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Raising awareness about prescription drug abuse
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Prescription drugs classified as controlled dangerous substances are widely accepted as essential therapeutic modalities in treating a variety of healthcare conditions. However, many prescription medications have pleasurable side effects that can appeal to patients to take these drugs for uses other than intended. Misuse or abuse of prescription drugs can contribute to addictive behaviors, serious health risks, and potentially, death. More

New study notes disparities in periodontal disease
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A new article by Dr. Luisa N. Borrell, the chair of Lehman College's Department of Health Sciences, explores the disparities in periodontal disease among U.S. adults along age, sex, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic lines over a 10-year period. The article appears in the September-October issue of Public Health Reports. More

Greater success and superior customer service go hand-in-hand with these 4 tips
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Dental practices face significant challenges in this economy. Patients have been putting off treatment and cancelling appointments, waiting to see if their financial circumstances will improve. In fact, many patients actively look for reasons not to visit the dentist. Fortunately, every practice has the ability to achieve greater success with customer service, which keeps patients in the practice. The following customer service tips will help you and your team provide superior customer service. More

Gingival recession and peridontal therapy: Early indentification is key
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At the heart of a successful dental practice is an educated, proactive hygienist, dedicated to providing more than a "cleaning and check-up." A more personalized level of care builds an ongoing, trusting relationship with patients while maximizing the potential for growth of the practice and patient retention. Many patients remain with their current dentist because of a good rapport with their hygienist. More

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Survey: Most Americans whiten teeth at home
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Most Americans opt to whiten their teeth using home-based methods rather than professional whitening options, according to a research report from the market research firm Mintel. In fact, only 10 percent of those looking for brighter smiles go to the dentist for in-office whitening, Mintel found. More

Enhance patient services through custom mouthguards
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Offering new services is an excellent way to grow the practice and attract new patients, especially in a slower economy. The challenge is finding those services that not only enhance patient care and generate additional revenue but also can be easily incorporated into the practice’s current systems. Dentistry has for a long time been a traditional field that has mainly provided a finite set of services. When a disruptive change such as a recession takes place, it becomes imperative that practices look at all growth opportunities, including service expansion. For dental practices, it makes sense to stay close to the core mission of promoting and maintaining excellent oral health. More

Pictures: New dental techniques and tools
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Dr. Gary Hack, DDS, director of Clinical Simulation at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, demonstrates a state-of-the-art dental chair, which is computer guided to place the patient in the optimal position for the procedure that's being done. More

Chromosomes predict oral cancer risk
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A pattern of chromosomal changes can predict which patients with premalignant oral lesions will go on to cancer, researchers reported. Patients with a loss of heterozygosity (LOH) on the short arms of chromosomes 9 and 17 and the long arm of chromosome 4 have a 52-fold increase in the risk of oral squamous cell carcinoma compared with those who retain the heterozygous copy on all three, according to Miriam Rosin, Ph.D., of the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver, and colleagues. More

Amalgam losing in voting on greatest dental inventions
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One of the earliest breakthroughs in restorative care trailed a product category that is still being refined in 2012 during the first round of voting on the "The Greatest Dental Invention of All Time”"bracket on Amalgam restorations, which became the dental restoration of choice in the 1800s and for much of the 1900s, is paired against the controversial innovation of electronic health records. EHRs, which are still under development due to controversy over security issues while facing looming federal mandates, led the voting 56 percent to 44 percent. EHRs are projected to benefit patient care by improving communication between various healthcare providers. More

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Crooked teeth: Obtaining beautiful straight teeth Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you struggle with a few crooked or misaligned teeth, you know how big the frustration is every time you want to smile, speak in public, or have a good laugh. If you could just boast around with a set of straight and shiny pearly whites, your confidence would immediately rise to the sky. More

Tech trends for 2012
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Dental laser prices have dropped to all-time lows (with the portable pen-style Phillips NV Microlaser less than $6,000 and the DENTSPLY AMD Picasso Laser now less than $2,500.) For most dentists, this price drop - along with the quality of these lasers - merits consideration to purchase. While lasers in this price category are not typically appropriate for hard-tissue applications, they are appropriate for many soft-tissue applications and some may even merit consideration for "one in each op" at these price points. More

Mom's emotional health, education level linked to teen 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. Researchers started with the oral health of the teens and worked backward to age 3 to find out what factors in their past influenced their oral health outcomes. While mothers were interviewed, lead investigator Suchitra Nelson, professor in the dental school, believes it can apply to whoever is the child's primary caregiver. More

Dental consultants: Help their patients to get right
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Like all the consultants, dentists also aim to carry a successful life through accomplishing his responsibilities diligently. The practice he offers to his patients is quite worthy and thus enjoys lifelong benefits. Just knowing all about your stuff is not completely done with your job but you need to be very much committed and step ahead of the rest of the people. More

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