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Medicaid dental cutbacks taking a toll across the U.S.
October 12, 2010 -- With Medicaid enrollments and state budget cutbacks alike on the rise, adult dental benefits are taking the brunt of the hits, according to a survey by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. And yet, some states have found a way to survive.  Discuss
Philips to acquire Discus Dental
October 11, 2010 -- Royal Philips Electronics will acquire Discus Holdings through a merger designed to enhance Philips health and wellness business and expand Discus' reach in the global teeth-whitening market.  Discuss
Surgeon general's oral health report: 10 years and counting
October 8, 2010 -- As oral health advocates gathered in Washington, DC, last week to celebrate a decade of improvements in U.S. oral care, they also cautioned that much work remains to be done to ensure that children and other vulnerable populations continue to get the care they need.  Discuss
EHRs not as scary as they seem
October 7, 2010 -- While the U.S. government sorts out its expectations for electronic health records (EHRs) in the dental industry, some vendors and practitioners are already moving ahead. And net-savvy patients are helping to make it happen.  Discuss
Idaho Medicaid dentists face major cutbacks
October 6, 2010 -- Idaho will cut about 150 dentists from its network of 600 Medicaid providers under a new contract slated to take effect November 1. The cutbacks could be particularly devastating for the state's low-income kids -- and the pediatric dentists who serve them.  Discuss
Jury award in Fosamax/ONJ case cut from $8M to $1.5M
October 5, 2010 -- A federal judge has dramatically reduced a jury award in an osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) case that originally ended in a mistrial. But Merck, the manufacturer of the bisphosphonate drug Fosamax at the center of the litigation, is still upset.  Discuss
OCT shows its practical side
October 4, 2010 -- The ability of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to image the progression of caries beneath dental sealants could be the catalyst that helps practitioners begin to see the clinical value of this diagnostic tool.  Discuss
Orthodontic radiographs can promote cell toxicity
October 1, 2010 -- Orthodontic radiographs appear to promote cytotoxicity in oral mucosa, according to a new study in Dentomaxillofacial Radiology -- calling into question once again whether multiple cephalograms are warranted in every orthodontic case.  Discuss
BioMatRx set to enter market with root canal alternative
September 30, 2010 -- A Minnesota endodontist and his brothers have developed a user-friendly alternative to endodontic therapy that uses existing stem cells in the root to spur tissue regeneration.  Discuss
iPhone helps mobile dentist deliver care to elderly, disabled
September 29, 2010 -- When Brazilian dentist Bia Kunze realized that many of those in need of dental care in her community couldn't get to her office, she decided to close it and "go mobile" with the help of an iPhone, a database app, and other readily available technologies.  Discuss
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