NC physicians boost Medicaid kids' oral care access
December 15, 2010 -- Ten years after launching a program that reimburses primary care physicians for delivering preventive oral health care to Medicaid children, North Carolina has seen a significant increase in the number of practitioners offering these services and the number of kids receiving them.  Discuss
FDA panel begins dental amalgam scrutiny
December 14, 2010 -- Amalgam opponents spent the first day of a two-day FDA meeting called to re-examine the safety of this restorative material questioning the existing research and demanding more government regulation. Will the agency's findings put an end to the debate, once and for all?  Discuss
Patient compliance with retainers declines over time
December 14, 2010 -- A new study that followed 428 orthodontic patients for two years after debonding has found that although compliance rates tended to decrease over time, most patients continued to wear their retainers at least one night per week.  Discuss
Zometa aids patients with head and neck cancer
December 13, 2010 -- The bisphosphonate Zometa appears to reduce bone loss and decrease tumor size in patients with head and neck cancer, according to a study in Cancer Research.  Discuss
WHO report lays groundwork for amalgam use-reduction laws
December 13, 2010 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to issue a report that confirms the ongoing need for amalgam and outlines the risks of an outright ban on the material, but also sets the stage for phasing down its use worldwide.
W.Va. puts dental clinics in grade schools
December 10, 2010 -- A grassroots effort to address the access-to-care issue in West Virginia has yielded a school-based dental clinic program that is bringing much needed oral health services to the state's most underserved regions.  Discuss
Most U.S. dental schools offer cone-beam CT training
December 10, 2010 -- Almost every dental school in the U.S. has a cone-beam CT system and has incorporated pre- and postdoctoral training on the equipment into their curriculums, according to research presented at the recent American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology meeting.  Discuss
Essential oils mouthwash equal to CHX for inflammation
December 9, 2010 -- When it comes to gingival inflammation, mouthwash that relies on essential oils may be a reliable alternative to chlorhexidine (CHX) for long-term use, a new study has found.  Discuss
State dental groups question dental therapist qualifications
December 8, 2010 -- As the W.K. Kellogg Foundation begins rolling out a $16 million initiative to help five states develop midlevel provider programs, dental associations in those states remain unconvinced that this approach will be safe and effective.  Discuss
Who is liable for incidental findings in a CBCT scan?
December 8, 2010 -- Two presentations at the recent American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologists meeting highlighted the need for general dentists to ensure they have the proper training to interpret a cone-beam CT (CBCT) scan or have the scan read by a specialist.  Discuss
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