Dental Diaries: Rain-megeddon -- or, an unexpected day off April 19, 2013 -- Dr. Sheri Doniger found the silver lining in a day of torrential rain that recently closed her Chicago-area office and prompted all of her patients for the day to call and reschedule. What would you do with an unexpected day off?
'Toothsome Rex': The president with the winning smile April 19, 2013 -- Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, the 26th president of the U.S., was known worldwide for his engaging smile, vibrant approach to life, and commitment to all things outdoors. While some historians believe an infected tooth led to years of illness and, eventually, his death, author Daniel Demers reveals evidence to the contrary.
How dentists can deliver bad news with sensitivity, support April 18, 2013 -- Dental professionals need to ensure that they deliver bad news to patients in a sensitive and supportive way, and dental schools should teach the skills necessary to do so, according to a study in the current Journal of the American Dental Association.
90% of Michigan dentists provide free care to poor April 17, 2013 -- Some 90% of Michigan dental practices provide an average of $62,000 annually in free or discounted care to low-income children and adults, according to a survey by the Michigan Dental Association. But the situation is an unsustainable effort to prop up an underfunded Medicaid safety net, the association contends.
Less peroxide, more time triumph in whitening strip study April 16, 2013 -- A new study comparing the effectiveness of two teeth-whitening treatments found that an experimental whiting strip, which has a lower H2O2 concentration applied for a longer period of time, had better results than one currently on the market, which has a higher concentration and is used for less time.
Lollipops with licorice-root extract inhibit perio pathogens April 16, 2013 -- Sugar-free lollipops containing glycyrrhizol A successfully beat back the prominent oral pathogens Streptococcus mutans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, and Prevotella intermedia, according to research presented at the recent International Association for Dental Research annual meeting.
What caused Calif. man's death during third-molar surgery? April 15, 2013 -- After a 24-year-old San Diego man died last month during what was considered a routine third-molar extraction, early reports suggested that he was given too much propofol. But it has since been revealed that two pieces of gauze were found in his throat. The state dental board and the man's family are looking for answers.
Aspirin can help battle head/neck cancer April 12, 2013 -- Aspirin appears to offer significant protection against head and neck (HNC) cancer, according to a study in the British Journal of Cancer. Regular aspirin use was associated with a 22% reduction in HNC and seems to be particularly effective in preventing laryngeal cancer.
Dentistry at a Crossroads: The new normal April 11, 2013 -- The dental profession is in the midst of a transformation, in terms of how care is delivered, where it is delivered, and the patient demographics. The old days of the dental office in small town America may be going the way of the mom and pop grocery store, but Dr. Brown believes the future remains bright.
More dental hygienists administering local anesthesia April 10, 2013 -- A handful of U.S. states -- primarily in the south -- still do not allow dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia. But the landscape is slowly shifting, according to Tricia Osuna, RDH, who gave a talk on the subject at the recent Pacific Dental Conference.