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47 new genes linked to dental diseases
July 11, 2019 -- An international team of researchers has identified dozens of new genes associated with oral health and dental diseases. Their findings suggest many dental traits are heritable.  Discuss
Kids' dental anxiety increases as they age
July 10, 2019 -- More children experience dental anxiety at age 9 than at age 7, according to a new study. Researchers also found that factors such as tooth pain, fear of drills, and parental dental fear contributed to this anxiety.  Discuss
FDA warns about danger of xylitol -- for dogs
July 10, 2019 -- Xylitol may help prevent dental decay in humans, but the sugar substitute can be fatal for dogs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about xylitol's potential toxicity for canines in a consumer update on July 9.  Discuss
Talking to patients about real beauty
July 10, 2019 -- When patients say that they only want you to crown or repair their front teeth because that's what people see while ignoring gum disease elsewhere in the mouth, it might be time to have a deeper conversation about "beauty," writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg.  Discuss
Want to improve patient safety? Make a checklist
July 9, 2019 -- Checklists may be a practical and efficient way to improve patient safety in the dental office. Two safety experts explained why in the July issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association.  Discuss
Medicaid-accepting dentists inclined to promote fluoridation
July 9, 2019 -- Pediatric dentists who accepted at least one new Medicaid-insured child each month showed greater willingness to advocate for community water fluoridation programs in a recent study.  Discuss
Shark tooth helps solve 25-year-old mystery
July 9, 2019 -- A piece of tooth helped a Florida man discover the type of shark that bit him more than two decades ago. Scientists ran a DNA test on the shark tooth, which the man retrieved from his foot.  Discuss
Case report: Removal of a porcelain-fused-to-zirconia crown
July 8, 2019 -- Dr. Timothy Anderson reports on the case of a 52-year-old man who needed to have a crown on tooth #15 removed. He describes using a laser for removing the crown and explains the advantages for both the practitioner and patient.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for sharpening your business skills
July 8, 2019 -- Just as clinical skills are essential for becoming a dentist, business skills are critical to success as a practice owner. The competition for new patients has intensified, so practice owners need to be more business-savvy than in the past. Take the necessary steps to bolster your business knowledge -- and results in 2019, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Study finds common oral surgeries aren't profitable
July 3, 2019 -- Some common oral surgery procedures are not profitable, according to a study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Without sedation, oral and maxillofacial surgeons can lose hundreds of dollars for popular procedures, including routine and surgical extractions.  Discuss
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