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The Immunological Paradox of Mastication

New research reveals that the process of chewing stimulates immune system activity to protect against infection, while at the same time increasing the risk of periodontal disease.

Three Reasons You Should Be Talking About Root Canals

To the average patient, no procedure is more dreaded than the root canal, despite the fact that it can be painless and preserve the natural tooth with excellent clinical outcomes.

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Fighting Cavities with Tea?

New research reveals that polyphenols in beverages such as black tea may have the power to disrupt bacterial metabolism and reduce inflammation in the oral mucosa.

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Alzheimer's Drug Found to Regenerate Dentin

Bizarre new use for Alzheimer's disease drug mobilizes tertiary dentin mechanism to rebuild significant tooth structure for restoration.

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How to Dismiss a Troublesome Patient in Three Easy Steps

As part of preparing for 2017, consider removing sources of stress from your practice like patients who are rude, argumentative, or chronically absent from scheduled appointments.

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Question about New Sedation Regulations

California's state sedation regulations have been in the news recently for potential changes being made to the way sedation permits are dispensed. DOCS regulatory attorney John Bitting weighs in.

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5 Great Ideas for a Better Practice in 2017

Wondering how to improve your practice in the new year? Check out these great tips to increase efficiency, bring in more patients and de-stress your life!

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How to Clean Your Teeth Like a Caveman

Archaeologists discover hidden evidence that the concept of toothbrushing may be far older than previously thought – older even the ancient Egyptians.

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Uncontrollable Sneezing Following Routine Appointment

A patient undergoes some standard treatment on her anterior maxillary dentition, and after leaving the office calls in to say she has been sneezing uncontrollably for hours!

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Fascinating Cloves - the Dentist's Holiday Spice

Clove oil is often used as a mild analgesic in dentistry for toothaches and denture sore spots, but cloves and their chemical components have seen medicinal use for centuries!

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A member of DOCS Education asks:

It seems I have an abundance of cops and nurses in the practice, and all seem to be taking some form of anti-anxiety meds or BP meds. Well, someone has to treat them and I have had great success with the DOCS protocol, but could use some suggestions here on an upcoming patient:

Patient is 5 9" / 220 lbs. He is a half-pack a day smoker. No snoring, or so he says. BP today was 148/89, HR 86'. I have seen diastolic pressure at 95 on a previous visit. Meds are as follows:


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Welcome to the Incisor Hub; we're glad to have you here. Whether you've been a DOCS Education member for many years, are a new member, or have yet to become a member (for shame!), you all have the pleasure of reading the informative blog posts written by our charming, smart, and dare I say it—ravishing editors. We make the Incisor available to all who are interested in reading, because at DOCS Education we believe information should be accessible to those that are thirsty for it. However, we’re not dummies—we reserve the best perks for our members. And one of the hands-down most important benefits we offer with a DOCS Education Membership is access to the Elite DOCS Forum. Monitored by esteemed dental professionals Drs. Jerome Wellbrock, Lesie Fang and Anthony Feck, the Elite DOCS Forum offers dentists the opportunity to read up on pertinent case studies and connect with other members. Have a question about pharmacology, patient management, IV sedation or protocols and regulations? No problem. Our faculty will respond to your questions within 24-48 hours—giving you the answers you need in a timeframe that truly benefits your practice.


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A DOCS Education Member asks: I have a 32 year-old male patient with no health concerns other than a past history of opiate abuse. I first saw this patient three years ago for a sedation consultation; he never followed through with further treatment. At that time the patient was taking 24mg of Suboxone® a day. Patient is now down to 1mg of Suboxone® per day and is seeking treatment for his many dental problems. Is this a safe patient to treat with OCS medications, or are there changes I should make to the protocol? Patient may need several root canals and I normally do the extra strength Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen combo for the first day. I do not typically have to call in any pain meds for day two or beyond, but if this patient requires them, what would you suggest I do? My thought is to have the MD managing his Suboxone® make this judgment.
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Have you considered becoming a DOCS Education Fellow or Diplomate? You haven't? Well, I'm here, at great personal risk, to share top secret, insider information that will hopefully change your mind. If it came to the attention of the powers that be at DOCS Education that I've leaked these secrets, they surely would put me in the stocks. So please, gentle reader, listen carefully. The benefits of becoming a DOCS Education Fellow or Diplomate are many, and the glory it will bring to your kingdom…uh, practice will be enduring and splendiferous.
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IT solutions for dental offices have always been a specialty of Dr. Lorne Lavine, which is why he settled on the moniker The Digital Dentist. Backed by a complete site re-design, Dr. Lavine has rolled out Practice Byte Guard—a new suite of services designed to manage all of your practice’s IT needs. After working with dental practices across the US and Canada for the last 20 years, Dr. Lavine has assembled this software package to cater to the most-wanted and requested needs of dental professionals. HIPAA compliance assistance, multi-leveled data management and network security make up the separate components of Practice Byte Guard. Dr. Lavine announced the release in an email late last week:
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Despite dentists' mutual interest in all things teeth, we understand you may be divided in your digital versus paper preferences. No need to quarrel, though – because DOCS Digest is meeting the needs of everyone! Check out our informative, exciting and educational publication right now!
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