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Forensic Dentistry: Drawing deductions from the dead
Inside Dental Assisting
Forensic dentistry is one of the most rewarding and exciting subspecialties of dentistry. For over 15 years, this author was the forensic odontologist for the Ramsey County Medical Examiner in Saint Paul, Minn. In that capacity, the author handled more than 70 cases and would like to share some experiences, which, fortunately, dental assistants have so willingly participated.
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Affordable Care Act and oral health: ADA analysis of impact
American Dental Association
The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," shorthanded as the ACA and as this report will refer to it, has the potential to reshape health care in America. Expansion of medical insurance coverage, a move toward more integrated care delivery and significant changes in the financing of health care are among the expectations of ACA legislators and regulators.
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How to have an ironclad collection system in your dental practice
Dentistry IQ
Working in healthcare, our main focus is on patient care; yet it is just as crucial that we keep our eye on the business side of the practice, without seeming like money-grubbing ogres. As with any system in a business, the collection system is only as good as the protocols that are created. The essential part of creating processes is implementing and utilizing them appropriately.
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A glass of milk after eating sugary cereals may prevent cavities
ScienceDaily
Washing down sugary breakfast cereal with milk after eating reduces plaque acid levels and may prevent damage to tooth enamel that leads to cavities, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.
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Fatty acids may aid oral cancer prevention, treatment
DrBicuspid.com
Omega-3 fatty acids, contained in oily fish such as salmon and trout, selectively inhibit growth and induce cell death in early- and late-stage oral and skin cancers, according to new research from scientists at Queen Mary, University of London.
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How to keep your schedule full and avoid costly no-shows
By Jan Keller
Other than legitimate last-minute issues, what causes patients to cancel without notice, or no-show altogether? What many practices don't understand is that it is often the absence of "value" placed on the appointment by the patient, leading them to believe "It's no big deal, I can reschedule," or "They'll call me back if I really need the treatment."

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5 important steps dental patients can take to protect themselves from infection
NAPSI via Imperial Valley News
Recent news reports about unsafe practices at a number of U.S.dental offices have raised concerns about dental infection control procedures and caused patients to question the safety of the dental offices they visit.

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The 8 o'clock patient
DrBicuspid
It is 8 a.m. on a typical weekday. You have been in the office since 7:15, checking charts, having your team meeting, getting your "game" day planned. So where is your confirmed 8 a.m. patient? The minutes tick by without a word. Now it is 8:15.

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Urine used to create teeth: Stem cell success
Medical News Today
Stem cell research is opening up the way for new teeth "grown" from an unlikely source — human urine. Chinese researchers describe how stem cells derived from urine could be used to generate solid organs and tissues, including teeth. Their study is published this week in the open-access journal Cell Regeneration. The researchers hope the technique might one day help provide new, tailor-made teeth for dental patients.
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Alzheimer's disease linked to poor dental health
Medical News Today
A study has found that people with poor oral hygiene or gum disease could be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's compared with those who have healthy teeth. Researchers from the University of Central Lancashire in the U.K., discovered the presence of a bacterium called Porphyromonas gingivalis in the brains of patients who had dementia when they were alive. The bug is usually associated with chronic periodontal (gum) disease.
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The contest, which started in January and goes through Sept. 15 — the state that contributes the most money to the Foundation during that time will win their entire delegate registrations paid by the ADAAF! Click here for more details!



Study: Smoking, drinking, other bad habits costing United States $18.4 billion each year
Dentistry IQ
You know the routine … a patient comes into your dental practice for his six-month checkup and is a known smoker. You talk to that patient about tobacco cessation. He says he will do something about it. He doesn't. Six months later, the whole process begins again. While trying to talk to your patients about the dangers of tobacco, excessive alcohol usage, and the threat of HPV and oral cancer is never easy for dental professionals, it now appears that there is a price tag that can be put on the problems that come from those lifestyle choices.
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Single men, smokers at higher risk for oral HPV
DrBicuspid.com
Although it is rare for men to contract oral oncologic human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, single men and smokers face higher risks of developing HPV-driven oropharyngeal cancer, according to a new study in Lancet.
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