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New Study Links Higher Amelogenin Levels To Healthier Enamel

Genetic predisposition to weaker or stronger enamel might influence caries formation more than previously thought.

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Pre-Sedation Baseline Vitals

A DOCS Education Gold member inquires:

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Is Your Patient-Acquisition Technique Inclusive to Everyone?

A new dental consumer survey highlights disparities on how patients look for dentists, choose dental insurance, and receive care.
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Topical Anesthesia Weak? Add Electricity!

A new method of local anesthesia administration has emerged using electricity to increase tissue penetration. Could high-fear patients stand to benefit?

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Patient-Limited Efficacy in Oral Conscious Protocols

What are the limitations of oral conscious sedation when treating very large and/or obese patients? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Meet the Father of Dentistry

Nearly all of modern dentistry began with one man living in the early 1700s. Incisor takes a look at how the inventions and observations of Pierre Fauchard revolutionized dentistry.

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Optical Illusions in Dentistry

Can optical illusions interfere with treatment? A new study examines how the Delbouef illusion might influence the amount of material endodontists remove during a root resection.

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Hydroxyzine Reaction in Smoker?

A patient who is a pack-a-day smoker initially is sedated well, but arises agitated after several hours. Reaction to hydroxyzine or nicotine withdrawal? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Paging Dr. Snake: Researchers Create Therapeutic Venom Database

Could venom from dangerous animals be used for medicine? Data scientists say it already has, and finding studies should be easier.

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Are Your Patients Damaging their Teeth with Whitening Products?

Are Your Patients Damaging their Teeth with Whitening Products?

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No alcohol, avoid sushi, limit your caffeine intake…brush and floss? The importance of keeping your body healthy during pregnancy is common knowledge, but new studies suggest maintaining good oral health may be especially important during pregnancy, and poor oral hygiene can have some serious consequences. In the absence of adequate oral hygiene, periodontal bacteria accumulate in the gingival crevice. This bacteria may enter the bloodstream, disseminating throughout the body and triggering the induction of systemic inflammation responses and/or ectopic infections.
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On Monday, July 1, 2013, the University of Pennsylvania Health System joined dozens of hospitals across the country by implementing a ban on hiring smokers. Proponents say such policies lower health care costs and improve employee and community health. Others believe these restrictions may be the beginning of a slippery ethical slope.
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Dr. Paul Weiss's pediatric dental office in Williamville, NY, has a very special helper on their team. Like many other dental office assistants, Weiss’s new partner is friendly, caring and tries her hardest to make all patients feel comfortable and safe. However, she does differ in some respects: her idea of a perfect day involves sticking her head out of a car window, she has a taste for kibble and frequently has spats with cats. Yep, the newest addition to Weiss’s practice is a dog.
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The second largest health insurer in America, WellPoint Insurance, has agreed to pay a fine of $1.7 million to settle potential violations of healthcare privacy laws. Between October 2009 and March 2010, WellPoint breached the health and personal information protection of 612,402 individuals. The breach was due to a security flaw in an online application database.
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Losing a tooth: it’s jarring, painful and inconvenient. However, a recent study suggests there may be even more serious repercussions to lost teeth than slightly diminished chomping abilities.
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A Member of DOCS Education asks: I have a 61 year old, 175 lbs female patient requiring a long sedation appointment. She is currently taking Advair®, Cartia XT®, losartan HCT and fenofibrate. Due to the medication interactions we cannot use diazepam or triazolam. Would it be possible for me to use lorazepam the night before, and if so, at what dosage should it be administered? Then at what incremental and loading dose should the lorazepam be given an hour prior to the appointment? After assessing the patient on arrival, what dose of hydroxyzine should be given? Finally, what incremental doses of lorazepam should be given at what intervals?
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