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Rogue dentists operating in affordability gap, says clinic
CBC News
The B.C. College of Dental Surgeons can't say how many rogue dentists are practising in B.C., but the head of a subsidized dental clinic in Vancouver says there are more people seeking low-cost or free dental care than his service can help. Stephen Learey, executive director of the non-profit Strathcona Community Dental Clinic in Vancouver, says the need for affordable dental care always outstrips the supply.
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Scare away cavities this halloween!
CNW
Halloween is just around the corner. For parents, managing the mountain of sugar can be a challenge, yet it is possible to balance Halloween treats and keep kids on track for good dental health. "Halloween is a great time for parents to reinforce good dental habits," says Dr. David Ciriani, president of the British Columbia Dental Association. "Children are susceptible to cavities which can cause pain, infection and affect their dental development. With so many tempting treats around, parents can try a few simple strategies to engage young children in caring for their teeth."
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Toronto seniors wait years for dental care
Toronto Star
It can take up to three years in Toronto for a low-income senior to receive simple dental services such as a checkup or cleaning. With that in mind, Toronto-Danforth NDP MPP Peter Tabuns tabled a petition in the Ontario legislature this week calling for unspent money earmarked for children’s dental care under the province's Poverty Reduction Strategy to go toward impoverished adults.
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Celiac reminder sent to P.E.I. dentists
CBC News
The Canadian Celiac Association has sent a reminder to P.E.I. dentists, asking them to look for early warning signs of the disorder in their patients' teeth. Tooth abnormalities are one way to catch this often missed problem early. Celiac often goes undiagnosed, because more than half those who have it don't have the usual symptoms.
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Looking at the timing of removal of wisdom teeth
TeethRemoval.com
An interesting study by M. Anthony Pogrel titled "What Is the Effect of Timing of Removal on the Incidence and Severity of Complications?" appears in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, vol. 70, issue 9, supplement 1, pages S37-S40, 2012. The author sets out to explore if younger patients (less than 25 years) have a decreased risk for postoperative complications than older patients.
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Oral bacteria create a 'fingerprint' in your mouth
Science Daily
The bacteria in the human mouth — particularly those nestled under the gums — are as powerful as a fingerprint at identifying a person's ethnicity, new research shows. Scientists identified a total of almost 400 different species of microbes in the mouths of 100 study participants belonging to four ethnic affiliations: non-Hispanic blacks, whites, Chinese and Latinos.
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Reflexology in the dental chair
Dentistry IQ
The word dentistry has long been synonymous with such four letter words as pain and ouch. However, during the last 12 years that I've been a dental assistant, I've witnessed patient after patient have a positive experience, and I've helped them leave their dental anxiety at the door. After all, that's why I pursued this profession. As a scared little girl facing a very intimidating oral surgery, a sweet and caring woman who assisted the oral surgeon took great care of me. I knew firsthand the fear of the unknown in the dental chair, and I never wanted others to have that same feeling. Isn’t that why we became dental assistants?
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Salvation Army dental clinic ready for first patients
Daily Townsman
Dentist Astarte (left) and dental assistant Lara Kahl are ready to accept some of their first patients at the Salvation Army's new free dental clinic in Cranbrook. The clinic opened earlier this month and is accepting patients who can't afford to see a dentist.

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Suspected underground dental office raided in Vancouver
CTV News
Investigators hauled dental instruments and chairs out of an East Vancouver home during a raid on another suspected underground dentist's office.

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McGill low cost dental clinic making big move
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McGill University is moving its low cost dental service clinic closer to campus and the clients they serve. The undergraduate teaching clinic is moving from the Montreal General Hospital to a bigger space right across the street from the university campus on Sherbrooke.

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Nocturnal teeth grinding mauy suggest sleeping disorder
Huffington Post
The occurrence of gnashing or grinding of teeth is not new. The Bible makes reference to this phenomenon both in the Old Testament, "His anger has torn me and hunted me down; he has gnashed at me with his teeth," (Job 16:9) and in the New Testament, "But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 8:12). While this problem is many centuries old, it is only recently that we have come to understand why this may occur, particularly at night while we are asleep.
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Burning Mouth Syndrome is often difficult to diagnose
Science Daily
Oral pain that feels like a scalded mouth and can last for months has baffled dental researchers since the 1970s, when burning oral sensations were linked to mucosal, periodontal, and restorative disorders and mental or emotional causes. It's called burning mouth syndrome (BMS), and it's gaining the attention of such dental researchers as oral pain expert Andres Pinto, who recently joined Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine faculty. What's frustrates patients and doctors alike, said Pinto, is that the mouth and gums appear normal with BMS, so its diagnosis is difficult. Patients often find themselves having to visit several doctors before finally arriving at BMS as the cause.
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New children's book reassures that dental visits are nothing to fear
Dentistry IQ
Children who haven't gone to the dentist may be fearful because they don't know what to expect. This new children's book changes that — providing a charming story that lets children know what will happen each step of the way. Author Judi Snyder puts her years of dental hygienist experience into high gear, creating Tara the Terrific Tooth Fairy, who shows a young girl exactly what happens during a dental checkup.
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Chew on this: 8 foods for healthy teeth
Live Science
Regular brushing and flossing help keep teeth healthy by getting rid of sugars and food particles that team up with bacteria to form plaque. Plaque produces acid that damages tooth enamel, causes cavities and sets the stage for periodontal, or gum, disease.
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