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Study examines patient satisfaction in restorative dentistry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How important are your personal interactions with patients? According to a new study from the Dental Practice-Based Research Network Collaborative Group, in restorative dentistry, personal interactions have a significant impact on a patient's perception of a dentist's skill and the quality of care he or she is delivering. "A patient's judgments of a dentist's skills and quality of care are based on personal interactions with the dentist, the level of comfort the patient perceives while receiving care, and any experience of post-treatment sensitivity in the treated tooth," wrote the study authors, a group led by researchers from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Coconut oil treated with enzymes may prevent tooth decay
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Coconut oil may be the latest craze in the foodiesphere, but it could also function to prevent cavities, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland found that enzyme-treated coconut oil — similar to what would happen to coconut oil after it's been digested — was able to stop the growth of cavity-causing bacteria. The finding, presented at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn conference, could lead to a new approach to dental care products, study researcher Dr. Damien Brady said in a statement. More

Woman sues dentist for injuries to throat
The Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A West Virginia woman is suing her dentist after she claims she was injured while the defendant was repairing her tooth. On Aug. 10, 2010, Sally Neale visited Dr. David Bell's office to have a front tooth repaired, according to a complaint filed Aug. 8 in Putnam Circuit Court. Neale claims while in a reclining position in the dental chair and during the time Bell was working on her tooth, she felt something slide down her throat and she began to gag and choke. Bell was aware that the drill bit had slid down Neale's throat causing the gagging and choking, but neither Bell nor his assistant offered to give any aid to Neale or to call 911, according to the suit. More

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Iowa mulls new functions for dental hygienists, assistants    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dental assistants and hygienists in Iowa may be allowed to perform additional expanded functions proposed by the Iowa Dental Association pending state approval. The Iowa Dental Board held a meeting on July 13, 2012, to explore this possibility. The discussion involved additional expanded functions for dental assistants and hygienists in five areas proposed by the IDA. Meeting participants included the IDA, the Iowa Dental Hygienists' Association, the Iowa Academy of General Dentistry, and other interested parties, including the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and several Iowa community colleges. (May require free registration to view article.) More

People with developmental disabilities face increased risk of oral health problems
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People with developmental disabilities face increased oral health problems because of a host of physical, cognitive and financial challenges, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Their dental problems can lead to pain, trouble eating and infection, eventually causing serious long-term medical issues, according to the researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine in Massachusetts. Additionally, there's a scarcity of dentists trained to handle people with special needs. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Money where your mouth is: 6 tips to save
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A recent study found that nearly half of adults over age 30 have periodontitis, a gum disease that can impact both your mouth and wallet. Here's how to prevent it. More

Will dentistry go the way of Kodak?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dr. William T. Brown writes, "The iconic American brand of the 20th century Kodak has since filed for bankruptcy. Was it failure of imagination? Was it entrenched convictions and provincial thinking? In an era of global competition, companies must be fleet of foot, not a deer in the headlights turning into road kill. Could the same thing happen to the dental profession? A short decade ago, dentistry was in the realm of the solo practitioner, providing individualized treatment in a personalized setting. In a blink of an eye, the profession has morphed into corporate practices with no face and solo/group practices with an eye on the bottom line." (May require free registration to view article.) More

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New discovery related to gum disease
Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A University of Louisville scientist has found a way to prevent inflammation and bone loss surrounding the teeth by blocking a natural signaling pathway of the enzyme GSK3b, which plays an important role in directing the immune response. The discovery of UofL School of Dentistry researcher David Scott, Ph.D., and his team recently was published online first in the journal Molecular Medicine. The finding not only has implications in preventing periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory disease that causes tooth loss, but also may have relevance to other chronic inflammatory diseases. Since GSK3b is involved in multiple inflammatory signaling pathways, it is associated with a number of diseases and also is being tested by scientists for its impact in Alzheimer's disease, Type II diabetes and some forms of cancer, to name a few. More

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How the rest of the world brushes their teeth
Mother Nature Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's a 99 percent chance you are not super rich. But there is a good chance that you are part of the orally hygienic elite 1 percent. While it's common in the U.S. and other developed countries to use nylon and electronic toothbrushes, most of the world's population, especially indigenous cultures and developing countries, still use old-world techniques to keep their teeth clean — if they use anything at all. But are modern oral hygiene products and techniques infinitely better than the sticks, animal bristles and bones, twigs, feathers and porcupine quills that non-first-world societies used centuries ago — or continue to use — today? More

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Make the most of your dental insurance
The Unionville Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dr. Stephanie McGann writes, "If you have dental benefits, congratulations! — You're one of the lucky ones. Many folks have no benefits. Too many of us have very little idea how our plans work and how much they actually cover. This is unfortunate and often works to the benefit of the insurance carriers themselves. Their job (being realistic here) is to make money for their shareholders. The fewer claims they actually pay the more profit they can report. In order to maximize your dental benefits it is important to first know what type of dental coverage you have. There are four major types of dental benefits each has limitations to the benefits they provide." More

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