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CDC: Vaping linked to severe lung disease
August 20, 2019 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a cluster of severe lung disease linked to electronic cigarette use, or vaping. Patients experienced cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue that eventually led to hospitalization.  Discuss
Eating disorders linked with poor gum conditions, quality of life
August 20, 2019 -- Patients with eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia have significantly worse periodontal conditions and poorer oral health-related quality of life, according to a new study. Dentists and hygienists have an important role to play in identifying and helping these patients, the authors noted.  Discuss
Study questions whether fluoride can lower kids' IQ
August 19, 2019 -- Prenatal fluoride exposure may have neurotoxic effects, according to a study published August 19 in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers found that children with greater prenatal fluoride exposure had lower IQ scores as preschoolers.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for reactivating patients: Improve patient retention
August 19, 2019 -- In the past, the loss of patients could be easily overcome by a higher level influx of new patients. For today's dental practices to remain strong, they need to retain a higher level of their patient base, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin. When patients become overdue or inactive, don't write them off as lost -- implement a reactivation system, he advises.  Discuss
SmileDirectClub hopes to raise $100M in IPO
August 19, 2019 -- Direct-to-consumer teeth-straightening service company SmileDirectClub filed an initial public offering (IPO) on August 16. The company hopes to raise $100 million, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Discuss
Prenatal vitamin D improves kids' dental health
August 16, 2019 -- Prenatal exposure to vitamin D may bolster children's dental health. The children of women who took high doses of vitamin D during pregnancy had fewer enamel defects at age 6 in a new study, published in JAMA Pediatrics.  Discuss
Socioeconomic, hygiene status predict kids' oral health
August 16, 2019 -- Pediatric patients' socioeconomic status, self-esteem, and oral hygiene habits all can help you predict their gingival health, according to a new study. The findings highlight the need for strategies to help improve oral health awareness and interventions.  Discuss
Review focuses on avoiding discoloration after regeneration
August 16, 2019 -- Regenerative endodontic procedures such as root canal revitalization can be successful, but tooth discoloration caused by the materials used may occur. Researchers reviewed the literature to see which materials could cause tooth discoloration and how to successfully avoid this issue.  Discuss
Black tooth stains may protect against caries
August 15, 2019 -- Black stains on primary and permanent teeth may protect against caries. A new review found patients with extrinsic black stains had fewer cavities than the general population. The authors hypothesized the difference could result from biological or nutritional factors.  Discuss
Tooth trouble linked to cognitive decline in Chinese adults
August 15, 2019 -- Researchers found a link between tooth symptoms and a decline in cognitive function among older Chinese adults in the U.S. This research suggests what dental community outreach programs should look for in these patients.  Discuss
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