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CDC issues advisory on soaring, deadly C. difficile infections
American Dental Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While several other healthcare associated infections rates are in decline, potentially fatal infections of Clostridium difficile, or C. difficile, not only persist but have climbed in the last decade, according to the Centers from Disease Control, which recently issued a call to action on preventive measures. The CDC is urging workers in healthcare settings to take stringent precautions to prevent these types of infections, which are linked to about 14,000 American deaths annually. More

Phobia makes women dodge dentist
From: The Daily Telegraph    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Visiting a dentist is enough to make most people's palms a little sweaty, let alone the bill at the end which leaves you weak at the knees. But for some it is a genuine and debilitating phobia. Research has found women in their 40s are more likely to suffer dental anxiety and phobia than any other age group. More

Ergonomic guidelines to prevent pain and extend your career
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This article, (originally published in April 2011) focuses on ergonomic positioning strategies for both the patient and dental assistant, as well as proper selection and adjustment of ergonomic equipment. Following are some positioning "gems" from the lecture to help you work more productively and comfortably. More

Acid reflux from chronic heartburn may damage teeth
HealthDay News via U.S.News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you have chronic heartburn, it's not only your esophagus that you should be worried about. New research reveals how the condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, can severely damage your teeth thanks to an influx of acid into the mouth. The study, which followed patients over six months, found that almost half of those with the condition suffered much worse tooth wear and erosion than healthy people. The disease can ultimately lead to thin, sharp and pitted teeth. More

12 truths of patient satisfaction
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Patient satisfaction is a combination of both clinical quality and customer service quality. Patients do not care how wonderful the crown margin is if they have been treated rudely by staff members, have not been informed about the fees, have been kept waiting, or hurt. Patient satisfaction is a complex mixture of patients’ past experiences (good and bad) as well as their personal needs and values. 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. more

New app uses animation to teach kids how to properly brush and floss
Marketwire via Dentistry IQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Orca Health announced its KidsDental app for iPad is now available on the Apple App Store. The KidsDental App is divided into four sections designed to teach young users about basic tooth care. More

Orthodontic wonders: Dental braces for adults
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Orthodontists can do wonders not just for children and teens. Adults who need to improve their teeth can rely on their services, too. There are kinds of dental braces ideal for adults that can help them acquire better teeth alignment. Some adults tend to refuse using braces because of the embarrassment they might face. More

Cow tissue to help end tooth sensitivity?
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Doctors have found a permanent solution for people suffering from nerve-jangling tooth sensitivity due to receding gums — a patch made from cow heart tissue. More than half of all adults in the U.K. are thought to be affected by receding gums, also known as gingival recession, which is caused by aging, gum disease, teeth grinding and over-brushing. More

Preschoolers in surgery for a mouthful of cavities
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The number of preschoolers requiring extensive dental work suggests that many other parents make the same mistake. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted an increase, the first in 40 years, in the number of preschoolers with cavities in a study five years ago. But dentists nationwide say they are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with six to 10 cavities or more. More

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