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Dentists Weigh In on Kids' Chocolate Milk Health Debate

For years, nutrition experts and healthy food advocates have been calling for a ban on chocolate milk in schools to help curb childhood obesity. Some dentists are now joining the chorus, saying it's one of the main culprits in causing tooth decay others aren't so sure...

Group wants Ohio to approve use of dental therapists

The Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio wants state lawmakers to approve the use of dental therapists. Therapists are not dentists but can drill out cavities...read more

Restraining kids ‘abhorrent,’ DOCS Education faculty member says

A lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of children in 20 states is only the latest in a series of disturbing events associated with Small Smiles / Access Dentistry, a national chain primarily caring for low-income populations.

Studies at NYU-Poly and NYU College of Dentistry Lead to a More Efficient DNA Delivery System

NEW YORK, April 4, 2011 -- Scientists at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and at the NYU College of Dentistry have discovered a biochemical version of a principle well known amo

Yelp.com - Good or bad for business?

When asked if their dental practice has been affected by consumer review website Yelp.com, dentists were divided between feeling that Yelp is good or bad for their practice.

Demand for dental services is driven by demographics

A recent study shows 130,000 dental offices and clinics operate in the U.S., generating annual revenue of about $100 billion...read more...

Facebook creator's father is in fact tech-savvy dentist

Edward Zuckerberg pulls his iPhone out of his jeans pocket and hits the familiar blue Facebook icon. He's eager to show off his latest effort to market his suburban dental practice. The man known as "Painless Dr. Z" is offering a free teeth bleaching kit to the first 10 patients who...read more...

Are expired drugs OK to use?

I have a hundred tabs of Sonata® that have never been used but recently expired. Can I still use them in a pinch?

Connecticut Dental Board To Rule If Tooth Whitening Is Dentistry

Connecticut dentists could get a monopoly on the lucrative business of tooth whitening pending action by a commission they control..read more

DOCS Education teaches latest N2O techniques

Last weekend DOCS Education had the privilege of teaching the latest nitrous oxide techniques and safety measures in Seattle.

A member of DOCS Education poses a simple question to the forums: What are your thoughts on capnography for moderate oral conscious sedation cases? Is anybody on the forums doing this currently?
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No alcohol, avoid sushi, limit your caffeine intake…brush and floss? The importance of keeping your body healthy during pregnancy is common knowledge, but new studies suggest maintaining good oral health may be especially important during pregnancy, and poor oral hygiene can have some serious consequences. In the absence of adequate oral hygiene, periodontal bacteria accumulate in the gingival crevice. This bacteria may enter the bloodstream, disseminating throughout the body and triggering the induction of systemic inflammation responses and/or ectopic infections.
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On Monday, July 1, 2013, the University of Pennsylvania Health System joined dozens of hospitals across the country by implementing a ban on hiring smokers. Proponents say such policies lower health care costs and improve employee and community health. Others believe these restrictions may be the beginning of a slippery ethical slope.
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A DOCS Education Member asks: We have a fearful 50 year-old female who is requesting sedation in our office. She claims a history of chest pains, shortness of breath and ulcers. Additionally she has had gallbladder and ovarian cyst surgery and a past skin disease, she has been diagnosed bipolar, has a thyroid condition and COPD per her pulmonologist. The patient also smokes, snores, has frequent headaches, chronic dry mouth and exhibits psychogenic polydipsia.
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What do Lauren Hutton, Brigitte Bardot and Madonna all have in common? They’re all part-time quantum physicists! Just kidding. These three blonde beauties all have something in common, and it’s smack dab in the middle of their faces: gap teeth. Gap teeth, or diastema if you’re a fancy-pants, has been getting a lot of attention recently in the fashion world as more and more models with a chasm in their chompers strut down runways and are featured in cosmetic campaigns.
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Dr. Paul Weiss's pediatric dental office in Williamville, NY, has a very special helper on their team. Like many other dental office assistants, Weiss’s new partner is friendly, caring and tries her hardest to make all patients feel comfortable and safe. However, she does differ in some respects: her idea of a perfect day involves sticking her head out of a car window, she has a taste for kibble and frequently has spats with cats. Yep, the newest addition to Weiss’s practice is a dog.
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