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Making the right choice in personal protection matters
Inside Dental Assisting
The face mask is one of the most important infection prevention tools a dental office has to fight against the spread of infectious diseases. Pathogens, droplets, spatter, aerosols, and other potentially infectious materials that are generated from dental procedures make the face mask essential personal protection equipment for dental professionals and a tool worth knowing more about.
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Bulimia causes widespread dental problems
InteliHealth News Service via Simple Steps To Better Dental Health
Nearly all women with bulimia have dental problems, and most do not talk about their condition with a dentist, a study has found. Researchers from Northwestern University surveyed about 200 adult women with bulimia. This is an eating disorder in which a person eats large amounts of food and then vomits on purpose. Frequent vomiting can lead to worn tooth enamel, mouth sores and other oral problems.
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Bridging the cultural gap: Office of Minority Health introduces e-learning program for oral health professionals on Cultural and Linguistic Competency
Dentistry IQ
In a press release, the Office of Minority Health announced the release of the Cultural Competency Program for Oral Health Professionals. The e-learning program is designed to equip oral health professionals with the knowledge and skills to serve diverse patient populations. OMH cited the program as being one of the first of its kind.
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The flavor of dental hygiene
RDH
From chewing gum to mouthwash, from prophy paste to fluoride varnish, if it goes inside your mouth, there is a good chance it is mint flavored. Love it or hate it, mint's cooling pungency makes it number one in the oral hygiene business. Consumer demand has pushed mint into the oral hygiene hot spot for that "fresh breath, clean mouth" feeling. Oral hygiene product manufacturers like mint because it is easy to procure, abundant, and inexpensive. Approximately 60 percent of all U.S. prophylaxis paste sales contain the mint flavor.
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A deeper look into tongue cleaning
Dentistry IQ
While tongue cleaning is not at the forefront of most dentists', hygienists' or patients' minds in the United States, it is commonplace among natives of Africa, Arabia, India, and a host of other regions. In these areas, the cleanliness of the entire mouth is emphasized. As such, tongue cleaning has become an integral part of the oral care routine. So how does it begin to gain traction here in the United States? It starts by educating patients on the health benefits of proper tongue hygiene.
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Regular dental visits benefit older people, too
InteliHealth News Service via Simple Steps To Better Dental Health
Regular check-ups aren't just good for children; they can help older adults keep healthy mouths. That's the conclusion of a study from the University of Bergen, Norway. It included 4,143 adults who were born in 1942. They completed surveys in 1992 (at age 50), and then at ages 55, 60 and 65.
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The human papilloma virus (HPV) is more common in men
M24digital
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), "Infection in the mouth of the human papilloma virus (HPV) known to cause cervical cancer in women is higher in men than in women. This oral infection, which is transmitted sexually in men increases the risk of developing cancer of the mouth and throat."
Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2012, but we believe the information is still prevalent.

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Isolating immune cells to study how they ward off oral diseases
Medical News Today
Case Western Reserve University dental researchers have found a less invasive way to extract single rare immune cells from the mouth to study how the mouth's natural defenses ward off infection and inflammation. By isolating some specialized immune cells (white blood cells known as "leukocytes") to study how they fight diseases in the mouth — or reject foreign tissues, such as in failed organ transplants -— researchers hope to learn more about treating and preventing such health issues as oral cancers, cardiovascular disease, AIDS and other infectious diseases.
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The latest in luxury dental care: $100 chocolate toothpaste
Fox News
Who says eating chocolate will rot your teeth? Luxury dental care firm Theodent has a line of toothpastes that contain a patented substance derived from the cacao plant, Food Beast reports.
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Appropriate use of 'cold sterile' solutions for dentistry
Dental Economics
Dental practices have long relied on high-level disinfectant/sterilants as part of the instrument reprocessing protocol. I can remember the days of using simple quaternary ammonium compounds or "quats" that were not high-level disinfectants, but we referred to them as the "cold sterile" solution.

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Preparation, knowledge key in fighting West Nile virus
By Katy Bynum
Several counties in North Texas — one of the hardest hit regions by West Nile virus in recent years — have announced a coordinated effort to prevent and monitor the spread of the mosquito-borne infectious disease.

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State of the art dental practice. State of the art infection control?
By Lori Paschall, CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, FADAA
Welcome to the 21st Century! In the modern techno-savvy, state-of-the-art world that we currently live in, we continue to want everything to be completed quicker and run faster. This is great if you are waiting for a burger or downloading the latest tunes on your iPod, however there are still some things that will require attention to detail.

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How good oral health could help athletes succeed
Cosmetic Dentistry Guide
Dentists believe that good oral health could help elite athletes to perform better. Experts speaking at the Oral Health and Performance in Sport conference, which was held in London, believe that good oral health improves sporting performance because oral health issues affect an athlete's ability to train and perform at the highest level. Dentists believe that good oral health could make the difference between losing and winning, as many sporting achievements boil down to extremely small margins.
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Smoking places psoriasis patients at risk of severe periodontal disease
Dental Tribune
New research has suggested that psoriasis patients who smoke are at a dramatically higher risk of developing severe periodontal disease than are psoriasis-free nonsmokers. Evidence of the connection between the two diseases has already been established, but this is the first study to consider smoking as a possible permissive factor.
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