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Breast cancer linked to perio disease and tooth loss
November 18, 2010 -- As the body of research linking periodontitis with a host of other disease states -- including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and risk of fetal death -- grows, a new study has added yet another to the list: breast cancer.  Discuss
Mass. auditor says dentists abusing Medicaid program
November 17, 2010 -- The Massachusetts state auditor reported today that excessive, unnecessary, and even potentially fraudulent claims for dental services are costing the state Medicaid program millions of dollars annually.  Discuss
More states moving forward with midlevel providers
November 17, 2010 -- The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced a $16 million initiative to help coalitions in five U.S. states develop dental therapist programs similar to a controversial midlevel provider model now being used in Alaskan tribal communities.  Discuss
Calif. judge overturns dental advertising law
November 16, 2010 -- A federal court judge in California has ruled that credentials issued to dentists by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry are bona fide and legitimate, and state laws that prohibit or restrict advertising them to the public are unconstitutional.  Discuss
What's stopping dentists from talking about obesity?
November 16, 2010 -- Dentists are interested in providing obesity interventions for patients who need them but are afraid of appearing judgmental in the process, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
How one day of free dentistry became a national phenomenon
November 15, 2010 -- A Florida dentist's idea to host a day of free extractions, cleanings, and fillings has evolved into Dentistry From the Heart, a charity that helps dentists in 48 states and Canada do the same. And it spurs practice growth in the process.  Discuss
BPA: It's time to ask the right questions
November 12, 2010 -- Dental practitioners have a professional obligation to inform patients if they are using root canal sealers or sealants that contain bisphenol A (BPA), argues Dr. Alvin Arzt in this Second Opinion column.  Discuss
A new approach to analyzing oral bacteria
November 11, 2010 -- Will Raman spectroscopy one day find its way into the dental operatory as an oral health assessment and caries detection tool?  Discuss
FDA to require graphic warnings on cigarette packs
November 10, 2010 -- Starting in 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will require tobacco companies to include stronger warnings and graphic images on cigarette packages depicting the negative health consequences of smoking, including oral cancer.  Discuss
Study shows 79% survival rate for composite buildups
November 10, 2010 -- Direct composite buildups provide a high-quality, long-lasting approach to recontouring teeth and closing diastemas, according to a study in the Journal of Dentistry.  Discuss
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