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Dental care state by state: Where do you stack up?
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Growing up, most of us learned how to brush our teeth and gums, and were instructed to do so at least twice a day, without exception — and for good reason. Beyond the obvious benefits of dental health, which include avoiding unsightly teeth stains and painful cavities, a healthy mouth has been increasingly linked to other health issues. Just this summer, a study found a possible link between gum disease and an increased difficulty conceiving children, and periodontal disease has been linked to a host of heart problems — including coronary artery disease — as well as an increased chance of becoming diabetic. It seems fairly clear that oral health is something that we shouldn't be neglecting. Unfortunately, a recent Gallup poll suggests that many Americans do just that. More

Preventing, treating gum disease in people with diabetes
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Diabetes can result in heart disease and strokes, but many of us don't know that it can be a risk factor for a severe gum condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis is a deep infection of the gums, close to where teeth enter the jawbone. The gums get so inflamed that they can bleed with just a touch. It's genetic and only about ten percent of Americans will get it. But if someone has diabetes, their risk for periodontitis goes way up. Thirty-four year old Kimberly McCleese has mobile, or loose, teeth. It's most likely due to periodontitis. McCleese has diabetes, which can make it worse. Her mother suffered, too. More

The psychology of perio patient noncompliance    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Who doesn't want a compliant patient? Unfortunately, when it comes to oral healthcare, most patients do not fall into this category, making it harder to treat them effectively. For example, patient compliance to periodontal maintenance is absolutely necessary for successful long-term therapy. But absolute compliance is rare, having been reported as low as 16 percent, according to the authors of a new literature review. In fact, nearly 34 percent of patients fail to return for maintenance after completion of active therapy, the authors noted. So what is behind this trend? (May require free registration to view article.) More

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ADA urges DEA to 'reconsider' proposed fee hike
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The American Dental Association has urged the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to recalculate a proposed fee increase as imposing "an unfair burden" on dentists prescribing controlled substances. Fees for three-year registrants would increase by $180 to $732 under the proposal. The ADA "understands the statutory requirement" for a fee structure sufficient to cover diversion control costs, but the DEA proposal "fails to recognize the inequality of these calculations when considering the relative magnitudes of annual revenue and income for the different registrant classes," said the ADA comments on the proposal. More

Lawsuit: Dental assistant fired after raising questions about needle disposal
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The federal government is suing a Beverly, Mass., dentist, claiming he fired a dental assistant after she raised concerns about the disposal of contaminated needles. The U.S. Department of Labor said that N. Terry Fayad, who runs a dental practice in the Cummings Center, ordered Rhonda Healey to remove protective caps from contaminated needles before disposing of them in a sharps container, a procedure that could expose her to hepatitis and HIV infection. Fayad wanted the caps removed so that more needles could fit in the sharps container, saving him money on disposal costs, according to a civil complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Boston. More
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Dental procedure gives patients implants in 1 day
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Corn on the cob is just one of the many foods that is hard to eat if you wear dentures. Jim Artress, 67, who lives in New Jersey, struggled with his dentures for 10 years while searching for a better alternative. "It's kind of embarrassing if you're eating with someone, and it's obvious that your compensating for teeth that are not secured to your mouth," Artress said. After spending thousands of dollars on consultations and estimates for dental implants, he still was not convinced. Then he heard about another type of dental implant at the Malo Clinic in Rutherford, N.J. "It just made sense, and they said they could do it in one day, and I would have the teeth," he said. More

Research: Epigenetic changes often don't last, probably have limited effects on long-term evolution
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The first comprehensive inventory of epigenetic changes over several generations shows that these often do not last and therefore probably have limited effects on long-term evolution, according to scientists in Germany. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck would have been delighted: Geneticists no longer dismiss out of hand his belief that acquired traits can be passed on to offspring. When Darwin published his book on evolution, Lamarck's theory of transformation went onto the ash heap of history. But in the last decade, we have learned that the environment can after all leave traces in the genomes of animals and plants, in form of so-called epigenetic modifications. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Developmental Biology in Germany have now produced the first comprehensive inventory of spontaneous epigenetic changes. More

Sinus lift referral protocol
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Researchers at the New York University College of Dentistry recently surveyed otolaryngologists from New York state to help establish a referral protocol before performing a maxillary sinus lift. The study, "New York state ear, nose, and throat specialists' views on pre-sinus lift referral," appeared in the February 2011 issue of the Journal of Periodontology. The study, by M. T. Cote, S.L. Segelnick, A. Rastogi and R. Schoor, assessed the need to consult an ear, nose and throat specialist in the pretreatment work-up. Results showed that the majority of ENT specialists recommended a CT scan be done before sinus elevation surgery, even in the absence of symptoms. The greatest concerns of the ENT specialist that would warrant a referral were prior sinus surgery, severe sinus inflammation, nasal/sinus obstruction and oral-antral fistulation. More

Meth mouth: Inside look at icky problem
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Methamphetamine makes people high, but chronic meth use also heightens the risk for dental destruction. "Meth mouth" typically involves rampant tooth decay, dry mouth, cracked teeth and gum disease, and it can rob meth users not only of their smiles but also of their ability to chew. What does "meth mouth" look like? Click "more" to see 15 scary photos, courtesy of the American Dental Association and Dr. Brett Kessler, a dentist in Denver. 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

Oral-B and Sherri Shepherd empower Americans to advance their oral health
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Oral-B and celebrity comedian and Daytime Emmy Award-winner Sherri Shepherd are calling on power toothbrush users across the country to share their "Powerful Moment of Truth" — that instant when they switched from a manual to a power toothbrush — and its positive effect on their oral health. Shepherd is revealing her "power moment" in a video testimonial available at to help inspire others to take charge of their oral health. As part of the Oral-B "Powerful Moments of Truth" campaign, Sherri also will be sharing her "power secrets" about maintaining good dental hygiene while managing a hectic schedule. More

Event on Capitol Hill addresses oral health disparities
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Oral Health America, the Dental Trade Alliance and almost 100 oral health supporters assembled Sept. 21 for an event on Capitol Hill on to address the effect of oral health disparities on our nation's health and well-being. A recent survey by OHA found that 17 percent of parents reported that their child has missed at least one day of school due to dental related pain or illness. "We have an obligation to make sure that our communities, business leaders, policymakers, healthcare providers, and schools are committed to the nation's oral health," said Gary Price, president and CEO of DTA. "We must make certain that oral health care can be accessed by all Americans and that we understand the importance of dental care in our daily lives." More

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