Rapid HIV Testing in the Dental Office
Dentistry is a unique profession in which we have the opportunity not only to make people look good with the latest advances in cosmetic dentistry and feel better by restoring our clients’ mouths to optimum oral health, but we also have the opportunity to play a pivotal role in screening for other health-related conditions such as hypertension, oral cancer, and now HIV during routine dental care.
Exposure to Alkaline Substances can Result in Damaged Teeth
from Science Daily
It has long been known that acids can erode tooth enamel but a new Swedish study from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg shows that strong alkaline substances can damage teeth too – substances with high pH values can destroy parts of the organic content of the tooth, leaving the enamel more vulnerable.
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What Your Older Patients Want From Their Dental Services
from Oral Health Journal
There is a transition in the practice of dentistry, which is perhaps best illustrated by the emergence of root caries, a chronic infectious disease. Ten years ago, root caries had little impact on the Canadian dental office but now it has become a common problem in many Canadian dental offices. Interestingly, one might consider root caries to be at the crux of change for several reasons. It results from the aging Canadian population.
Denture creams Super Poligrip and Fixodent may Cause Neurological Damage
Thirty four million Americans have dentures and about one third utilize denture cream to secure dentures in the mouth. Users of denture creams are being warned that zinc in certain products has been linked to neurological damage. A 2008 study released by the American Academy of Neurology tested four patients with dentures who used excessive amounts of denture cream and the zinc concentrations in Fixodent and Poligrip. The study concluded that the denture creams contain zinc, and chronic excessive use may result in hypocupremia and serious neurologic disease.
New Device for Dentists is Right on the Button
from St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dr. Michael White, a dentist in Webster Groves, Mo., dentist, was listening to his car radio when he heard an interview that gave him something to chew on. A fellow dentist was describing an invention that lets a patient press a button to stop painful drilling. "When I heard about it, I immediately thought 'this is a good idea,' " he said. "The No. 1 reason why patients leave their dentists is because they hurt them." In fact, the American Dental Association estimates that 35 million adults have so much anxiety about dental visits that they worry, postpone or avoid seeing their dentist.
FTC Delays Enforcement of Red Flags Rule to June 1
from American Dental Association
The FTC agreed recently to a congressional request for "further delay" to June 1, 2010, of the Red Flags Rule as grassroots dentists urged final action on legislation to exempt most dental offices. The announcement was posted at www.ftc.gov.