Studies find link between tooth loss and cancer
May 23, 2008 -- Do your patients roll their eyes when you press them about their brushing and flossing habits? Researchers this month provided yet another compelling reason why they should take you seriously. Three new studies suggest a strong correlation between periodontal disease, tooth loss, and an increased risk of developing cancer.  Discuss
Keep your patients coming back
May 22, 2008 -- The issue of "lost patients" isn't just annoying; it can be costly. If you have been in practice for five years, you have probably lost more than a million dollars due to unscheduled dental work that needs to be done on existing patients, according to Joy Millis, C.S.P., a presenter at the California Dental Association (CDA) conference in April.  Discuss
Cone-beam and multislice CT measurements found equally accurate
May 16, 2008 -- Planning for complex implants? Then you can get equally accurate measurements using either CBCT or MSCT, a recent study found. Other factors -- such as the size of the area you want to see -- may make a bigger difference in choosing between the two, the researchers say.  Discuss
Study: Wireless sensors better for endo x-rays
May 16, 2008 -- Wireless digital image receptors give you the most accurate view inside a tooth. So say researchers at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) who compared three different kinds of sensors.  Discuss
UCLA orthodontics resident resigns, citing harassment
May 16, 2008 -- A resident who accused the orthodontics program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry of demanding donations from applicants has resigned from the program, the Daily Bruin student newspaper reported May 15.  Discuss
'Evidence-based' evangelists seek new converts
May 15, 2008 -- The ADA is sending 150 champions to convince dentists their practice should be more "evidence-based." But how much evidence is enough? Some critics worry that insurance companies will use the concept to narrow their coverage.  Discuss
Lasers blaze new paths for GDs
May 13, 2008 -- Lasers make many soft-tissue procedures easier, opening up new opportunities for general dentists, according to experts who spoke at the 2008 American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry meeting. Some dentists are now able to do procedures in house that they used to refer to oral surgeons.  Discuss
Local anesthetic-reversal drug approved
May 12, 2008 -- The FDA has approved the use of phentolamine mesylate as the first-ever drug for reversing local anesthesia, Novalar Pharmaceuticals announced May 12. The company, which holds a patent on this use of phentolamine, plans to begin marketing the drug at the annual ADA meeting in October under the name OraVerse.  Discuss
Confronting 'meth mouth'
May 9, 2008 -- As more and more Americans abuse crystal methamphetamine, the effects are showing up on their teeth. And that poses a moral challenge for U.S dentists. They need to know whether patients are using the drug because it affects treatment.  Discuss
Planning for the maturing face
May 9, 2008 -- Recent studies indicate that soft-tissue and skeletal patterns in the nose, lips, and ears grow continuously throughout our lives. In fact, the actual maturation process of longitudinal soft tissue continues from 18 to 42 years of age, and the dental team can learn from quantitative studies of facial and skeletal aging.  Discuss
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