Lie to the dentist? Not me. Never.
July 9, 2008 -- A new survey shows about half of patients lie to their dentist. But a little fibbing doesn't have to stand in the way of good dental care, if providers learn how to pose their questions -- and when not to pose them at all.  Discuss
Dentists ignoring high-risk patients' needs, survey finds
July 9, 2008 -- Dentists know that some patients are at higher risk for caries than others. But research presented at the recent International Association for Dental Research (IADR) conference found that most aren't following professional guidelines for optimum care of these patients.  Discuss
OCT dental imaging
July 8, 2008 -- Optical coherence tomography (OCT) dental imaging. Video courtesy of Dr. Craig Gimbel, Lantis Laser.
World's poorest can't afford fluoride toothpaste
July 7, 2008 -- Fluoride toothpaste has helped many developed countries battle dental caries, and most developing countries are trying to follow suit. But according to a new study, this common drugstore item is prohibitively expensive for the world's poorest population.  Discuss
Glass ionomers get vote of confidence at IADR
July 3, 2008 -- TORONTO - Speakers at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting on Thursday lent their support to the use of glass ionomers versus traditional cements for dental restorations, linings, and bases.  Discuss
Acupuncture for anxiety looks promising but unproven
July 3, 2008 -- TORONTO - Acupuncture might calm patients who fear their dentists, but there isn't enough evidence yet to recommend this approach. So said researchers from King's College in the U.K. at the annual meeting of the International Association for Dental Research on July 2.  Discuss
The changing face of dentistry: Part II -- Future shock hits dental schools
July 2, 2008 -- As the demands of dentistry change, schools around the U.S. are struggling to figure out how best to prepare their students. Faced with a faculty shortage, they can't always teach what students need to learn.  Discuss
Make your referrals count
July 1, 2008 -- A new study finds that nearly 50% of patients referred to a specialist never follow through, resulting in lost revenues for both specialists and dentists. But improving referral rates can be as simple as improving communication.  Discuss
Weeding through the worries on bisphenol A
June 30, 2008 -- Lots of composites and sealants contain bisphenol A (BPA). And recent news reports have warned that this chemical might cause cancer. Here's how to answer patients' questions about their safety.  Discuss
Beyond x-rays: Part II -- The glow of demineralization
June 26, 2008 -- For years the mineral loss from enamel and dentin has been known to alter the optical properties of teeth. Now technology developers are hoping to capitalize on this with a fluorescence device to identify demineralization and thus pinpoint dental caries much earlier than is possible with x-rays or visual examination -- before cavitation begins.  Discuss
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