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Calif. to ax Medicaid adult dental benefits
April 22, 2009 -- Millions of indigent patients in California will lose access to dental care starting July 1 unless the state restores its Medicaid dental program for adults.  Discuss
Sedation mix-up sends high school senior to ICU
April 21, 2009 -- After a dental patient in Lawrence, KS, was given the wrong mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide, the oral surgeon whose office the incident occurred in claims the city does not have adequate inspection criteria in place for medical gas lines.  Discuss
Dentists must comply with new U.S. identity theft rules
April 21, 2009 -- Despite strong opposition from the ADA and other U.S. medical associations, dentists will be required to comply with the so-called "Red Flags" identity theft rules that take effect May 1.  Discuss
Prophylactic third-molar extractions: The risks outweigh the benefits
April 20, 2009 -- Writing in response to Dr. Helaine Smith's recent column on third-molar extractions, Dr. Jay Friedman argues that dentists should use scientific, not anecdotal, evidence before deciding to remove wisdom teeth.  Discuss
Ad campaign targets midlevel provider legislation
April 17, 2009 -- Concerned about public safety, the Minnesota Dental Association has launched a statewide ad campaign to raise awareness of the midlevel dental practitioner legislation that is headed for a vote in the state senate. Do the ads tell the whole story?  Discuss
New dental floss trials reported
April 16, 2009 -- Johnson & Johnson this month released studies suggesting that its new Reach Ultraclean floss removes more plaque than Glide and Oral-B floss. Johnson & Johnson is promoting the product's stretchiness and microgrooves.  Discuss
Two-step zirconia implants debut at IDS 2009
April 15, 2009 -- Up to now, zirconia implants have been available only as single-step systems, which has limited their application. But at least five two-step zirconia implant systems were on display at the International Dental Show (IDS) in Germany, and all are expected to roll out this year.  Discuss
Florida judge calls advertising law unconstitutional
April 14, 2009 -- It took more than a dozen years and numerous trips to court for Florida dentists to finally claim victory in their efforts to overturn a law restricting advertising of their credentials. And some legal experts say the ruling could have much broader implications.  Discuss
Study: Obesity ups risk of periodontal disease
April 14, 2009 -- Obese patients are at increased risk for periodontal disease compared to patients of normal weight, according to a study presented at the recent International Association for Dental Research meeting.  Discuss
In defense of third-molar extractions
April 13, 2009 -- The dental community needs to stop perpetuating the public's perception that dentists are trying to scam them by performing unnecessary procedures, Dr. Helaine Smith says in her latest The Mouth Physician column.  Discuss
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