 1990, the incidence of some common tumors including lung, colon and prostate cancer has declined. Meanwhile, the rate of seven malignancies, like those of the lower mouth and throat linked to human papillomavirus, is increasing. The cause of this trend, which many assume is linked to people engaging in more oral sex, is not as straightforward as you might think. More

Report cites quality improvement efforts, opportunities
American Dental Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Quality improvement efforts in organized dentistry and throughout the healthcare system offer opportunities to increase access to care and "improve and maintain the oral health of the U.S. population," says a report funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and DentaQuest Institute and intended to advance the national health policy dialogue. Although quality improvement in oral health lags behind similar efforts for overall health, these efforts are intensifying, says the report, Oral Health Quality Improvement in the Era of Accountability. More
 
 

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