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Could You Be Getting More Out of Your Dental Laser?

New research highlights expanded functionality for dental lasers, which could make them a more attractive investment for the forward-thinking dentist.

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Sedation of Asthma Patient

What is the protocol for a patient who carries a prophylactic asthma inhaler? Can they receive treatment under sedation?

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Seven Great Candy Alternatives for Halloween

No one wants to be the "disappointing house" during Halloween, so check out these fun alternatives to candy that will still delight trick-or-treaters.

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Tumors with Teeth: The Terrifying Teratoma

What looks like an homage to John Carpenter's The Thing, and in rare cases can grow up to five pounds in weight? An unusual form of tumor known as the teratoma!

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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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It’s that time again: DOCS Digest is in the air. The case-study buds are blooming and the spotlight trees have new leaves.

As always, we celebrate the release of each DOCS Digest with an Incisor post, a fresh copy delivered to your mailbox and naturally, a digital flipbook through which you can (virtually) page, consuming articles to your heart’s content.


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Pretend you’re a fine arts professor. You know everything about oil painting down to the finest details: the techniques, the process, the history. You’ve written books on impressionism.
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For this installment of the Incisor, we’re doing a special spotlight on an exemplary DOCS Education member who’s been here since the very beginning: Dr. Stephen McAnaney.
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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I would like to get all suggestions for sedating a 79-year-old female with a pacemaker and a history of heart problems. The patient is on clonazepam, 81 mg aspirin, verapamil, digoxin, hydroxychlorine, levothyroxine, meloxicam, metropolol, saccurate(?), Nitrostat® and potassium. Her MD has instructed us not to use any epinephrine. The patient is allergic to penicillin and MD suggested clindamycin, which is what I will prescribe.


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Dental amalgams have long been controversial. A mixture of mercury, silver, tin, copper and other metals, amalgam fillings were first introduced to America in 1833 by two French entrepreneurs, the Crawcour brothers.
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Remember when your cell phone looked like a plastic brick with a monochrome screen? Perhaps you whiled away the day playing snake while listening to Smash Mouth on your Walkman.
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