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New Study Shows That Dentists Can Predict Heart Disease - Before It Happens!
from Medical News Today
In a remarkable study in Sweden, dentists have led the way in a study designed to spot the early-warning signs of cardiovascular disease - which can lead to heart attacks. The study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association enrolled 200 patients who were selected to make sure that the results were truly independent and reliable; patients had to be forty five years or older with no previous record of taking medication for hypertension and no visits to a health care professional during the preceding 12 months during which glucose levels, total cholesterol levels or blood pressure had been assessed. More

Trouble Thinking? Better See the Dentist
from Reuters
Good oral care such as regular brushing, flossing and trips to the dentist, may help aging adults keep their thinking skills intact, according to a U.S. study. Research has already established an association between poor oral health and heart disease, stroke and diabetes, as well as Alzheimer's disease. More

Three Common Words and Phrases to Avoid During Patient Interaction
from Dentistry IQ
Positive communication is key in almost every patient interaction. Say the wrong thing to patients, and you may not see them in your practice again. To provide their patients with the best customer service possible, Levin Group clients use PowerScripting to enhance the teamís verbal skills. PowerScripting focuses on using positive messages to motivate patients and improve overall practice efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, negative language sometimes creeps into use and can damage patient loyalty to the practice. More

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Little Benefit Seen, So Far, in Electronic Patient Records
from The New York Times
The nation is set to begin an ambitious program, backed by $19 billion in government incentives, to accelerate the adoption of computerized patient records in doctorsí offices and hospitals, replacing ink and paper. There is wide agreement that the conversion will bring better care and lower costs, saving the American health care system up to $100 billion a year by some estimates. More

22 Million Cases of Swine Flu in U.S.
from WebMD
H1N1 swine flu has killed more than 4,000 Americans -- perhaps as many as 6,000, the CDC now estimates. Shockingly, 14 million to 34 million U.S. residents -- the CDC's best guess is 22 million -- came down with H1N1 swine flu by Oct. 17, the six-month anniversary of the beginning of the pandemic. There were about 98,000 hospitalizations (estimates range from 63,000 to 153,000). More

Dental Cavity Material
from The Engineer
Researchers at Southwest Research Institute have developed a new dental restorative material that they believe might replace amalgam. Kent Coulter and his colleagues developed the new proof-of-concept material under a program funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. More


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Teeth Grinders Are in for a Shock
from BBC News
Teeth grinding - or bruxism - is a common and usually harmless habit induced by stress. It can, however, cause headaches and stiff necks, as well as irritating a sleeping partner. Traditional treatments involve wearing a plastic device at night which prevents the top and bottom teeth from meeting. More

Vote Expected Before Thanksgiving on Proposal to Boost Spending for Homeless Veterans' Dental Care
from American Dental Association
A pre-Thanksgiving Senate vote is expected on legislation nearly tripling funds for homeless veteransí dental care over a four-year period through 2011. The fiscal year 2010 military construction-Veterans Affairs spending bill includes more than $500 million for VA homeless assistance programs. A dental component increases homeless veteransí dental funding from $9 million in 2007 to $26 million through 2011, said Dr. Timothy Ward, Department of Veterans Affairs assistant undersecretary for health for dentistry. More

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