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Dec. 20, 2011
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A time of giving
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During this time of year, we are reminded of both the need for and benefits of giving. It has been heartwarming to hear of stories of Good Samaritans — like the Wal-mart Santa's who have been anonymously paying people's lay-aways, the pay-it-forward movement ... Often times, though, we don't see how we can give because we equate giving with money — and then we think of our own circumstances and believe what we have to give won't measure up in the same way or isn't enough to make a difference or we just don't have it to give.

The power to help a child is in the palm of your hands
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As a dental assistant, you witness the debilitating effects of tooth decay on your patients. When they visit your practice, you can help them. You and your fellow team members provide patients with treatments and valuable information about maintaining their oral health. They're the lucky ones. Believe it or not, millions of children endure severe pain and embarrassment as the result of rampant pediatric dental disease. They lack the resources to obtain essential treatment and education to achieve good oral health. This holiday season, you can help prevent the unnecessary suffering of a child simply by sending a text message. The power to help a child lies in the palm of your hand — your cellphone. More

Addition of mannitol increases effectiveness of dental
nerve block anesthesia

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Allowing a patient to be comfortable and pain-free during surgical and restorative dental procedures is an essential part of the process. The most commonly used local anesthetic injection for lower teeth is the inferior alveolar nerve block. However, failure rates ranging from 10 to 39 percent have been reported. More

Regular exercise can improve posture, decrease symptoms of
pain and discomfort

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Dentistry has come a long way over the last 150 years. The evolution of anesthesia, dental techniques, materials, equipment, and approaches has come a long way from standing up with a pair of pliers and a can of ether. Pain appears to be an accepted part of the dental profession, and its incidence is worsening. The patients are pain free but how about the dental staff? Our ultimate career goals are to be efficient and effective and healthy. However, these goals can be impacted by the presence of mechanical neck and low back pain. Daily discomfort continues to be tolerated day in and day out.
Editor's note: This article was first published in July. However, the content remains relevant to our readers.

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

More people turning to emergency rooms for dental care    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of the best reasons to visit the dentist regularly is that dental health professionals can catch small oral health problems before they before major issues. Recently, a study conducted by the Florida Public Health Institute found that more than 115,000 people visited the state's emergency rooms due to dental visit, which is a 9 percent increase from 2008. News Press reports that this number reflects over $89 million in healthcare costs for Florida, and that the taxpayers suffered most of that burden. More

Use of a water flosser for interdental cleaning
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There are several goals to personal oral hygiene, including preventing oral infection and disease, maintaining the results achieved from debridement and other oral hygiene procedures, protecting the esthetic investment, and limiting the inflammatory burden both orally and systemically. This can be a difficult task, especially for individuals who are at increased risk for periodontal disease. More

Treating patients with a user-friendly glass Ionomer restorative
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Prevention of recurrent decay is an important consideration for dentists and assistants as they restore teeth and counsel patients on good oral health habits. While patients are carefully instructed on proper hygiene techniques and necessary lifestyle changes, the fact is that there are some patients for whom proper oral care is always a challenge. This is commonly seen with senior-aged patients or those with physical handicaps. These patients may have systemic health conditions that hinder their natural defenses against decay, as well as their physical ability to care for their teeth. More

Oral bacteria enables breaking bond on blood vessels to
allow invaders in

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A common oral bacteria, Fusobacterium nucleatum, acts like a key to open a door in human blood vessels and leads the way for it and other bacteria like Escherichia coli to invade the body through the blood and make people sick, according to dental researchers at Case Western Reserve University. More

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