CareCredit accused of conspiracy in Fla. insurance fraud case
November 4, 2010 -- A federal lawsuit has been filed against CareCredit and a Florida dental clinic on behalf of 20 patients who say they were overcharged for procedures by the clinic and that CareCredit refused to investigate their complaints.  Discuss
Dental Botox use rises among teens
November 3, 2010 -- Once viewed primarily as a miracle wrinkle remover in the fight against aging, Botox is increasingly being embraced by dentists seeking to help their younger patients.  Discuss
Ariz. dentist headed to Capitol Hill
November 3, 2010 -- In his first-ever campaign for a public office, Paul Gosar, DDS, of Flagstaff, AZ, defeated his Democratic opponent by running on a platform of cutting government and taxes. He hopes to do the same to healthcare reform once he gets to Washington, DC.  Discuss
OHS takes over Dental Home Initiative from AAPD
November 2, 2010 -- Despite a successful three years launching and managing the Office of Head Start's (OHS) Dental Home Initiative in nearly 30 U.S. states, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) will no longer be responsible for overseeing the program as of December 31.  Discuss
NJDA sues tanning salons over whitening
November 2, 2010 -- The issue of teeth whitening -- and who has the right to offer it -- is at the center of a lawsuit filed by the New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA) against a tanning salon chain that offers the service.  Discuss
Can gingival color influence tooth shade perceptions?
November 1, 2010 -- A single set of color difference standards is unlikely to work in dental prosthesis fabrication, so practitioners may need to take factors such as skin and gingival color into account, the authors of a new study in the Journal of Dental Research contend.  Discuss
What do W.C. Fields, the ADA, and NPR have in common?
November 1, 2010 -- A recent broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR) stirred the wrath of hundreds of dentists and prompted an angry letter from the ADA to the show's host. But is so much righteous indignation effective?  Discuss
ADA apologizes for pre-civil rights diversity challenges
October 29, 2010 -- In a public statement issued October 29, the ADA said it deeply regrets not taking a stronger stand against discriminatory membership practices before the civil rights era.  Discuss
Scientific misconduct: A sign of the times?
October 29, 2010 -- Scientific misconduct is widespread in clinical, pharmacological, and medical research, according to a review in the Journal of Dental Research, and researchers say the problem often stems from competition for funding and academic pressures.  Discuss
How to avoid nerve injuries during implant surgery
October 28, 2010 -- Thorough understanding of anatomy, surgical procedures, and implant systems, along with proper treatment planning, are essential to reduce the occurrence of inferior alveolar nerve injuries, according to an article in the Journal of Oral Implantology.  Discuss
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