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Jan. 17, 2012
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How musculoskeletal health can impact a dental assistant's life and work
Inside Dental Assisting    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When doing four-handed dentistry, the primary operating tasks of an assistant include keeping the mirror clear, retracting soft tissue, rinsing and drying the field, instrument and handpiece transfers, and light adjustment. To gain a direct view of the oral cavity, assistants often cannot maintain ideal neutral posture, which is ear, shoulder, and hip vertically aligned. Viewed from the back, posture of the neutral spine is straight.
Editor's note: The article by Inside Dentistry was initially public last fall. However, the information remains germane.

Children are still receiving insufficient dental care    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The economy is leaving many people struggling to wonder how they are going to afford their dental care. A recent article in The Chicago Tribune found that in Illinois, children are particularly in need of better access to oral healthcare, as they struggle to find dentists that will accept Medicaid. More

4 ways cloud computing will change dentistry for the better
Dentistry IQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The cloud. Cloud computing. Every tech journal is talking about "the cloud" like it's the greatest invention since the Internet. The concept has already caught fire in dentistry, and it appears that it may change how we practice forever. More

5 tips for overcoming dental fear
Dental Health Magazine via    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some people continuously postpone their dental treatments, mainly because they struggle with fear of the dentist. They cannot stand the white robe of the dentist, the tools and machinery existent in the office, so they prefer not to visit the dentist at all. More

New Innovative Oral Health Rinse
Sunstar Americas introduces G•U•M PerioShield Oral Health Rinse – a new and innovative aid for the prevention and treatment of gingivitis. Clinically proven proprietary ingredient delmopinol 0.2% has a unique mechanism of action which disrupts current plaque and helps to prevent new build-up by forming a protective shield on the teeth and gums. more

Blame your taste buds for liking fat
ScienceDaily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Why do we like fatty foods so much? We can blame our taste buds. Our tongues apparently recognize and have an affinity for fat, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. They have found that variations in a gene can make people more or less sensitive to the taste of fat. More

Dental spending growth resumes
American Dental Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The dental economy gained traction in 2010 as patient out-of-pocket spending rebounded from a sharp recessionary decline, analysts reported in the government's annual snapshot of national health spending. Total dental spending increased by 2.3 percent to $104.8 billion after holding steady at just over $102 billion during 2008 and 2009. Some 4 percent of the nation’s health care dollar paid for dental services in 2010. Growth in total health spending continued in 2009-2010 but at sluggish rates. More

Gum disease can lead to bacteria in arteries
NewsUSA via WKBT-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers have found that people with severe chronic gum disease, or periodontitis, are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease. A 1998 study led by Dr. Mark Herzberg and Dr. Maurice Meyer at the University of Minnesota was the first to show that bacteria from the mouth can induce clotting, which is the pivotal event in most heart attacks and strokes. More

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