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Red Flags Rule deadline looms again
May 26, 2010 -- The ADA is once again lobbying the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to delay implementation of the Red Flags identify theft rules, slated to take effect June 1. Read More
Study finds dentists sloppy with curing lights
May 25, 2010 -- Many dentists may be using their curing lights badly, with some baking their patients' teeth and others leaving restorations uncured, a Dalhousie University study suggests. But the researchers think they have the solution. Read More
UN mulls global amalgam restrictions
May 24, 2010 -- Amalgam foes expect to square off against dentists' groups at a United Nations (UN) meeting in June in Stockholm, where representatives from around the world will try to draw up a legally binding international treaty on mercury reduction. Read More
Texas cracks down on unlicensed dental practitioners
May 21, 2010 -- A steady stream of complaints about unlicensed dental operations has authorities across the U.S. cracking down on these illegal practices. Last year New Jersey officials arrested 10 so-called dentists. Now Texas is taking similar action. Read More
Endoscopy eases pain of salivary stones
May 20, 2010 -- Sialoliths can wreak havoc in the salivary glands, often requiring invasive surgery through the face or neck that can lead to nerve damage, cosmetic scarring, even gland removal. Advances in endoscopic treatment, however, offer patients a less invasive alternative. Read More
Survey: Canadians' oral health much improved
May 19, 2010 -- Data from a newly released national survey indicate that far fewer Canadian adults and children suffer from dental caries today than in 1972. At the same time, however, cost remains a barrier for many in need of treatment for oral health problems. Read More
Dentists' group aims to limit midlevel providers
May 18, 2010 -- Dentists from at least 15 U.S. states have joined forces to put a stop to the spread of Alaska-style dental health aide therapists and similarly empowered midlevel providers. Read More
Are pediatric sedation deaths on the rise?
May 18, 2010 -- In the past 15 months, four pediatric patients have died in the U.S. after undergoing sedation prior to dental treatment -- a tragic reminder of the need to ensure proper sedation training and emergency preparedness. Read More
Ala. nonprofit dental clinic sues state dental association
May 14, 2010 -- Sarrell Dental Center, a fast-growing nonprofit dental clinic that has been embroiled in a dispute with the Alabama Dental Association, has filed a lawsuit against the group claiming the organization has launched an "illegal conspiracy" to drive the clinic out of business. Read More
7-year study aims to identify TMJD biomarkers
May 14, 2010 -- Patients who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) are more sensitive to pain than healthy people, according to preliminary results from a multiyear, $19 million study designed to help determine predictors and causes of the condition. Read More
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