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Vibration therapy speeds tooth movement
September 21, 2009 -- An orthodontic device in clinical testing at the University of Texas Health Science Center uses vibrational force to accelerate tooth movement and reduce treatment times, according to its developers.  Discuss
U.S. Senate bill would tax dental benefits
September 18, 2009 -- Draft healthcare reform legislation in the U.S. Senate would tax some dental benefits, raising the possibility that fewer adults would seek dental care.  Discuss
Time to rethink antimicrobials?
September 17, 2009 -- BOSTON - Despite concerns of antibiotic overuse and superresistant biofilms, systemic disease experts speaking at the American Academy of Periodontology meeting this week said that dentists should not be so reluctant to prescribe antibiotics for patients with severe gum disease.  Discuss
Jackson hails cosmetic materials 'revolution'
September 16, 2009 -- New cosmetic materials have completely changed the face of dentistry, Ronald Jackson, D.D.S., said last week at the California Dental Association fall meeting.  Discuss
Straumann debuts Roxolid alloy at AAP meeting
September 15, 2009 -- BOSTON - Straumann launched a unique implant material for the North American market at the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) meeting on Monday, saying the substance could increase the public's acceptance of implant dentistry.  Discuss
Spotting skin cancer through suspicious moles
September 14, 2009 -- Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, and dentists and hygienists can help detect the disease early by keeping a watchful eye on suspicious growths on their patients' skin.  Discuss
Sports dentists called valuable players
September 11, 2009 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Sports dentists can play a vital role in protecting athletes' oral health, said Howard Chi, D.M.D., M.A., a University of the Pacific sports dentist, Thursday at the California Dental Association fall meeting.  Discuss
The ABCs of informed consent
September 10, 2009 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The line between "maloccurrence" and "malpractice" is a thin one, often hinging on whether the standard of care was met and the patient was properly informed of treatment risks, benefits, complications, and alternatives.  Discuss
Shedding light on the next generation of curing lamps
September 9, 2009 -- New laws are restricting halogen light bulb sales, but if you're thinking about buying new curing lights, you'll need to know a few key points about photoinitiation, says materials expert Fred Rueggeberg, D.D.S., M.S. To begin with, not every light will cure every composite.  Discuss
Is articulating paper the best tool for occlusal analysis?
September 8, 2009 -- Dental practitioners have long relied on articulating paper to determine occlusal contact. But some occlusion experts believe there is a better approach, especially when it comes to analyzing bite force and timing.  Discuss
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