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7T MRI may release mercury from amalgam fillings
June 26, 2018 -- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 7-tesla magnet strength may release toxic mercury from amalgam fillings, according to a new study published online June 26 in the journal Radiology. However, the effect was not found with the lower-strength 1.5-tesla magnets that are more commonly used in the clinical setting, the researchers noted.  Discuss
Second Opinion: A crucial study on fluoride produces silence
June 26, 2018 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Johnny Johnson Jr., president of the American Fluoridation, looks at the response to studies about fluoride's safety. Dr. Johnson addresses the need for those in the public health community to respond when fluoride's use is challenged.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for self-care: Take care of yourself
June 25, 2018 -- Too many dentists and team members run themselves ragged by not eating properly, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, or taking time out for themselves. Both doctors and staff should develop healthy routines that include regular exercise, sleep, healthy food, and bonding with family, friends, and even co-workers, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. All of these things are important to your physical and mental well-being.  Discuss
Preventive oral care program benefits nursing home residents
June 25, 2018 -- Seeking ways to improve oral healthcare in nursing home residents, researchers studied an innovative mobile dentistry program that provided preventive and curative oral healthcare treatment. They found the program reduced caries and helped residents maintain their natural teeth.  Discuss
Which endo file is best for reducing post-op pain?
June 22, 2018 -- Not all endodontic files are equal when it comes to reducing pain after root canal treatment. A new study found that patients reported less pain after being treated by one self-adjusting file.  Discuss
New AAP staging system aims to improve perio treatment
June 21, 2018 -- A new staging and grading system for periodontitis and classifying peri-implant diseases and conditions is one of the highlights of a publication on June 21 from an international workshop on periodontal disease by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).  Discuss
Are you all on the same page in your practice?
June 21, 2018 -- Being and remaining on the same page are constant demands of any dental office, writes Dr. Lisa Knowles. As technologies change and philosophies evolve, there is a constant need to update communication between the professionals and the patients. Dr. Knowles offers five practical ideas to ensure everyone in your practice is on the same page.  Discuss
How effective is water fluoridation at preventing caries?
June 20, 2018 -- Recent research is scant on the dental health effects of water fluoridation in the U.S., despite the public health importance of this intervention. Therefore, the researchers of a new study investigated the association between community water fluoridation and dental caries occurrence in U.S. children.  Discuss
CBCT shows aligner benefit to treating adult crowding
June 20, 2018 -- When patients with adult tooth crowding seek clear aligner treatment, creating space and improving their bone system are key markers of treatment success. Researchers used cone-beam CT (CBCT) to see if clear aligner treatment and interproximal enamel reduction benefited the mandible and maxilla.  Discuss
Kids with siblings fear dentist more than only children
June 19, 2018 -- Family structure may partly influence whether children experience dental fear and anxiety, according to the results of a new study. Researchers found that children with siblings feared the dentist more than only children and children from single-parent households.  Discuss
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