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The Immunological Paradox of Mastication

New research reveals that the process of chewing stimulates immune system activity to protect against infection, while at the same time increasing the risk of periodontal disease.

Three Reasons You Should Be Talking About Root Canals

To the average patient, no procedure is more dreaded than the root canal, despite the fact that it can be painless and preserve the natural tooth with excellent clinical outcomes.

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Fighting Cavities with Tea?

New research reveals that polyphenols in beverages such as black tea may have the power to disrupt bacterial metabolism and reduce inflammation in the oral mucosa.

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Alzheimer's Drug Found to Regenerate Dentin

Bizarre new use for Alzheimer's disease drug mobilizes tertiary dentin mechanism to rebuild significant tooth structure for restoration.

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How to Dismiss a Troublesome Patient in Three Easy Steps

As part of preparing for 2017, consider removing sources of stress from your practice like patients who are rude, argumentative, or chronically absent from scheduled appointments.

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Question about New Sedation Regulations

California's state sedation regulations have been in the news recently for potential changes being made to the way sedation permits are dispensed. DOCS regulatory attorney John Bitting weighs in.

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5 Great Ideas for a Better Practice in 2017

Wondering how to improve your practice in the new year? Check out these great tips to increase efficiency, bring in more patients and de-stress your life!

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How to Clean Your Teeth Like a Caveman

Archaeologists discover hidden evidence that the concept of toothbrushing may be far older than previously thought – older even the ancient Egyptians.

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Uncontrollable Sneezing Following Routine Appointment

A patient undergoes some standard treatment on her anterior maxillary dentition, and after leaving the office calls in to say she has been sneezing uncontrollably for hours!

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Fascinating Cloves - the Dentist's Holiday Spice

Clove oil is often used as a mild analgesic in dentistry for toothaches and denture sore spots, but cloves and their chemical components have seen medicinal use for centuries!

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Can a patient on multiple CNS depressants for the same condition be treated under DOCS oral conscious sedation protocols? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.
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Some of the most frightening teeth in the animal kingdom are contained in a cute-looking little fish smaller than your hand. Recently, some species were found to have a powerful opioid toxin.
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From teeth-stealing mice to the dangers of witchcraft, few things have been the subject of as much superstition as teeth
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What's the protocol for treating a patient who needs to take tramadol for back pain prior to an appointment? This medication is listed as a "serious" interaction with DOCS sedation meds.
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Often regarded as a healthier alternative to cow's milk for those looking to cut out dairy for diet or intolerance reasons, soy milk has been implicated as carrying a much higher risk for cavities.
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Spring has sprung, but not everyone is thrilled about the return of the flowers. Seasonal allergy sufferers have to contend with a host of unpleasant symptoms, including toothaches!
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