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Study finds 20-30 percent of dental bib clips harbor bacteria even after disinfection
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Researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, in collaboration with researchers at the Forsyth Institute, published a study today that found 20 to 30 percent of dental bib clips still harbor bacterial contaminants even after proper disinfection procedures. Rubber-faced metal bib clips were found to retain more bacteria than bib clips made only of metal before disinfection. The study also found that before disinfection, bib clips used during orthodontic procedures had three times the bacterial load of those used during endodontic procedures, suggesting that the nature of dental treatment impacts the number of bacteria present on the clips. More

Therapeutic mouth rinses: Improve patient awareness on this important aspect of oral care
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Many patients find it difficult to achieve the necessary level of oral hygiene with mechanical methods of plaque control. This difficulty may be due to physical limitations (such as arthritis) or time constraints. However, even conscientious oral hygiene practices may not adequately control plaque throughout the oral cavity and in difficult-to-reach areas. Therefore, therapeutic mouth rinses are considered integral to oral health. More

How to protect yourself and your patients against West Nile virus
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A mild winter, early spring, and hot summer have caused more reported infections of West Nile virus this year than any other year since 2004, according to public health officials. This article provides a set of guidelines to help prevent West Nile infection that you can follow for your safety and also share with your patients. More

Dental health linked to dementia risk
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People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a new study. Researchers followed 5,500 elderly people over an 18-year period and found those who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day were up to 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed daily. More

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Oral health issues gain political momentum in US
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Public health experts who gathered in Washington on Aug. 17 for a forum on the U.S. oral healthcare crisis clearly agreed on one thing: There is no single solution that will fix the system, which currently leaves tens of millions of Americans without dental care. A good start might be to begin looking at the oral healthcare delivery as part of the larger healthcare system because many of the challenges are shared, according to Dr. David Krol, a pediatrician who helped moderate the forum. More

For dental assistants taking on office management duties, continuing education is key
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Taking on extra responsibility or changing roles in the dental office are, of course, great ways to advance in your career and show your employer that you want to grow along with the practice. If you choose dental office management as your career path, though, it's important to be aware of the unique challenges this role presents. There are constant and rapid changes in technology and healthcare regulations, not to mention changing patient communication needs, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and HIPAA compliance, and the different management structures of modern dental practices. More

Fighting gum disease with a capsule
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Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and has been termed as the most serious oral health problem of the 21st century. Scientists are trying to open a new front in the battle against this oral disease. A bacterial infection causes periodontal disease. It first appears as mild tenderness and bleeding of the gums. It leads to inflammation and, if left untreated, can damage the gums so that they recede and lose their attachment to the teeth. It may progress even further and damage bone and other tissues that hold teeth firmly in place. But new technology is helping stop the problem in its track. More

CDC findings on fluoridated water
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Federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage the fluoridation of municipal water supplies for the reduction of tooth decay. But the CDC also acknowledges that things have changed since the 1940s when the practice started. Through fact sheets on its website, it lists cautions about and problems with the ingestion of too much fluoride, including new indications that mixing instant baby formula with fluoridated water can increase the chance of mild fluorosis, an abnormal mouth condition, in infants. More

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Chronic orofacial pain worse than headache, backache
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People afflicted with chronic orofacial pain are much more likely to be debilitated by their condition than those with chronic backaches or chronic headaches, according to a study being presented next week at the 2012 World Congress on Pain in Milan, Italy. The study was conducted in the departments of oral surgery and oral medicine and facial pain at the Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London. It is part of an ongoing audit of their orofacial pain service. More

More parents, kids getting orthodontic treatment together
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While orthodontic treatment has typically been linked to adolescence, more and more adults are seeking corrective treatment to achieve that perfect smile. In fact, there is a growing trend of parents and their children undergoing orthodontic treatment together, according to the British Lingual Orthodontic Society. More

Mom's emotional health during child's early years linked to teen's oral health
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A mother's emotional health and education level during her child's earliest years influence oral health at age 14, according to a new study from Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine. More

Getting dental braces: Metal or Invisalign?
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A person's dentist can help them determine the best method to use in order to get their teeth straight. Not everyone will be a good candidate for both Invisalign and metal braces. More

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