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Regulatory body defends use of general anesthesia in dental office
The Record
General anesthesia in a dental office is perfectly safe, says the head of the regulatory body for Ontario dentists. "I'd much rather be in a dental office any day for dental treatment than a hospital," Irwin Fefergrad said in an interview Wednesday. "The hospital records for infection, for things that happen that are untoward, are legion. Not so in dental offices." Fefergrad, registrar of the Toronto-based Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, was responding to the death of a boy after a visit to a Cambridge dentist. The Cambridge boy, thought to be about nine years old, died in hospital a few days after getting general anesthetic. He apparently had an undetected heart condition.
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Making a difference: Free dental clinic finds home
Penticton Western News
The first not-for-profit dental clinic in the South Okanagan has opened its doors in Penticton. The Henning Emergency Clinic of Kindness traces its roots back to August 2011, when Greta Henning tried an experiment in offering free emergency dental care to low-income people in Penticton.
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Dental assisting schools are the first rung on the ladder to promoting professionalism
In school, we are taught there are nine dental specialists; pediatric dentists, orthodontists, endodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists, oral maxillofacial pathology, oral maxillofacial radiology and oral maxillofacial surgery. During our externship, we were encouraged to visit as many of the specialty offices we could as well as the general dentist. In doing this, we as students, could determine where we felt most comfortable and provide the best support to the dental team. Some dental assistants are great with children and will work well in a pediatric dental office. Others may have a passion for surgery and will choose oral surgery.
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Make a positive impression on dental patients with an excellent phone presence
Dentitstry IQ
The first thing people do when they need to make a dental appointment is reach for the phone and call the dentist’s office. Because it is such an important part of any practice’s everyday business, the people who answer the phone should always be friendly and reliable. In the initial conversation, new patients in particular are looking for reassurance, clarity, and professionalism. They need to feel secure that their treatment will be in trustworthy hands.
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New study: Intra-oral scanners accelerate workflow
Dental Tribune International
Digital technology is increasingly determining work in everyday dental practice. Intra-oral scanners, for example, provide new treatment options for the patient and are expected to accelerate the prosthetic workflow.

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CDC anti-smoking campaign emphasizes perio outcomes
Amanda, 30, smoked while pregnant; her baby was born two months prematurely and then spent weeks in an incubator. Shawn, 50, breathes through an opening in his throat, thanks to smoking-related throat cancer.

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Shifts in the composition of the oral microbiome may be promoters or causes of oral cancer
Medical News Today
Each year, approximately 22,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. The five-year survival rate of 40 per cent in the U.S. is one of the lowest of the major cancers, and it has not improved in the past 40 years.

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Treating gum disease linked to improvements in other conditions
People who were treated for periodontal disease had lower healthcare costs and fewer hospitalizations for other medical conditions compared to those whose gum disease went untreated, a new study has found. "We were very surprised at the magnitude of the results," Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat told Reuters Health. She led the study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia.
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Hypersensitivity of teeth
Dentin Hypersensitivity is fairly common condition with between 8-35 per cent of the population being affected. Adults in the age group of 20-50 years are the most affected with the peak of 20-50 years.
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Tooth protein offers promise for bone regeneration
Medical News Today
Patients suffering from osteoporosis or bone fractures might benefit from a new discovery of a protein that plays an important role in bone regeneration made by bioengineers at Queen Mary University of London. Normally found in the formation of enamel, which is an important component of teeth, the scientists discovered that a partial segment of the protein statherin can be used to signal bone growth.
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CDC anti-smoking campaign emphasizes perio outcomes (ADA)
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