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Dental clinics proposed for large retail outlets
November 18, 2009 -- 'Honey, I'm headed over to Wal-Mart to get dish detergent and garbage bags -- and have my teeth cleaned.’ You're likely to hear remarks like this all the time if the vision of the California HealthCare Foundation comes true. Read More
Son's dental neglect lands Florida mom in jail
November 17, 2009 -- A Florida woman who repeatedly ignored her young son's dental needs was arrested last week on charges of child abuse. While experts agree that it is important to encourage patients to follow through on recommended treatment, there is only so much dental professionals can do about no-shows. Read More
Crushing debt shapes new dentists' careers
November 16, 2009 -- Fourth-year dental student Timothy Moriarty will soon begin working in one of the world's best-paid professions, but initially he expects to depend on his fiancée's income to make ends meet. "Basically we're going to keep living like students," he said. Read More
Germany includes dentists in e-health initiative
November 13, 2009 -- The U.S. is not alone in its struggles to implement healthcare reforms that reduce costs and improve care. Germany's new e-health card -- the first phase of a mammoth health care informatics initiative -- is meeting with resistance from some dental and medical professionals. Read More
How platelet-rich plasma can enhance your implant cases
November 12, 2009 -- Dentists can easily harness the power of platelets to speed healing after dental implants are placed, according to James Rutkowski, D.M.D., Ph.D., at the annual American Academy of Implant Dentistry meeting this week. Read More
Where did the mercury go?
November 11, 2009 -- A team of Canadian researchers used a synchrotron to analyze mercury levels in fresh amalgam fillings versus those in a 20-year-old filling. Their findings should appeal to dental amalgam proponents and foes alike. Read More
Dentists can help patients at risk of fatal heart attacks
November 10, 2009 -- Dentists can play a potentially lifesaving role for some patients by identifying those at risk for cardiovascular disease and referring them to physicians, according to a new study. Read More
Expert warns flu may burden dental offices
November 9, 2009 -- As H1N1 flu spreads, the demands on dental offices are increasing, according to Leslie D. Canham, R.D.A., a certified U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration trainer. Read More
Endodontics: Another use for the Diagnodent?
November 5, 2009 -- Think the Diagnodent is only good for helping to confirm the presence of caries or calculus? Think again. A new study in the Journal of Endodontics has found that laser fluorescence can also enhance the assessment of endodontic infection. Read More
Loophole allows some adult dental Medicaid claims
November 4, 2009 -- An obscure federal law is allowing California dentists to get reimbursed by Medicaid for treating adults -- even though the state officially terminated adult benefits. And federal officials say the law could apply in other states as well. Read More
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