Okla. Dental Association spearheads tornado relief efforts
May 24, 2013 -- The Oklahoma Dental Association has collected more than $19,000 that will be used to help 14 dentists and dental students whose homes were damaged by this week's devastating tornadoes. The group's headquarters are serving as a Red Cross donation site, where people have dropped off supplies for the recovery effort.
Routine esophageal screening critical for HNSCC patients
May 24, 2013 -- Routine esophageal screening can increase the early detection of second primary esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), according to a study in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery.
Beyond Practice Management: Leaders required!
May 23, 2013 -- The dental industry is in need of leaders who will help restore the profession to its past glory. That doesn't mean just leaders in organized dentistry, according to Dr. Deems; it also means dentists who will step up and be true team and community leaders.
Fluoroscopy offers continuous x-rays with less radiation
May 22, 2013 -- What if you could take continuous moving x-rays of your patients during endoscopic or implant procedures without exposing them to higher doses of radiation? That's the promise of fluoroscopy, an imaging technology that's been a standard in medicine for more than 100 years but not so much in dentistry. But that could soon change.
Leaders in Dentistry: Dr. Ezra Cohen
May 21, 2013 -- Ezra Cohen, MD, an associate professor of medicine and the co-director of the head and neck cancer program at the University of Chicago, has spent much of his career studying head and neck, thyroid, and salivary gland cancers and therapies. What does he see as the next big advance in oral cancer diagnosis and treatment?
Teeth-whitening products put to the test at IADR
May 21, 2013 -- The effectiveness of several different whitening products -- including a new dentifrice, in-office and take-home whitening products, and common professional whitening products -- were tested and the results presented at the recent International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting in Seattle.
Will Maine be next to OK dental therapists?
May 20, 2013 -- Maine legislators have taken the first step toward allowing dental hygiene therapists to practice in the state. A committee approved the bill last week after increasing the amount of supervised training and limiting extractions to diseased permanent teeth.
Implant complication symposium eases minds in San Francisco
May 17, 2013 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Some 400 dental professionals attended Straumann's second symposium on dental implant complications, May 16-17. Peri-implantitis, soft-tissue complications, long-term implant complications, and prosthetic complications were among the topics covered.
Are CBCT scans necessary prior to orthodontic treatment?
May 17, 2013 -- Taking cone-beam CT (CBCT) scans prior to orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning is warranted for patients with unerupted teeth or severe root resorption, according to a new study in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics.
Calif. governor says no to adult dental Medi-Cal benefits
May 16, 2013 -- Dental care advocates have urged California Gov. Jerry Brown to use unexpectedly higher tax revenues to reinstate adult dental benefits for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. But Gov. Brown did not include the services in his revised budget, despite 100% matching federal funds for people eligible for Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act.
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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