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Chewing gum may trap as much oral bacteria as flossing
Chewing gum has been associated with oral benefits such as fighting caries and increasing salivary flow. Now a new study has found that it can remove bacteria from the oral cavity. In fact, chewing gum may remove as much bacteria as brushing without toothpaste or flossing, according to the authors of the study, which was published in PLOS One and funded by Wrigley.
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Malocclusion and dental crowding arose 12,000 years ago with earliest farmers
University College Dublin via ScienceDaily
Hunter-gatherers had almost no malocclusion and dental crowding, and the condition first became common among the world's earliest farmers some 12,000 years ago in Southwest Asia, according to findings published in the journal PLOS ONE.
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First-time clinical study tests a noninvasive treatment for Tourette's using an oral orthotic device
Georges Gilles de la Tourette, a French physician and neurologist, first diagnosed Tourette's syndrome in 1885. Research in 1972 argued that Tourette's is a neurological disorder, not a psychological disorder. Since the 1990s, Tourette's has been considered a neuropsychiatric condition.
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Texas fluoride vote 'victory for dental health'
American Dental Association
During the spring of 2014, a small but vocal activist group lobbying against fluoride appealed to the City Council, and in effect local media, finding a clear and outspoken ally in District 9 council member Sheffie Kadane, and a few other council members seemed to support their cause. The Dallas County Dental Society issued a statement to the council and local media in support of maintaining water fluoridation in the city and began an active campaign through letters, meetings and interviews to educate the city's leaders.
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Washington considers changing dental law
Washington legislators are considering changing the state's dental law, which supporters say will remove regulatory uncertainty for dentists who work for dental support organizations. But the Washington State Dental Association says the proposed changes could lead to decisions based more on profit than the ethical treatment of patients.
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Headlines from the Crossroads of Perio and Tech

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.

  • Technology helps kids overcome fear of dentist


    Dentists: Too old for cavities? Think again
    Journal & Courier
    Dr. Alice Boghosian says she was working on an 87-year-old patient recently when she discovered a cavity. Boghosian, a consumer adviser for the American Dental Association who works in Niles, Illinois, was not surprised by the patient's age. She was surprised because the patient was her mother. "Luckily, I was able to save the tooth," she said — something she cannot always do for her older patients.
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    Prevent tooth loss and dental work with good gum care
    HealthDay News
    Taking care of your gums plays an important role in protecting your teeth. Gum disease and tooth decay cause about 90 percent of tooth loss, the American Dental Association says. "The good news is that gum disease is largely preventable through regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings. The bad news is that not many people like flossing their teeth, and many brush improperly," Dr. Martin Hogan, a dental surgeon at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, said in a university news release.
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    To have a sign-in sheet, or not to have a sign-in sheet?
    Question: We are a very busy office with five doctors. We try to greet everyone who comes into the office for an appointment, but this has recently become an issue. We've taken measures to improve the situation. One is hiring another front desk person, so we usually have two people sitting out front to greet and check in. Our front office people are also in charge of getting insurance and personal information updated, etc.
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    How to overcome the hang-ups of patient surveys
    As a general rule in the business world, if you're not progressing, you're regressing. Guess what? Your dental practice is a business. Regardless of your role – doctor, hygienist, assistant or admin – meeting the standards for a profitable business model falls on your shoulders. What part do you play? How do you help new patient generation?
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