Today's Dental News

Dentists in England Will be Paid on Quality of Their Work

Dentists in England will be paid under a different system beginning this summer.

The dentists will get paid based on how many patients they see, not the kind of treatment they provide. This system will be tried in 62 dental practices.

In England, some dentists want to provide the treatment and be finished with the patient as soon possible. By doing that, it’s conceivable a dentist could earn more money than one who cares for a patient’s needs and the treatment suitable for his or her condition. This new system is designed to prevent these instances.

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Oral Cancer Can Come from Alcohol Consumption

The risk of cancer may be increased by alcohol consumption.

A new study from Oxford University claims that 1 out of 10 cancer cases in men come from alcohol and 1 in 33 cases for women. Drinking may cause oral cancer, as well as breast cancer and esophageal cancer.

One of the discoveries of the study is that alcohol is a top risk factor for various forms of cancer. Drinking in moderate levels may the risk of cancer, but it's binge drinking and drinking heavily over longer periods that increase cancer risk even further.

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Study Allows Researchers to Learn More About Human Taste Cells

Research from the Monell Center sheds new light on taste cells.

A study indicates that taste cells can be maintained in culture for seven months or more. This finding will allow scientists to get a better understanding of how human taste functions.

This information could enable scientists to generate new treatment for taste loss and possibly prevent taste loss for reasons varying from infection, radiation, chemotherapy, and other ways.

The taste cells are found in the papillae, which are the bumps on the tongue. The cells generate a taste based on the way the receptors interact with the chemicals. The cells can regenerate, an ability that most cells don’t have.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Allcare Dental

A lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office claims Allcare Dental pressured customers into purchasing expensive dentures and other dental work.

The lawsuit also claims that customers had no choice but to pay for these procedures in advance. Allcare then applied for credit for its customers to pay for the work. The problem for Allcare was that it did not take the proper precautions to safeguard the money.

This is the latest development for the Buffalo-based dental chain. The company abruptly closed all 38 of its offices earlier this year even though many patients paid up front for dental work they never ended up receiving.

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Dental Team Performs Much-Needed Work in Tanzania

A group of staff members from a dental health service center in the United Kingdom recently gave a helping hand to the people of Tanzania.

The group spent two weeks in Tanzania, training African clinical officers to extract teeth.

Tanzania is a country in which 75 percent of the people live in rural areas but roughly 90 percent of the country’s dentists live in cities. As a result, most of the country’s people don’t receive the dental healthcare and general healthcare that they should.

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