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Michael Douglas raises oral cancer awareness

May 29, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Calif., USA: Michael Douglas has joined the Oral Cancer Foundation's campaign against the deadly disease. The actor, who is a survivor of the cancer, has recently helped produce a public awareness announcement to educate people about the need for annual screenings to detect oral cancer as early as possible.

CDA Cares delivers oral health services to 1,650 people

May 24, 2012

Sacramento, Calif., USA: The California Dental Association Foundation’s free dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided an estimated $1.2 million in charitable dental services during a two-day event, held May 18-19 in Modesto.

 The California Dental Association, the CDA Foundation and national partner America's Dentists Care Foundation hosted the clinic to provide oral health services and education to Californians who experience barriers to care.

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AAE holds its annual session in Boston

May 23, 2012

BOSTON, MASS, USA: The American Association of Endodontists held its 2012 Annual Session April 18-21 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The meeting offered endodontists, general dentists and other specialists the opportunity to participate in a large selection of endodontic courses as well as learn about the rich history of the specialty in the United States.

Dentist adds ‘King’s Crown’ to collection

May 23, 2012

Alberta dentist Michael Zuk, aka “The Tooth Collector,” is at it again, coming in as top bidder on a porcelain crown made for a front tooth of the king of rock ‘n’ roll — Elvis Presley. Zuk’s successful $10,000 bid in the Feb. 25 auction follows his $31,000 bid in November that got him a rotting molar that late Beatle John Lennon had extracted in the ’60s.

Roydent Dental Products announces new sizes of C-Files

May 22, 2012

Johnson City, Tenn., USA: Roydent Dental Products recently announced the release of its 12.5, 15 and assorted packs 06-10 of C-Files (all in 21 mm and 25 mm lengths). The new 12.5 is an exclusive size to Roydent and allows doctors to make a half step when instrumentation between sizes10 and 15.

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Every four hours an infant is treated for mouth injury

May 18, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio, USA: Researchers have found that children who are learning to walk are at the highest risk of injury from baby bottles, sippy cups and pacifiers. For the first time, they analyzed nationwide statistical data from the last 20 years and found that, on average, 2,270 injuries related to these products are treated in U.S. emergency rooms every year.

Interview: The collaboration between endo and restorative

May 17, 2012

In an interview conducted at the recent American Association of Endodontists Annual Session in Boston, Tom Gallop, CEO of SS White, discussed the collaboration between endodontists and restorative dentists to preserve dentin and therefore improve outcomes for patients.

Athletes are reminded to wear mouthguards

May 17, 2012

TAMPA, FL, USA: This year, more than 3 million teeth will be knocked out during youth sporting events, and the cost of replacing a knocked-out tooth can mount to $20,000, according to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation.
 Athletes are 60 percent more likely to suffer an injury to the mouth when not wearing a mouthguard.

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Researchers examine ancient diets using dental plaque

May 16, 2012

Reno, Nev., USA: By investigating dental plaque from skeletons buried in a Spanish cathedral, researchers from the USA have found a new way to gain information about the diet of ancient peoples. Their method could be a useful alternative to common research methods of this kind, usually conducted on bone, hair, muscle or nails.

Sports and energy drinks found to erode tooth enamel

May 15, 2012

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: Tests on tooth enamel samples have shown that the consumption of sports and energy drinks may result in considerable enamel weight loss within a few days. In a recently published study, researchers have warned that acidic levels in these popular beverages vary significantly between brands and between different flavors of the same brand.

Composite is said to kill bacteria, remineralize tooth structure

May 15, 2012

Baltimore, Md., USA: Scientists using nanotechology at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry have created what they call the first cavity-filling composite that kills harmful bacteria and regenerates tooth structure lost to bacterial decay. Rather than just limiting decay with conventional fillings, the new composite is a revolutionary dental weapon to control harmful bacteria, says professor Huakun (Hockin) Xu, PhD, MS.

Oral bacteria resposible for artificial joint failure

May 14, 2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio, USA: Study results have suggested that periodontal bacteria can migrate from the mouth to the synovial cavity, which might be the reason for the failure of artificial joints. In recent DNA tests, researchers detected the same bacterial DNA in synovial fluid and dental plaque in 14 percent of patients with arthritis and periodontitis.

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AdDent presents award to J. Morita

May 11, 2012

CHICAGO, IL, USA: AdDent, a dealer-oriented company that manufactures high-quality, advanced dental products, presented a partnership appreciation award to the J. Morita company for sales of its Microlux system. Dr. Joshua Friedman, president of AdDent, and Mark Albanese, far east sales manager, presented the award to Keiji Osaka, group manager of J. Morita.

The science that shows there’s no need for numbing before drilling

May 10, 2012

ANAHEIM, Calif., USA: A brand-new convention booth isn’t the only big change going on with SS White this year. Even more important is the esteemed company’s new, highly interactive website, located at www.sswhiteburs.com, and its increased focus on providing consultation and training to dental professionals interested in its products. The changes attracted lots of attention at the recent CDA Presents meeting.

A new smile takes flight

May 10, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Tyler covered his mouth when he smiled, barely spoke and refrained from eating in public whenever possible. Although he was in desperate need of dental treatment, he had not seen a dentist in many years. Unable to work, his mother is on dialysis several times a week and his father, a veteran, suffers from a brain injury incurred during his time in the service.

AACD holds 28th Annual Scientific Session in Washington

May 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Good things come in small packages, right? Well, it might not have been the biggest exhibit hall of the year, but the AACD did pack a punch with some 141 exhibitors gathered in D.C. for its 28th Annual Scientific Session. The hall had a variety of companies running the gamut of products and services, so attendees were sure to find exactly what they needed.

Novel portable probe detects early oral cancer

May 9, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas, USA: In order to reduce the time taken to diagnose oral cancer, researchers have developed the first prototype of a handheld detection device capable of fast imaging with a large field of view. They said that this miniature confocal probe could be used by dentists to screen for early-stage cancer cells in the future.

High fluoride levels in African groundwater put oral health at risk

May 8, 2012

DURHAM, N.C., USA: Researchers have suggested that the dental health of about 8 million people living in the Main Ethiopian Rift is jeopardized by high levels of naturally occurring fluoride in their groundwater. Their studies revealed a 100 percent prevalence of dental fluorosis in the teeth of the local residents. Furthermore, they found that additional milk intake may reduce the severity of this disease.

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