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The 12 best cities for young dental assistants
Dentistry IQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lauren Burns, an editorial intern for DentistryiQ.com, shares her views on the best states for young dental hygienists and assistants to live and work. "This time, my method for determining the most fun states to live in as a young dental assistant was anything but scientific," Burns said. "That's the honest truth, and I can say it and hope that The Editors Across the Office agree with my unconventional and unexplainable ways and publish this because, well, "fun" isn't really scientific, is it?" More



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

The 3 most common battles between front office and back office
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Scheduling is a chess game. It takes skill and planning to make just the right moves so that, at the end of the day, you’re not in checkmate with the entire team backing you into a corner, and you wondering what you did that caused total chaos. The schedule is the one thing in the dental practice that affects every team member, but running it properly is often not taken seriously. The problems I find in the dental practices I work with are completely fixable, with a little planning, says Dayna Johnson, founder and principal consultant of Rae Dental Management, which helps dental offices improve patient care, increase collections, and reduce staff headaches by implementing efficient management systems. More

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Health issues of wearing dental braces too long
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You've heard of makeup, piercings, and brightly colored clothing as beauty trends but dental braces? For many children wearing braces can be almost like a rite of passage. The wearing of braces in the past has been signaled as a transition from adolescence to adulthood. But now, experiencing this rite of passage has become so popular that many teens are actually getting braces when they are not required just to make a statement. Now, the silvery sparkly on the teeth is considered ritzy and glamorous. More

Methamphetamine, heroin users both suffer from 'meth mouth'
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Intravenous heroin and methamphetamine abusers both suffer from the same patterns of rampant caries, suggesting the term "meth mouth" may be misleading, according to researchers reporting their findings in an article published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. "People assume they know what's going on with meth mouth, but I'm not sure that's the truth," coauthor Kevin Hursh, DDS, dental director at the San Francisco Native American Health Center and an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, told Medscape Medical News. More


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Study: Lack of good oral health linked with pancreatic cancer risk
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Researchers from Brown University, the Forsyth Institute and Harvard University have found that high antibody levels against strains of the oral bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis are linked with a doubled risk of pancreatic cancer. The body generates antibodies as a response to foreign invaders, like bacteria. More

Universities team up to tackle dental phobia
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Researchers from West Virginia University, Indiana University, West Virginia University-Charleston, and the University of Charleston are teaming up to address dental phobia and avoidance. This is a new collaboration for the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which have been awarded $50,000 for the joint partnership pilot project. More



Artificial gingiva better for crown color matching
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Artificial gingiva is recommended for more precise color matching and color reproduction with all-ceramic crowns, according to a new study in the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry. The optical effects of gingival tissue on all-ceramic crowns have never been fully studied, according to the study authors, from Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and West China College of Stomatology. More

Turn off that phone!
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Heather Colicchio and Teresa Duncan, MS, FAADOM, write: "We love text messaging and phone calls to our patients! But not so much among our staff. Here's what happened when Dental Tribune asked several of our AADOM members to answer this hot-potato question." More

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Do heredity, genes play a role in gum disease?
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Heredity is so important in whether or not you get an illness, that doctors often joke "pick your parents carefully." However, one area in which that has not been true is severe destructive gum disease — at least not until now. Severe gum infections with bone and teeth damage are called periodontitis. Now, a group of dental scientists is trying to find a link between the destructive process and the genes which run in a patient's family. More

Prehistoric tooth filled with beeswax gives rare glimpse of ancient dentistry
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Traces of beeswax filling inside a tooth in a prehistoric human jawbone have given scientists a rare glimpse of early dentistry. Team leaders Federico Bernardini and Claudio Tuniz, of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Italy, worked with researchers at Sincrotrone Trieste and other centers in Italy and Australia to analyze the 6,500-year-old "human mandible." More



Cutting-edge technology doesn't just cut … It presses
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Since the introduction of the first pressed-ceramic material in 1991, dental technicians have relied on press technology for the fabrication of all-ceramic products. Prior to this date, fabricating an all-ceramic restoration required applying feldspathic porcelain to refractory models or using the foil technique. These methods were time-consuming and considered by many to be tedious and too labor intensive. Therefore, the vast majority of laboratories that provided all-ceramic products were perceived to be of higher quality and charged sufficient fees to offset the difficulty of fabrication. More


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