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April 20, 2010
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The vital role of the dental assistant in case acceptance
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Dental assistants are usually the first point of clinical contact for patients. Greeting them with a welcoming introduction is important for putting patients at ease. Whether it's a handshake, smile, or just a kind word, their first objective is to build trust and help the dentist achieve success in patient care. Dental assistants are the friendly faces that can make or break a patient's experience in an office. They are also key ingredients for a successful patient case acceptance. It's more than just the first contact that impacts patients. Each step of a patient's experience is an opportunity for the dental assistant to connect with that patient and impact his or her treatment decision. More

Oral bacteria linked to intrauterine infections and pre-term birth
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Bacteria in the mouths of pregnant women can contribute to pre-term birth, according to researchers from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, and Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, Ohio. The findings are published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Infection and Immunity. Approximately 12.7 percent of births in the U.S. are pre-term deliveries, a rate that reflects a 36 percent increase over the last 25 years. Intrauterine infection is recognized as a main cause of pre-term birth as well as late miscarriage and still birth. More

Pennsylvania bill could boost access to dental care    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pennsylvania Dental Association is calling a bill passed by state lawmakers a major step forward for improving access to quality dental care. The bill will allow dental assistants to perform a greater range of duties for patients, including polishing teeth, applying fluoride treatments, and taking mouth impressions. More

Study: Tap water, varnish the two most cost-effective fluoride sources    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. health officials report that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Each year, more than 51 million school hours are lost because of dental health-related illnesses.  According to a new study published in a recent issue of General Dentistry, drinking fluoridated water is the most cost-effective and efficient way for children to combat tooth decay and prevent cavities. More

Researchers find susceptibility for caries, gum disease in genes
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Certain genetic variations may be linked to higher rates of tooth decay and aggressive periodontitis, according to two recently published papers by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and their collaborators. Researchers found that the rate of dental caries was influenced by individual variations, or polymorphisms, in a gene called beta defensin 1(DEFB1), which plays a key role in the first-line immune response against invading germs. The findings are available online in the Journal of Dental Research. More

Study: Toothpaste with triclosan/copolymer kills harmful germs
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The human mouth is home to an estimated 800 to 1,000 different kinds of bacteria. The warm and moist environment, along with hard tooth surfaces and soft tissues, prove to be optimal factors in boosting germ growth. Many of these bacteria are harmful and can form a film on teeth called "dental plaque," which causes cavities, gingivitis and eventually more severe kinds of gum disease. More

Electronic dental records: A case study
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As patients become savvier about their health care and more frugal with their money, it is of utmost importance that dentists have the latest, greatest, and most innovative technology. In particular, moving from paper records to electronic dental records can boost a practice's bottom line, while directly benefiting patients. For those who may have doubt about whether or not EDRs are worth the investment, here is how Dr. Lance Rygg, the owner of Santee Town Center Dental Group, successfully incorporated EDRs into his practice. More

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