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NYU researchers develop new assessment tool to combat oral-systemic disease
New York University via Medical Xpress
Improving oral health is a leading population health goal; however, curricula preparing health professionals have a dearth of oral health content and clinical experiences. Funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration, New York University College of Nursing's Teaching Oral-Systemic Health Program is working to build interprofessional oral health workforce capacity, which addresses a significant public health issue, increases oral healthcare access and improves oral-systemic health across the lifespan.
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UAB research probes molecular basis of rare genetic disorder
University of Alabama at Birmingham via News-Medical.Net
An international group co-led by University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher Mary MacDougall, Ph.D., has unraveled the molecular basis for the rare, inherited genetic disorder, Singleton-Merten Syndrome. Individuals with SMS develop extreme, life-threatening calcification of the aorta and heart valves, early-onset periodontitis and root resorption of the teeth, decreases in bone density, and loss of bone tissue at the tips of fingers and toes.
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Sleeping with dentures could double pneumonia risk
Dental Tribune International
Poor oral health and hygiene are major risk factors for pneumonia among the elderly. Now, Japanese researchers have found that those who wear dentures at night are also at an increased risk of pneumonia. They have thus recommended that denture wearing during sleep be discouraged in geriatric patients.
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In anticipation of the AAP's upcoming 2015 Spring Conference, "Embracing Technology to Enhance Your Clinical Practice," This Week in Perio brings you a special roundup of headlines on technology's impact on periodontics, from clinical practice to practice management. Don't miss the AAP's 2015 Spring Conference, to be held May 2-3 in Chicago. Click here for more information.

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Contrary to popular belief, dental care for baby teeth is vital
Case Western Reserve University via Medical Xpress
Dental researchers hope to vastly improve oral health in children by countering a common misperception that dental care for baby teeth isn't important because they just fall out anyway. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland and the University of Washington Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities in Seattle plan to launch and test this fall a behavioral intervention to change what parents and caregivers believe about the importance of keeping baby teeth cavity-free.
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FDA recommends against use of certain bone graft substitutes in under 18-year-olds
Dental Tribune International
On Jan. 21, the Food and Drug Administration updated its recommendations for the use of bone graft substitutes containing recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides in patients under the age of 18. Reports of serious injuries have raised the FDA's concerns. It thus advises against routine use of such products in this population.
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Chewing gum removes up to 100 million bacteria in 10 minutes, similar to flossing
Medical Daily
From a young age, we're told time and again chewing gum can lead to cavities and poor oral health. However, a stick of gum can actually promote good dental hygiene in the same way as brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly. According to a recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE, chewing gum for up to 10 minutes can remove 100 million bacteria, or 10 percent of the microbial load in saliva.
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How to make flossing a habit
Some habits are oh-so-hard to break – think gossiping and shoe shopping. Others are oh-so-hard to make – think flossing. But as good as it is for us, why is it such an absolute chore to floss? "Many people find flossing difficult because it takes practice to get it right and so they give up," cosmetic dentist Marc Lowenberg, of Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor in New York City, tells Yahoo Health. "But if you persevere you can master it."
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Maximize dental exam insurance reimbursements
There is often confusion about when and what code to report to insurance companies for a patient's examination visit.
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