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Almost 100 percent of adults and 60 percent to 90 percent of schoolchildren worldwide suffer from dental caries
DentistryIQ
Oral diseases are among the most common, yet they receive little attention in many countries, especially those with poor health-care systems. FDI World Dental Federation presents the latest findings on oral health on a very special date in the calendar for all dental professionals, World Oral Health Day. This report highlights the main obstacles to achieving universal oral health, a human right, an integral part of general health and essential for the overall well-being of everyone
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How long will dental assistant be expected to carry out extra duties?
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: I am a licensed dental assistant in a small solo practice of a brilliant dentist. He had an unfortunate accident in November 2013. After much searching we found two doctors to help out for compensation. The doctor was to return in April 2014 (on the very outside). But he has now asked me to verify the helping doctors' schedules and ask them to stay on even after our doctor is scheduled to be back because he feels he’s not ready to see patients yet. I do not feel this is in my job description.
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CDC: Antibiotic prescribing putting patients at risk
Inside Dental Assisting
Antibiotics can be lifesaving, but poor prescribing practices put hospital patients at risk for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile. These practices also drive antibiotic resistance, further endangering the future of these miracle drugs and the patients who need them. For some hospital patients, it is already too late. We must change prescribing practices now.
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Anti-fluoride: A frightening trend
Dentistry IQ
The Pacific Northwest has seen a sudden increase in anti-fluoride patients in recent years. Portland, Ore., in particular has become synonymous with this unhealthy movement. Last May, a measure to add fluoride to Portland's city water supply hit voter ballots with considerable turmoil. Needless to say, a large portion of Portland's residents opposed adding fluoride to the local water supply. That didn't surprise long-time residents.
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Progress made in patient privacy, but criminal attacks increasing
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
The number of data breaches has declined slightly over the past year. But the state of patient privacy and data protection is not good, according to the Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security. Data breaches cost healthcare organizations an average of $2 million over a two-year period, according to the survey. This is down from $2.4 million a year ago. While employee negligence is responsible for the largest number of breach incidents, the number of breaches caused by malicious attacks has increased 100 percent over the past four years.
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Genetic signature reveals new way to classify gum disease
ScienceDaily
A new system for classifying periodontal disease has been devised based on the genetic signature of affected tissue, rather than on clinical signs and symptoms. The new classification system, the first of its kind, may allow for earlier detection and more individualized treatment of severe periodontitis, before loss of teeth and supportive bone occurs.
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Study suggests cause of severe tooth decay in toddlers
Compendium
Early childhood caries involve a highly aggressive and painful form of tooth decay that frequently occurs in preschool children, especially those who come from backgrounds of poverty. The resulting decay can become so severe that treatment frequently requires surgery.
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Reasons Why implants are a safe and practical option for elderly parents
WorlDental.org
When dental implant technology was in its infancy, problems with bone density, infections and breakage were quite common. This gave the procedure an undeserved negative reputation that still lingers today. However, with advancements in implant technology, this dental procedure has become both a safe and practical option for elderly parents. If your parents are getting older and suffering from dental issues, here are four reasons implants may be the right choice.
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OSAP: CDC extends infection control survey
dentalaegis
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agency, extended through March 31 an online survey of private dental practices. The survey evaluates the use of Exposure Control Plans to prevent occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens in private dental practices.
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Manage your dental office schedule
By Jill Nesbitt
One of the most critical responsibilities an office manager has is to manage the schedule. The dentist wants it to be productive. The hygienists want it to be full. The assistants want it to have enough time to turn over rooms and catch up on cleaning instruments.

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What products to avoid and what products work best with autistic patients
Dental Products Report
As the number of children diagnosed with autism continues to grow, it’s important for you and your team members to know what products to avoid and what products work best when treating patients on the autism spectrum in your practice.

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The value of speaking Spanish in your dental office
DentistryIQ
The demographic of Spanish-speaking patients is steadily increasing, and this occurrence isn't just relegated to portions of the country nearest Mexico, Cuba, and other Spanish-speaking countries. The U.S. is a melting pot of nationalities, and it’s important to ensure that your dental practice doesn't inadvertently lose potential clients simply because of a language barrier.

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Swishing with oil for oral health: Not recommended
The Atlantic
Oil pulling — the Ayurvedic practice of swishing oil in your mouth — may not be bad for you, but there's little evidence that it cleans teeth and none that it can cure anything else.
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Examining embryonic teeth prevents problems in later life
Digital Journal
A new 3-D imaging technique shows how to prevent teeth and jaw problems through early intervention. This is by identifying incoming wisdom teeth, crowded teeth, and malocclusion in the embryo.
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Microorganism shows promise in inhibiting thrush, and other dangerous systemic fungal infections
Medical News Today
Scientists at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center have discovered how the beneficial fungal yeast, Pichia, holds at bay a harmful fungal yeast, Candida. The hope for this finding is that components in Pichia could one day become therapeutic agents to stave off not only thrush, but also other life-threatening systemic fungal infections. Research findings about the effect of oral Pichia on Candida appear in PLOS Pathogens.
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More than 75 countries celebrated World Oral Health Day
American Dental Association
Dental professionals and others in more than 75 countries worldwide held programs and ceremonies March 20 "Celebrating Healthy Smiles" for World Oral Health Day. This year's goodwill ambassador is Yaya Tourè, star of the Côte d'Ivoire National Football Team and African Footballer of the year in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can view his World Oral Health Day video and outtakes video on YouTube.com.
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