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Healthcare reform will reshape dentistry
March 22, 2010 -- The sweeping healthcare reform bill that the U.S. Congress sent to President Barack Obama for his signature March 21 could affect dentistry for years to come.  Discuss
Ariz. axes Medicaid benefits for low-income kids
March 19, 2010 -- Arizona has become the first state in the U.S. to eliminate its Children's Health Insurance Program. The state's 2010 budget, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer on March 18, shuts down KidsCare, which provides medical and dental coverage to 38,000 low-income children.  Discuss
State laws require insurers to cover general anesthesia
March 19, 2010 -- A Georgia dentist who stumbled upon a state law requiring insurance companies to cover general anesthesia for some special-needs patients says the discovery means more patients can now afford the care they need. And 30 other states have similar laws.  Discuss
Study questions some digital radiography claims
March 18, 2010 -- For all the "pros" we hear about digital radiography improving workflow and productivity in the dental office, it's not often we hear many "cons." But a new study reveals cracks in some claims about the advantages of going digital.  Discuss
Single adhesive touted for dual-etching purposes
March 17, 2010 -- Can one adhesive work in both etch-and-rinse and self-etch systems? Researchers showed data supporting that notion at the recent American Association for Dental Research meeting. Still, not everyone is convinced.  Discuss
Christensen panel: Dental costs outpacing middle America
March 16, 2010 -- Are implants becoming unaffordable for the average American? Do sealants really work? What is the standard of care for patients on bisphosphonates? These are just some of the questions fielded by a panel of experts at the recent Chicago Midwinter Meeting.  Discuss
Review site Yelp faces class-action lawsuits
March 15, 2010 -- Two class-action lawsuits filed in the past two weeks against the Internet review Web site Yelp.com allege that it extorts businesses by posting more favorable reviews if they buy advertising.  Discuss
Calif. court dismisses Listerine lawsuit
March 12, 2010 -- The latest in a string of lawsuits challenging Listerine's claim that its mouthwash is "as effective as floss" when used regularly has been dismissed.  Discuss
ADA: Dentists' incomes dropped 5% in 2009
March 11, 2010 -- Dentists' net incomes fell 5% in 2009, according to a new ADA survey. But buried in the statistics were some grounds for optimism. And tough-minded dentists who stick to the basics are doing just fine, according to an accountant who specializes in dental practices.  Discuss
Drug in dental trials called 'better than morphine'
March 10, 2010 -- Imagine a drug that has 30 times as much pain-relieving power as morphine but that doesn't addict patients. That's what researchers hope they've found in buprenorphine. And two recent studies have brought the drug closer to the dental office.  Discuss
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