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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
Smokeless tobacco firm settles oral cancer suit for $5M
December 7, 2010 -- U.S. Smokeless Tobacco has agreed to pay $5 million to the family of a North Carolina man who died after chewing tobacco for 27 years. Experts say this is the first wrongful death settlement involving smokeless tobacco.  Discuss
Pew report finds economic upside to midlevel providers
December 7, 2010 -- Most private-practice dentists who hire new types of dental care providers can serve more patients while maintaining or improving their financial bottom line, according to a new report from the Pew Center on the States.  Discuss
Working with homeless changes dental students' attitudes
December 6, 2010 -- Dental students who provided care for homeless people at a Los Angeles clinic came away with slightly improved attitudes toward the destitute, according to a new study in the Journal of Dental Education.  Discuss
Veterinary dentists face unique challenges
December 3, 2010 -- Think of the last endo procedure you performed. You probably had a working length of around 20 mm, right? Now imagine instrumenting and irrigating a canal more than 50 mm long.  Discuss
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