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Woman runs dental practice without license in her trailer

August 14, 2012

NORCROSS, Ga., USA: According to a report from the Gwinnett County Police Department, a 37-year-old woman, who used to be a dental assistant, has been charged for practicing dentistry without a license out of her trailer. On inspecting the case, police officers found a fully equipped dental office in the woman's mobile home.

Woman accidentally swallows knife

August 13, 2012

ATLANTA, Ga., USA: Recently, a young woman was taken to a U.S. emergency department where doctors had to remove a butter knife from her esophagus. The woman claimed that she had swallowed the knife by accident when dining with friends.

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Study questions preventive dental visit intervals

August 10, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich., USA: Adults are usually advised to visit the dentist every six months for examination or cleaning. A new study, however, suggests that there is no significant difference between one and two preventive dental visits per year in large parts of the population. The researchers therefore recommend a movement towards more personalized preventive management.

Dentist accused of sexual harassment and watching porn during procedures

August 9, 2012

WICHITA, Kan., USA: Two female dental assistants have filed a lawsuit at the U.S. District Court of Kansas against a pediatric dentist for sexual discrimination and harassment. They claim that during their employment at his office the dentist regularly engaged in intentional sexual discrimination and watched pornographic videos in front of partially sedated child patients.

BIOLASE to distribute 3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanner

August 8, 2012

IRVINE, Calif., USA: Last week, dental laser enterprise BIOLASE announced that it had signed an agreement with dental scanner and software developer 3Shape. BIOLASE will be distributing the Danish company's TRIOS intraoral scanning technologies for digital impression-taking solutions to dental professionals in the U.S. and Canada.

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Study links intellectual disabilities to high burden of dental disease

August 6, 2012

BOSTON, Mass., USA: In a study of 4,732 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), researchers have found that people with such disorders are more likely to have poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease and untreated dental caries than members of the general population. Owing to behavioral difficulties associated with IDDs, the researchers believe that treatment may be deferred more often, which makes people with IDDs probably more prone to dental diseases.

Stem cell therapy holds potential for craniofacial reconstruction

August 3, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich., USA: In a pioneering study, researchers have discovered that using stem cell therapy to regenerate craniofacial bone tissue proved to be quicker, more effective and less invasive than traditional regeneration therapies. They believe that transplantation of stem cells could offer new treatment options for complex oral and facial deformities resulting from trauma, disease or birth defects.

Aspirin may prevent throat cancer

July 31, 2012

BOSTON, Mass., USA: U.S. researchers have found evidence that taking anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin in particular reduces the risk of Barrett's esophagus (BE), a medical condition that is the largest known risk factor for esophageal cancer. In a recently published study, they found that aspirin users were 44 percent less likely to have BE compared with nonusers.

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Boys more prone to neurobehavioral effects of mercury

July 30, 2012

SEATTLE, Wash., USA: According to the World Health Organization, neurological and behavioral disorders may be observed after inhalation or ingestion of different mercury compounds. Researchers have now suggested that children and boys in particular are susceptible to the effects of mercury from dental amalgam fillings owing to their genetic predisposition.

Fluoride thought to cause lower IQ in children

July 26, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., USA: Following a systematic analysis of 27 eligible studies published over 22 years, U.S. researchers have found an inverse association between increased fluoride exposure in drinking water and neurodevelopmental delays. They suggest that children living in high fluoride areas have significantly lower IQ scores compared with those in low fluoride areas.

Energy discounts and wind power available to ADA members

July 24, 2012

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The American Dental Association has recently announced that its members can now receive discounts on electric utilities for their practices and homes when registering with energy supplier Energy Plus. In addition, they can choose to add a green option to support renewable energy.

Teenager founds own charity and donates over 21,500 toothbrushes

July 23, 2012

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., USA: A young woman from New Jersey has collected thousands of toothbrushes through the online dental charity she founded a year ago. Through "Donate A Toothbrush" she aims to raise awareness regarding poor oral hygiene in Third World countries. The toothbrushes are shipped to countries such as Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Costa Rica.

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Scientists may have found anticavity molecule

July 19, 2012

SANTIAGO, Chile: According to a Chilean online newspaper, scientists have discovered a revolutionary molecule that eliminates the bacteria that are largely responsible for tooth decay. In only 60 seconds, it renders human teeth cavity proof for hours, the researchers have found.

Dentist accused of exposing patients to HIV infection

July 18, 2012

DENVER, Colo., USA: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has called upon more than 8,000 dental patients to get tested for HIV and hepatitis. They had been treated by an oral surgeon who allegedly reused needles and syringes for multiple patients between 1999 and 2011.

No increase in endocarditis after new dental guidelines

July 17, 2012

DURHAM, N.C., USA: In order to evaluate the impact of the 2007 revision of the antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines for dental procedures on patients with heart defects, researchers have examined more than 1,000 cases of infective endocarditis (IE). They found no evidence that the new guidelines were associated with an increase in IE admissions in the U.S.

FDA approves first oral HIV test for home use

July 13, 2012

SILVER SPRING, Md., USA: The first in-home HIV test kit has recently received approval for over-the-counter sale directly to consumers in the U.S. The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test enables individuals to screen for antibodies to the virus and to seek medical care if necessary. The FDA hopes that it will identify large numbers of previously undiagnosed HIV infections.

Solid foods can provide high levels of fluoride

July 12, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa, USA: In order to determine the amount of fluoride that children receive from solid foods, researchers have assessed data on the diets of young children. They have discovered that some receive more than 80 percent of their dietary fluoride from solids, which might place them at an elevated risk of developing dental fluorosis.

Study shows poor US citizens have lower oral health status

July 10, 2012

ATLANTA, Ga., USA: A recently published report has demonstrated that oral health status in the U.S. varies significantly by age, ethnicity and poverty level. With regard to the prevalence of untreated dental caries, existing dental restorations, dental sealants and tooth loss between 2005 and 2008, it was observed that more than one in five people in the U.S. have untreated caries and three in four have at least one dental restoration.

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