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Tumors with Teeth: The Terrifying Teratoma

What looks like an homage to John Carpenter's The Thing, and in rare cases can grow up to five pounds in weight? An unusual form of tumor known as the teratoma!

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Why Use a Slurry?

The mechanics of medication absorption are an important factor in dosing to effect. A DOCS Education member inquires as to the delivery method of the different medications.

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Looking to Ward off the Flu? Start by Brushing Your Teeth

Oral health has major implications for the rest of the body, including risk of infection. Maintaining good oral health may increase resilience against seasonal illness, including the flu.

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Should Hygienists Practice Independently in Underserved Areas?

Access to care remains a significant problem in poor and rural communities. Many hygienists argue that preventative care could be made more accessible by practicing without direct oversight.

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Sedation of Athlete with Repeated Head Trauma

An athlete with recurrent migraines presents for treatment, and the clinician recognizes gabapentin as a possible interaction. Are there more considerations to be made?

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Need a New Tooth? Just Pee.

Could human teeth be grown from cells harvested in our urine? Researchers have reverse-engineered stem cells that could be used as a natural tooth-replacement therapy.

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"It's all in your mouth!" Occlusion and Balance Found to be Related.

Could a bad bite throw more than just your oral health out of balance? Researchers have found an link between the mouth and one's balance and posture.

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Forum: Why No Triazolam and Lorazepam Protocol?

Many of the DOCS protocols combine two different drugs of the same class to achieve a more consistent, smoother or longer-lasting result. A DOCS member asks about a new combination.

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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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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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