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ADA announces professional, public drug abuse initiatives
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The American Dental Association announced continuing education opportunities for prescribers of opioid medications and offered "strong support" for prescription drug abuse initiatives in professional and public communiques. "Medicine abuse has become a real problem in our communities," Dr. William R. Calnon, ADA president, said in a media release announcing the multi-pronged efforts. "As prescribers of narcotic pain medications, dentists are well positioned to educate patients about how to keep these drugs from becoming a source of harm." More

50 percent of Americans have gum disease
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A recent study published by The Journal of Dental Research stated that nearly half of American adults from the age of 30 and have gum disease or periodontitis, as we say in the "biz." More

Artificial tooth enamel makes teeth whiter, prevents tooth decay
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Researchers from Japan have succeeded in manufacturing an artificial tooth enamel that can be applied over existing teeth, preventing decay, making the teeth appear whiter, or even end the sensation of sensitive teeth, says Shigeki Hontsu, professor at Kinki University's Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology in Japan. The hard-wearing and ultra-flexible material is created from the main mineral in tooth enamel, hydroxyapatite. More

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OSAP launches 'Support the Fight for Infection Prevention' campaign
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The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is getting a little help from its friends in the continuing fight for infection prevention. During the month of October, Patterson Dental and 11 infection control product companies are teaming to raise funds for OSAP in a special cause-related marketing campaign, "Support the Fight for Infection Prevention." More

Study links rapid weight gain with perio disease risk in men    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Several studies have shown that obese patients are at an increased risk for periodontal disease. Now a new study has found that tracking adiposity changes in men may help predict their risk of periodontitis progression. The study found that males who rapidly gain weight, waist circumference, and arm fat had more periodontitis and periodontitis progression compared with those who had smaller gains. More

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WHO: New virus not spreading easily between people
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A new and potentially fatal virus from the same family as SARS which was discovered in a patient in London appears not to spread easily from person to person, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. In an update on the virus, which has so far killed a Saudi man and made a patient from Qatar critically ill, the United Nations health agency said it was working with international partners to understand the public health risk better. More

Gum disease more common in people with RA
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People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be up to four times more likely to have gum disease than people without this autoimmune disease. What's more, gum disease is often more severe in people with RA, a new study suggests. The findings, which appear in the Annals of Rheumatic Disease, add to a growing body of evidence linking oral health to systemic diseases including RA. More

Washington State Dental Association approves an alternative to dental midlevel providers
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Several state dental associations across the country have discussed and debated the topic of the midlevel provider. One of the most recent discussions, debates, and decisions on the issue occurred in the Pacific Northwest. The Washington State Dental Association House of Delegates approved an alternative to dental midlevel providers. More

Archaeologists find a 6,500 year old dental filling
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An international team of scientists have uncovered the earliest evidence of a technology we take for granted now – fillings for cavities. The archaeologists found evidence for a possible filling in a 6,500 year-old jaw that was found in Slovenia. More

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School begins clinic rotation focusing on pregnant patients
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry recently announced that it has instituted a new student clinic rotation for fourth-year D.D.S. students focusing on treating and triaging pregnant women. "Pregnant patients require certain methodology for comfort and safety during dental appointments, but most dental students don't ever get exposure to them," explained Dr. Rocio Quinonez, associate professor in the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, Departments of Pediatric Dentistry and Pediatrics. "This new clinic rotation changes that." More

Motivating patients to use prescription toothpaste
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In my experience as a dental hygienist of a periodontal practice, I have observed that nearly every patient is in need of a prescription toothpaste, whether due to root exposure, dry mouth, or general susceptibility to caries, Deborah J. Doyle, BS, graduated in 1998 from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry, Dental Hygiene Department. While hygienists in general dental practices may encounter resistance when recommending prescription toothpastes, in a periodontal practice patients typically understand that their situation is serious and requires extra attention. Still, it's important for hygienists to educate patients on the products we recommend, how they work, and why patients must use them faithfully. More

Dental bridges: Everything you need to know
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Patients struggling with severely decayed, infected or even completely missing teeth, will generally consider the most advantageous alternative — getting dental bridges. More

Brace yourself
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Pearls of wisdom Puberty is the best time to get braces, when the baby teeth have come out and adult teeth grown in. The rapid growth that takes place allows the teeth to move faster, Dr Muir says. Braces are easier to wear these days. The wires are smaller, the bands less restrictive, and the colours more natural. They don't rub as much on the lips and cheeks and are easier to clean. More
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Oral health tips for making you look younger
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If you manage to keep your teeth pearly white, and make those wrinkles around the mouth go away, you can look even up to five or seven years younger. People with crooked, misaligned or badly stained teeth can look very old, even if they are in their blooming years of life. A beautiful smile is your most important show-off, so make sure to respect a healthy oral health regimen and those regular checkups and teeth maintenance procedures. More

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