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Oral bacteria linked to hypertension risk
June 23, 2010 -- People with a significant burden of periodontal bacteria are more than three times as likely to have hypertension as those with low levels of such bacteria, according to a large international study.  Discuss
Evidence-based dentistry not just for dentists
June 22, 2010 -- With the advent of lightning-quick access to information and the growing emphasis on preventive care and the oral-systemic link, hygienists and dental assistants are being called upon to adopt evidence-based decision-making into their daily clinical practice.  Discuss
Resin infiltration effective in clinical trials
June 21, 2010 -- You know how to handle a frank cavity and what to do with a healthy tooth. But what about the many lesions that fall in between? New studies on resin infiltration suggest it can successfully treat lesions that are too small to restore but too big to ignore.  Discuss
FTC charges NC dental board with anticompetitive conspiracy
June 18, 2010 -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged the North Carolina dental board with anticompetitive conspiracy after the board sent out more than 40 letters ordering nondentists to stop providing teeth-whitening services and allegedly threatened others who were considering opening teeth-whitening businesses.  Discuss
Carbamide peroxide good for more than just whitening
June 18, 2010 -- Think carbamide peroxide and the first image that comes to mind are shiny, white teeth. But a new study has found that this whitening agent can also be used to effectively suppress oral bacteria in patients with special needs.  Discuss
8-year-old's sedation death spurs dad's effort to change laws
June 17, 2010 -- After his daughter died during a routine dental procedure in which conscious sedation was used, a Virginia man is seeking a law requiring all dental offices to have and maintain defibrillators.  Discuss
Dental industry takes aim at gray-market practices
June 16, 2010 -- Are you using gray-market or counterfeit dental products? You might be and not even know it. While the price is right, you could be putting your patients, and your practice, at risk.  Discuss
Time-resolved fluorescence offers new way to 'see' oral cancer
June 15, 2010 -- Although still in the prototype stage, a laser-based spectroscopic device developed at the University of California, Davis is showing promise in the early detection of oral cancer and as a tool to distinguish between healthy and diseased tissue during surgery.  Discuss
Wash. school caries-prevention program unsuccessful
June 14, 2010 -- An effort to reduce cavities by applying fluoride varnish and sealants in Pierce County, WA, schoolchildren failed, the county health department reported this month.  Discuss
Does rearranging shade guides really work?
June 11, 2010 -- Achieving a perfect shade match is always a challenge. Some clinicians recommend rearranging the Vita Classical shade guide according to value to achieve better results. But a new study found this method may not be more effective.  Discuss
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