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Action on Inuit oral health
NUNATSIAQ NEWS
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami wants to bridge the oral health disparity between Inuit and other Canadians with its new Inuit Oral Health Action Plan. A recent survey found tooth decay, a chronic, but preventable disease, is two to three times worse among Inuit than among average Canadians.
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What makes an excellent dental assistant?
Domacan
Dr. Gordon Christensen answers questions from readers and offers his answers based on research, dentists' opinions worldwide, and personal observation. In this video, Dr. Gordon Christensen examines what he believes are the most important characteristics of an excellent dental assistant.
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Material loss protects teeth against fatigue failure
Science Daily
Scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt together with dental technicians have digitally analysed modern human teeth using an engineering approach, finite element method, to evaluate the biomechanical behaviour of teeth under realistic loading. They report results, showing that very widespread loss of dental material (enamel and dentine) at the base of the crown might be linked to the reduction of tooth wear in our industrialised societies.
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Hamilton board of health could push for universal dental care
CBC News
A large number of seniors and low-income Hamiltonians don't have access to dental care, and one councillor wants that to change. Councillor Sam Merulla will bring a motion forward "ASAP' asking the province for universal dental care. He wants a system that guarantees a minimum standard of care that is taxpayer funded and available to everyone, much like Canada's health care system.
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First visit to the dentist
City Dentist
I feel the most important thing to consider for any child is if they have spaces in their baby teeth or not. Children that have spaces in their teeth ( which is supposed to be the case ) have teeth that are more "self cleaning". Minimal care from the caretaker will keep the teeth healthy. I recommend starting with a flexible finger cot that is sold in most pharmacist / baby store infant oral care sections. It helps keep the hands close to the child and offers more control. As the infant grows accostomed to this habit switch to the brush. Wiping the teeth clean before bedtime is important and early on you may or may not use toothpaste. I recommend start one thing at a time, finger cot, toothbrush, then toothbrush and paste. Never allow a child with teeth to fall asleep with a milk or juice bottle in their mouth.
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How good dental hygiene depends on eating habits
WebDental
Many people assume that dental hygiene is about visiting the dentist for regular checkups, brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing. While these are important for your oral hygiene, there is more to it. The health of your teeth and gums begin with what you put into your mouth. By eating healthy, you will ensure that your teeth and gums get the vitamins and minerals that they require. This can avert many oral health issues. You need to consume a diet that lays a solid foundation for the health of your teeth and gums. This means consuming food that is considered to be tooth-friendly.
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Dentist puts fame to use
Niagara This Week
"This little tube of toothpaste is full of science." That catch phrase landed Grimsby dentist Dan Dimtsis a role in a commercial for a leading toothpaste brand. Dimtsis wasn't looking for fame or fortune when he auditioned for the part in a Sensodyne television commercial.
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Five smile saboteurs that are ruining your teeth
Yahoo via Chatelaine
Sipping fizzy water can increase tooth sensitivity - its bubbles are highly acidic and over time can slowly eat away at dental enamel. (A straw helps keep the carbonation from hitting teeth directly.)

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Are remineralizing agents effective on white-spot lesions?
Dr. Bicuspid
White-spot lesions (WSLs) are a source of ongoing frustration for many orthodontists and patients. While a number of solutions are at the disposal of an orthodontist, are any of them truly effective?

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Students sink their teeth into additional training
Toronto Star
For dental assistants and hygienists, continuing education isn't just recommended — in some cases, it's mandatory. "Assistants have to get a specific number of points per year to meet the certification requirements," says Luisa Nervo, a registered dental hygienist.

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Oral cancer survivor's support group goes nationwide in the U.S.
Dr. Bicuspid
Nancy Leupold founded Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC) after she was diagnosed with oral squamous cell carcinoma in 1990. Today, the organization has 127 support groups in 38 states and has published several books with advice for head and neck cancer patients.
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