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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.

The new economics of pediatric dentistry

Spurred by rising volume, patient demand, and a climate of ready innovation, dentistry has experienced a tsunami of new technology since 1990. Computer-aided design and manufacturing, noninvasive cosmetic dentistry, nonsurgical periodontal...read more.

As a dentist, you know three minutes is the recommended amount of brushing time. But what if you could brush just as effectively in…six seconds?
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A DOCS Education member asks: I have a patient that I plan on doing a RCT under sedation. Health hx normal. Allergic to Morphine and NSAID. Meds taking: estrogen, metroprolol tartrate. BP: 146/74, Pulse: 66, SPO2: 99. She said Valium didn't do much for her before, and one dentist had tried to do IV sedation on her and she was awake the whole time and "felt everything he did". My initial plan is do single Dose Protocol #3 with diazepam 5 mg night before, triazolam 0.25 mg and hydroxyzine 25 mg one hr before procedure. Is it worth the try or would another protocol be better served for this patient?
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Miley Cyrus, America’s favorite child-actor-turned-twerking-demon has been extremely productive lately: swinging naked from a wrecking ball in her new music video, wearing a bodysuit made out of a teddy bear, and reminding the world, “why yes, I was absolutely born with a tongue.” The pop star has been photographed numerous times with her trademark wide-eyed, tongue-cocked pose and people are talking. “She’s out of control! Where are her parents! Where can I get that teddy bear unitard?”
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If you’re a rapper (I’m looking at you, Flavor Flav), then you’re already well aware of the aesthetic benefits that diamonds can have for your million-watt smile. If you’re a dentist, you might be interested in the relationship between diamonds and teeth for reasons other than what style of grillz to buy this year.
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A DOCS Education member asks: My first teen sedation patient will be coming into the office in a few days and I have a couple of questions I hope you can answer for me. The patient is a 14 year-old female weighing 106 lbs, taking no medications and has an unremarkable medical history. Her main complaint is anxiety of shots from a previous dental experience. Her treatment will consist of #18-0, #19-O and #31-O composites. I plan on using Teen Protocol 2.
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The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but your mouth tells a story—and paying attention to that story may be the key to understanding more about human health.
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