What's stopping dentists from talking about obesity?
November 16, 2010 -- Dentists are interested in providing obesity interventions for patients who need them but are afraid of appearing judgmental in the process, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
How one day of free dentistry became a national phenomenon
November 15, 2010 -- A Florida dentist's idea to host a day of free extractions, cleanings, and fillings has evolved into Dentistry From the Heart, a charity that helps dentists in 48 states and Canada do the same. And it spurs practice growth in the process.  Discuss
BPA: It's time to ask the right questions
November 12, 2010 -- Dental practitioners have a professional obligation to inform patients if they are using root canal sealers or sealants that contain bisphenol A (BPA), argues Dr. Alvin Arzt in this Second Opinion column.  Discuss
A new approach to analyzing oral bacteria
November 11, 2010 -- Will Raman spectroscopy one day find its way into the dental operatory as an oral health assessment and caries detection tool?  Discuss
FDA to require graphic warnings on cigarette packs
November 10, 2010 -- Starting in 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will require tobacco companies to include stronger warnings and graphic images on cigarette packages depicting the negative health consequences of smoking, including oral cancer.  Discuss
Study shows 79% survival rate for composite buildups
November 10, 2010 -- Direct composite buildups provide a high-quality, long-lasting approach to recontouring teeth and closing diastemas, according to a study in the Journal of Dentistry.  Discuss
Calif. appeals court supports reviews
November 9, 2010 -- A California appeals court today issued an opinion supporting the right of consumers to post reviews of businesses on websites such as and to have lawsuits based on such reviews dismissed under the California anti-SLAPP law. The ruling stems from a 2009 lawsuit filed by a dentist over a negative review posted on Yelp.  Discuss
Study: Patients on bisphosphonates at low risk for ONJ
November 9, 2010 -- Occurrences of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) may be rare in patients receiving once-a-year infusions of 5 mg of zoledronic acid, a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association has found.  Discuss
Growth factor enhances perio tissue regrowth
November 9, 2010 -- Topical application of the growth factor FGF-2 enhances the regeneration of human periodontal tissue in patients with periodontitis, according to a new study in the Journal of Dental Research.  Discuss
Medicaid and malocclusion: The economic realities
November 8, 2010 -- With access to care and healthcare reform such hot-button issues, a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association highlights another underserved population U.S. policymakers should consider: Medicaid patients with malocclusion.  Discuss
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