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Dental professional at risk for hearing loss
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Most individuals would not consider a dental office to be a place where noise is a problem, but the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prescribes that any workers exposed to noise levels in excess of 85 decibels are at risk. The exposure to continuous high frequencies from a dental drill can degrade one’s hearing. According to the experts, dental professionals should use protective hearing devices. Other professions that carry risk for hearing impairment are aviation, construction and anything that involves the use of firing guns, such as military and law enforcement careers. According to the National Institute of Deafness, 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss and those exposed to loud and high frequency noises are most at risk. More



Survey reveals trends in dental self-treatment
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A recent survey of more than 300 dentists belonging to the Chicago Dental Association found that nearly 70 percent of the professionals had treated patients who attempted to solve their own dental emergencies at home before seeking help. The poll showed that the most common home treatment involved Super Glue as a solution for broken dental fixtures such as crowns and dentures. More

Can gum disease actually kill you?
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Gingivitis isn't something most of us spend much time thinking about. We dutifully sit through lectures to floss during our routine dental cleaning — it's not like we have much choice, given the sharp metal bits they have stuck in our mouths. But do we really care? It's not like gum disease is going to kill us, right? Maybe it will. More

Cheap dental care in Mexico draws visitors from US, Canada
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"Hey, meester! Do you need a good dentist?" Walking through the streets of this sun-drenched Mexican town is a bit like walking through a carnival midway. Hucksters are everywhere hawking their wares in full voice. They're pitching bargain-priced pharmaceuticals like Viagra and Zantac and low-cost eyeglasses and everything else from hats to holsters, but the competition is fiercest over dental services. This border town in the northern Mexican state of Baja, Calif., is touted as having the highest number of dentists per capita in the world. Locals say during the peak winter season when the town population swells from 4,000 to about 8,000 residents, as many as 350 dentists ply their trade out of more than 200 clinics. More

Mark your calendar! Registration opens April 6, 2011

The 2011 ADAA Annual Session will meet in conjunction with the ADA! Join together with leaders in dental practice, research, academics and industry and choose from among more than 260 continuing education courses over four days.

2011 ADA Annual Session Dates:
Scientific Program: Monday, Oct. 10 - Thursday, Oct. 13
World Marketplace Exhibition: Monday, Oct. 10 - Wednesday, Oct. 12



Dry copper kills bacteria on contact
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Metallic copper surfaces kill microbes on contact, decimating their populations, according to a paper in the February 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. They do so literally in minutes, by causing massive membrane damage after about a minute's exposure, says the study's corresponding author, Gregor Grass of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. More

Baby teeth important to overall dental health
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Baby bottle tooth decay, also known as baby bottle caries, is tooth decay of the baby teeth, which is sometimes seen in infants, toddlers and young children. It usually is caused when sweetened liquids are left on the teeth for too long, such as when a baby is put to sleep with a bottle. The sugars in the liquids are broken down by normal bacteria in the mouth and cause cavities in the teeth. Usually, the top front teeth become decayed, but baby bottle tooth decay also can affect other teeth. Regular and prolonged use of sippy cups also can cause this problem. More

Despite research on gum disease prevention, treatment is
still a priority

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In spite of encouraging news about a link between gum disease prevention and the intake of omega-3s that was published recently in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Dr. Alex Farnoosh says the priority at his practice remains gum disease treatment. Farnoosh is passionate about the science of dental care. As a cosmetic dentist and periodontist, his focus is on improving aesthetics and protecting health. More


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