New Mexico dental school proposed
January 22, 2008 -- If you build it, they will come. But will they stay? It's a key question faced by New Mexico legislators as they mull Gov. Bill Richardson's proposal to launch the state's first dental school.  Discuss
Caries bacteria to self-destruct?
January 22, 2008 -- A research team at the University of Rochester Medical Centre has received a $3.6 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to identify and rank the 2,000 genes that help S. mutans survive acidic build-up in the mouth. Altering these genes could reduce the bacteria's ability to survive, causing it to self destruct in its own acid.  Discuss
Healthy mouth for a healthy heart
January 22, 2008 -- Here's an argument that will have your wayward patients back in the chair in a heartbeat. According to an article in the latest Journal of Periodontology, patients with a high level of systemic bacterial exposure -- due to periodontal disease -- are at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.  Discuss
Is radiosurgery the right treatment for trigeminal neuralgia?
January 22, 2008 -- The nerve disorder trigeminal neuralgia (TN) manifests itself in debilitating paroxysms of facial pain. What causes TN is still a bit of a mystery, but it's commonly attributed to vascular compression of the trigeminal nerve, with an enlarged artery or vein crowding the nerve close to the pons serving as the trigger.  Discuss
Government jilts dental care
January 18, 2008 -- Dental care is the poor stepchild of the U.S. healthcare system. That's the frequent complaint of oral health advocates. And the latest government figures bear it out -- with little sign of the situation improving.  Discuss
Do bisphosphonates lead to jaw osteonecrosis or not?
January 18, 2008 -- Although bisphosphonate drugs are great at battling osteoporosis, they can also cause osteonecrosis. One study says oral bisphosphonates are fine; another study hotly disputes this. The bisphosphonate battle continues  Discuss
California dentists asked to volunteer
January 17, 2008 -- The California Dental Association is asking its members to offer free "assessments" because so many of the state's kids aren't getting good dental care.  Discuss
Orthodontists practice what they preach, survey finds
January 16, 2008 -- If you are in the business of selling perfect pearly smiles, what better way to advertise than to have one of your own? Maybe that explains the results of a recent independent survey conducted on behalf of the American Association of Orthodontists that found that nearly 75 percent of orthodontists have had orthodontic treatment themselves.  Discuss
Trigeminal neuralgia awareness conference on Jan. 26
January 15, 2008 -- A patient complains about a pain like a jolt of lightning that courses through her face whenever she brushes her teeth. Before you reach for your forceps and elevators, consider this. It may not be a dental problem at all.This pain could be a symptom of trigeminal neuralgia, which is a nervous disorder commonly caused by an enlarged artery or a vein pressing on the trigeminal nerve at the base of the brain.  Discuss
California Gov. Schwarzenegger proposes dental budget cuts for '08-'09
January 14, 2008 -- Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing millions of dollars in budget cuts to the 2008-09 Medi-Cal budget, which includes the Denti-Cal program.  Discuss
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