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Do women experience more pain than men?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Differences in anatomical, physiological, and hormonal features between men and women may help to explain why women are more sensitive to pain and experience more chronic orofacial pain, according to a clinical review in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Understanding these differences "should help counteract prejudicial attitudes toward female patients, which can lead to inadequate care," wrote Thuan Dao, DMD, MSc, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. Allegations that some pain experienced by female patients is psychosomatic could be because certain complaints of pain are difficult to substantiate quantitatively, Dao noted. (May require free registration to view article.) More

New Pennsylvania law requires dentists to carry malpractice insurance
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About 18 months after a series in the Reading Eagle exposed the fact that dentists in Pennsylvania are not required to carry malpractice insurance, Gov. Tom Corbett on June 22 signed a law to change that. The law, which takes effect 60 days from the signing, was passed unanimously by the state House and Senate. It was one of the last issues championed by the late state Sen. Michael A. O'Pake, a Reading Democrat. More

Sen. Grassley investigating abuse at corporate dental chains
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Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, says that his investigators have found evidence of abuses by corporate dental chains treating children on Medicaid. For months now, Grassley's staff has been asking questions of three dental chains serving poor children on Medicaid. Each is owned by a private-equity firm. The chains are Kool Smiles, Small Smiles and ReachOut HealthCare America. More

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Study: Racial gap in children's dental care vanishing
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Since 1964, the disparity between black and white children's dental care has narrowed dramatically, a new study finds. By 2010, the disparity in receiving dental care had almost disappeared and was statistically insignificant, researchers say. More, however, is needed to ensure that all children in the United States get adequate dental care, they add. Roughly 50 years ago, "about 60 percent of African-American children had never been to a dentist, compared with 30 percent of white children. By 2010, this gap had completely disappeared as did the gap in yearly dental visits," said lead author Dr. Inyang Isong, an instructor in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. More

Natural dental health booster drink
Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Green tea is an Asian specialty drink with plenty of healthy benefits, and this miraculous plant is known for well more than 4,000 years. According to traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine, green tea is an extremely powerful healer, and it can cure many internal diseases. Scientists now believe that besides protecting oral health, green tea also aids the weight loss process, fights against cancer and heart complications. The study has been published in an issue of the Journal of Periodontology, and researchers believe the people who consume green tea on a regular basis have got much healthier gums and teeth. More

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IADR studies address antibiotic use for perio treatment    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What are the effects of different dosages and duration of adjunctive antibiotic therapy in the treatment of periodontal disease, and how does this therapy impact final outcomes? These questions were the focus of multiple oral sessions at the recent International Association for Dental Research meeting in Brazil. In one study, researchers from Federal University Rio De Janiero and Boston University evaluated the one-year effect of combining systemic amoxicillin with metronidazole to treat generalized aggressive periodontitis. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Kidney treatment could affect mouth health
MedWire News via The Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Study results indicate a positive association between the type of treatment modality chronic kidney disease patients receive and the likelihood for them having periodontitis. Specifically, CKD patients undergoing predialysis or hemodialysis are significantly more likely to have severe chronic periodontitis than their counterparts treated with continuous ambulatory periodontal dialysis or healthy individuals without CKD. More

5 things that make a major difference to patients
DentistryIQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A dental practice is nothing without its patients' smiles. Happy patients mean more appointments, more referrals and greater revenue. It is important to build a strong rapport with each and every existing and potential patient, which means doing more than providing various magazines to read in the waiting room. While a clean, friendly, painless and efficient visit to the dentist is expected, there are several other factors that can make or break the patient's experience. More

$2,540 for 2 fillings? Poor hit by high costs at dental chain
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Surviving on a meager $1,300 a month, 87-year-old Theresa Ferritto fretted about the cost when her dentist told her she needed two teeth pulled. She figured an oral surgeon would be too expensive. So she decided to try out a dental chain that promoted steep discounts in its advertisements. She went to an Aspen Dental office just outside Cleveland. Ferritto said Aspen Dental wouldn't just pull the teeth but insisted on a complete exam. She was bewildered when they finally handed her a treatment plan four pages long. Total price: $7,835. More

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Many options exist for those who lost permanent teeth
The Southern    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Any number of factors can cause an adult to lose one or more permanent teeth. A fall or accident could jar a tooth loose, poor dental care can lead to decay or some could have been born with a missing tooth. But for people in any situation, there are a number of options. Connecting a bridge and crown to adjacent teeth has long been the most common solution, but a different alternative has become much more popular in recent years. More

The Guardian rebuff on risky gum health, pseudoscience
Cosmetic Dentistry Guide    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As Zoe Williams of The Guardian recently pointed out, smoking causes cancer and could lead to gum disease. What Williams disputes are recent reports regarding the Swedish study. The study has shown a correlation between gum disease and premature death from cancer. The current issue, however, is that health journalists have replaced the word correlation with causal. More


Clinical studies show that peri-implantitis is no longer a rare complication, and the health status of peri-implant tissue plays an important role in implant survival. MORE

Bad breath? May not be as bad as you think
WellBeing Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Halitosis: science speak for bad breath. Most of us have experienced it at some time and a few of us may have wondered whether those around us detected the same funky smell we noticed coming from our breath that morning. Well, apparently, people stepping back during conversation or covering their noses is NOT a sign that you suffer from halitosis. Your loved ones telling you: "your breath smells, love," on the other hand, IS a sure sign you do have halitosis and it is probably time to talk to your dentist about it. More

How dentists use Facebook for dental marketing
PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Curious about how dentists are using Facebook in their dental practice marketing campaigns? In a recent survey conducted by dental marketing resource The Wealthy Dentist, two-thirds of the dentists who responded said they have a Facebook page for their practice, while only one-third reported that they do not. Most of the dentists using Facebook pages practice in suburban locations. More

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The different types of dental floss
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dr. Thomas P. Connelly writes, "As a New York City cosmetic dentist, I get asked a lot about dental floss, and which type is the 'best.' I have a pretty standard answer for that question, and it goes like this: 'Whatever type you will actually use daily.' That's easily the most important aspect of floss — whether or not it's actually used." More

Dental hygiene celebrates its 100th anniversary
DentistryIQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After a very successful meeting in Phoenix, the American Dental Hygienists' Association already is preparing for the Center for Lifelong Learning and Annual Session of 2013. ADHA has adopted a theme: "100 Years of Dental Hygiene: Proud Past, Unlimited Future" in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the dental hygiene profession in 2013. The theme was created using the suggestions of dental hygienists from across the country. A survey on ADHA's Facebook page determined the winning theme. More

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