Maxillofacial radiologists need to speak up
February 2, 2009 -- Oral and maxillofacial radiologists have not done a very good job of marketing their skills to the dental community, argues Dr. Edwin Parks -- a radiologist himself -- in his latest Talking Pictures column.  Discuss
Christensen: 90% of impressions are defective
January 30, 2009 -- BOSTON - Dentists are making bad impressions, in more ways than one, said Gordon Christensen, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., at the Yankee Dental Congress. Sloppy technique for modeling teeth is one of the biggest problems facing dentistry, according to the dean of U.S. tooth doctors.  Discuss
Dentists or patients: Who should get the insurance check?
January 30, 2009 -- Insurance companies and dentists in Indiana are clashing over legislation that could change the way dental procedures there are reimbursed.  Discuss
Unlocking the secrets of autistic patients
January 29, 2009 -- BOSTON - Dentists should not rush to sedate their autistic patients, an expert on the condition said at the Yankee Dental Congress on Thursday. While it may take weeks -- even months -- to create a working relationship with these patients, it's well worth the effort.  Discuss
Study finds Invisalign only 41% effective
January 29, 2009 -- Want to work with Invisalign? At first glance it all seems ... clear. Most orthodontic patients prefer a smile full of translucent plastic to the glint of metal. But can it take the place of braces?  Discuss
Minn. shapes future of midlevel providers
January 27, 2009 -- Midlevel dental providers -- aka "superhygienists" -- could soon be performing extractions, restorations, and more in Minnesota. A 13-member work group has submitted its proposal for the creation of an oral health practitioner to the state Legislature.  Discuss
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
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