Report calls for paradigm shift in NHS dentistry
July 10, 2009 -- National Health Service (NHS) dentists in the U.K. may be paid by the number of patients they care for and the quality of that care rather than how many procedures they perform, if recommendations from a new review of the NHS dental system become reality.  Discuss
Flapless implant surgery an effective option
July 9, 2009 -- Flapless implant surgery may appeal to dentists who would like to add implants to their practice but hesitate because of the surgical complexity involved. Research has shown that results with this approach can be as good as or better than conventional implants.  Discuss
Minn. adopts Canadian dental licensing exam
July 8, 2009 -- In what is being hailed as yet another landmark decision in Minnesota, the state dental board has unanimously voted to adopt the Canadian dental exam, making it the first state in the U.S. to endorse nonpatient-based licensure exams for dentists.  Discuss
Tissue regeneration offers less painful gum surgery option
July 7, 2009 -- Researchers from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine have developed a new application for guided tissue regeneration that they say reduces the pain and recovery time of gum grafting surgery when compared to traditional methods.  Discuss
Study: Stone Age lifestyle helps periodontal health
July 6, 2009 -- When Swiss National Television proposed a reality show in which 10 people would live on a Stone Age diet -- and not brush their teeth for four weeks -- researchers at the Universities of Bern and Zürich jumped at the chance to study their teeth.  Discuss
Orange juice worse for teeth than bleaching
July 3, 2009 -- A new study has found that orange juice and other acidic fruit juices are more harmful to tooth enamel than hydrogen peroxide, the common ingredient in professional and over-the-counter teeth-whitening products.  Discuss
Rhode Island bans fee capping for uncovered procedures
July 2, 2009 -- A new law in Rhode Island prohibits insurance companies from setting the fees of dental procedures that they do not cover.  Discuss
U.S. grapples with mobile dentistry pros and cons
July 1, 2009 -- As Louisiana awaits Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision on a much-debated bill that would regulate school-based dentistry, the question of what kind of mobile dentistry should be allowed is likely to flare up again -- if not in Louisiana, then elsewhere in the U.S.  Discuss
OkayToKiss test targets bacterial source of bad breath
June 30, 2009 -- Tel Aviv University researchers have developed a pocket-sized breath test they say can detect malodorous bacteria in the mouth and alert people when their breath is less than socially desirable.  Discuss
Infiltration: A new approach to caries treatment
June 29, 2009 -- A new technique that bridges the gap between remineralization and restoration could do away with that age-old dilemma: Is it better to wait and watch or drill and fill?  Discuss
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