Better oral health can help prevent and control diabetes
June 9, 2008 -- The American Diabetes Association feels so strongly about the link between periodontal disease and type 2 diabetes that the group invited dentists to share their thoughts on this growing problem during a special symposium at the 68th annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association this week.  Discuss
Perfect panoramics: Part II -- Prepare, preach, position
June 5, 2008 -- There are three steps to reliable, high-quality panoramic x-rays: patient preparation, patient instruction, and patient positioning. In the second article of our two-part series on panoramic x-rays, we'll guide you through these human aspects of the powerful technology.  Discuss
Price makes teeth whitening more attractive at the mall
June 5, 2008 -- Many patients are obsessed with obtaining the perfect Hollywood smile. But these days, instead of heading to their dentist's office, some are heading to the mall, where teeth-whitening kiosks and centers run by nondentists are offering a less expensive alternative. But are these centers safe?  Discuss
FDA revises its position on dental amalgams
June 5, 2008 -- The FDA has settled a lawsuit that sought to have mercury fillings banned from the U.S. market. While not agreeing to a ban, the agency has agreed to add warnings regarding the use of amalgams in some patient groups, and to complete a review that could lead to more stringent regulation of the substance.  Discuss
Dental stem cells offer hope -- for the future
June 4, 2008 -- Medical research has repeatedly shown the potential for stem cells to enhance the treatment of a range of illnesses, but the bulk of the research has involved stem cells from bone marrow and umbilical cord blood. The use of stem cells from dental pulp shows great potential, and may offer a less invasive and less expensive approach to extracting stem cells.  Discuss
States diverge in caring for the teeth of the poor
June 3, 2008 -- Recent efforts at healthcare reform haven't done much to help dentists or their patients. But a few states have focused on oral health, making it much easier -- and even profitable -- for dentists to care for indigent patients.  Discuss
Dental issues keep 55% of National Guard from deploying
June 2, 2008 -- Dental health is no trivial matter in the Army National Guard, where 55% of all soldiers are considered nondeployable because of dental disease or lack of a recent dental exam.  Discuss
Perfect panoramics: Part I -- What to buy
May 30, 2008 -- If you don't have a digital panoramic x-ray scanner, you may be hurting your patients and depriving your pocketbook. But which one should you buy? In this article -- the first of a two-part series -- we'll guide you through the marketplace.
Saliva provides early warning signs of cancer
May 29, 2008 -- Looking inside someone's mouth may one day involve more than dental care. It could enable early diagnosis of various cancers, leading to more effective treatment outcomes and better survival rates.  Discuss
Making early detection of oral cancer a priority
May 28, 2008 -- Oral cancer has a five-year survival rate of only 50%. A patient's best chance of surviving is early detection. While a number of methods and new technologies are now available to enhance early detection, the panel is still out on whether there is any one best approach for detecting oral cancer.  Discuss
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