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Flowable composites: The unsung heroes of bonding
August 17, 2010 -- Once thought to be a passing fad, flowable composites have become a versatile workhorse in aesthetic dental procedures.  Discuss
Dentists can play key role in screening for HIV
August 16, 2010 -- With more people visiting their dentist than their physician each year, dental practitioners can help identify patients who may have HIV or AIDS and not know it. And the earlier the diagnosis, the better the treatment outcomes.  Discuss
NY attorney general scrutinizes CareCredit practices
August 13, 2010 -- Six dental practices are among 10 healthcare providers being investigated for alleged predatory lending practices involving GE Money's CareCredit service. The probe calls into question a financing option that has become increasingly popular during the economic recession.  Discuss
The advantages of nontraumatic bone condensing
August 12, 2010 -- Implant manufacturers typically provide congruent osteotomes for patients who have spongy bone structures. But these instruments must be inserted with controlled hammer strokes, and there are gentler alternatives.  Discuss
New studies highlight tongue piercing risks
August 11, 2010 -- New evidence lends further support to the need for dentists to caution patients about the dangers of tongue piercing, which can lead to severe infections, chipped and fractured teeth, gingival recession, and even death.  Discuss
ADHA president talks healthcare reform, midlevel providers
August 10, 2010 -- Under the leadership of its newest president, Caryn Loftis-Solie, R.D.H., the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) is working to help its members navigate one of the most challenging chapters in U.S. healthcare history.  Discuss
FDA targets improvements to 510(k) process
August 9, 2010 -- With an eye toward making the medical device regulatory process more predictable and ensuring patient safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued two reports suggesting how the 510(k) program could be improved.  Discuss
Lawsuit challenges Trident calcium phosphate claims
August 6, 2010 -- For years some of the world's top dental researchers have been debating the merits of calcium phosphate products without reaching a consensus. Now a lawsuit questioning Trident Xtra Care gum's restorative claims is putting the scientific evidence on trial.  Discuss
Dentists move to the front lines on sleep disorders: Part 2
August 5, 2010 -- Dentists are being urged to play a more central role in screening patients for obstructive sleep apnea and related disorders. Can they also help treat patients who suffer from these chronic and potentially hazardous conditions?  Discuss
Dentists move to the front lines on sleep disorders: Part 1
August 4, 2010 -- Dentists are being urged to play a more central role in screening patients for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and related disorders and to work more closely with physicians in treating these patients. Part 1 of this two-part series focuses on how to identify OSA and how to incorporate screening for it into your practice.  Discuss
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