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Pennsylvania dental assistant, receptionist perform dental work without a license
PhillyBurbs.com
Two Delaware County, Pa., women admitted in Montgomery County Court that they performed dental work, including pulling teeth, drilling teeth and even performing root canals, for which they were not licensed. The two — Cheryl A. Laing, 46, and Jessica Gullickson, 24, both of Broomall — also admitted using numbing agents and dispensing medication without taking patient histories concerning past procedures and allergies.
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Cold sterile
RDH
Cold sterilization is a method of sterilization that requires the reusable semi-critical items to be immersed in EPA-approved liquid chemicals. These chemicals can include glutaraldehydes, peracetic acid, and hydrogen peroxide-based solutions. Single-use items can never be cold sterilized. They are not manufactured to be sterilized and may resist the process because of the materials with which they are made. What do dental professionals need to know? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made strong statements in this area.
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Fluoridation remains controversial
Inside Dentistry
This year marked the 68th anniversary of water fluoridation in the United States, but not all communities embrace the practice. On May 21, Portland, Ore., voted down a measure that sought to begin fluoridation of the water supply. OregonLive.com reports that Portland is alone among the nine most populous cities in the United States in rejecting fluoridation.
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Certain number of dental X-rays increases thyroid cancer risk
Dental Health Magazine
In order to maintain a good oral health, regular dental checkups that include dental X-rays are of primordial importance. However, scientists warn that a certain number of dental X-rays increase greatly the risk for developing thyroid cancer.
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3 steps for efficient insurance systems in the dental practice
Inside Dental Assisting
You have a healthy number of patients coming through the door, but it seems as though the collections are not keeping up with production. The insurance companies are delaying payments on everything from crowns to fillings, which makes collecting on claims more difficult than ever. What is the secret to faster claim processing?
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To avoid root canals, teeth that replace themselves
The Wall Street Journal
Scientists have made advances in treating tooth decay that they hope will let them restore tooth tissue — and avoid the painful dental procedure. Several recent studies have demonstrated in animals that procedures involving tooth stem cells appear to regrow the critical, living tooth tissue known as pulp.
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Drinking milk after breakfast stops pH drop in mouth
Dental Tribune International
Frequent consumption of sugary foods and drinks exposes teeth to acids and prevents the mouth's pH level from stabilizing. Now, U.S. researchers have found that certain combinations of foods and beverages affect dental plaque acidity. In particular, they observed that the consumption of milk reduced plaque pH drop after eating a sugary breakfast cereal.
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An inside look at gum disease
DentistryIQ
Sometimes, infographics tell it better than words alone. Half of all Americans are in the second stage of gum disease. See this infographic for enlightening statistics and information how how disease in the mouth relates to disease in the body.
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Will Botox become widespread in dentistry?
Dentistry Today
Botox is now being used for practical purposes in some places. Treating jaw tension and pain is one of the side benefits of Botox and it's beginning to catch on in some places. In some places, there may even be debates about using it more frequently. In Utah, for example, the law permits dentists to administer drugs that could be construed as related to dentistry.
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How general dentists and periodontists can provide personalized preventive care for patients
Dentistry IQ
The management of chronic diseases would be more predictable if we could identify the subset of the population who are most susceptible to the disease in question and institute a preventive regime before the signs and symptoms of the disease are manifested. Considering that healthcare costs in this country are skyrocketing largely due to people living longer, it makes sense that dentists can play a unique role in helping patients maintain the health and well-being necessary to lead long, high quality lives.
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Study links dental prostheses and survival
DrBicuspid.com
People with both natural teeth and partial dentures had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease mortality than those with all natural teeth, but people with partial and full dentures had a higher risk of CVD mortality than those who had full dentures only or with very few opposing natural teeth, according to a study in the Journal of Dentistry.

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Tobacco control policies stop people from smoking and save lives
Inside Dental Assisting
Tobacco control measures put in place in 41 countries between 2007 and 2010 will prevent some 7.4 million premature deaths by 2050, according to a study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

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Gum contouring procedure main costs
Dental Health Magazine
With gum contouring (gingivectomy or gum lift procedure), the dental surgeon will remove the excess gum tissue to expose the teeth in a natural manner. After that, the surgeon will perform gingivoplasty, where he will shape nicely the gum tissue to look perfect.

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Nasal spray could soon replace needles in the dentist's chair
AFP via New York Daily News
Painful injections in the dentist's chair could soon become a thing of the past. Researchers from the University of Buffalo have devised a nasal spray that could replace needles for most procedures. In clinical tests, the spray, Kovacaine Mist, was found to be as effective as standard anaesthetics in 4 out of 5 patients.
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Dietary supplements and dentistry: Reason for caution
DrBicuspid
Taking dietary supplements has become commonplace in this day and age. The National Institutes of Health reported in 2007 that one-third of all Americans take them — to the tune of nearly $27 billion a year. But how important is it for dentists to be aware of what dietary supplements their patients are taking?
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