Study: Diabetes increases risk for head and neck cancer
August 1, 2014 -- The risk for head and neck cancer was almost 50% higher in patients with diabetes mellitus than in individuals without diabetes in a new study in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery. The estimated risk for head and neck cancer was also higher for male patients and people ages 40 to 65.
Many obese parents don't see their obese kids as unhealthy
July 31, 2014 -- A survey of parents of children who had entered an obesity clinic has given doctors a complex problem to solve. Obese parents often do not see their child's obesity as a problem and frequently are not ready to make changes in their kid's physical activity or dietary habits.
Quick, low-cost blood test detects early signs of oral cancer
July 31, 2014 -- Australian researchers have developed a quick, low-cost blood test to detect the early signs of oral cancer. The test examines the profile of microRNA in the blood and can be done along with routine checks, such as for cholesterol.
Scams played on dentists: Part 1
July 30, 2014 -- In a new three-part series, Dr. Michael W. Davis details some of the ways dentists and dental offices are vulnerable to scams. This first part will introduce the series and discuss embezzlement and scams that are played on vulnerable employee dentists.
Ensuring safe dental visits: Because safety matters
July 30, 2014 -- In recent months, several infection control breaches have been reported in dental healthcare settings, which have affected patients and the dental community. In this column, Karen Gregory, RN, emphasizes the importance of safety and infection control, and offers some practical but far-reaching solutions.
Refusal to immunize kids linked to refusal of fluoride treatment
July 29, 2014 -- Caregivers who refuse to have their children immunized are also likely to refuse fluoride treatments for them, citing concerns about the safety of topical fluoride, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
Caries bacterium has altered genetically, linked to diet changes
July 29, 2014 -- Streptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria that causes caries, has increased the changes in its genetic material over time, according to a new study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. These changes possibly coincided with dietary changes linked to humanity's expansion.
Image Gently in Dentistry: Child-size x-ray dose for kids
July 28, 2014 -- The upcoming Image Gently in Dentistry campaign reminds dentists that children are more sensitive to ionizing radiation than adults. Dr. Allan Farman provides guidelines for pediatric imaging and emphasizes that dental professionals should image gently and image wisely.
Dos and don'ts for teamwork: Focus on making 'handoffs' smoother
July 28, 2014 -- Anywhere a number of people work together as a team, every person has assigned tasks, all of which are combined to get the desired organizational results. There are inevitably transitions from one area of responsibility to another. These "handoffs" are critical points. For the sake of office efficiency, productivity, and patient satisfaction, they must be as smooth as possible, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
2014 Dental Excellence Awards nominating period closes soon
July 28, 2014 -- The DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards nomination period is rapidly coming to a close, as nominations will only be accepted through midnight on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Submit your nominations today for the Dental Excellence Awards to recognize dentistry's best and brightest.