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Sept. 29, 2009
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Dental Practices Should Adopt Contingency Plans for H1N1
from American Dental Association
With the H1N1 virus now in full swing across college campuses and most of the Southeastern states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Homeland Security are urging businesses—including health care facilities—to steel themselves in case of a severe flu outbreak in their area. The DHS has issued a guide to help small business owners write a plan and prepare themselves for potential flu outbreaks. More

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Body's Immune System Response to Dental Plaque Varies by Gender and Race
from Science Daily
Will neglecting to brush your teeth damage more than just your smile? Can failing to attack dental plaque increase your risk of heart damage? The answer to both questions may be yes if you are male and black, an Indiana University School of Dentistry study published in the current issue of the Journal of Dental Research reports. More

Survey Shows Americans Are Unprepared for Dental Emergencies
from Medical News Today
Although 72 percent of Americans have fillings, caps or crowns and one in six had a dental emergency during the past 12 months, most are not prepared to deal with a dental emergency, according to a recent survey conducted by Majestic Drug Company, a leading provider of oral care products. More

Is Oral Irrigation Beneficial to Gingival Health as an Adjunct to Toothbrushing?
from Evidence-Based Dentistry via Nature News
Does oral irrigation have beneficial effects in reducing dental plaque and improving gingival health over regular oral hygiene or toothbrushing only? More


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The Rise of Eco-Dentistry
from Health News
What is next for dentists to adopt? Eco-friendly office environments, procedures, and equipment…also called “Eco-dentistry,” a practice that is quickly gaining popularity as more people would frequent the dentist when necessary if it were safer for their bodies and easier on the Earth. More

Rules Address Dental Sedation Risk for Patients
from The Associated Press via The Chicago Tribune
Proposed rules prompted by the deaths of two Illinois dental patients would increase the training that's required for dentists and their staffs. The changes are meant to prevent tragedies like the death of a 5-year-old girl who slipped into a coma after being sedated during a routine procedure at a Chicago dentist's office. That death in 2006 was followed the next year by the death of a 46-year-old Chicago school principal who suffered cardiac arrest while under sedation for a root canal. More

Delayed First Visit to Dentist Can Affect Children's Lifelong Oral Health
from Dental Office Magazine
Most American children don't see their family dentist until they are well over two years old, far later than is recommended by both dental and medical professionals. That's one of the key findings from a survey of American children's oral health, conducted on behalf of Delta Dental Plans Association, the nation's leading dental benefits provider. Delta Dental commissioned the survey to gain greater knowledge about the state of children's oral health. More

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