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Three-Dimensional Imaging Reaches Orthodontics World
from the Marion Daily Republican
Before the familiar metal brackets are glued to teeth, orthodontists and patients can watch a three-dimensional time-lapse of braces straightening the pearly whites into a perfect smile. Insignia's 3-D software and individualized braces shorten time patients need the metal contraptions and decrease frequency of office visits. "3-D imaging is a big deal," Marion orthodontist Dr. Joseph Hudgins said. "It translates to better patient care." More

Budget Ax Casts a Shadow on Social Service Agencies
from The Chicago Tribune
The looming threat that Illinois could cut up to 50 percent of its social services spending funding that the nonprofit groups depend on in large part if lawmakers do not pass an income tax increase. Megan Moya, a dental assistant helping to administer $20 dental exams in a bus operated by Aunt Martha's, one of the Chicago area's largest social service agencies, said the threatened state budget cuts could mean vast reductions in the agency's behavioral health programs. More

Nanotechnology May Increase Longevity of Dental Fillings
from Science Daily
Tooth-colored fillings may be more attractive than silver ones, but the bonds between the white filling and the tooth quickly age and degrade. A Medical College of Georgia researcher hopes a new nanotechnology technique will extend the fillings' longevity. More

Patients Find Headache Relief with Dental Treatment
from the Moorpark Acorn
A growing number of chronic headache sufferers are finding relief in an unexpected place: their dentist's chair. According to the National Headache Foundation, more than 45 million Americans suffer from headache pain severe enough to seek help from a physician. Approximately 28 million suffer from migraine headaches causing an estimated loss of 157 million workdays. More

Church Sponsors Dental Mission for Sister Parish in Haiti
from Catholic News Agency
Living on a diet of mostly sugar cane, with no money to spare for toothbrushes, the children of Kobano Mission in Haiti suffer serious dental problems. In response, the Faith In Action Team (FIAT) at one parish arranged a special mission trip last spring in which four dentists and four dental assistants, accompanied by FIAT co-founder Don Killeen, journeyed to Haiti to serve hundreds of patients. More

$1.85M Grant to Study Blocking Oral Bacteria from Damaging Pregnancy
from MedCity News
A researcher at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine will use a $1.85 million grant to study how to block oral bacteria from reaching and harming an unborn child a path she's linked to prenatal problems. More

Healing Power of Aloe Vera Proves Beneficial for Teeth and Gums, Too
from Science Daily
The aloe vera plant has a long history of healing power. Its ability to heal burns and cuts and soothe pain has been documented as far back as the 10th century. The modern use of aloe vera was first recognized the 1930s to heal radiation burns. Since then, it has been a common ingredient in ointments that heal sunburn, minor cuts, skin irritation, and many other ailments. Recently, aloe vera has gained some popularity as an active ingredient in tooth gel. More

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