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Should dentists offer health screenings?
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Each year, nearly 20 million men, women and children in the United States fail to see a family physician or similar healthcare professional, but they do pay at least one visit to the dentist, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health. For this segment of the population, dentists may be the only doctors in a position to spot the warning signs of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, and provide referrals or advice to prevent serious complications, says Shiela M. Strauss, Ph.D., the lead author of the study and an associate professor at New York University's Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing. More

More Floridians are taking their toothaches to the ER
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More Floridians who go without routine dental care are resorting to hospital emergency rooms when the pain of tooth decay or infection becomes too terrible to bear, costing taxpayers and hospitals nearly $90 million last year. In Southwest Florida, the cost of ER dental care amounted to more than $3.2 million in 2010. Health experts said too few dentists accept Medicaid patients in Florida, where reimbursement rates are among the lowest in the nation. More

8 ways to save money at the dentist
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No dental insurance? Dental bills costing you more than you can afford? Skipping dental appointments is not an option! Missing your cleanings and exams can cost you more in the long run. The following are some tips to help you save on your dental health. More

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Parents sue after teen dies during wisdom tooth surgery
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The parents of a Maryland teen who died earlier this year during wisdom tooth surgery have sued the oral surgeon and the anesthesiologist for medical malpractice. Jenny Olenick, a 17-year-old junior at Marriotts Ridge High School in Woodstock, Md., died in April from complications during the outpatient procedure performed on 5 million Americans each year. "It's so hard," Cathy Garger, Olenick's mother, told "She was the only one we had." The civil suit, filed in Howard Country Circuit Court, claims the oral surgeon, Dr. Domenick Coletti, and the anesthesiologist, Dr. Krista Michelle Isaacs, were negligent and failed to resuscitate Olenick after her heart rate and blood oxygen level dropped. More

US Supreme Court allows dental records lawsuit    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Supreme Court said it will not review a California Supreme Court decision that allowed a Los Angeles dental patient to sue a debt collector who gave his dental records to credit reporting agencies following a bill dispute with a dentist. The Dec. 12 high court action leaves standing a June decision in which the California court reinstated claims brought against Stewart Mortensen, alleging he violated California's Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, according to a story by Health IT Law & Industry Report. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Modern periodontal disease treatments techniques
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When damage of the soft tissue surrounding the teeth occurs, the patient is most likely struggling with periodontal disease. Unfortunately gum disease is the No. 1 reason for tooth loss in adults, and according to several medical statistics as much as 90 percent of those aged 35 and older are struggling with some sort of periodontal complications. The American Dental Association recently conducted a research study, and the results show that people who have a history of periodontal disease are exposed to high risk of developing pancreatic cancer (actually they face a 64 percent higher risk of developing this disease than people who do not have a history of gum disease complications). More

Study: Probiotics may be good for your teeth
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Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in our intestines and help keep our immune systems strong. Previous research has shown probiotics are good for the gut, but now a new Spanish study finds they also may be terrific for your teeth. In the study, people who drank probiotic milk had a significant decrease in cavities over seven months. What's more, when probiotics were applied straight to the gum, volunteers had a reduction gum disease, as well. More

Regenerative gum surgery
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If you are suffering from gum disease and you've tried everything to stabilize or reverse the situation and it doesn't seem to be helping, you may be a candidate for regenerative gum surgery. Until very recently, there was nothing that dentists could do to restore lost gum tissue or bone. Now, with the help of advancing science, they can. More

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Leaders in Dentistry: Dr. Roger Levin    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Roger Levin, DDS, is a third-generation general dentist and the chairman and CEO of Levin Group, a dental practice consulting firm he founded in 1985. Levin Group offers dental practitioners a scientific, systems-based consulting method developed by Levin that is designed to increase practice production and profitability while lowering stress. recently spoke with Levin about how the current economic downturn is affecting the practice of dentistry, and what dental practitioners can do not only to survive but to thrive. (May require free registration to view article.) More

The cost of dental treatment abroad
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With the cost of dental care on a continuous rise, and with dental insurances being so expensive, it is no wonder that more and more people are seeking dental treatment abroad. Countries like Mexico, Israel or Hungary offer some top dental care services at extremely advantageous prices. Even more so, people are offered a dental tourism package, which means that for a convenient price they will receive accommodation, full dental treatment and sometimes even food is included. According to statistics in the field, every year more than 2 million patients are choosing dental tourism packages in favor of the local dental care services covered by insurance plans. More

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