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Bob Alaburda
Stone Age Teeth Shed Light on Ancient Life
Author: Bob Alaburda
Date: 01/07/2014 04:44pm

What can the teeth of ancient cavemen tell us about early human life? Quite a bit, as it turns out. British scientists have evaluated tooth decay found in Stone-Age hunter-gatherers who lived in Africa more than 13,700 years ago—and in doing so have learned quite a bit about those early humans’ lives.

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John Panzica
DenMat's SOL Diode Laser: A Valuable Addition to the Practice
Author: John Panzica
Date: 01/07/2014 04:04pm

When I decided to purchase a diode laser, my primary aim was to use it for uncovering implants after the healing period. I also wanted to be able to trim tissue encroaching on the face of the implant fixture at different stages of the restorative process while maintaining hemostasis and ideal tissue contours. After researching many lasers, I chose the SOL diode laser from DenMat for many reasons. Since then, it has been a valuable addition to my practice armamentarium.

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Jason Schwartz
Smart Toothbrush Tracks Brushing Habits
Date: 01/06/2014 11:15am

Smart technology is all the rage these days. From wearable tech like smart watches to thermostats that talk to your smart phone and track your energy usage, technology has begun advancing traditionally non-technological objects. And, as it turns out, technology has come to home dental products: a French startup has built the world’s first smart toothbrush.

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Gail Weisman
When Patients Won't Provide Medical History
Author: Gail Weisman
Date: 01/03/2014 09:40am

With the oral/systemic link universally acknowledged, medical history forms are a key component in dentists' diagnostic and treatment planning protocol. When a patient refuses or hesitates to answer medical history questions, it raises some difficult questions—Why is the patient resisting? Should or can you treat this patient?

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Monica Barudin
Dentist Removes Own Tooth
Date: 01/02/2014 03:18pm

A dentist in Montrose, Colorado, has recorded a video of himself removing one of his own teeth in the hopes that it will reassure uneasy patients before entering surgery.

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Bob Alaburda
How to Help Dental Phobics in Your Practice
Author: Bob Alaburda
Date: 12/31/2013 12:23pm

Almost 4% of people are “dental phobics,” according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Researchers are trying to better understand the fear—and have been testing potential remedies that dentists can put into practice in their offices.

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Gail Weisman
Link Between Children's Gum Chewing, Migranes Found
Author: Gail Weisman
Date: 12/27/2013 02:11pm

Gum-chewing may be linked to migraines in teenagers and younger children, a researcher recently found. Dr. Nathan Watemberg of Tel Aviv University’s Meir Medical Center conducted a study on 30 patients between 6- and 19-years-old, and came out with some interesting results.


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Jason Schwartz
Therapy Dog Soothes Dental Fears
Date: 12/23/2013 11:27am

A dental office near the Twin Cities in Minnesota has begun providing comfort to anxious dental patients in an inventive new way: a therapy dog named Molly helps calm patient fears.

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Bob Alaburda
How to Set New Patients at Ease
Author: Bob Alaburda
Date: 12/19/2013 01:39pm

Setting new patients at ease is a skill that every dental professional wants to have, but may not naturally possess. So what can a dental hygienist or dentist do to make new patients feel welcomed when they come in the door—and to keep them coming back in the future?

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Monica Barudin
Improve Patient Experience By Treating Both Teeth and Mind
Date: 12/18/2013 10:15am

With the Affordable Care Act at top of mind for many in the medical community, many practitioners—dentists included—are wondering what they can do to improve the “patient experience.” But some experts are suggesting that providers back away from the idea of fixating on “patient experience,” and instead focus completely on the patient.

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