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Doctors find dentures in man's throat 8 days after surgery
August 13, 2019 -- Removable dentures got stuck in a 72-year-old man's throat during surgery to remove a benign lump. Doctors didn't find the false teeth until eight days later when the patient complained of pain, bleeding, and swallowing difficulties.  Discuss
Smartphone use puts kids at risk for dental injuries
August 13, 2019 -- Sports injuries and falls are common causes of traumatic dental injuries, but there are new additions to the list: smartphones and devices being dropped by children who are reclining. A new publication details which injuries you may see.  Discuss
New Anthem tool helps bridge the medical-dental divide
August 12, 2019 -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has launched an online tool that gives dentists access to a patient's medical history and current prescriptions. The tool is the first step to better integrate dentists into Anthem's medical ecosystem.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for planning: Build a 5-year plan for your practice
August 12, 2019 -- Developing a five-year plan is one of the most powerful things that you can do for your practice, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip. It's creating a realistic plan about where you want your practice and personal life to be in five years with enjoyment and success along the way.  Discuss
Dental pain a top reason Medicaid patients given opioids
August 12, 2019 -- Approximately 17% of Medicaid recipients who are prescribed opioids to manage pain receive them for dental reasons, according to a new study. Overall, about half of the Medicaid opioid prescriptions are for either orthopedic or dental-related reasons.  Discuss
Rural dentists prescribe more opioids
August 9, 2019 -- Rural dentists prescribe opioids for pain relief with a significantly greater frequency than nonrural dentists, according to a new study. However, these dentists also prescribe opioid supplies of six to seven days at a lower frequency than other dentists, the researchers found.  Discuss
75% of dentists don't talk about cannabis -- here's why you should
August 9, 2019 -- Do you discuss cannabis use with your patients? Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco hope the answer is yes. They outlined the oral health considerations of marijuana and other noncigarette products in a recent study.  Discuss
Study compares imaging modalities for microcrack detection
August 9, 2019 -- When trying to locate microcracks on root dentin after root canal prep, is microcomputed tomography or cone-beam CT a more effective imaging modality? Researchers scanned 30 molars to find out.  Discuss
Fluoride may contribute to kidney changes in U.S. kids
August 8, 2019 -- Fluoride exposure may contribute to kidney function changes in U.S. children, according to the findings of a study published August 8 in the journal Environment International. The authors cautioned more research is needed to explore a potential link.  Discuss
Perio treatment mix helps lower glucose levels
August 8, 2019 -- It can be difficult to find an effective treatment regimen to help patients with both chronic periodontitis and type 2 diabetes. Researchers conducted a review and found that a combination of three treatments, including scaling and root planing, was most effective in reducing blood glucose levels.  Discuss
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