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Aug. 25, 2009
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Once in Check, Tooth Decay in Children Surges
from The Tennessean
Health professionals and experts in pediatric dentistry are seeing an increase in the number of children with tooth decay and cavities. The culprits are plentiful, and the decay often preventable, but the lack of education for parents is causing more children to end up in the dentists' chairs with "owies." More

CDC Panel Recommends H1N1 Vaccine for Health Care Workers
from American Dental Association
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices announced that it is recommending that influenza A (H1N1) vaccine be prioritized for five key populations when the vaccine becomes available—possibly in October. The H1N1 virus was first detected in the United States in April, and has since spread to 70 countries and infected more than 134,000 worldwide. In the U.S. the virus has infected more than 43,000 people, resulting in 302 deaths. More

'Heroes of Chemistry' for Saving Teeth, Clean Water, New High Blood Pressure Drug
from Medical News Today
You've never met Sumita B. Mitra, Ph.D. But your teeth probably have encountered the results of this scientist's research. Her genius has helped restore millions of decayed, broken, or discolored teeth to their original bright white, natural beauty. More


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The Ins and Outs of Affordable Dental Care
from Los Angeles Times
More than 30 percent of Americans didn't visit a dentist last year, a recent Gallup poll found -- and tooth decay remains the most common disease among children ages 5 to 17, and 57 percent of adults ages 35 and older have untreated tooth decay. Besides seeking care at dental schools and clinics, here are some ways to reduce both the cost, and the need for, dental care. More

Open Wide and Say 'Zap': New Way to Clinically Assess Condition of Tooth Enamel Using Lasers
from Science Daily
A group of researchers in Australia and Taiwan has developed a new way to analyze the health of human teeth using lasers. As described in the latest issue of Optics Express, the Optical Society's open-access journal, by measuring how the surface of a tooth responds to laser-generated ultrasound, they can evaluate the mineral content of tooth enamel -- the semi-translucent outer layer of a tooth that protects the underlying dentin. More

Mouth Cancer from HPV Virus Reaches All-time High
from the Digital Journal
Mouth cancer is at an all-time high in the U.K., and one of the likeliest culprits for the dangerous surge is the sexually-transmitted HPV virus. Additionally, mouth cancer affects more men than women - and these statistics are driving the British Dental Health Foundation to question the U.K. government on including boys among the recipients of the HPV vaccination that is currently administered only to girls. More

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