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Firm hopes plant mix can aid oral health
Chronicle Herald
Sherri McFarland is working for a day when certain dental patients can improve their oral health with a sort of illuminated mouthguard smeared with compounds extracted from common Nova Scotia plants. McFarland is the co-founder and CEO of Fenol Farm, a Mount Uniacke-based life sciences startup that recently won the $100,000 first prize for the Annapolis Valley area in Innovacorp’s I-3 Competition. And the aim of this young company is to use a combination of light and natural compounds extracted from plants to cure oral health problems in certain patients.
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Dental college moves aggressively against unlicensed practitioners
Ottawa Citizen
Illegal dentistry is a "huge underground business" in Ontario, including in Ottawa where a sham dental operation operating out of a basement apartment was shut down in 2009, according to the registrar of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.
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Is dental assisting certification worth your time? Absolutely!
Dentistry IQ
Dental assistant certification. You’ve heard it preached. You've been told the benefits. You may have even considered studying for the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification exam, but for a variety of reasons it just hasn't worked out.
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Canada's Olympic 'medical Mafia' helps protect athletes, and their teeth
The Globe and Mail
Blame high-energy drinks that can act like sandpaper on tooth enamel, chronic lack of dental attention (not all come from rich countries) or injuries that were never properly fixed.
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Oral-B digital toothbrush like a Fitbit for your mouth
The Globe and Mail
Procter & Gamble Co is bringing biometrics into the bathroom with the world’s first smartphone-connected toothbrush, a device that gives personalized advice to help people improve their brushing.
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Charity welcomes Action on Sugar group
Medical News Today
A new group formed to tackle and reverse the growing obesity epidemic has been welcomed by the British Dental Health Foundation. Action on Sugar, formed of a number of leading worldwide experts, hopes to educate the public on the dangers of hidden sugars and raise awareness of the 'un-necessary' amounts of sugar added to our foods and drinks, a large reason behind the growing obesity crisis.
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FAQ: 6 rules for brushing kids' teeth
The Boston Globe
Start as soon as they have teeth. Some advocate starting even before, by brushing gums (at the very least, it gets good habits started early) — but once the teeth are there, you need to start taking care of them.
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Dental assistants: Recognize your success!
Dentistry IQ
Dental Assistants Recognition Week (DARW) is just around the corner. The weeklong observance — from March 2-8 — is hosted by the American Dental Association, the American Dental Assistants Association, the Canadian Dental Association, and the Canadian Dental Assistants Association.

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Dental fear : A dentist's perspective
Dr. Michael Sinkin
I recently experienced a personal epiphany of sorts regarding the angst, anxiety, if not outright fear of the anticipated pain associated with medical treatment (In my world, this phenomena is commonly known as Dental Fear). This "eureka!" moment of clarity was inspired by pain — my pain — visited upon me (the patient) by a very caring and proficient health professional during still ongoing and regular treatment sessions (every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7 a.m.).

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Dental Assisting Occupational Analysis: Nationwide Survey
CDAA
This is a unique opportunity for Canadian Dental Assistants. The National Dental Assisting Examining Board is partnering with the Canadian Dental Assistants’ Association to conduct a national Occupational Analysis of the dental assisting profession in 2014.

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Scientists chip away at mystery of what lives in our mouths
Science Daily
Scientists have pieced together sections of DNA from 12 individual cells to sequence the genome of a bacterium known to live in healthy human mouths. With this new data, the researchers were able to reinforce a theory that genes in a closely related bacterium could be culprits in its ability to cause severe gum disease.
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Social inequalities broken down by by dental care in school
Medical News Today
A new survey conducted by the University of Copenhagen and the World Health Organization (WHO) is highlighting the role of schools in work to promote health and prevent disease. "Children in Scandinavia generally have healthy teeth and gums, largely on account of dental care in schools for all children, the arrival of fluoride toothpaste on the market, a healthy lifestyle and high living standards. But the situation in the poorest countries of the world is very different to that in Scandinavia. However, it is positive to note that the WHO's Health Promoting Schools Initiative are gaining ground at global level, and that they are gradually wiping out the social inequities in dental health," says Poul Erik Petersen, Professor at Department of Odontology at the University of Copenhagen, and a Global Health Specialist.
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Cavities are contagious, research shows
Science Daily
Dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay, is the single most common chronic childhood disease. In fact, it is an infectious disease, new research demonstrates. Mothers with cavities can transmit caries-producing oral bacteria to their babies when they clean pacifiers by sticking them in their own mouths or by sharing spoons. Parents should make their own oral health care a priority in order to help their children stay healthy.
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