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What Does 400,000-Year-Old Tartar Tell Us?

Anthropologists are gaining insight into the lives of prehistoric humans using data gathered from ancient teeth. What researchers are discovering is amazing.

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Can I get Alzheimer's from that Root Canal?

Does that seem like a ridiculous question to you? Unfortunately, it's not so preposterous according to a new study published in the Journal Nature.

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The Role of the Dentist in Controlling Blood Pressure for a Sedation Appointment

Should you be trying to control a patient's blood pressure with medication before, during or after a sedation appointment? A DOCS Education member wonders why DOCS Education courses don't cover this topic. Drs. Wellbrock and Goyal advise.

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Big Potential in the Oral Microbiome

700-plus. That's the current estimate for the number of different bacteria types that live in the human oral cavity. Major advances in DNA sequencing technologies are opening up new areas of research into the human microbiome. Study results already look promising.

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Caught Between Sucrose and Sucralose: A Dentist’s Dilemma

Americans are addicted to sweet, but both sugar and artificial sweeteners have serious health risks. How can dentists help patients understand the consequences of their sugary addictions? Get the facts, sweetheart.

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Previous Allergic Reaction to IV Sedation a Reason for Concern?

A patient needs sedation for a root canal and extraction. However, the patient reports that years ago she was intubated after IV sedation; she has since been IV sedated without any incidence. Should the doctor proceed with oral conscious sedation?

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Why Pediatric Dentistry Makes Sense in 2015

Once upon a time, dentists believed that treating pediatric patients was a fast track to a dead-end career. Wake up, sleeping beauties! Times have changed—pediatric dentistry ain't what it used to be.
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How Are You Giving Back to Your Community?

Volunteer time? Dental service trips? Mentoring or teaching? There are a lot of ways to use your skills and knowledge to help people beyond your daily routine of appointments and consultations. We've got a few extraordinary examples for you in the Summer issue of DOCS Digest - the digital edition is here!

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Can amoxicillin cause light-headedness in a patient who is allergic to penicillin?

A 91-year-old patient is taking 500 mg of amoxicillin leading up to a sedation appointment and is experiencing dizziness. The patient is allergic to penicillin. A DOCS Education Member seeks the advice of DOCS Education faculty for next steps.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy + Sedation Dentistry: The Silver Bullet for Anxious Patients?

New research from Sweden finds that people with dental anxiety respond well to a specific kind of mental health counseling called cognitive behavioral therapy. When combined with sedation dentistry it could be the silver bullet patients with dental fear have been looking for.

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Move over “Call Me Maybe”—there’s a new summer song making the rounds on the internet. The Oregon Dental Associations viral ode to proper dental care “Teach Me How to Brushy,” based on the 2010 hit from Cali Swag District “Teach Me How to Dougie,” has taken the tubes by storm over the last two weeks gaining almost 500,000 views.
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Protect the public. That’s the deceptively simple mission of any American dental board. But while the mandate may be uncomplicated, its execution is
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It’s common knowledge that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently released review that suggests dental therapists have offered safe and cost-effective dental care in most counties in which they practice. DOCS Education breaks down the main points of the review as well as dental organization responses.
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This month the Oral Cancer Foundation urges dentists around the nation to take part in Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Read more to learn how to take participate.
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Dental boards exist in every state, producing a welter of regulations. John Bitting, among a handful of lawyers who specialize in dental regulations, comments on the current climate, some recent events, and what to look for from the boards in the months to come.
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With the purpose of raising awareness about safe sedation dentistry, thousands of dentists around the country kicked off DOCS Education's Sedation Safety Week Monday with the popular "7-Step Sedation Dentistry Safety Checklist: A Review of Protocols, Equipment and Supplies"—an absolute necessity for sedation dentists.
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