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Magnolia bark kills oral bacteria
November 30, 2007 -- So you've tried good oral hygiene, mints, mouthwashes, and sweet-smelling gum. Nothing's worked, and you wonder what else you can do to sweeten a patient's bad breath. How about magnolia bark?  Discuss
Dental insurance goes global
November 30, 2007 -- Sun, sand, and a root canal! Not a natural combination, we know, but that’s exactly what all Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina members can get, now that they have access to dental services overseas through Companion Global Dental. If other insurers follow suit, it could encourage more Americans to leave the country to get their teeth fixed.  Discuss
ADA offers free senior health materials
November 30, 2007 -- Tired of lecturing older patients on the importance of oral health? Now the American Dental Association (ADA) is stepping in. With support from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, the ADA and ADA Foundation are offering dentists, caregivers, and family members free educational material on the special oral needs of senior citizens.  Discuss
Cracked tooth? Pulpitis? Try a crown
November 30, 2007 -- Can this pulp be saved? It's a question occurring more and more often as dentists confront a growing number of cracked teeth. Cracks can irritate pulp, but according to a new study, catching these cracks soon enough can prevent the need for a root canal treatment.  Discuss
CAD/CAM dentistry booming
November 29, 2007 -- America's craze for the perfect set of teeth will make CAD/CAM-produced all-ceramic restorations a $1 billion industry by 2012, according to Millennium Research Group's "U.S. Markets for Crown & Bridges 2008" report.  Discuss
Researchers pick best slenderizing tools
November 29, 2007 -- Researchers found that a new technology -- oscillating mechanisms with segmental wheels -- left the smoothest surfaces after interproximal enamel reduction.  Discuss
Amalgam wars: Part I
November 28, 2007 -- Dentists have been arguing about fillings for 150 years. Why won't the controversy die?  Discuss
Caries-catching gadget
November 27, 2007 -- Joining the ongoing battle against carries is a brand new gadget from IDMoS -- the CarieScan, which uses electrical impedance to detect carious lesions.  Discuss
Compounded painkillers called risky
November 27, 2007 -- Dentists beware -- some pharmacy-compounded topical anesthetics may be using unapproved or withdrawn ingredients.  Discuss
Computer-aided dental radiograph system quickly identifies victims of mass disasters
November 27, 2007 -- CHICAGO - In 1985, it took 2,800 forensic specialists more than three months to identify the remains of the 520 victims in Japan's worst commercial air disaster. If an experimental identification system had been available then, the identification could have been accomplished in about nine days.  Discuss
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