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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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Ah, chocolate. Delicious modifier of moods, the king of comfort foods. But what if there were a more – shall we say – dentally beneficial quality to chocolate? Turns out, there is.


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If you tear up a bit while reading this post, we won’t judge you. Feel your feelings.
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If you’re a rapper (I’m looking at you, Flavor Flav), then you’re already well aware of the aesthetic benefits that diamonds can have for your million-watt smile. If you’re a dentist, you might be interested in the relationship between diamonds and teeth for reasons other than what style of grillz to buy this year.
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The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but your mouth tells a story—and paying attention to that story may be the key to understanding more about human health.
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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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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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