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New dental suite to benefit special-needs patients
University of Western Ontario
A long wait may be coming to an end. And that's something to smile about for thousands of patients in southwestern Ontario.

Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is the first dental school in North America to be equipped with a general anaesthetic (GA) suite, allowing the school's dental clinic program to expand its scope of services for patients, especially those with physical and/or intellectual challenges.
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Why your dental practice needs an operating manual
Dentistry IQ
Look around your practice. Your computer, printer, and X-ray machine, maybe even your adjustable desk chair, all came with operating manuals. But do you have an operating manual for your practice? If not, creating one can save you serious time and money.
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Dentist for Anaheim Ducks winces at every hit
LA Times
Dr. Bao-Thy Grant is responsible for any injuries from the neck up in hockey games at Anaheim. A mother figure, she looks out for the players and wonders why they have to be so hard on each other.
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Ad Council campaign launches 'Toothsavers' gaming app
ADA
In an effort to inspire children to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day, the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives announced Jan. 15 the release of the new mobile gaming app Toothsavers. The mobile device game, created on behalf of the Kids' Healthy Mouths campaign, calls for children to rescue fairy tale characters from an evil, cavity-creating sorceress who cast a wicked teeth-rotting spell on a fairy tale kingdom, according to the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives news release.
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Providing dental insurance not enough to induce Americans to seek care
Science Daily
Providing people with dental insurance does not necessarily mean that they will use it and seek dental care, according to a new study from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, published online in the American Journal of Public Health. The research suggests that outreach and education are needed to ensure that people value their dental health and use their coverage to seek appropriate dental care. The study has particular value in this era of health reform, and the researchers hope that policymakers will use the findings in designing future programs and initiatives, according to first author Richard J. Manski, DDS, MBA, PhD, professor and chief of Dental Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
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What happens when dental patient won't complete medical forms
Dentistry IQ
What do you advise if a patient of record refuses to fill out a medical history form? We had one yesterday who said, "I'm not filling that out." I noted it in the chart and told the patient that I documented the refusal in the chart.

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What is responsive web design...revisited
Modern Dental Marketing
Today, I'm recycling a blog from August of last year, because many of my clients have opted for rebuiding their 2-year-old websites with responsive design. Responsive sites are prioritized over non-responsive sites by mobile search, and they're also user friendly.

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Antibacterial agent boosts toothpaste effectiveness
Science Daily
Regular use of fluoride toothpaste containing triclosan, an antibacterial agent, and a copolymer, which helps prevent the triclosan from being washed away by saliva, reduces plaque, gingivitis, and bleeding gums and slightly reduces tooth decay compared to fluoride toothpaste.

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The benefits of flossing, and the consequences of not
Winter Garden Smiles
As your dentist begins your cleaning, he or she never fails to ask, "have you been flossing regularly?" The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Typically, we have no problem brushing twice a day. The flossing is what falls to the wayside.
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Habits that harm your dental health
Dr. Perrone
Maintaining good dental health is important not only for our smiles but for our overall health. Studies have shown that poor dental health has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. Dental hygiene can be a difficult undertaking for many but did you know that some common habits make the job doubly difficult? Below you will find a list of some of the most common harmful habits to our dental health.
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ADA: Surgeon General updates tobacco, oral health links
ADA
The U.S. Surgeon General's 50th anniversary review of tobacco science since Dr. Luther Terry's landmark report on smoking and health updates evidence on the implications for oral health from tobacco use and the "expanding use of multiple products or the replacement of conventional combustible cigarettes with other nicotine delivery systems.'
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