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The Immunological Paradox of Mastication

New research reveals that the process of chewing stimulates immune system activity to protect against infection, while at the same time increasing the risk of periodontal disease.

Three Reasons You Should Be Talking About Root Canals

To the average patient, no procedure is more dreaded than the root canal, despite the fact that it can be painless and preserve the natural tooth with excellent clinical outcomes.

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Fighting Cavities with Tea?

New research reveals that polyphenols in beverages such as black tea may have the power to disrupt bacterial metabolism and reduce inflammation in the oral mucosa.

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Alzheimer's Drug Found to Regenerate Dentin

Bizarre new use for Alzheimer's disease drug mobilizes tertiary dentin mechanism to rebuild significant tooth structure for restoration.

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How to Dismiss a Troublesome Patient in Three Easy Steps

As part of preparing for 2017, consider removing sources of stress from your practice like patients who are rude, argumentative, or chronically absent from scheduled appointments.

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Question about New Sedation Regulations

California's state sedation regulations have been in the news recently for potential changes being made to the way sedation permits are dispensed. DOCS regulatory attorney John Bitting weighs in.

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5 Great Ideas for a Better Practice in 2017

Wondering how to improve your practice in the new year? Check out these great tips to increase efficiency, bring in more patients and de-stress your life!

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How to Clean Your Teeth Like a Caveman

Archaeologists discover hidden evidence that the concept of toothbrushing may be far older than previously thought – older even the ancient Egyptians.

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Uncontrollable Sneezing Following Routine Appointment

A patient undergoes some standard treatment on her anterior maxillary dentition, and after leaving the office calls in to say she has been sneezing uncontrollably for hours!

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Fascinating Cloves - the Dentist's Holiday Spice

Clove oil is often used as a mild analgesic in dentistry for toothaches and denture sore spots, but cloves and their chemical components have seen medicinal use for centuries!

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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

A 47-year-old healthy female whose appearance is consistent with her stated age is currently taking:


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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I am considering sedating a patient of mine that is taking 120 mg per day of diltiazem. He has a history of cardiac ablation but is otherwise healthy. This will be my fourth sedation and the first with a "D" drug interaction. Would this patient be an ASA II? Also, should the initial doses of diazepam and triazolam be reduced? Should I use a different protocol? And finally, should I even be sedating this patient?


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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s advice:

I had a partly successful appointment yesterday. My patient was a 54-year-old male heavy smoker with controlled bp, Mallampati class 3, had premed with 10mg diazepam the night before and 0.25mg triazolam in the AM before the appointment.


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Faculty member Dr. Jerome Wellbrock provides a DOCS Education member with advice on a 15-year-old patient taking multiple allergy medications.


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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I have a 41-year-old female patient who takes 10 mg of doxepin twice daily.

I checked Lexicomp™ for any interactions with diazepam, but it did not list any. Before I proceed with treatment, I would like to confirm it is ok to give diazepam to a patient taking 10 mg of doxepin twice daily. Thank you!


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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I’m seeking advice on a 47-year-old male patient. I believe he is an ASA II individual. His blood pressure and pulse are WNL (131/83 & 68). He has a history of arthritis, kidney disease (renal insufficiency which patient says is categorized as stage II chronic kidney problems related to the meds he's taking), and lastly HIV.


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