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Historic meeting opportunity for dental assistants
Inside Dental Assisting    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the first time, three of the nation's major ethnic oral healthcare associations are collaborating on a joint conference to collectively meet the needs of a diverse population to improve oral health. The Multi-Cultural Oral Health Summit offers dental assistants unique continuing education, networking and professional opportunities in a premier family friendly resort. The July conference, held in Boca Raton, Fla., is sponsored by the Hispanic Dental Association, National Dental Association and Society of American Indian Dentists. More

Gum disease joins hot flashes and PMS associated with
women's hormones

ScienceDaily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Women, keep those toothbrushes and dental floss handy. A comprehensive review of women's health studies by Charlene Krejci, associate clinical professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, has shown a link between women's health issues and gum disease. Across the ages, hormonal changes take place during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. More

State-regulated professionals urge court reversal of FTC order
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The Federal Trade Commission lacks jurisdiction over the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners, the American Dental Association and associations of state-regulated health care professionals and state dental and medical boards contend in a brief filed May 17 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The eight organization friend of the court brief urges the court to reverse an FTC final order against the North Carolina board. The FTC administrative ruling has drawn congressional and judicial attention. More

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Periodontal disease and Down syndrome patients
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What do Joe, Jude, Cynthia, Caroline and Mark have in common? They all have various levels of Down syndrome. The other common trait for these adults is periodontal disease. Jude, Caroline, and Mark's foster mothers are diligent in their dental care. They not only bring them in for a professional prophylaxis every three months, they also supervise their home care, keep after the staff to supervise their brushing and flossing, and have taken on the system so these individuals receive good dental care. More

Traditional dentistry wary of dental therapists
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Crystal Ann Baker isn't a dentist, but she fills cavities, pulls teeth and even performs children's root canals. Baker, who treats low-income patients in St. Paul, Minn., is among the nation's first dental therapists — an innovative and controversial health position intended to fill socioeconomic and geographic gaps in dental care. More

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Medical data breaches raising alarm
The Washington Post and Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As more doctors and hospitals go digital with medical records, the size and frequency of data breaches are alarming privacy advocates and public health officials. Keeping records secure is a challenge that doctors, public health officials and federal regulators are just beginning to grasp. And, as two recent incidents at Howard University Hospital show, inadequate data security can affect huge numbers of people. More

Saving a lost tooth resulting from an accident
The Science of Dentistry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Accidents can result in nothing more than a chipped tooth or can cause severe head trauma. Luckily, few dental injuries are true emergencies — but it is important to note that all dental injuries require professional care. The first step is to determine the extent of injury and then to take appropriate action. Parents, teachers, coaches, and school nurses should all be aware of the kinds of dental injuries that call for immediate attention. More

Preventive traumatology for the treatment of avulsed teeth
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The treatment of avulsed teeth is a true emergency, perhaps the only true emergency that confronts an oral healthcare worker. Although studies have estimated the success rate of reimplanted avulsed teeth to be between 10 percent to 90 percent, the real success rate is difficult to determine, because these procedures occur as a result of accidents and, therefore, no real controlled studies on humans can be performed. More

Missing teeth, cavities common in US
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There are fewer cavities in the United States today than there were two decades ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, but not every population group has shown the same amount of improvement. According to new estimates, at least 1-in-5 Americans has one or more untreated cavities, and the poorer you are, the more likely you are to be one of the untreated 20 percent, at least among adults. More

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DANB honors Betty Doss, CDA, for 50 years of DANB certification at TDAA General Assembly
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The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. recently honored Betty Doss, CDA, RDA, at the Texas Dental Assistants Association General Assembly for 50 years of DANB certification. "Kathleen Boyle, one of Betty's best friends and the TDAA president-elect, wanted to surprise her at the TDAA General Assembly," says Lindsay Stevens, senior marketing coordinator with DANB. Stevens represented DANB and the DALE Foundation at the meeting, during which she invited Doss up to the stage to receive her award. "Betty had no idea, and was very shocked and surprised when she was called to the stage." More

The periodontal connection
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You may already know that poor dental health has been linked to various health risks such as heart disease. But did you know that chiropractors can assist patients with an evidence-based approach to treating gingivitis and periodontal disease? More

Play-a-grill: Bling that plays music through your teeth
TIME    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rapper Lil' Wayne sporting a grill is cool. Lil' Wayne listening to Lil' Wayne through his grill is even cooler. Presenting the Play-A-Grill, a device that uses bone conduction to transmit sound from an MP3 player through the teeth, invented by Parsons student Aisen Chacin. Chachin made it by first creating a mold of her own mouth. She used that to create a wax model of her top teeth, then outfitted it with parts from a hacked MP3 player, placing the buttons so that the wearer could press them with his or her tongue. More

New York plans to ban sale of big sizes of sugary drinks
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New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity. More

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