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Pneumonia associated with a dental unit waterline
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A recent article published in The Lancet highlights a very serious problem that dentistry has faced, and left unresolved, for many years: contaminated dental unit waterlines. Ricci and colleagues describe the case of an 82-year-old woman who was admitted to the intensive care unit with fever and pneumonia. Testing revealed Legionnaires disease. Despite rapid treatment, the patient developed fulminant and irreversible septic shock and died two days later. A subsequent investigation determined that the woman had been exposed to no obvious risks for Legionella infection in the previous 10 days, having left her house only to attend two dental appointments. More

Flawed research leads JADA to retract disinfection study
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A comparative laboratory study of disinfectants that began as routine news coverage for Medscape Medical News has ended with the published study's retraction by the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). The journal issued a notice of retraction on Sept. 1 for "The Effect of Long-Term Disinfection on Clinical Surfaces on Clinical Surfaces," by Charles John Palenik, Ph.D., MBA, the former director of infection control research and services at Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis. The study was published in the May issue of the journal. More

Dental assistants to meet in San Francisco
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The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) will hold its Annual Session Oct. 19-20 in conjunction with the American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session, offering dental assistants a chance to take advantage of continuing education opportunities, visit the ADA World Marketplace exhibition and attend ADA special events. The ADAA meeting headquarters is at the JW Marriott on the corner of Post and Mason streets. More

The best mobile dental apps
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Many dental offices are starting to take advantage of the many mobile "apps" that make managing a dental practice easier. Amazingly, many software applications are currently available that carry a surprising amount of utility. You’ll now be able to put your smartphone to work in your dental practice in a way you've never thought possible, lowering your administrative costs, streamlining the administrative processes in your practice, making the ordering of supplies quicker and easier, and assisting your patients with educational materials, outcome expectations, and general communication. More

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Protect your patients and staff from the spread of disease
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A newly revised edition of The American Dental Association Practical Guide to Effective Infection Control is available to help dentists prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases in their practices. The guide includes a 40-minute DVD that illustrates correct, safe and efficient infection control using actual clinical procedures. A corresponding workbook provides more in-depth coverage of the various topics covered in the program. More

5 things every dental assistant should know
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Linda Miles, CSP, CMC, is the founder of Miles & Associates and The Speaking Consulting Network in Virginia Beach, Va. In this article, she shares her tips of being a crucial team member. More

5x trust transfer — Patient compliance booster
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Here’s a simple, easy way to increase patient compliance and conversion immediately without any stress, discomfort or even time invested… The bottom line is this: every patient feels their own pressures from home about why they “can’t” invest in themselves and their dental care. In addition every patient to some degree feels that your recommendations could be “self-serving”. More

High-risk patients benefit from new techniques for computer-guided implant dentistry
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The added precision of computer guidance to oral implant surgery provides another leap forward in restorative dentistry, according to the Journal of Oral Implantology. Innovative modifications of software and instrumentation are further advancing dental implant success in patients lacking adequate bone. New techniques reduce surgery time and expedite postoperative healing. More

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How safe are those silver-colored mercury fillings in your mouth?
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The metal in your mouth that's designed to relieve your tooth troubles, could be harming your health. As a kid, Sharon Cloer had close to 10 fillings. As an adult, she believes they made her sick and even changed the taste of food. "Every now and then, I would get a metal taste," Cloer said. But since having most of the fillings removed she's been able to enjoy more foods, has more energy, and she says her respiratory health has improved. More

Coconut oil could combat tooth decay
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Digested coconut oil is able to attack the bacteria that cause tooth decay. It is a natural antibiotic that could be incorporated into commercial dental care products, say scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn Conference at the University of Warwick. More

The mouth as a map to health
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Our mouth says a lot about us, and not just by the words we choose. It also can signal underlying health problems that affect the rest of the body. Swollen, bleeding gums and loose, plaque-covered teeth – typically seen in serious cases of gum disease – can be indicators of chronic health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. More

Sharp cuts in dental coverage for adults on Medicaid
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Banned from tightening Medicaid eligibility in recent years, many states have instead slashed optional benefits for millions of poor adults in the program. Teeth have suffered disproportionately. Republican- and Democratic-controlled states alike have reduced or largely eliminated dental coverage for adults on Medicaid, the shared state and federal health insurance program for poor people. More

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