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The Evolution of Analgesia and Anesthesia in Oral Health Care
from RDH Magazine
Patient comfort is essential to create an aura of trust and feeling of comfort for the patient. In addition to commonly used local anesthetics and nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation, narcotics, hypnosis, virtual reality, and nonpharmacologic analgesics have been shown to be effective for dental pain. This article will discuss the evolution of analgesia and focus on local anesthesia in oral health care. More

Chronic Periodontitis, a Gum Disease, Found to be a Risk factor for Carcinoma
from The Plain Dealer
Chronic periodontitis, a form of gum disease, is an independent risk factor for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. This suggests the need for increased efforts to prevent and treat periodontitis as a possible means to reduce the risk of this form of cancer. More

Caution is Critical in Picking Patients for Crown Lengthening
from American Dental Association
The first step in deciding whether to proceed with a crown-lengthening procedure is to see if you can talk yourself out of it, Dr. Jon Suzuki told a full house attending his live patient demonstration at the Hawaii Convention Center. More


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Do You Drool Too Much? Study Says Consider Surgery
from Reuters
If you feel as though you drool too much, studies suggest you should seriously consider surgery to take care of it, say researchers. Drooling is tough to treat, point out authors of a paper from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. That's because some of it is due to physical problems, and some is due to faulty wiring in the brain. However, among those patients who have surgery, most feel that they have a positive result, according to the new examination of more than 50 previously published studies. More

Dental Plaque Buildup may Raise Heart Risk in Black Men
from HealthDay News via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Black males may be at increased risk for heart problems caused by accumulation of dental plaque, a U.S. study finds. Indiana University School of Dentistry researchers studied 128 black and white women and men and found that a buildup of dental plaque didn't cause a change in total white blood cell count, a known risk factor for heart problems. However, dental plaque accumulation in black males was associated with a significant increase in the activity of white blood cells called neutrophils, an important part of the immune system, the researchers noted. More

Products for a Great Patient Experience
from Dental Economics
All of us are interested in how to improve relationships with our patients and in how to get them to respond about their experiences with our office. Did they relate to the team and the doctor? Did they encounter any problems before or during their visit? At the California Dental Association meeting in Anaheim this spring, I was introduced to a new concept in dentistry called Demandforce D3, said Dr. Joe Blaes. More

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