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New Study Links BPA Exposure to Enamel Defects in Children

The case against industrial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) gets stronger. BPA is a known endocrine disruptor and banned from use in some baby products. Now, a study in Paris has linked BPA to an enamel abnormality in children, known as molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH).

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A DOCS Education member asks the faculty about the possibility of stridor during an oral conscious sedation appointment

When a patient develops possible stridor; an abnormal, high-pitched, musical breathing sound, is it a result of ultrasonic scaling? Or could it be something else?

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Why They Switched: The 5 Biggest Reasons Patients Find a New Dentist

You have a patient due to come in for a regular cleaning. But—surprise—she canceled at the last moment, and you know she's never coming back.

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Snail’s Pace: Why Limpet Teeth Could Create Some of the Lightest, Fastest and Strongest Cars on Earth

Until recently, spider’s silk reigned supreme. In fact, the material once hailed as the strongest substance on earth has now been dethroned—by snail teeth, or Limpet teeth, of all things.

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Safety First: Dr. Jerome Wellbrock advises IV sedation or general anesthesia for patient with schizophrenia

A patient seeks the faculty’s advice concerning a full mouth extraction case for a patient with schizophrenia.

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2015 Sedation Safety Week: 5 Days that Shape the Other 360

DOCS Education’s 7th annual Sedation Safety Week is nearly here! Don’t miss out on the five resource-filled days that provide dentists around the country with the information to help ensure safety remains the focal point of their practices.

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Dr. Wellbrock advises against sedating smoker, insomniac and probable hyporesponder

A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s advice over sedating a chronically sleep-deprived, potential hyporesponder with a low baseline pulse.

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Why Profit Matters: An introduction to the new issue of the DOCS Digest from Dr. Anthony Feck

Talking business is dicey, no matter how you slice it. And yet patient happiness is reliant upon the fiscal stability of your business. Providing superior care means earning profit. In turn, profit allows you to provide superior care. Dr. Feck shares his thoughts on why it is important to consider the sometimes-shied-away-from world of finance in relation to your practice.

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The Abilities of Exfoliated Deciduous Teeth

Stem cells have a strong power of versatility. A natural breeding ground for regenerated material, the most surprising location has been discovered within deciduous teeth. One dentist saw ample scientific opportunities in his daughter's first loose tooth.

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Seeking Assistance Regarding the Amnesic Effects of Sedation

A DOCS Education member asks a question regarding an extra-anxious patient and the amnesic effects, or lack thereof in this case, of the sedation medications. Two members of the DOCS Education faculty lend their opinions on what can be done differently for the second appointment.

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At an FDA Town Meeting Thursday, injured consumers, dentists, and healthcare professionals will challenge the Food and Drug Administration to protect the public from "silver" dental amalgam fillings containing 45-55% mercury.
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Keeping track of sedation regulation developments in the United States, Canada and 14 other countries is DOCS Education’s regulatory counsel John Bitting. Bitting is among only a handful of lawyers in the nation...
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Rich Gesker, DMD, oversees the care of some 3,500 largely low-income children in the District of Columbia at Mary’s Center. “The cycle of fear is something I try very hard to break,” he adds, “but my training from DOCS Education makes it so much easier.”
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Linda Edgar, DDS, of Federal Way, Washington, has been elected Vice President of the Academy of General Dentistry. Results were announced last week in San Diego during the AGD’s annual conference.
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The Federal Trade Commission “erred completely” when it recently ruled against the North Carolina Dental Board’s actions last year regarding teeth whitening, says John Bitting.
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"Sit back and relax in our reclining massage chair. Would you like a warm towel? Do you want to listen to music or watch a movie during your treatment?" Hearing this, you might think you're at a day spa. Think again; you're at the dentist.
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