Editor's blog

Are We Taking the Wrong Approach to Preventing Cavities?

The current state of dental healthcare in America has been described as an "epidemic" by numerous boards and committees. Are dentists providing a "band-aid solution" to a deeper problem?

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A Surprising New Look at Anxiety Treatment

Could a new treatment make dental fear a thing of the past? Researchers make a breakthrough in our understanding of anxiety and its etiology in the brain.

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Considerations for Patient Taking Cimzia

What's the best protocol when a patient is on medications with multiple uses? DOCS Faculty share advice for taking a medical history and evaluating drug interactions.

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Rectal Cancer Worsened by Oral Microbes, Research Indicates.

One of the deadliest cancers may be exacerbated by travelling bacteria from the oral cavity. A new study finds that fusobacteria localize to tumors in the lower intestine.

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Treating Elderly Patient with Colitis

Sedation can help to make older patients more comfortable during dental treatment, but accommodating medically-complex patients can be challenging depending on their condition.

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Root Tip Infections May Contribute to Heart Disease

A new study finds that hidden infections, such as those at the root tip, may predispose one to cardiovascular disease.

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Past Meth User Claims Intolerance to Triazolam

What are the options when a patient with a history of methamphetamine usage appears to be so resistant to benzodiazepines that they produce no effect? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Too Early to Recommend EDTA Dental Gel as Toothpaste Replacement, Say Experts

Recently recommended by famed inventor Sir James Dyson, a new dental gel claims to be more effective than toothpaste with no abrasives, foam or antibiotics.

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Breaking the Biofilm: New Nanoparticle Shows Promise

Iron nanoparticles may disrupt the ability of cariogenic bacteria to form biofilms, paving the way for next-generation anticavity treatments.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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