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Sedating Patient on Morphine for Back Pain

A patient requests treatment under sedation, and discloses she has had two back surgeries with morphine as the principal painkiller. Can she safely be sedated per DOCS protocols?

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Beware the "Mount Everest Toothache."

We all have patients who complain that a sore tooth feels like it's going to explode, but did you know this is actually possible in certain circumstances? Incisor takes a look at barodontalgia.

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Mouth-To-Body Infections: What's the Actual Risk?

Experts are conflicted on whether antibiotic prophylaxis is necessary to treat patients with heart stents, knee replacements or other implanted surgical appliances. Get the facts here.

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Sedation of Patients with Benzodiazepine Allergy

What are the options when you cannot relieve a patient's anxiety with benzodiazepine medication? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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You'll Never Guess Which Famous People Used to Be Dentists

A career in dentistry can lead many places, from the Old West to the Silver Screen. Check out these historical and contemporary figures who got their start on the humble handpiece.

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"My Patient Eats Bricks!" – Problematic Patterns in Patients with Pica

Lots of activities can cause dental damage, but what do you do about patients who are compelled to eat non-food items?

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Moving Forward After a Break-In

When a DOCS member experiences a break-in damaging her DEA Cabinet, what should she do to continue serving the patients scheduled for the next day?

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Study Finds Women Predisposed to Develop Dry Socket

An analysis published in the Journal of the American Dental Association suggests that women may be predisposed to alveolar osteitis as a result of higher estrogen.

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Oral Cancer Risk may be Increased by Gum Disease Bacteria

Periodontitis associated bacteria have been found to secrete metabolic by-products that could lead to an increased risk for a type of oral cancer.

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Flossing for the High Score - Motivation in the 21st Century

Could goal-tracking software help patients maintain oral hygiene? The next step in getting patients to floss might be one of these apps.

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We all hear that cheese and dairy products are great sources of calcium and help us maintain healthy bones. But have you ever heard that cheese may protect against tooth erosion?
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For the fourth time since 1956, Portland has rejected the fluoridation of water and upheld its status as the only city in the nation's 30 most populous without fluoridated water. Despite the proponents raising three times the money of the opponents, they were voted down 60% to 40% on Tuesday, May 21st.
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Before you take a sweet, refreshing sip of that diet soda sitting in your fridge, you should probably know – your teeth may not find it so refreshing. Even calorie-free soda could harm your teeth.
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Humans have two sets of teeth. We learn this from the time we’re young. Our baby teeth come in first, then, around age six, our baby teeth begin to loosen and fall out making room for our adult, permanent teeth. Researchers from Keck School of Medicine of USC have discovered unique cellular and molecular mechanisms behind tooth renewal in American alligators, and hope to use this knowledge to someday re-grow teeth in humans.
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Younger and younger patients are being diagnosed with oral cancer, a disease that, until recently, was thought to only infect older patients. Delta Dental of Tennessee has released a new education video on YouTube entitled, “Oral Cancer: We need to talk about it,” in an attempt to spread awareness about the rising trend of oral cancer in patients under 40.
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Never a cut and dry issue, water fluoridation is again in the news. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D. has officially endorsed water fluoridation as "one of the most effective choices communities can make to prevent health problems while actually improving the oral health of their citizens."
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