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Tooth decay detected by laser and light systems
The Wall Street Journal
A growing body of research shows the light-based devices are highly sensitive. A recent study found one device caught 93 per cent of early caries, the dental term for tooth decay, compared with 27 per cent for X-rays. But some scientists warn the machines could result in overtreatment — as early decay may not need a filling.
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Obesity and dental care
JADA
Thirty percent of the U.S. population is obese, resulting in more than $150 billion in related health care costs and lost productivity per year. And, these costs are expected to rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69 percent of the population of adults older than 20 years are obese or overweight.
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Going strong in 2015: Hiring and retaining great dental employees
By Laura Winzeler
Dental patients look forward to seeing friendly and familiar faces when they arrive for appointments. Their comfort and trust levels depend on this continuity of care from the moment they open the door. High staff turnover is not only financially costly, it also takes a toll on the perceived competence of the practice administrator. Resolve to sharpen your leadership abilities in 2015 and become even more effective at hiring and retaining great dental office employees.
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Hire and keep stellar staff members
GPP
Like growing a garden, in building a dental practice team, it's important to have the right soil, seeds and environment to produce the results you want. In this case, it's growing a cohesive team of staff members. Plants first need prepared, fertile ground to grow successfully. Your office "soil" must be a place where a staff member can have an opportunity to grow and thrive. Some new hires are doomed from the outset because the office environment is toxic, due to unrealistic expectations, lack of proper training, lack of acceptance from coworkers or lack of encouragement.
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The evolution of plaque removal
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Fossil evidence documents that plaque dates back at least 50,000 years to the Neanderthals.1 Perhaps even they worried about how to get it off before it calcified into tartar, improving oral comfort or as a part of natural grooming. The first recorded efforts at plaque control focused on physical removal, essentially scrubbing it off with a stick or brush.

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Dental problems could be a sign of an eating disorder
The Baltimore Sun
People with eating disorders often mask their disease, making it hard for a primary physician to detect. But the dentist can see telltale signs, such as redness and ulcers, that patients can't hide. Dr. Gigi Meinecke, a practicing dentist and president of the Maryland Academy of General Dentistry, discusses how dentists can help treat people with eating disorders.

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Poor oral hygiene can impact our physical, mental well-being
Poughkeepsie Journal
Most of us don't realize to what extent tooth decay, gum disease and poor oral hygiene can impact our physical and mental well-being.

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