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Thousands of Oklahoma patients urged to get tested for HIV, hepatitis after investigation shows dirty instruments in use
Fox News
Thousands of patients of an Oklahoma dentist are being urged to get tested for HIV and hepatitis after public health officials found evidence of practices that could have exposed patients to the viruses.
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Oklahoma dentist's former assistant gave anesthesia, didn't know it was illegal
ABC News
A former employee of the Oklahoma dentist accused of exposing thousands of patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C told that he sent her to Dallas for an anesthesia training program to learn more about intravenous anesthesia.
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Experts offer advice on protecting children and young adults from dental and facial injuries during recreational and organized sports
Dentistry IQ
April is National Facial Protection Month and the Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and the American Dental Association (ADA) are teaming up to remind parents, coaches and athletes to play it safe as they prepare to suit up for recreational and organized sports.
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8 easy steps to conducting successful, stress-free payments
By Jan Keller
Money has a strong emotional tie for all of us. Discussing it, especially when you're the one asking to be paid for something, can be downright stressful. But it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, the best outcome — a "win/win" where both parties feel they have an agreement that is fair and reasonable — is absolutely achievable. In addition, communication regarding fees can actually help build trust in patient relationships, if done correctly. The process that leads to implementing this type of payment arrangement is a straightforward, eight-step process that covers all aspects of the payment arrangement system.
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Social media exposes fear of dentist's chair
Medical Xpress
A team of researchers from universities in China, Malayasia and The University of Western Australia tapped into the social media video platform expecting to record spontaneous personal reactions which could add to existing knowledge about Dental Fear and Anxiety (DFA). What they found was that fear of the dentist has a variety of manifestations, impacts, and origins, some of which only became apparent when using internet and social media, supporting the value of social media to gain a better understanding of health issues.
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How sanitary is your dentist's office?
EmpowHer via Fox News
The shocking news that thousands of patients who visited Dr. Scott Harrington's Oklahoma oral surgery practice since 2007 may have been exposed to hepatitis B, C, and HIV as well as unsanitary and non-sterile conditions, is a wake-up call for doctors, patients, and especially health departments everywhere. This is not to say that dental practices everywhere fall into the same pattern of inadequately sterilized equipment, reused needles, expired medications, or dental assistants administering intravenous medication without a doctor present.
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Study on how to prevent wisdom teeth from developing
A majority of people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth, which will have to be removed with surgery. But a new study shows a common pediatric procedure may prevent wisdom teeth from developing at all. Wisdom teeth do not begin to develop until well after birth, making them vulnerable to injury.
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Gum does much more than freshen breath
Dentistry IQ
Incessant gum chewers could be onto something. Besides freshening your breath and improving dental health, new research has shown that chewing sugar-free gum helps people concentrate for longer, possibly by increasing blood flow to the brain, and previous studies have suggested it can also reduce chronic stress. The most recent chewing gum study, published last month by researchers at Cardiff University, asked one group of people to chew gum and another not to, as they completed a 30-minute audio memory task that involved listening to a list of numbers and spotting certain sequences.

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Dental anesthetic and your heart
Oral Answers
Back when I was in dental school, the instructors told us to always pull back on the anesthetic syringe before injecting. By doing this, we would make sure that we weren't injecting the anesthetic into a blood vessel, which would cause the epinephrine in the anesthetic to make the patient's heart feel like it was beating out of their chest.

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Oral microbes differ between smokers, nonsmokers
Dr. Biscuspid
Smokers have a richer population of microbes associated with periodontal disease than nonsmokers, according to research presented at the recent International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting in Seattle.

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