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Blueberry extract could help fight gum disease and reduce antibiotic use
American Chemical Society via ScienceDaily
Gum disease is a common condition among adults that occurs when bacteria form biofilms or plaques on teeth, and consequently the gums become inflamed. Some severe cases, called periodontitis, call for antibiotics. But now scientists have discovered that wild blueberry extract could help prevent dental plaque formation. Their report in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry could lead to a new therapy for periodontitis and a reduced need for antibiotics.
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Soft drinks: Hard on the body
RDH eVillage Focus via DentistryiQ
The Renegade Pharmacist has some interesting ideas of what soft drinks do to one's body. This article will share some of those thoughts with you, and discuss some research published in scientific journals. In its coverage of The Renegade Pharmacist's infographics, which went viral, The New York Daily News wrote, "the beverage wreaks havoc on the body, according to the graphic, releasing an excess of dopamine and leaving the individual dehydrated, sluggish, irritable and craving more." The infographic mentions the drink's 10 teaspoons of sugar, and the phosphoric acid, which is added to make the sweetness more appealing.
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Many older adults face barriers to oral health care in the US
Dental Tribune
Oral health is important at all ages, as it can affect a person's general health and well-being significantly. However, a recent survey has found that especially the rapidly increasing older adult population in the U.S. has difficulty accessing oral healthcare. For instance, it showed that more than half of low-income older adults have not seen a dentist in the past year, mostly owing to lack of dental insurance.
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Dentists drill patients for drug abuse information
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Don't be surprised if your next dental checkup includes questions about illicit drug use. A new survey has found that more than 3 out of every 4 U.S. dentists ask their patients about illegal drug use. The poll also found that more than half of dentists believe they should conduct drug screening of new patients.
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Brush and floss teeth daily to prevent a heart attack
Your oral health and hygiene can predict if you will have a heart attack in the future or not. There is a direct connection between oral health and coronary heart disease, experts believe. The bacteria found in the mouth cavity can cause blood clotting in the arteries that could even lead to a heart attack or be a trigger for various cardiovascular diseases.
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3 tips for a more patient-centric practice
Jay Geier, president of Scheduling Institute, writes: "What if I told you that to become a more patient-centric practice, you would need to start name calling, hiding your refreshments and not introducing yourself. You'd probably think I was joking, right? Well, hang with me, but these are actually three valuable pieces of advice that will allow you to impress patients and significantly increase your referrals."
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What profitable dental practices need to know: Set up a fee schedule, strategically send statements
If you want to have a profitable dental practice, there are a few secrets you need to know. The first is setting up a fee schedule for your common dental procedures. The second is getting your timing just right, specifically when it comes to sending patient statements and making collection calls.
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They said what about my practice?
You do everything you can to provide the highest-quality dentistry, best customer service and most fantastic patient experience ever. You answer everyone's questions, are empathetic and even work through lunch to squeeze in that emergency. And then one day, an email arrives from your spouse. "Honey, you won't believe this. That nice patient who got those beautiful crowns yesterday, just trashed you on the Internet."
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