Study finds chilling better than topical anesthetic
January 26, 2009 -- If you twist your ankle or bump your head, you apply ice to numb the pain. And parents have long frozen their babies' teething rings. So why not try the same approach before an injection?  Discuss
It's time to expand our aesthetic horizons
January 23, 2009 -- In her latest column, Dr. Helaine Smith -- aka The Mouth Physician -- encourages the dental community to move beyond crowns and delve into the wonderful world of inlays and onlays.  Discuss
Dentists' role in Sjögren's debated
January 22, 2009 -- The average Sjögren's syndrome patient suffers for seven years before anyone figures out what's wrong. Part of the problem may be that too many dentists know too little about Sjögren's. Another part may be that experts disagree on the role general dentists should play in its treatment.  Discuss
Are alcohol-based mouthwashes safe?
January 21, 2009 -- An Australian professor of oral medicine claims 25 years' worth of research shows a strong correlation between alcohol-containing mouthwashes and oral cancer. But medical and dental experts worldwide disagree -- and it isn't the first time.  Discuss
Why some patients need fastening down
January 20, 2009 -- Think you're too good a dentist to strap your patients down? Think again. Expert pediatric dentists -- and even the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry -- believe there are times when patients are better off "stabilized."  Discuss
Yelp lawsuit dentist speaks out
January 20, 2009 -- A dentist suing an online reviewer for libel said Tuesday that the reviewer may have been angered because he was charged for missing appointments. In an open letter to colleagues that she shared with, Yvonne Wong, D.D.S., called the comments in the review "complete fabrications."  Discuss
Umm ... brush??!!
January 20, 2009 -- In his first Laughing Gas column, dentist and comedian "Jimmy Earll" takes a serious look at the caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA) model and what some patients claim are genetically "soft teeth."  Discuss
Coffee could aid in fight against oral cancer
January 19, 2009 -- A Japanese study has found that people who drink at least one cup of coffee a day may be at a lower risk for oral cancer compared to people who don't drink coffee at all.  Discuss
Study: Panoramic x-rays enhance BONJ assessment
January 16, 2009 -- With new concerns emerging over the relationship between oral bisphosphonates and osteonecrosis of the jaw, a study in Oral Diseases finds that panoramic x-rays are a useful tool for detecting early changes of bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw and confirming a clinical diagnosis.  Discuss
Dentist sues patient's parents over online comments
January 14, 2009 -- Incensed at an online review she considers libelous, Yvonne Wong, D.D.S., of Foster City, CA, is suing the parents of a young patient. The case could set a precedent in the fast-growing area of Internet commentary on healthcare practitioners.  Discuss
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