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Beware the "Mount Everest Toothache."

We all have patients who complain that a sore tooth feels like it's going to explode, but did you know this is actually possible in certain circumstances? Incisor takes a look at barodontalgia.

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Mouth-To-Body Infections: What's the Actual Risk?

Experts are conflicted on whether antibiotic prophylaxis is necessary to treat patients with heart stents, knee replacements or other implanted surgical appliances. Get the facts here.

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Sedation of Patients with Benzodiazepine Allergy

What are the options when you cannot relieve a patient's anxiety with benzodiazepine medication? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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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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A DOCS Education member asks a question regarding an extra-anxious patient and the amnesic effects, or lack thereof in this case, of the sedation medications. Two members of the DOCS Education faculty lend their opinions on what can be done differently for the second appointment.
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A DOCS Education member wants to make sure all the T's are crossed and the I's are dotted when it comes to the use of hydroxyzine during a sedation appointment. Not one, but two DOCS Education faculty members weigh in.
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A member of DOCS Education plans on treating a patient with sickle-cell anemia. The member provides all current medications and a sign-off from the patient’s primary care doctor. Is there anything else to be mindful of during the sedation appointment?
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Dr. Jerome Wellbrock cautions against treating a 58-year-old patient whose existing medications already pose potential interaction risks—and advises an alternate route for treatment.
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A DOCS Education member requests clarification as to whether grapefruit seed extract has the same effects as grapefruit juice.
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A DOCS Education member seeks Dr. Wellbrock’s dosage advice concerning a patient who has recently undergone gastric sleeve surgery.
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