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You'll Never Guess Which Famous People Used to Be Dentists

A career in dentistry can lead many places, from the Old West to the Silver Screen. Check out these historical and contemporary figures who got their start on the humble handpiece.

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"My Patient Eats Bricks!" – Problematic Patterns in Patients with Pica

Lots of activities can cause dental damage, but what do you do about patients who are compelled to eat non-food items?

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Moving Forward After a Break-In

When a DOCS member experiences a break-in damaging her DEA Cabinet, what should she do to continue serving the patients scheduled for the next day?

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Study Finds Women Predisposed to Develop Dry Socket

An analysis published in the Journal of the American Dental Association suggests that women may be predisposed to alveolar osteitis as a result of higher estrogen.

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Oral Cancer Risk may be Increased by Gum Disease Bacteria

Periodontitis associated bacteria have been found to secrete metabolic by-products that could lead to an increased risk for a type of oral cancer.

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Flossing for the High Score - Motivation in the 21st Century

Could goal-tracking software help patients maintain oral hygiene? The next step in getting patients to floss might be one of these apps.

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Promising New Painkillers in Development

Could researchers be on the brink of discovering a brand-new class of painkillers?

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Sedation Medication Interaction with Verapamil

How best should a clinician handle the sedation of an older patient taking verapamil? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Archaeologists find Earliest Evidence of Dental Fillings

Researchers have identified ancient evidence of dental fillings used to stabilize a cracked tooth in the early Neolithic period, far earlier than previous finds have indicated fillings developed.

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Oral Cancer Screening and Beyond: The Changing Role of Dentists in Healthcare

Could dentists instead of physicians offer testing for diseases? Unprecedented availability of cancer, HIV and diabetes testing means dentists can go further in serving their patients.

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Children with severe early childhood caries (ECC) can be difficult to treat due to behavior. With ECC rates increasing dramatically every year, what's a dentist to do?
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In the wake of Resolution 37 being accepted by the ADA, regulatory boards in Canada have been examining their policies with regard to sedation training.
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A clinician who treats adolescents under state funded managed care writes in with two complex patients, one with schizophrenia, the other with ADHD and seizures.
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Research has revealed that the ancient Nubians had access to modern antibiotics – 2000 years before they were invented!
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What is the protocol for sedating a patient taking Lexapro, Wellbutrin, and Vyvanase? Should the patient skip any these medications prior to their appointment? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.
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Would funding for dental care in low-income communities be better spent on preventative care? New research indicates the benefits of sealant programs outweigh the cost.
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