New law expands U.S. government role in dentistry
February 25, 2009 -- An expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program will pour millions of federal dollars into oral healthcare for children. But along with the money comes new government scrutiny of dental care -- which could open the door to superhygienists.  Discuss
Research links stress and depression with gum disease
February 24, 2009 -- When it comes to gum disease, smoking, diabetes, and genetics are some of the usual suspects. Now a new study confirms that stress and depression may be culprits as well.  Discuss
U.S. stimulus bill a tease for dentistry
February 23, 2009 -- The U.S. government plans to hand out billions of dollars in incentives to healthcare providers who adopt electronic health records between now and 2015. Unfortunately, dentists aren't included.  Discuss
It takes more than a weekend
February 20, 2009 -- Proper education and training are becoming increasingly imperative as general dentists add to their practices procedures formerly confined to the realm of specialists. As Dr. Helaine Smith says in her latest column, sometimes you have to ask yourself: If I were in the dental chair, would I be OK with this?  Discuss
Challenger sues Align over patent
February 20, 2009 -- ClearCorrect, which makes a clear orthodontic aligner, is suing to prevent Align Technology from claiming an infringement of its patents on Invisalign.  Discuss
Study: UV light doesn't aid teeth whitening
February 19, 2009 -- After comparing seven commercial teeth bleaching products, a group of Norwegian scientists says that, contrary to manufacturers' claims, ultraviolet light combined with hydrogen peroxide does nothing to improve the effect. In fact, there could be serious health risks.  Discuss
Why implant when you can transplant?
February 18, 2009 -- Transplanting a patient's tooth from one location to another can be a viable, attractive substitute for dental implants, according to Peter Reich, D.M.D., a New Hampshire oral surgeon who has performed more than 200 transplants.  Discuss
Univ. of MN says yes to midlevel providers
February 13, 2009 -- The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has approved a dental therapy degree program for midlevel providers with a skill set between a dental hygienist and dentist. Now it's up to the state Legislature.  Discuss
Researchers debate ozone science
February 13, 2009 -- Ozone is 1.5 times stronger than chloride as an antimicrobial. It stimulates the immune response and blood circulation, according to some researchers. But can it stop caries?  Discuss
Facial injuries reveal secrets of domestic violence
February 12, 2009 -- Victims of abuse from an intimate partner may be reluctant to discuss their predicament, but dentists and physicians can recognize the abuse through telltale injuries and offer assistance, according to a new study.  Discuss
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