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Experts: Unhealthy gums can end in heart attacks
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You better start taking your oral health seriously because the trouble in your mouth could be a subtle indicator of something as grave as diabetes or even heart attack. City doctors revealed many such facts on the occasion of World Oral Health Day. Other than diabetes and heart disorders, they said mouth-related diseases could also be symptoms of hypertension, breathing problems, weakening of bones and even hint at a probable miscarriage in pregnant women. More

Salivary diagnostics: Oral health and beyond!
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Salivary diagnostics is a rapidly evolving field and one that the American Association for Dental Research targeted for its 3rd Fall Focused Symposium on Nov. 12-13, 2010, at the Waterview Conference Center in Arlington, Va. Within the theme, the focus was on scientific and clinical frontiers. A dynamic assembly of researchers and innovators in the field included basic scientists, engineers, policymakers and clinicians working together with a mutually embraced goal of moving advances in saliva diagnostics to a clinical reality. More

Dental debate
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Two dentists respond with letters to the editor of The New York Times regarding the recent article, "Prudence of having that tooth removed." More

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Georgia dental board votes against proposed rules
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Recent proposed rules required that a dentist will have to diagnose a patient before a dental hygienist can do procedures like clean teeth and apply sealants. But those rules were voted down unanimously at a recent Georgia Board of Dentistry meeting. Elizabeth Appley, a lawyer who represents the Georgia Dental Hygienist Association, was at the meeting. She says there were more than 30 letters and testimonies against the rules. More

Disciplinary action against dental pros in Minnesota
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The Minnesota Board of Dentistry disciplined seven dental professionals in the first half of 2011. The following are details from written agreements made between the board and individuals. More
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General dentists, specialists often misdiagnose oral lesions
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General practitioners correctly diagnosed only about half of the oral lesions they submitted for biopsy, while oral and maxillofacial surgeons and other specialists did slightly better, according to researchers from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. But the overall error rates across all groups were high enough to warrant the need for all excised lesions to be microscopically analyzed for histologic diagnosis, the study authors noted. "If they do not feel comfortable doing a biopsy in a particular case, it should then be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon," he said. "The important lesson is that any tissue removed by the general dentist should be sent for microscopic examination." More

Keeping track of daily practice numbers
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Why is overhead so tied to how we run our business? Doctors are told to keep overhead at a certain percentage of annual gross collections. So, to keep overhead where it should be, what do most dental practice owners do? They lower salaries, cut down on supplies, or buy the cheapest supplies they can find. Most practice owners don't bother to look more than once a month at what their practice produces and collects. Dental practices need to make a budget every year — and review it during the year. How can we work around a budget and not know what the daily numbers are? More

Introducing the Anatomage Surgical Guide
Anatomage, the makers of the famous Invivo5 software for fast and easy 3D implant planning, introduces the next generation of surgical guides: The Anatomage Guide. MORE

Nebraska dental museum opens wide with history
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Dr. Stan Harn glances over his spread of primitive dental tools and grabs a T-shaped metal instrument with a hook on one end. This, he explains, is a turnkey. It looks like, and may have inspired, the modern-day basin wrench. The metal hook goes into a patient's mouth and latches onto a damaged tooth. The dentist clutches the handle and twists. Turn too hard and patients could — and sometimes did — lose a piece of jaw. "You can see the amount of torque it generates," Harn said. "It was brutal." The turnkey is arguably the most cringe-inducing tool in a University of Nebraska Medical Center collection that includes foot-powered drills, wartime dental chairs and X-ray machines with exposed wiring. More

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