AGD Applauds Congress on Student Loan Bill

The AGD has commended Congress for passing the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013.

The bill rolls back and restructures federal student loan interest rates. Dental student debt has been a top priority for the AGD since 2012.

AGD President Dr. Linda Edgar states that the debt of newly graduated dentists has nearly doubled in less than 10 years. She adds that new practitioners start out with more than $220,000 in debt, which makes them less inclined to provide dentistry to underserved populations.

AGD members have been partnering with American Student Dental Association (ASDA) members, conducting meetings with federal legislators regarding the personal, professional, and societal cost of educational loans.

Several AGD leaders and ASDA members met with policymakers and agency officials to discuss possible solutions to the student debt crisis.


Dentistry Gets Another Bad Rap, Courtesy of Hollywood

Woody Allen’s new film, Blue Jasmine, may be getting Oscar buzz, but it’s also getting criticism from New York dentists.
Lead actress Cate Blanchett’s character gets a rude awakening when taking a job and a dental office with a dentist who is, for lack of a better word, unprofessional.
Dr. Mark Wolff, of New York University, told the New York Daily News that onscreen, dentists “range from killers to buffoons to sexual harassers.”
This new character, played by Michael Stuhlbarg, joins the ranks of other detestable dentists, such as Sir Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man, Steve Martin in Little Shop of Horrors, and Jennifer Aniston in Horrible Bosses.


Some Medications May Ruin Teeth

You may want to be careful about which medications you take.

New information indicates that certain medicines could lead to problems for your teeth.

Oral inhalers are used to aid breathing for asthma patients but the inhalers could have unintended negative effects. Studies from researchers in Australia and Scandinavia show that inhalers may actually raise the risk of developing cavities.

Illegal Dentistry Possibly Resulted in Canadian Health Issue

About 1,500 dental patients may need to see a doctor.

A certification board in British Columbia issued a warning after Tung Shen Wu—also known as David Wu—was declared unqualified to practice dentistry, according to the College of Surgeons of British Columbia.

The college raided Wu’s bedroom, which was used as this illegal clinic. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation obtained video showing dirty and unorganized conditions, dusty shelves and a lack of sterilized water, among other problems.

It’s conceivable that the patients—mainly Chinese-Canadians—were exposed to HIV and hepatitis B or C. These patients were urged to be tested for these diseases.

Improper Pacifier Cleaning Could Lead to Dental Decay

Parents need to be careful with their children’s pacifiers. If not, dental decay could be the result.

Numerous studies show that dental decay can be transmitted to a child when an adult sucks on the pacifier to clean it.

A recent study in the journal Pediatrics goes into detail about this issue. There are few, if any, immunizing effects from adult saliva. Therefore, licking or sucking something to clean it off does nothing to get rid of germs.



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