Good Oral Health May Aid Athletes

There may be an incentive for athletes to maintain good oral health. According to experts at the Oral Health and Performance conference, good oral health boosts performance by athletes. The reason is when an athlete’s oral health isn’t at optimal levels, his or her ability to train is hampered. Dentists and doctors are starting to focus on boxing, based on the research from this conferen

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Australia May Soon Have Surplus of Dentists

Australia may have a good problem on its hands. An influx of dentists has forced the Australian Dental Association to recommend to the government to begin to limit the number of dental students. If that is not done, there will be too many qualified dentists in the near future. So far, the Australian Dental Association has requested a temporary freeze on international students getting dental degrees

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Emergency Department Dental Care Continues to Increase Other Costs

More and more people are visiting emergency medical departments for dental care, based on the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. The problem is particularly prevalent in low-income communities. The problems come from the fact that many people have no option but to visit the emergency room after experiencing intense dental pain. But many emergency departments don’t have the ability or the e

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California Experiences Dentist Shortage

The Golden State is no longer appealing to dentists. The recession, the termination of Medicaid dental reimbursements and a large number of well-known dentists in the wealthy, populated areas are forcing new dentists to leave California. The information comes from a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. California had more licensed dentists than any other state in 2012—

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Effectiveness of Taste Buds Hampered by Smoking

Bad news for coffee-drinking smokers: the toxic chemicals in tobacco make a person unable to fully taste the bitterness of coffee. The information appeared in the journal Chemosensory Perception. The researchers pinpointed the chemicals in tobacco, which are proven to make a smoker lose his or her sense of taste over time. The chemicals also create structural changes of the tongue. The long-term ef

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In this video, watch how DENTSPLY Tulsa's GuttaCore can navigate even the most challenging canals. Watch the clinician and witness the natural abilities of this gutta-percha obturator as it flows and follows the natural anatomy of the root canal system. Simply put, it can travel into areas where traditional cold gutta-percha stops.





The Angelus Syringe Sleeve is a rubber cover in the shape of a gracious alligator to hide syringes and needles, thereby facilitating anesthesia. Flex Suctor Kids is the first saliva ejector specifically designed for child therapy; the ejector’s animal tip helps with treatment acceptance. Both products are autoclavable. For more information, visit the Web site



The Microlux Transilluminator, now powered by easy-to-obtain AAA batteries and featuring a more durable alternate-action on/off switch, accepts all accessory light guides (eg, oral cancer tips, lighted mirrors, proximal caries tips, and perio and endo tips). It is offered with either a 2- or 3-mm light guide. For more information, call (855) 211-3413 or visit



The most stressful part of a dentist’s job just got easier. The Wand (STA) delivers a computer-regulated flow of anesthetic, allowing you to consistently administer anesthesia below the patient’s pain threshold every time. The Wand (STA)’s ergonomic handpiece eliminates wrist strain and muscle fatigue, allowing your last injection of the day to be as comfortable as the first. For more information, call (866) 244-2954 or visit the Web site



The redesigned Artizan Dental Cabinetry Line, set for production this spring, brings a modern, unique look to the dental space with attention to detail in every facet of its new design. The treatment station features a slim midsection, a floating glass shelf, and a cantilever forward upper profile, giving it shape while freeing up valuable countertop space. The central station features an attractive vanity front. For more information, call (800) MIDMARK or visit


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