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Offer of free dental care in Victoria draws long lineups
Times Colonist
Local residents unable to afford overdue dental treatment began lining up to take advantage of what turned out to be $37,000 worth of free treatment by five dentists and staff at offices on Fort Street and Sooke Road. Wendy Penman, a Saanich mother of three, said she was "almost in tears" with relief, despite waiting for more than four hours to have a filling replaced. She works part-time but does not have a dental plan, and had not seen a dentist for about seven years because she could not afford it.
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New evidence on how fluoride fights tooth decay
Science Daily
In an advance toward solving a 50-year-old mystery, scientists are reporting new evidence on how the fluoride in drinking water, toothpastes, mouth rinses and other oral-care products prevents tooth decay.
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Cash-strapped Americans delaying dental care, despite knowing the long-term implications
Digital Journal
More than one in three American adults (36 per cent) has delayed or will delay dental care due to the uncertain U.S. economy and their lingering fears about their current financial situation, and they are making that decision despite understanding the long-term implications: more than 80 percent indicated that they knew that delaying dental care would cost them more in the long run. The survey of more than 1,000 adults was conducted by ORC International and commissioned by Aspen Dental.
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Oral health is vital for overall health
Simcoe.com
Did you pay a visit to your dentist last year? While most in Ontario would answer "yes" to this question, a recent report from Public Health Ontario showed a number of Ontarians have not visited a dentist in the past three years, with one in five citing cost as a barrier.
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Coffee can decrease tooth decay
Web Dental
Statistics show that 54 per cent of Americans drink coffee daily. Some of these people know the benefits of coffee while others don't. Some only drink to boost their energy levels without caring about any other benefits or risks. Coffee has numerous health benefits. However, do you know the effects it has on your teeth?
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Why your fingers shouldn't be in the picture
Dental Buzz
"Just this once; it's okay." Does that sound like your practice? You know, you have a gaggy, bouncy kid who’s just about to tongue-thrust their way out of having those radiographs taken, but here comes Amazing Assistant to help you get a diagnostically acceptable image. SCORE!
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Material loss protects teeth against fatigue failure
R&D Mag
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 behavior 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. The study is published today in the professional journal PLoS ONE.
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Common habits that harm your teeth
Medical Xpress
Are you wrecking your teeth without even knowing it? For instance, chewing on ice or opening stuff with your teeth may be convenient but using your teeth as tools can cause them to crack or chip. Dr. Sarita Arteaga, associate professor in the Department of Reconstructive Sciences with the UConn School of Dental Medicine, says while some of these dental health "don'ts" can do immediate damage to your teeth (by cracking or breaking them), the effects of others may add up over time, harming your dental health in the long run.
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What's in it for me? Dental patients want to know
Modern Dental Marketing
Experienced marketing professionals will tell you, you must broadcast the benefits of your services to potential patients. Before consumers swipe their card or sign a check, they want to know what's in it for them. Why do you deserve a share of their hard-earned money?

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How sanitary is your dentist's office?
EpowHer 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.

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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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There's more to a smile then teeth
richardcasson.com
Our teeth are a major part of our identity and having great teeth makes us look and feel more attractive. Whenever we smile or laugh our teeth are on show and the better our dental health and hygiene the more confident we feel. But there’s more to smiling than you might think: having a great smile is not only an expression of happiness it’s also something that can be quite culturally specific.
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Teeth & dental implants aren't the same
The Endo Blog
It is well known that anterior gingival esthetics around an implant are one of the most challenging parts of implant dentistry. The reason this is so challenging, is that the natural periodontal tissues (see image) that give the gingiva it's phenotype (appearance) are gone. An implant's best chance at "natural-looking" gingiva/papilla is a natural tooth next door! Dental papilla belong to teeth.
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Tongue thrusting...what is it?
Marielaina Perrone DDS
Tongue Thrusting is a muscular habit of the tongue. It is an action which occurs while swallowing, speaking and at rest. The tongue is thrusted forward and and pushes outward onto the front teeth. It is estimated that we swallow between 1,300 and 2,000 times per day with about 4-5 lbs of pressure per swallow. This constant pressure of the tongue against the teeth will cause the teeth to be forced out of alignment. Children will also sometimes perform tongue thrusting when at rest. This is called nervous thrusting and is a habit that is difficult to correct.
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