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Aug. 18, 2009
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OSAP Offers Swine Flu Resources for Dental Professionals
from Inside Dental Assisting
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human, although at this time it is not known how easily the virus spreads between people. Dental professionals should be vigilant as this potential pandemic emerges. More

New Discs/Handpiece Aimed for Interproximal Enamel Reduction
from Dental Office Magazine
Komet USA has introduced a new disc/handpiece system designed to be used in cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic procedures for proper interproximal enamel reducing and finishing. The discs were developed in conjunction with Professor Dr. Jost-Brinkmann of the Berlin Charité Dental Hospital in Germany. More

PSA Test Recommended for Men with Gum Disease Diagnoses
from Private MD
Men who go to a dentist and find that they have periodontal problems like gingivitis may also want to obtain a PSA test to check for prostate cancer, new research suggests. It may also be easier to use "the five-alarm fire bell of a tooth ache [that] is difficult to ignore," to begin testing for chronic conditions, says Dr. Phillipe Hujoel. More


ADAA has developed a group page on the popular social networking site Facebook. Networking has never been so easy! Interested members can go to and search ADAA – American Dental Assistants Association. (If you do not have a facebook account, sign up is free and easy!) Develop a page for your state or chapter!

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Tooth Extraction Without Palatal Injection
from Dentistry Today
The palatal injection is among the most feared by patients and causes more pain than injections in less dense soft tissues of the mucosa. A study was published in the March issue of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology & Endodontics entitled "Comparison of the Efficiencies of Permanent Maxillary Tooth Removal Performed With Single Buccal Infiltration Versus Routine Buccal and Palatal Injection." More

Teeth Stem Cells
from WGN-TV
Baby and wisdom teeth, along with jawbone and periodontal ligament, are non-controversial sources of stem cells that could be "banked" for future health needs. Harvested from the pulp layer inside the teeth, jawbone and periodontal ligament, these stem cells may one day correct periodontal defects and cleft palate, and may help restore nerve cells lost in diseases such as Parkinson's. More

Dentists Step Up Marketing as Patients Skip their Visits
from The Wall Street Journal
In the slowdown, even dentists are feeling the pinch. David Wong, who runs a private practice with his wife in Tulsa, Okla., has seen his business slip 10 percent since the beginning of this year. That has him spending more time marketing and less time cleaning or pulling teeth. Wong has upped his advertising, taking advantage of low newspaper and broadcast rates, and now sends email reminders to customers on top of traditional mailed postcards. He is even on Twitter, aiming to connect with customers as "not just the guy in a white coat with a drill in his hand." More

Tooth Whitening Leads in Cosmetic Dentistry
from KFSM-TV
After years of grinding, chomping, and chewing, your once-pearly whites may have seen better days. The gloss of lustrous white enamel has faded, exposing the natural yellow layer beneath. Add to that a lifetime's worth of pigments from coffee, tea, red wine, and soda that have gotten lodged in tiny cracks in your teeth. The result: that unattractive yellowish-brown tint that's made tooth whitening one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in the United States. More

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