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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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Despite dentists' mutual interest in all things teeth, we understand you may be divided in your digital versus paper preferences. No need to quarrel, though – because DOCS Digest is meeting the needs of everyone! Check out our informative, exciting and educational publication right now!
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When it comes to teeth, we’re all on our last chance. Our first practice set was plucked, tooth by tooth, from beneath pillows quite a while ago.
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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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The recent analysis of chemical information left behind on 11 species of hominins (or early humans) and other East-African primates indicated a remarkable change in diet 3.5 million years ago. The results were published among four papers appearing in PNAS journal.
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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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For the fourth time since 1956, Portland has rejected the fluoridation of water and upheld its status as the only city in the nation's 30 most populous without fluoridated water. Despite the proponents raising three times the money of the opponents, they were voted down 60% to 40% on Tuesday, May 21st.
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