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Eating Greens May Reduce Risk of Oral Cancer

There’s a way for women who smoke to reduce their risk of oral cancer. And it has nothing to do with quitting smoking.

According a new study by the British Dental Health Foundation, eating green, leafy vegetables will lower the risk of oral cancer for women who smoke. Every time a woman eats a serving of green, leafy vegetables, the odds of developing oral cancer decrease. Still, the best way to reduce your risk for oral cancer is to quit, but this new way might be second.

This finding was part of a larger study aimed at discovering how one’s diet affects their risk of oral cancer.

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American Dental Patients Flock to Mexico To Receive Dental Work

A rising number of Americans are crossing the border to receive dental work in Mexico. Some Mexican dentists are targeting Americans because of the lower costs in their country.

The situation with the United States’ economy is forcing some people to cut back their expenses. One way to do that—especially for people without dental insurance—is to go where dental care is cheaper.

This isn’t a new revelation for Americans to cross the border for dental treatment. It is, however, something that has increased over the years. Despite the added cost of the transportation and possible hotel stay, in most cases the dental patient would still save money.

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Man Pleads Guilty of Illegally Practicing Dentistry

A man in the United Kingdom was prosecuted for performing tooth whitening without being registered to do so. It was the first case of its kind in the United Kingdom.

Paul William Hill, the director of PW Healthcare Consulting Limited, pleaded guilty to four offenses. The main one was practicing dentistry even though he wasn’t registered to be able to do that.

Hill was also fined as part of the sentencing.

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Orthodontic Researchers Make Discoveries About Retainer Wearing

A group of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers wanted more definitive research on retainer wearing. As a result, they recently conducted a study searching for more data.

The researchers randomly sent out 2,000 surveys to orthodontists in the United States and 658 responded.

It was discovered that 58.2 percent of orthodontists had prescribed removable retainers for their patients. Fixed lingual retainers that are constantly worn in one’s mouth were prescribed by 40 percent of orthodontists.

Most orthodontists prescribed removable retainers to be worn full-time for the first nine months after a patient had his or her braces removed. Orthodontists also want patients to wear these retainers part-time for the rest of their life.

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“Tooth Taxi” Provides Oregon Children with Basic Dental Treatment

Elementary school students in Oregon will have a unique opportunity next week.

The students at Seaside Heights Elementary School will receive a visit from the “tooth taxi” from March 29 through April 1. The children will have dental screenings and receive treatment for any dental issues they have.

The “tooth taxi” is a mobile dental unit based in Oregon that provides dental services for children throughout the state. It includes two operatory units and a waiting room.

The mobile dental unit also has a full-time dentist and staff and may be at certain schools for as many as four days.

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