Hemodialysis patients need extra TLC
December 3, 2009 -- With kidney disease rates on the rise -- and a parallel presence of severe periodontitis in those with end-stage renal disease -- dental professionals should familiarize themselves with the challenges of patients on hemodialysis.  Discuss
'Botax' could apply to cosmetic dentistry
December 2, 2009 -- A proposed 5% tax on cosmetic procedures included in the healthcare reform bills being debated by the U.S. Senate has legislative experts puzzling over how it might apply to dentistry.  Discuss
With implants, a little 'zap' will do you
December 1, 2009 -- Lasers can reduce bacterial contamination and speed healing after implant surgery, according to a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.  Discuss
Study finds Medicaid doesn't help kids' teeth
November 30, 2009 -- True or false: If Medicaid were expanded to cover more children, their oral health would improve. If you answered "true," think again. A new study found that kids who are covered by Medicaid are no more likely to have healthy teeth than kids who aren't.  Discuss
Mobile apps find new audience at Greater NY
November 30, 2009 -- NEW YORK - Maybe it's the holiday spirit, the great weather (at least on Sunday), or media reports that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the recession. Either way, the crowds at this year's Greater New York Dental Meeting are definitely more upbeat than they were 12 months ago.  Discuss
Community dental health coordinators head to the city
November 25, 2009 -- Working with Temple University in Philadelphia, the ADA is set to launch the third Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) pilot program -- and the first to be set in an urban community.  Discuss
Periodontal therapy may lower heart disease risk
November 25, 2009 -- Treating gum disease can lower serum inflammatory markers and thus reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in developing countries, a new study finds.  Discuss
WHO tackles pollution from amalgams
November 24, 2009 -- Concerned about mercury pollution, the World Health Organization (WHO) last week convened a meeting of experts to discuss possible new guidelines for the global use of dental amalgams.  Discuss
U.S. military halts rollout of electronic dental record
November 23, 2009 -- The highly publicized rollout of AHLTA, the U.S. Military Health System's integrated electronic medical and dental record, has hit a snag, with the Army, Navy, and Air Force all delaying deployment of AHLTA's dental component.  Discuss
U.S. Senate healthcare bill would change dentistry
November 20, 2009 -- The healthcare reform bill introduced on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday would extend dental care to millions of uninsured children, set up new oral health surveillance programs, and train new dental professionals -- including midlevel providers.  Discuss
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