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TOP DENTAL NEWS
The advantages of nontraumatic bone condensing
August 12, 2010 -- Implant manufacturers typically provide congruent osteotomes for patients who have spongy bone structures. But these instruments must be inserted with controlled hammer strokes, and there are gentler alternatives.  Discuss
New studies highlight tongue piercing risks
August 11, 2010 -- New evidence lends further support to the need for dentists to caution patients about the dangers of tongue piercing, which can lead to severe infections, chipped and fractured teeth, gingival recession, and even death.  Discuss
ADHA president talks healthcare reform, midlevel providers
August 10, 2010 -- Under the leadership of its newest president, Caryn Loftis-Solie, R.D.H., the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) is working to help its members navigate one of the most challenging chapters in U.S. healthcare history.  Discuss
FDA targets improvements to 510(k) process
August 9, 2010 -- With an eye toward making the medical device regulatory process more predictable and ensuring patient safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued two reports suggesting how the 510(k) program could be improved.  Discuss
Lawsuit challenges Trident calcium phosphate claims
August 6, 2010 -- For years some of the world's top dental researchers have been debating the merits of calcium phosphate products without reaching a consensus. Now a lawsuit questioning Trident Xtra Care gum's restorative claims is putting the scientific evidence on trial.  Discuss
Dentists move to the front lines on sleep disorders: Part 2
August 5, 2010 -- Dentists are being urged to play a more central role in screening patients for obstructive sleep apnea and related disorders. Can they also help treat patients who suffer from these chronic and potentially hazardous conditions?  Discuss
Dentists move to the front lines on sleep disorders: Part 1
August 4, 2010 -- Dentists are being urged to play a more central role in screening patients for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and related disorders and to work more closely with physicians in treating these patients. Part 1 of this two-part series focuses on how to identify OSA and how to incorporate screening for it into your practice.  Discuss
Survey: U.S. dentists' income trends improving
August 3, 2010 -- In an ADA survey of nearly 2,000 U.S. dentists, a narrow majority reported either stable or increasing income for the first quarter of 2010, compared to the previous quarter.  Discuss
Moms with more kids have worse oral health
August 2, 2010 -- Women who have four or more children have more than three times as many untreated dental caries as women with fewer children, further evidence that childbearing is related to oral disease, according to a new study.  Discuss
Did VA mishandle equipment sterilization breach?
July 30, 2010 -- Four of the more than 1,800 U.S. veterans who were potentially exposed to infectious diseases at a St. Louis Veterans Affairs (VA) dental clinic have now tested positive for hepatitis, and lawmakers are questioning the agency's handling of the matter.  Discuss
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