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Gum disease treatment recommended during pregnancy
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Gum disease can be safely treated during pregnancy and appears to significantly reduce the risk of premature birth associated with periodontal disease, Pennsylvania researchers report. "The present study has potential implications" for the calculations dentists make when deciding whether to treat gum disease during pregnancy, they write in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Gum disease is a particular problem during pregnancy. Hormonal changes appear to make a pregnant woman more susceptible to developing it, yet the standard tetracycline-based therapy is not recommended because of its risk to the baby. More


A new study says flossing may help to reduce cancer risk
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According to, doctors already know good hygiene helps lower your chances of heart disease. Now there's evidence that brushing and flossing can lower the chance of developing neck cancer. More

Parents sue dentist, claim son swallowed dental equipment
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A dentist with offices in Houston and Missouri City, Texas, is being sued by the parents of a young boy, who claim that the child swallowed a piece of dental equipment during a dental exam. Juhlia Nelson and Shayne Nelson, individually and as next friends of Kayne Nelson, a minor, filed a lawsuit Sept. 30 in the Harris County District Court against Dr. Gloria A. Phillips. The plaintiffs claim that when an associate of the defendant was performing a procedure on their son, the equipment failed and Kayne Nelson swallowed a piece of the dental instrument. More

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Jay Goltz: Analyzing the small business tax hysteria
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Recently, Senate Democrats decided, at least for the moment, not to pursue the Obama administration's plan to let the Bush tax cuts expire for those in the top tax brackets. Most Democrats supported the plan. Most, if not all, Republicans opposed it, arguing primarily that increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans would be devastating to small businesses. First of all, it's true, as many articles on the topic point out, that most small businesses will not be affected if we let the tax cut expire for the top 2 percent of wage earners. That said, those businesses it does affect will be, by definition, the most successful small businesses and the ones most likely to be in a position to hire new employees. More

Implants: The future of dental medicine
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Dental implants are becoming a more popular and preferred procedure among patients who want more durable, permanent-looking teeth. From 1983 to 2008, dental implant procedures performed in the United States increased tenfold, resulting in $150 million for dental implants produced in 2008 compared to only $10 million in 1988. To date, about 3 million Americans have become dental implant patients, and that number is growing by 500,000 per year, according to data from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry website. More

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New dentists sought for rural Maine
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Maine's greatest asset in its quest to attract more dentists — and just about everything else, for that matter — is the quality of life for those who choose to live here. That's the philosophy behind a program that brought 53 dental students to the Samoset Resort recently for a conference sponsored by the Maine Dental Association. "The idea is to showcase what a great place Maine is to live and practice," said Frances Miliano, the association's executive director. "Maine is just like a lot of rural states in that we have a maldistribution of dentists. There are probably enough in southern Maine, but there are shortages elsewhere." More

Selling a practice — FAQs
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Q: I have read that dental practices are worth 65 percent of their gross receipts averaged over the past three years. Is that true?
A: The simple answer to this question is no. The true value of a practice is a function of two things: risk and net income. The higher the risk of an opportunity, the less interest there would be for a purchaser. Higher risk usually translates to lower value. Wouldn't you be willing to pay more for a sure thing? Simply put, a purchaser is willing to pay more for higher net income.

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The benefits of mini dental implants
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In this modern world of everything getting smaller and working better, why shouldn't the same engineering principles apply to dental implants? With the advent of titanium alloy, we can create stronger mini dental implants that are about half the size of a regular dental implant and just as strong. With more than 30 million Americans without teeth, there is a huge demand for dentures that don't move when patients try to eat. Most of these patients have not been offered dental implants for lots of reasons. More often than not, it is because of the high cost of implant treatment. More

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Maine voters to decide dental bond issue
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Dental Care for ME, a statewide coalition of patients, dentists, health care providers and business organizations, is asking Mainers to vote Yes on Question 2 this November. The $5 million bond issue would improve access to dental care by devoting $3.5 million to create Maine's first dental school and teaching clinic while distributing $1.5 million to dental clinics throughout the state. Right now, a quarter of a million Mainers don't have access to dental care and that gap could get worse. More

Health care law's guidelines on premiums' use take shape
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At first blush, the mandate in the new health care law sounds simple: Starting next year, health insurers must use at least 80 to 85 percent of the premium dollars they collect to pay medical bills or otherwise improve their customers' health. But deciding which expenses insurers can include has been proving a monumental and controversial task for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, an independent body made up of state insurance commissioners that the law tasked with advising the federal government on the issue. More

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Probiotics grow in popularity
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As a result in part of the findings of recent studies, a growing number of dentists are beginning to talk about their interest in oral probiotics. These treatments involve the application of beneficial bacteria to the mouth that may help fight more harmful microbes. Studies have shown that probiotics may reduce the risk of everything from gingivitis to bad breath. While it still is recommended that individuals check with their dentist before changing treatment strategies, adding probiotics to a dental care regimen may help reduce the risk of many oral health problems. More

Easing sting of poverty 1 smile at a time
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Put out of your head images of the quiet, stainless-steel dental office: Open wide, floss more often, spit here, see you in six months, here's our fee. Especially that last part. Instead, here is a room teeming with children and adults and with eight portable dental chairs. A generator in a corner office powers sterilization equipment, and an X-ray machine occupies a small playroom as volunteer professionals. This is a free, mobile dental clinic, and it's the only way some visitors to this London-area center will get near a dentist's chair. Dental Outreach Community Services is a program that periodontist Ken Wright founded two years ago through the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. More

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Need a dentist? There's an app for that
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You've heard of bluetooth on mobile phones; now here's your tooth. Located in the United Kingdom, Staplehurst Dental Practice says its the first dental office in the world to be able to check a patient's teeth on an iPhone. Using the Smile Assessment app, people can take a picture of their smile and send it to Dr. Jan Einfeldt, who can use it to make an assessment for cosmetic treatments, ranging from dental implants to teeth straightening. The app also enables patients to directly make or change appointments with the practice. More

The value of dental insurance
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One key to better health is through better dental health. Although the teeth largely are ignored, they are very important to the human body and need to be kept healthy. Affordable dental insurance is available to everyone. Dental insurance costs far less than theft insurance or automobile insurance and is much more valuable. Therefore, everyone should have a good dental insurance plan. They can be found in abundance all over the Internet. Frequently, some people will either unknowingly or knowingly ignore their dental health by not washing their mouth out after eating. This will become evident when they visit their dentist. More

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