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July 2, 2009
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'Chewing Robot' Could Revolutionize Dental Research
from the Telegraph
The mechanical mandible allows experts to study the wear-and-tear on dental fittings like crowns and bridges without using costly human subjects. Fittings are made from well-known metals, polymers and ceramics – but their dental wear properties are often poorly understood. More    E-mail article

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Study: Orange Juice Worse for Teeth than Whitening Agents
from Science Daily
With the increasing popularity of whitening one’s teeth, researchers at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, set out to learn if there are negative effects on the tooth from using whitening products. Researchers found that the effects of 6 percent hydrogen peroxide, the common ingredient in professional and over-the-counter whitening products, are insignificant compared to acidic fruit juices. Orange juice markedly decreased hardness and increased roughness of tooth enamel. More    E-mail article

Kissing a Cleft Lip Goodbye
from CNN
Seven-month-old Adnan Saleh had just come out of surgery to fix a cleft lip. But suddenly his newly repaired mouth was filling with blood, while in the recovery room at an Egyptian hospital. The post-op nurses rushed to make sure he didn't choke."Mother! We need a mama," one of the male nurses shouted in his South African accent, once Adnan was stabilized. "Speak to him!" More    E-mail article

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New ADA Standards and Report Available
from American Dental Association
Seven new standards and one new technical report from the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products have been approved and are now available from the ADA. They include the first three standards for oral hygiene products approved by the SCDP. More    E-mail article

The Making of a Surgical Leader
from Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
R.V. Walker stood there humble as always, bigger and more athletic than an octogenarian should be. Now stoop-shouldered, his right shoulder a bit dropped as if to address a golf ball, he greeted his former residents and friends with his “high-octane Texas gasoline twang.” The circle surrounding him was impressive. Ray Fonseca, Doug Sinn, Tim Turvey, Bruce Epker, Ghali Ghali, Cesar Guerrero, and younger surgeons yet to make their mark, stood by like disciples. As he sat down with his wife, Emily, his shock of dense wiry gray hair seemed to bristle. Bruce Epker stepped to the podium to describe his mentor. More    E-mail article

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Prevalence of Implant Loss and the Influence of Associated Factors
from Journal of Periodontology
The objective of this study was to assess the outcome of dental implants inserted at the Institute of Clinical Odontology, University of Oslo, between 1990 and 2005. The prevalence of implant loss and the factors associated with the outcome were studied. More    E-mail article

History of Periodontitis Linked to Cerebrovascular Disease in Men
from Science Daily
The potential role of periodontitis, an inflammatory disease of the gums, in the risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly ischemic stroke, has received growing attention during the last decade. A new study is the first prospective cohort study to use clinical measures of periodontitis to evaluate the association between this disease and the risk of cerebrovascular disease. More    E-mail article

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Post-Surgery Healing Technology Launches in the U.K.
from Cosmetic Surgery Bible
New therapy which accelerates post-surgery healing, reducing swelling by as much as 30 percent is being introduced to Plastic, Cosmetic and Maxillofacial surgeons around the U.K.: Hilotherapy, a revolutionary German innovation which reduces pain and avoids the risk of nerve and tissue damage by using controlled cold temperatures delivered via ergonomic cuffs. More    E-mail article

New Align Tech Policies Spur Complaints
from American Dental Association
New policies adopted by Align Technologies, Inc., have spurred sharply worded complaints from ADA members who say the policies are unfair to dentists who use the company's Invisalign system. As part of what the company calls a "proficiency program," Align is requiring all its system users to start at least 10 cases and complete at least 10 Invisalign-specific continuing education courses per calendar year or lose their status as active providers. Align's new policies took effect June 2. More    E-mail article

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Adults Find Braces that Fit their Lifestyle and Improve their Smiles
from The Ann Arbor News
Children aren't the only ones who can benefit from orthodontics. If you're an adult, it's not too late to correct problems such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw position, or jaw-joint disorders. The American Association of Orthodontists says a growing number of adults fit braces into their lifestyle. In fact, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. More    E-mail article

Temporal Space Abscess Secondary to Mandibular Dental Extraction
from Oral Health Journal
Temporal space infections are rare and infrequently reported in the literature. Abscesses in this space have been reported secondary to maxillary sinusitis, maxillary sinus fracture, temporomandibular arthroscopy and drug injection.More commonly, temporal space infections are associated with the extraction of infected and non-infected teeth.Those infections of odontogenic origin are far more frequently associated with maxillary molars. More    E-mail article

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New Treatment for Receding Gums: No Pain, Lots of Gain
from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine via Newswire
Tufts dental researchers conducted a three-year follow-up study that examined the stability of a treatment option for receding gums and found that complete root coverage — the goal of the surgery — had been maintained. This specific tissue regeneration application, developed at Tufts, reduces the considerable pain and recovery time of gum grafting surgery. More    E-mail article

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