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