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Study catches dentists dirty-handed
July 15, 2008 -- Most dentists aren't following the hand hygiene recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a study of New York practitioners found. Are they putting their patients at risk?  Discuss
Oral piercings: Where fashion and dentistry clash
July 14, 2008 -- Being a teen's dentist is not easy. You're already battling problems such as crystal meth use, smoking, questionable eating habits, and even diabetes. Now a new study has pushed an old enemy to the forefront: oral piercings.  Discuss
Beyond x-rays: Part III -- OCT brings early decay to light
July 11, 2008 -- Optical coherence tomography (OCT) can image both hard and soft dental tissue with 10 times the detail of x-rays. But will the price tag put it out of reach for most dentists?  Discuss
Congressional hearing on amalgam wastewater gets personal
July 9, 2008 -- Representatives from the American Dental Association got a less-than-friendly reception from members of Congress on Tuesday during a hearing on environmental concerns related to amalgam wastewater.  Discuss
Lie to the dentist? Not me. Never.
July 9, 2008 -- A new survey shows about half of patients lie to their dentist. But a little fibbing doesn't have to stand in the way of good dental care, if providers learn how to pose their questions -- and when not to pose them at all.  Discuss
Dentists ignoring high-risk patients' needs, survey finds
July 9, 2008 -- Dentists know that some patients are at higher risk for caries than others. But research presented at the recent International Association for Dental Research (IADR) conference found that most aren't following professional guidelines for optimum care of these patients.  Discuss
OCT dental imaging
July 8, 2008 -- Optical coherence tomography (OCT) dental imaging. Video courtesy of Dr. Craig Gimbel, Lantis Laser.
World's poorest can't afford fluoride toothpaste
July 7, 2008 -- Fluoride toothpaste has helped many developed countries battle dental caries, and most developing countries are trying to follow suit. But according to a new study, this common drugstore item is prohibitively expensive for the world's poorest population.  Discuss
Glass ionomers get vote of confidence at IADR
July 3, 2008 -- TORONTO - Speakers at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting on Thursday lent their support to the use of glass ionomers versus traditional cements for dental restorations, linings, and bases.  Discuss
Acupuncture for anxiety looks promising but unproven
July 3, 2008 -- TORONTO - Acupuncture might calm patients who fear their dentists, but there isn't enough evidence yet to recommend this approach. So said researchers from King's College in the U.K. at the annual meeting of the International Association for Dental Research on July 2.  Discuss
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