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New study shows dental treatment during pregnancy is safe
Medical News Today
It's safe for pregnant women to undergo dental treatment with local anesthetics, according to a new study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association. "Our study identified no evidence to show that dental treatment with anesthetics is harmful during pregnancy, and yet so many pregnant women avoid going to the dentist," said study author Aharon Hagai, D.M.D. "We aimed to determine if there was a significant risk associated with dental treatment with anesthesia and pregnancy outcomes. We did not find any such risk."
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IADR/AADR reports include critical review of diet, dental caries and health policy interventions
International & American Associations for Dental Research
On Aug. 11, the International and American Associations for Dental Research published two reports including a critical review titled "Diet and Dental Caries - the Pivotal Role of Free Sugars Reemphasized." In this study, authors Aubrey Sheiham, University College London, England; and W. Philip James, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, England, demonstrate the sensitivity of cariogenesis to even very low sugars intakes.
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Dental coverage for patients with Medicaid may not prevent tooth-related ER visits
Medical News Today
More than 2 percent of all emergency department visits are now related to nontraumatic dental conditions, according to a study by researchers at Stanford University, the University of California-San Francisco, Truven Health Analytics and the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Although the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has made millions of low-income and rural Americans eligible for health insurance, many states don't provide dental coverage for adults under their Medicaid programs.
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Facing rising dental costs, US seniors head to Mexico
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
The high percentage of U.S. seniors who lack dental insurance coverage has driven many to Mexican border towns that offer low-cost services. There are hundreds of dentists within a two-block perimeter in Los Algodones, a small Mexican town near the Arizona and California border. The dentists say many of their clients are elderly Americans. A study by Oral Health America found that nearly 70 percent of seniors in the U.S. lack dental coverage.
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Grant program aims to provide oral healthcare to underserved people facing substance abuse issues
University of Utah Health Sciences via
People with drug problems don't often come to mind as an underserved population regarding healthcare. Yet, because of their substance abuse issues, they often go without essential medical services, particularly when it comes to caring for their teeth and other oral tissues. "This population is almost always ignored," says Glen Hanson, D.D.S., Ph.D., interim dean of the School of Dentistry. "Whether it's tooth decay and loss caused by methamphetamine abuse, or infections and diseases in the mouth related to other drug problems, people with substance abuse issues have notoriously poor oral health."
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8 things your mouth reveals about your health
What your dentist is seeing: Or in this case, smelling. You've got funky breath. What it could mean: The most likely causes of less-than-minty-fresh breath are poor oral hygiene or gum disease, but halitosis can also signal a sinus infection, especially if your dentist still notices the odor when you exhale through your nose, says Mark Wolff, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Cardiology and Comprehensive Care at New York University College of Dentistry.
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7 causes of halitosis explained
We all get stuck talking to someone with bad breath every so often, and it's never fun. Sometimes it's your well-meaning boss trapping you in the break room for an in-depth conversation about spreadsheets. Other times, it's your sweet, sweet partner who just has to give you a kiss the second they roll over every morning.
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Can Groupon help market and promote your dental practice?
Marketing your dentistry practice is not always easy. You know how good your work is and how much you care for your patients' oral health, but how do you spread the word and stand out from so many other practitioners offering the same services? Word of mouth and client referrals are no doubt a big source of your business, and branded tooth brushes may help, but how do you reach a big audience quickly?
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6 easy ways to create an efficient front desk
To run an efficient practice new patients will love, you have to focus on answering the phones properly and managing your schedule. Many dentists struggle with both, but if you follow these quick and easy tips, you'll find more patients calling your practice their dental home.
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