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Old-style adhesives are better, researcher says
November 25, 2008 -- Violins, cathedrals, waffle irons: they don't make 'em like they used to. To that list, Jeff Brucia, D.D.S., a University of the Pacific assistant professor, would add dental adhesives. And at least one adhesive company agrees.  Discuss
Study links herpesvirus with endodontic disease
November 24, 2008 -- Herpesviruses have long been considered the culprits behind many oral diseases. Now a new study has found a link between endodontic disease and the Epstein-Barr virus, a form of herpesvirus that is also a human pathogen.  Discuss
How much is a patient worth? Part II
November 21, 2008 -- By calculating how much money each patient brings in, you can know how much to spend on advertising, says marketing guru Richard Geller in his column, Marketing Madness. The problem is that each patient becomes more expensive to acquire than the last.  Discuss
Competition for residencies heats up
November 20, 2008 -- Are you friendly with any dental students looking for residencies? You might want to start pulling any strings -- or at least offering any advice -- you've got to help out. The latest figures suggest competition is heating up for dental residency programs.  Discuss
Local groups retain control of Greater NY Dental
November 19, 2008 -- Legislation passed this year in New York gave the state dental association the right to expel the New York County Dental Society, co-sponsor of the Greater New York Dental Meeting. Last week the association's board opted not to do so.  Discuss
Social media are becoming vital to dentistry
November 18, 2008 -- From blogging to videos and e-books to social networks on the Web, dentists must embrace the new social media if they want to maintain an active practice, writes Dr. Helaine Smith in her column, The Mouth Physician. She's already using such tools in her own work.  Discuss
Dentists, hygienists debate role of 'midlevel provider'
November 17, 2008 -- The ADA, American Dental Hygienists' Association, and Academy of General Dentistry all agree that improving access to oral healthcare in underserved communities is a critical issue. But they can't seem to agree on the best approach. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are suffering from lack of dental care.  Discuss
Studies show Nomad portable x-ray system safe
November 14, 2008 -- It may look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the Nomad portable x-ray system is taking the notion of "ray gun" to a whole new level, especially in dentistry. Some state dental boards are still wary of radiation exposure, however.  Discuss
Brighter teeth without bleaching?
November 13, 2008 -- A perfect pearly white smile is a priority for many patients, but what about situations in which bleaching is not an option? An Australian technique called "tooth lightening" avoids peroxide altogether, using remineralization instead to brighten teeth.  Discuss
Dentists can play key role in recognizing elder abuse
November 12, 2008 -- Elder neglect and abuse are becoming more frequent as the population ages, and dentists are in a unique position to detect both. But education is lacking, and more needs to be done to help dental practitioners recognize and address the problems.  Discuss
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