ADAA 24/7 News Brief
May. 12, 2015

This dental office manager really needs help managing her stress
QUESTION: I'm an office manager in a dental practice, and I'm wondering how you would suggest I handle the staff as a highly stressed out manager? I've read articles that suggest the management of an unhealthy practice might be the problem, but how should I manage my tremendous stress when everything seems to fall into my lap only?More

These dental assistants make a difference explaining oral health to children
Dental assistants from Dental Associates' clinics in Wisconsin enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to promote children's dental health recently, as they visited daycare centers, YMCAs, preschools, and elementary schools throughout the state to teach children the importance of caring for their teeth.More

How to take better digital intraoral images
Inside Dentistry
Digital intraoral imaging is an essential part of dentistry today. Although digital radiography delivers superior diagnostic advantages compared to film, success relies on a number of factors: proper sensor placement, good contrast, density, sharpness, and resolution. Learning the best way to manipulate those factors can directly affect image quality. Sometimes it's about machine settings, features, and calibration; other times, it's the x-ray angle, viewing conditions, or anatomy.More

Social anxiety increases risk of teeth grinding, possibly leading to fractures
Medical Daily
Are you anxious in social situations? It may be why you grind your teeth, according to a new study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation. Social anxiety disorder (formerly social phobia) refers to individuals who feel extreme discomfort and fear around others.More

Top tips for designing a modern dental practice website
Dental Products Report
We’ve all experienced the most modern of exercises in frustration: Trying to pull up a website that has not been optimized for the mobile experience from a smartphone. Whether the text is so tiny that it's impossible to read or the website takes way too long to load, the result is the same — a highly unsatisfactory user experience. In this day and age, 64 percent of Americans own a smartphone and 62 percent of smartphone owners used their phones to look up health information within the past year. Chances are good that if a dentist hasn't updated the practice website recently, his or her patients — and prospective patients — experience this exact nuisance. More

How do e-cigarettes affect oral health?
By Piyush Bakshi
The quest for bringing down tobacco use by providing alternative systems for delivering nicotine has given rise to e-cigarettes — electronic cigarettes that can be smoked when the cravings for a puff become too strong to control.More

Naturally occurring amino acid could improve oral health
University of Michigan via ScienceDaily
Arginine, a common amino acid found naturally in foods, breaks down dental plaque, which could help millions of people avoid cavities and gum disease, researchers at the University of Michigan and Newcastle University have discovered. Alexander Rickard, assistant professor of epidemiology at the U-M School of Public Health, and colleagues, discovered that in the lab L-arginine — found in red meat, poultry, fish and dairy products, and is already used in dental products for tooth sensitivity — stopped the formation of dental plaque.More

Study shows that periodontal treatment can reduce symptoms of prostatitis
Treating gum disease reduced symptoms of prostate inflammation, called prostatitis, report researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Departments of Urology and Pathology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Previous studies have found a link between gum disease and prostatitis, a disease that inflames the gland that produces semen. Inflammation can make urination difficult.More

Vitamin D during pregnancy may lower infant caries risk
Dental Tribune International
Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with bone defects by a number of studies. New research from Japan has now provided additional evidence that it may also be involved in the development of tooth decay. In a study of 1,210 Japanese mother-child pairs, scientists found that dental caries was less prevalent in children whose mothers had a higher vitamin D intake during pregnancy. More