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Dental checkup may reveal heart health issues
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If you've been putting off that visit to the dentist, figuring if you don't have a toothache there's nothing to worry about, think again. In addition to watching out for your teeth and gums, dentists also look for oral cancers and other health conditions that may announce themselves in your mouth. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests there is a link between dental health and heart disease. That's one reason why your dentist may prescribe aggressive treatment for gum disease, or even send you to the cardiologist. St. Petersburg, Fla., dentist John Ferullo is among those who think the link is strong enough to warrant screening some patients with gum disease for a blood protein called CRP. High levels of C-reactive protein are associated with increased heart attack and stroke risk, although exactly how they're linked isn't fully understood. More

Dr. Harold Katz: A few tips to keep in mind for good dental health
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We all know that regular visits to our dentist are vital to our oral health. The more often you go, the less likely you are to develop a problem that would require invasive dental procedures. Well, now there is even more information that backs this up. According to an article on, "Medicare patients who had had a heart attack or stroke over a five-year period were 1.5 times more likely to suffer one of these cardiovascular events in the four weeks after an invasive dental treatment that they were at any other time." This statistic may seem startling; however, the article goes on to state that the effect is "quite small and brief." More

Good dental hygiene could mean better overall health
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Arely Olguin's 3-year-old daughter still is using her temporary set of teeth, but Olguin isn't taking any chances with those chompers. They still get brushed every day, and the ones that are close together get flossed. When the permanent teeth come in, Olguin wants to make sure the gums and tissue are healthy and that her daughter has developed good dental hygiene habits. It's better both for her daughter's mouth and Olguin's wallet. "It's hard to go to the dentist here," she said. "It's so expensive." The need for that kind of maintenance — and those candy hearts that are pretty much just sugar and food coloring — is behind the designation of February as National Children's Dental Health Month. Dentists and health officials have pointed out that not only does taking care of one's teeth mean better, stronger teeth, but it also is conducive to healthier habits and outcomes throughout the body. More

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Disparities: A growing gender gap in doctors' pay
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Starting salaries for women who become physicians are significantly lower than men's, and the pay gap has grown over the past decade, a study reports. The pay differential, which was 12.5 percent in 1999, increased to nearly 17 percent by 2008, according to the report, published in Health Affairs. The growing gap could not be explained by women's preferences, the authors said. While women on average do choose lower-paying specialties and shorter workweeks than men, those disparities were less pronounced in 2008 than in 1999. Yet the pay differential has widened. More

How adult stem cell therapy reduces inflammatory damage
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Medical researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston presented new research results at the American Heart Association International Stroke Conference that demonstrated how MultiStem®, a novel stem cell therapy being developed by Athersys Inc., provided multiple benefits when administered in preclinical models of ischemic stroke. The study, conducted by leading researchers from the Department of Neurology at the UTHealth Medical School working in collaboration with scientists at Athersys, illustrated the potential benefits of MultiStem therapy for treating stroke. Researchers observed that intravenous administration of MultiStem one day after a stroke reduced inflammatory damage in the brain and resulted in a significant improvement in motor skills. More
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Latest procedure may help make dental implants more common
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A revolutionary surgical procedure allows a person without any teeth to regain a full set in just an hour. These dental implants are growing in popularity as more specialists learn the skills. "The problem these patients historically have getting dental implants and fixed teeth again rather than dentures, which are removable, is they have very little bone left after they lose all their teeth," says Dr. Steven Moss of Malo Advanced Oral Rehabilitation. "So when patients go to their dentist and say, 'I'd like to have teeth again that don't come in and out any longer,' their dentist typically tells them, 'I'd love to give you dental implants but you are not a candidate.' Or, 'You would need bone grafting to even put implants in.'" More

GOP governors urge speedy ruling on health care law
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A group of Republican governors has sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to ask the Justice Department to support an expedited verdict on the administration's health care reform legislation. The letter, signed by 28 Republican governors, comes a week after a Florida federal judge ruled that the law's individual mandate is unconstitutional. Soon after the ruling, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., offered a resolution making the same request. Former Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., also said if he were still governor he would have signed the letter. Both Nelson and the governors argue that the case against the law's constitutionality will go all the way to the Supreme Court, so it might as well happen sooner than later. More

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Study: Use of alcohol-free antibacterial mouth rinse is associated with decrease in preterm birth
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In a study presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, in San Francisco, researchers will showcase findings that demonstrate that use of non-alcohol antibacterial mouth rinse containing cetylpyridinium chloride decreases the incidence of preterm birth. "This research demonstrated that reducing the severity of periodontal disease has a direct correlation with preterm birth," said Marjorie Jeffcoat, D.M.D., one of the study's authors. "Preterm birth is the major cause of perinatal mortality and morbidity worldwide and still difficult to predict and prevent. So, when we found that something as simple as mouthwash could change the outcomes, we were very excited." More

Should you 'friend' your patients?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The mushrooming popularity of social media such as Facebook makes it an effective marketing tool, but experts warn dentists that sharing too much personal information can affect doctor/patient relationships in negative ways. Dentists should use social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to let patients know what procedures they offer, answer questions, and let them know about new treatments and special offers, according to consultants. But, like all doctors, they should create separate business pages to maintain their privacy and avoid blurring the boundaries of their relationships with patients. (May require free registration to view article.) More


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Zuckerberg's dentist father: Mark got computer exposure young
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Mark Zuckerberg's father said in a radio interview that an early exposure to computers inspired his son's interest in technology, and he encouraged parents to support their children's strengths and passions with a balance of "work and play." "My kids all grew up around the office and were all exposed to computers," said Dr. Edward Zuckerberg, a dentist. "There are advantages to being exposed to computers early on. That certainly enriched Mark's interest in technology." Zuckerberg said he computerized his offices in 1985. His son Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, was born in 1984 and was raised in the house where his father's dental offices are located in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., in suburban Westchester. Zuckerberg said he uses Facebook to promote his dental practice and spends about an hour a day on the site. He also still does Mark's "routine dental care." More

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