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Nov. 15, 2011
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Bugs, bibs, and the chain of infection
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While the bibs used in the dental office are single-use disposable items, the bib holders themselves typically are not. These may be the old-fashioned chain type composed of a series of tiny cylindrical metal balls with metal clips at the end, or more contemporary designs with stylized clips and smooth tubing. When you think about the location of bib holders against a patient's skin and in close proximity to the source of contaminated spatter and aerosol generated during dental procedures, it is no surprise that pathogens can be found on bib holders. More

Dentist's drills could be causing dental professionals hearing loss    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The thought of going to the dentist is enough to make many people cringe, but patients may not be the only ones feeling the stress. Krizstina Busci Johnson, a doctoral student at East Tennessee State University and former dental assistant for eight years, is studying whether dentists may be hurting their hearing when they break out the drill.

Professionally cleaned teeth may be weapon against heart disease
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Yearly teeth-cleaning at the dentist's office may cut the risk of heart attack by as much as 24 percent compared with those who avoid the treatment, Taiwanese researchers found. Those who had their teeth scraped and polished by a dentist or dental hygienist also had a 13 percent lower risk of stroke than those who never had their teeth cleaned, the study found. More

Dental researchers: Lose the fat and improve the gums
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Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers found the human body is better at fighting gum disease when fat cells, which trigger inflammation, disappear. Findings come from a pilot study of 31 obese people with gum disease. More

Dental isolation technology by Isolite Systems garners
more industry recognition

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Isolite dental isolation technology converges light, suction and retraction into one powerful tool that speeds procedures and improves the dental experience. It provides dental professionals unprecedented control over the oral environment — isolating an entire quadrant in just seconds. More

New Innovative Oral Health Rinse
Sunstar Americas introduces G•U•M PerioShield Oral Health Rinse – a new and innovative aid for the prevention and treatment of gingivitis. Clinically proven proprietary ingredient delmopinol 0.2% has a unique mechanism of action which disrupts current plaque and helps to prevent new build-up by forming a protective shield on the teeth and gums. more

CDC retains oral health division
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the American Dental Association that the agency will retain its Division of Oral Health, which had been slated for an effective downgrading by year-end as a branch of another division. "The restoration of oral health to a division of the CDC clearly indicates the importance the HHS and CDC are placing on oral health," said Dr. William R. Calnon, association president. "The importance of oral health to overall well being is a fact and this move validates their belief in this." More

5 steps for dental assistants with money issues
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Money. Whether you make a lot or a little, there never seems to be enough. You know you want more of it — lots more of it. Lisa Newburger, LISW-S, discusses practical ways to manage money, mixed with a bit of humor. More

CDC: Most smokers want to quit but few do
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When it comes to quitting smoking, the lungs might be willing but the flesh is weak. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that while about 69 percent of smokers last year wanted to quit, only about a tenth were able to do so. The CDC is releasing the report as part of the annual Great American Smokeout on Nov. 17. More

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