Light could play role in reversing anesthesia
November 7, 2012 -- German researchers have tested a new propofol derivative in animal models with intriguing results. The anesthetic properties of it were reversed and reinstated when light was shined on tadpoles exposed to the derivative. Read More
'Going green' has cost and care advantages for dentistry
November 7, 2012 -- "Going green" is not only environmentally friendly, it's also economically savvy for dental practices, according to a presentation at the recent ADA Annual Session. Adopting eco-friendly practices can save dentists thousands of dollars a year, in addition to preserving natural resources. Read More
Oral cancer patient fights Medicare for coverage
November 6, 2012 -- Hank Grass has so far successfully fought his submandibular cancer. But the retired policeman is now facing bankruptcy in his losing battle to get Medicare to cover the oral surgeries, dental treatments, and dentures he needs following radiation treatment. Read More
Japanese dentists eye cloud computing for dental records
November 6, 2012 -- A Japanese team is proposing that 100% of the country's dental records be digitized and stored using cloud computing to ensure that dental records cannot be lost -- a problem that has plagued the quest for the identities of victims of last year's tsunami. Read More
What union support of Obamacare may mean for dentistry
November 5, 2012 -- Will unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") result in a new dental practice model, with 2% cosmetic practices and 98% working for government unions? An analysis of a recent Forbes Magazine article demonstrates how this scenario could become a reality. Read More
Time to add fluoride varnish to your bag of tricks?
November 2, 2012 -- Despite its many proven advantages to improving dental health, fluoride varnish is still not used regularly in many U.S. dental offices. But a number of recent product improvements could change all that. Read More
NJ, NY dentists address Superstorm Sandy damage
November 1, 2012 -- Dentists along the New Jersey shore and in low-lying areas of New York are struggling to get power restored to their offices and homes in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Dentists in Sea Bright, NJ, were particularly hard hit, and as many as 7,000 dentists in New York have been affected by flooding or power outages. Read More
Dental anesthesiology falls short of becoming ADA specialty
November 1, 2012 -- Dental anesthesiology navigated the difficult path to becoming an ADA specialty nearly to the end, but lacked enough House of Delegates votes last week for approval. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons voiced its opposition throughout the process, to the chagrin of the effort's supporters. Read More
Do drug holidays and CTX testing help reduce BONJ risk?
October 31, 2012 -- Is there anything that can be done to mitigate the risk of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BONJ)? Options such as drug holidays and serum CTX testing exist but aren’t fully reliable at this point, according to an expert panel at the recent ADA Annual Session. Read More
Mummy offers evidence of early dental specialists
October 31, 2012 -- Just in time for Halloween ... High-resolution CT has given researchers a better look at a unique dental intervention previously discovered in a mummy that is thousands of years old. Their findings provide evidence of dental specialists practicing in ancient Egypt. Read More
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