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Dealing with the nightly grind
The New York Times    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nine months ago, Alan Beck, 63, who owns a New Jersey-based cosmetics company, started having toothaches but did not go to the dentist. "I used to provide dental insurance for 33 people — now I don’t have it myself," he said. When it felt as if he needed a root canal, he visited Dr. Irwin Smigel of Manhattan. "He said, 'Are you sleeping?' " Beck recalled. 'I said, 'Not very well,' " 'Headaches?' Yes. 'Does your mouth hurt?' Yes.' Do you bite your tongue?' As a matter of fact, I do. He said, 'You don't need a root canal, you need a night guard — you're grinding.' I had no clue. When I was under pressure before, my legs would tense up in the middle of the night. Never this." For Smigel, the president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, it’s the signature diagnosis of the Great Recession: middle-aged men grinding. More

Psychosocial problems are common in children with dental fear
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Children and adolescents with severe dental fear often come from families with a turbulent background. It is also more common that they have had counseling contact with a psychologist. These are the conclusions of research carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. More

Minimizing injection pain and stress
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Statistics tell us that only 50 percent of the U.S. population visits a dentist on a regular basis. The other 50 percent need dental care but are fearful of the dental experience. These statistics were published by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. One major association people have with pain in the dental office is the fear of injections. More

ADA seeks repeal of antitrust exemption
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The American Dental Association urged repeal of the health insurance antitrust exemption as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to vote on a measure that two freshmen members say would "end special treatment for the insurance industry." House leaders responded quickly to the offer of Reps. Betsy Markey, D-Colo., and Tom Perriello, D-Va., to pick up where the stalled health care reform effort left off by introducing legislation to repeal the 64-year insurance exemption from antitrust laws under the McCarran-Ferguson Act. Theirs was the first attempt to revive a piece of the health care reform package, and they described repeal as "a common priority." More

CDC updates H1N1-related estimates
Infection Control Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated estimates of 2009 H1N1 cases and related hospitalizations and deaths from April 2009 through Jan. 16, 2010. The CDC estimates that between 41 million and 84 million cases of 2009 H1N1 occurred between April 2009 and Jan. 16, 2010. The mid-level in this range is about 57 million people infected with 2009 H1N1. More

Patient retention in a tough economy
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It is now clear that we are in the midst of a prolonged period of economic hardship. Consumers are cutting spending on everything from luxury items to necessities such as health care. In this environment, it is harder for dental offices to attract quality new patients. The importance of patient retention and patient motivation is increasingly paramount for the health of your practice. More
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EvoraPlus probiotic oral care product by Oragenics, Inc. launches in Walgreens
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Walgreens, the country's largest drug store chain, will offer EvoraPlus(TM), the groundbreaking oral care probiotic mint from Florida-based biotechnology company Oragenics, Inc. chain-wide beginning March 19. The introduction of EvoraPlus(TM) into Walgreens' retail locations follows the successful launch of the innovative oral care product on the retailer's Web site www.walgreens.com. More

Photodynamic therapy linked to oral cancer benefit
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Photodynamic therapy appears useful in treating early-stage cancer of the mouth or oropharynx, either as a primary treatment or as an addition to unsuccessful surgery or radiation, according to research published in the January issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Vanessa Gayl Schweitzer, M.D., and Melissa L. Somers, M.D., of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, discuss the outcomes of 30 patients with squamous cell carcinoma, stage Tis-T2N0M0, in the mouth or oropharynx. Most had undergone prior surgery or radiation, in combination or alone. All received intravenous porfimer sodium followed by photoactivation. More

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