Dentist helps cancer patients with treatment side effects
April 11, 2012 -- A Texas dentist specializing in oncology has seen his practice grow quickly, as cancer patients struggle with the side effects of chemo and radiation. Many dentists refuse to treat these patients because of the increased risk of osteonecrosis from radiation therapy or bisphosphonate use. Read More
ADHA responds to questions about ADHP model
April 10, 2012 -- In this response to Dr. Jay Friedman's recent Second Opinion piece, which raised questions about the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) advanced dental hygiene practitioner model, ADHA president Pam Quinones defends the model's goals and educational requirements. Read More
Study links frequent dental x-rays with brain tumor
April 10, 2012 -- People who received frequent dental x-rays have an increased risk of developing meningioma, according to the largest case-control study to date examining the correlation between dental x-rays and this largely benign brain tumor. Read More
Kellogg report claims global support for dental therapists
April 10, 2012 -- An extensive literature review of care provided by dental therapists worldwide indicates that they offer safe, effective dental care, especially for children, according to a report released April 10 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. But the ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry say the report falls short. Read More
Perio treatment reduces medical bills for diabetes patients
April 9, 2012 -- Medical costs are significantly lower for people with diabetes who receive treatment for periodontal disease, according to a large-scale study -- one of the first of its kind -- presented at the recent American Association for Dental Research meeting. Read More
Is the ADHA midlevel provider model fair to hygienists?
April 6, 2012 -- The need to adequately address oral healthcare disparities in the U.S. through new workforce considerations is inarguable. But is the advanced dental hygienist practitioner model proposed by the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) the right approach? Read More
Does tooth loss influence sleep apnea?
April 5, 2012 -- Previous studies have speculated that there may be an association between edentulism and worsening obstructive sleep apnea, but research presented at the recent American Association for Dental Research annual meeting did not find a link. Read More
New BPA-free restorative matches competition's strength
April 4, 2012 -- A California company has created an experimental crown and bridge restorative material that is free of bisphenol A (BPA) and performed well when compared to two currently available commercial products in strength testing. Read More
OC survivor urges tax increase for smokeless tobacco
April 3, 2012 -- Gruen von Behrens recently testified at a Maryland legislative hearing urging lawmakers to increase the tax on smokeless tobacco. The motivational speaker says chewing tobacco nearly ruined his life after he developed squamous cell carcinoma at the age of 17 and had half of his tongue and neck muscles removed. Read More
Community experience improves dental students' attitudes
April 3, 2012 -- TAMPA, Fla. - Community-based dental education has a positive effect on students' attitudes about treating minorities and the disabled, according to a study presented March 23 at the American Association for Dental Research annual session. Read More
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