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Study review yields doubt on fluoridated water's effectiveness
Dentistry Today
The United States has been adding fluoride to its drinking water since 1945, as many authorities consider it an essential strategy in fighting tooth decay. But researchers from the Cochrane Oral Health Group have reason to question its effectiveness. The organization examined 155 previous studies published through February of this year comparing children receiving fluoridated water to those receiving water with little or no fluoride.
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ADA: Big dental chains are doing big business
The number of large dental practices is growing, along with their profits and the number of people they employ, according to a new research brief by the ADA Health Policy Institute. The trend in recent years is toward larger, consolidated multiestablishment dental practices, the study authors noted. For example, the number of large group dental practices grew by 25 percent over a two-year period from 2009 to 2011, according to a 2012 ADA study.
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Dentists tapped for new role: Drug screenings
Medical News Today
A visit to the dentist has the potential to be more than a checkup of our teeth as patients are increasingly screened for medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. A new study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health focuses on dental screenings for drug misuse, finding 77 percent of dentists ask patients about illicit drug use, and 54 percent of dentists believe that such screenings should be their responsibility. Results of the study are online in the journal Addiction.
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Former US surgeon general advances oral health debate
When he was surgeon general of the U.S., Dr. David Satcher issued the first surgeon general's report on oral health in 2000. He has continued to show that oral health matters, as he is now championing the use of dental therapists as a way to reduce the prevalence of caries and provide oral healthcare to underserved populations. In this exclusive interview with, Satcher talks about the need to improve the oral health of all Americans, how the first surgeon general's report on oral health came into being, the need for more outcomes research in dentistry and why it's not about dentists versus dental therapists.
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11 silent signs of big health problems you might be ignoring
Reader's Digest
Signs Your Gut Is in Big Trouble: 1. Damage to your teeth "I often get referrals from dentists with patients who don't feel heartburn or other reflux symptoms, but their teeth enamel is completely worn down," says Evan Dellon, MD, a gastrointestinal specialist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Many are shocked to learn they have acid reflux. While sugary drinks wear down teeth at the front of your mouth, acid from your esophagus tends to dissolve enamel of the teeth at the back.
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5 overlooked risks in your dental office and what you can do about them
When it comes to teeth and gums, you know how to spot a risky situation. The patient who can't stop grinding her teeth? Trouble. The guy who refuses to floss? Big trouble. But how are you when it comes to noticing risk exposures in your practice as a whole? Take a look at these five risk exposures that threaten a lot of dentists, and how you can update your practice to minimize their potential impact.
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Dentists in small group practices are most satisfied
Dental Tribune
Many factors influence the daily work of dental professionals and contribute to their overall job satisfaction, which in turn may affect their delivery of care and thus patient satisfaction. A new study has found that the level of satisfaction differs significantly between dentists in different practice settings.
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