Study finds link between sleep apnea, TMD
June 19, 2013 -- Obstructive sleep apnea can contribute to a host of health issues, but is temporomandibular disorder (TMD) among them? Researchers delved into a five-year, $17 million epidemiological study to learn more and found evidence of an association between the two conditions.
Blood test may predict HPV-related oropharynx cancer
June 18, 2013 -- National Cancer Institute researchers have found that antibodies against the human papillomavirus (HPV) may help identify individuals who are at increased risk of HPV-related cancer of the oropharynx. These findings raise the possibility that a blood test might one day be used to identify patients with this type of cancer.
Dentistry at a Crossroads: The demise of general dentistry
June 18, 2013 -- Dental therapists are one response to a real and serious issue of inadequate access to care in underserved areas -- a response that has created much debate and disagreement. Here Dr. Bill Brown looks at both sides and offers a common sense solution.
Leaders in Dentistry: Ann Battrell, ADHA executive director
June 17, 2013 -- Dental hygienists from across the U.S. are gathering in Boston this week for the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) annual session, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the hygienist profession. Here Ann Battrell, ADHA executive director, reflects on the amazing advances the profession has made in the last century and other big changes looming ahead.
EHR Countdown: Beware the fine print
June 14, 2013 -- Who owns and controls patient data once a practice goes digital? Health IT expert Mike Uretz cautions that the devil's in the details when it comes to electronic health records (EHR) contracts and patient data.
Video tool helps reduce patients' fear of dental injections
June 13, 2013 -- A computerized video tool designed to reduce fear of dental injections has the potential to help patients stop avoiding dental care due to that fear, according to a study in the Journal of Dental Research. Twice as many participants who saw the videos subsequently opted to get a dental injection.
Calif. may restore adult dental Medicaid benefits
June 12, 2013 -- California legislators -- including Gov. Jerry Brown -- have approved a budget that restores some adult dental benefits in Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. Some $77 million has been slated for dental coverage next year, including preventive care, restorations, and full dentures.
Sirona touts dental CAD/CAM as industry standard
June 11, 2013 -- Sirona has unveiled its new CAD/CAM for Everyone campaign, designed to showcase its range of digital impressioning products and demonstrate how this technology can be affordable for any dental practice and help improve patient care.
Doc Holliday: History's most notorious dentist
June 11, 2013 -- He may be best known for the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, but John Henry "Doc" Holliday was much more than that -- including a dentist who practiced all over the American Southwest. A love of guns and cards and an incurable lung disease ended his life at an early age, but he left behind a legend that still fascinates today.
Mont. dentist starts dental assistant program
June 10, 2013 -- A Montana dentist has come up with a novel solution to a chronic shortage of experienced dental assistants: He started his own program, which touts hands-on training by dentists. The first class of 15 students started last month, and graduates are guaranteed 30 hours of employment.
The heart of caring
As Tolstoy once wrote, human beings have unlimited powers of rationalization. Have we as dental professionals rationalized our practices, our profession, and even our lives into something we never imagined we would? Maybe it's time to return to a more caring approach.
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