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Sept. 22, 2009
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Tooth Helps Restore Desperate Woman's Sight
from CNN
Nine years of blindness almost drove Sharron "Kay" Thornton to suicide. In the end, it was one of her teeth and a procedure surgeons said was never before done in the United States that restored her sight. More

ADA Urges Congress to Oppose Amalgam Resolution
from the Journal of Dental Research
Citing "the best available science," the American Dental Association urged members of Congress against supporting a resolution which "advances the misconception that because dental amalgam contains mercury, it is toxic." The resolution offered by Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.) was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. More

Sex Steroids, Periodontal Health, and Tooth Loss in Older Men
from the American Dental Association
Sex steroids have a significant effect on skeletal biology in men, with reduced levels being associated with lower skeletal bone mass and cortical thickness. The purpose of this study was to determine if sex steroids are associated with periodontitis and tooth loss in a cohort of 1210 older dentate men followed for three years. Periodontal measures included attachment loss, pocket depth, gingival bleeding, and number of teeth. More


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Measuring Gingival Crevicular Fluid
from Dental Economics
The generally accepted model of periodontal disease development and progression is bacterial infection by perio pathogens in oral biofilms, followed by the body's inflammatory response causing the majority of periodontal tissue destruction. This study compared the levels of cytokines in the gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) before and after periodontal therapy. Cytokines are regulatory proteins that are released as part of the inflammatory response. They play an important role in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease. More

Six Steps to Great Customer Service
from RDH Magazine
Customer service can be the foundation that supports and strengthens your relationships with dentists. Why? Try asking this question from the dentist's point of view — what have you done for me lately? It’s vital that salespeople anticipate the dentist's needs, pressures, challenges, and interests, and then respond accordingly. More

TOLMAR and Zila Combine to Form Strong Dental Products Company
from Reuters
The shareholders of Zila, Inc., a dental products company providing products for use in the prevention, detection and treatment of oral disease, recently approved the company`s merger with a subsidiary of TOLMAR Holding, Inc. These two innovative dental companies have now combined to offer dental professionals an impressive line of dental care products. More

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