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Report: Dental implant market to double by 2018
The global market for dental implants is set to almost double in value during the next six years, resulting from technological advances and the growing global elderly population, according to a new report from GBI Research. GBI estimates that the market will grow at an annual rate of 10 percent, from $3.4 billion in 2011 to $6.6 billion in 2018. (May require free registration to view article.)
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Dental implants: Advantages and success rate
Dental Health Magazine
Dental implants are the best replacements for teeth. The implants will replace the tooth root as well, so you will get a fully functional prosthetic tooth which behaves and feels like your biological tooth. One of the main reasons people are reluctant about dental implants is because these are quite expensive. However, you need to think about it that you will receive a dental replacement with a lifetime warranty. Rather than spending quite some hefty fees every five or 10 years to get yourself a new set of dentures, it is more advantageous in the long run to go for dental implants.
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Dentistry at a Crossroads: The big issues
Dr. William T. Brown writes, "The importance of a dentist's self-insight or self-understanding cannot be underestimated as the basis for decision-making. What we want to do is link the dentist's self-study with his or her self-understanding. One detail of this process that often is overlooked is developing the ability to accept feedback from auxiliaries and patients." (May require free registration to view article.)
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How can I heal or stop a receding gum line?
Hive Health Media
Healthy gums are a vital component to overall dental health, and it is important to know what you can do help address receding gums lines. When gums recede, the gum tissue around the teeth wears away, exposing the tooth or its root. Gum recession causes gaps to form between the gum line and the teeth, creating a space for disease-causing bacteria to accumulate. Without treatment, the bone structures and supporting tissue of the teeth can suffer significant damages, possibly leading to tooth loss.
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Oral care and its connection to our overall health
Living Green Magazine
Although the mouth is small, it plays a big role in our overall health. In fact, the state of a person's oral health is often a good indicator of their general health. The human mouth is teeming with bacteria, most of which is relatively harmless provided they are kept in check by routine oral care. Poor oral care is linked to several serious illnesses.
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Dentistry not major piece of Obamacare
Reading Eagle Press
Q: How will Obamacare affect dentistry when enacted? My employer currently provides medical insurance but not dental insurance. Will Obamacare mandate dental coverage for all employees?
A: President Barack Obama instituted the most sweeping healthcare changes our country has ever experienced, termed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but more often called Obamacare. With all the talk in the news about Obamacare, I find it interesting that most Americans know very little about the details contained in the Act.

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LeAnn Rimes suing dentist, says his bad work made her career suffer
ABC News
LeAnn Rimes is suing her dentist, alleging that his poor dental work is the reason her career has stalled. The singer is seeking monetary compensation for "loss of earnings and future earning capacity" as well as for the physical, emotional and psychiatric injuries she sustained over a three-year period of treatment, according to court documents. Rimes alleges that her "ability to perform as an artist has been and will continue to be significantly compromised until all re-treatment is complete."
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Tooth decay bacteria evolved as diet changed
ABC Science
Mesolithic hunter-gatherers living on a meat-dominated, grain-free diet had much healthier mouths that we have today, with almost no cavities and gum disease-associated bacteria, a genetic study of ancient dental plaque has revealed. The international team of researchers, led by a group at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, University of Adelaide, publish their findings in Nature Genetics.

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FDA plans to reclassify safety of dental implant
Courthouse News Service
The Food and Drug Administration plans to reclassify a blade-form surgically implanted dental device, citing the benefits of such devices relative to their risks. The blade-form endosseous dental implant is a kind of device, made of titanium alloy or other so-called biocompatible material, that is surgically installed into a patient's jaw bone. A denture, crown, bridge or similar dental restoration is attached to the implant by means of a screw extending into the patient's mouth, the proposal states.

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Untreated periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, other diseases
Chicago Tribune
Nearly half of the people over age 30 in the U.S. have periodontal disease, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It occurs more frequently in men than women, is more likely to occur in current smokers and is most prevalent in Mexican-Americans. In those 65 and older, the rate increases to more than 70 percent. Men with this gum disease are 49 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer and 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancers according to the American Academy of Periodontology.

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Actively searching for periodontal disease
We now know that the mouth is the portal to the entire body. With strong evidence suggesting, and indeed revealing daily, oral links to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, low-birth-weight babies, and more, it has become glaringly obvious and imperative that the dental office be more than a cleaning and filling station. The dental practice of today — and of the future — must be a center for wellness and prevention. It must be a screening, diagnostic, and treatment center for a plethora of conditions that affect oral and whole body health. The ideal place to direct these energies is the preventive-oriented hygiene department.
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Who made that toothbrush?
The New York Times
"I don't have any of those toothbrushes that went to the moon," says Dr. Ben Swanson, former president of the American Academy of the History of Dentistry. He was speaking from his basement, where he stores his trove of 40,000 artifacts related to dental history. Swanson once dreamed of owning every kind of toothbrush in existence, but ended up stockpiling only a few hundred. "I had to give up because there were so many of them," he says. In fact, it would be nearly impossible to collect every specimen; the toothbrush is one of the most reinvented of human objects, with thousands of patents on file.
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