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Dental services survey released
December 6, 2007 -- How many root canals do general dentists do? How often do orthodontists fill cavities? Answers to such questions can be found in a recently released report by the American Dental Association (ADA).  Discuss
New chart: Calcium phosphate products compared
December 6, 2007 -- In recent years, a flood of calcium phosphate products has hit the market -- pastes, gels, gums, rinses, and sealants -- which the makers claim can restore enamel in carious lesions. But which one should you use? To help you sort through the confusion, we've prepared a chart comparing the forms and usages of each product.  Discuss
Is Invisalign dangerous for generalists?
December 5, 2007 -- These high-tech plastic aligners may not work as well as old-fashioned braces. Could a lawsuit be in your future?  Discuss
Dental care? What, me worry?
December 5, 2007 -- Nearly 40 million adults in the U.S. report that they lack access to adequate healthcare. Almost 20 percent say they cannot afford dental care, prescription medicines, mental health care, or eyeglasses. No, this isn't from the script for a "Sicko" sequel. Rather, these are sobering statistics gleaned from "Health, United States, 2007," the annual report on the nation's health released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Discuss
Dental costs on the rise
December 4, 2007 -- In another wallet-emptying piece of news, the cost of most healthcare coverage plans is projected to increase by more than 10 percent through the end of 2007 into 2008, according to the "National Health Care Trend Survey" of insurers, HMOs, and administrators conducted by Buck Consultants.  Discuss
Dental records questions answered
December 3, 2007 -- Between all the drilling and filling, the last thing a busy dentist needs to worry about is dental records. And that's why the ADA  has developed a new online publication -- "Dental Records" -- that deals with nagging issues such as the components of a dental record, how to make entries, how to transfer records, how long records should be kept, and so on.  Discuss
Amalgam wars: Part II -- A phantom menace?
December 3, 2007 -- Scientists keep digging up more evidence to incriminate amalgam, but no one can make the charges stick.  Discuss
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
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