Patricia Pine
Hygienist Profile: Patricia Pine, RDH
Date: 03/12/2013 09:17am

Meet Patricia Pine, RDH, who shares her expertise on infection control through consulting, courses, and an OSHA Bootcamp.

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Monica Barudin
The Best (and Worst) Cities for Flossing
Date: 03/11/2013 10:40am

Do you floss every day?

If you live in one of the Best Cities for Flossing, chances are you answered yes and your neighbors did too.

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Bob Alaburda
Biological Tooth Replacement Becoming a Reality?
Author: Bob Alaburda
Date: 03/11/2013 10:27am

Scientists have developed a new method of replacing missing teeth with a bioengineered material generated from a person's own gum cells. Current implant-based methods of whole tooth replacement fail to reproduce a natural root structure and as a consequence of the friction from eating and other jaw movement, loss of jaw bone can occur around the implant.

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Gail Weisman
If it looks like a tooth.......
Author: Gail Weisman
Date: 03/05/2013 02:45pm

A non-surgical anatomical tooth-replacement system awaits FDA approval to hit stateside.

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Jason Schwartz
Dental (Very) Cool: Dental Student Adapts to Prosthetic Arm
Date: 02/25/2013 12:03pm

"Dental student Amar Patel leaned over a model of a head sporting a full set of artificial teeth. With his two tanned hands, he operated a drill and held a small round mirror in place. A second glance revealed that his left arm, slightly shorter than the right, emerged hairless from his blue scrubs and is a lifelike 7-pound, high-tech prosthetic limb. As the only University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio dental student missing an arm, Patel, 24, holds a unique status among his classmates — tackling an already difficult course of study with a challenging disadvantage."

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Anastasia Turchetta
Gum Health Products Ensure Your Patient is Not "The Biggest Loser"

I recently happened to catch an episode of one of the most popular TV shows: The Biggest Loser. This particular episode's challenge engaged the kids to make food choices by selecting which foods had more calories: fats or carbohydrates. Their selections then determined the total pounds the adult contestants had to lose that week.

While learning some healthy habits myself, it occurred to me that this show didn't address the importance or risk factor that oral health has in connection to obesity. With approximately one-third of the US population battling obesity, we must recognize the impact of oral health and arrive at a plan to begin a home care regimen. This should also be followed by the periodontal therapy recommended by that particular practice.

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Jason Schwartz
Dental Cool: Cat Dental Care and Feline Fluoride
Date: 02/19/2013 08:04am

Depending on who you ask, 'Dog's Rule, Cat's Drool,' or 'Cat's Rule, Dog's Drool.' Growing up a dog person but now owning a cat, I'm on the fence in terms of picking sides, but for the purpose of this blog, feline dental care will be the topic.

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Denise Habjan
Dental Product Evaluator Profile: Dr. Habjan
Date: 02/14/2013 12:54pm

My name is Denise Habjan and I am a general dentist in Santa Ana, CA, which is in Orange County (the OC). I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but I always wanted to end up in a warm weather climate.

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Gail Weisman
Teeth as Symbol
Author: Gail Weisman
Date: 02/14/2013 11:42am

I have a recurring dream: my teeth are falling out. Sometimes it’s just one, sometimes they’re all slowly crumbling to dust. Clearly, I am not alone, because an online dream-interpretation site devotes an entire page to these disturbing reveries.

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Howard  Strassler
Septodont's Biodentine
Date: 02/11/2013 12:32pm

Vital pulp therapy with pulp capping can be successful using the new bioengineered tricalcium silicate, anti-inflammatory direct pulp capping agent Biodentine (Septodont). Histologically, Biodentine has been shown to induce odontoblast differentiation from pulp progenitor cells and the resulting mineralized matrix has the molecular characteristics of dentin.

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