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Promising New Painkillers in Development

Could researchers be on the brink of discovering a brand-new class of painkillers?

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Sedation Medication Interaction with Verapamil

How best should a clinician handle the sedation of an older patient taking verapamil? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Archaeologists find Earliest Evidence of Dental Fillings

Researchers have identified ancient evidence of dental fillings used to stabilize a cracked tooth in the early Neolithic period, far earlier than previous finds have indicated fillings developed.

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Oral Cancer Screening and Beyond: The Changing Role of Dentists in Healthcare

Could dentists instead of physicians offer testing for diseases? Unprecedented availability of cancer, HIV and diabetes testing means dentists can go further in serving their patients.

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Patients with Addison's Disease – Is Antibiotic Prophylaxis necessary?

Do patients with Addison's disease need preventative antibiotics to receive ordinary restorative care? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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New Space Technology Modeled after Sea Urchin Teeth

Sea urchins can scrape, cut and chew nearly everything thanks to their unique dentition. Scientists are attempting to adapt this morphology to accomplish diverse tasks on space exploration missions.

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Next Step in Preventing HIV Transmission? Free Testing at the Dentist.

Experts estimate nearly 22,000 in New York are unaware they are infected with HIV. A new testing program at the Buffalo School of Dental Medicine aims to inform patients about their HIV status.

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Sedating Patients who have Undergone Bariatric Surgery

The pharmacodynamics of sedation are determined by factors including metabolism and gastrointestinal function. How do medical procedures that modify these attributes affect sedation appointments?

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New Delayed-Release Toothpaste Ingredient Helps Overnight Remineralization

Fluoride is undoubtedly one of the biggest advances in preventative dentistry, but could the application method make it more effective?

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The Top Three Most Bizarre Animal Teeth

Teeth have been modified for many purposes across the animal kingdom. These are our top picks for the strangest adaptations and structures.

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A member of DOCS Education writes: I have been sedating patients for over ten years but I wanted your help. I have an 85 year old insulin-dependent diabetic patient that has requested sedation. Her BP reads 146/74, pulse 69. She takes 20 units of Lantus® insulin at 100 unit/ML once a day and 15 units of Humalog® insulin at 100 unit/Ml once a day. If I were to sedate her, should she eat a small dinner and her normal small breakfast and not take any insulin on the day of sedation? Other medications the patient is taking are: amlodipine 5mg, lovastatin 40 mg, quinapril GCL 10 mg, HCTZ 12.5 mg, aspirin 325 mg, 2 x 220 mg Aleve®, CalCarb 600/D 600-400 MG-unit. The patient does not have asthma or any breathing issues but I don't feel comfortable with sedation.
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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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A member of DOCS Education writes: Our office has been doing oral conscious sedation for several years now and, thankfully, we have never faced an emergency situation with a patient. There are two questions that arise from my patients and my staff that we would appreciate input on.
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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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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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