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Arkansas Legislature Forces State to Continue Fluoride Usage

Arkansas legislators are not listening to recent studies on fluoride usage.

They’re mandating all cities and communities in the state with more than 5,000 people to fluoridate all water supplies.

The Arkansas state senate passed a bill, 25-7, that would force cities and towns to fluoridate water. The bill, which has been spearheaded by Sen. David Johnson (D-Little Rock), will impact the town of Fort Smith the most. It is the largest city in the state that currently does not use fluoride in water.

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New Research Adds Insight to Childhood Caries

A new discovery has been made regarding childhood dental disease, according to The Forsyth Institute.

Dr. Anne Tanner conducted a study that pinpointed a new pathogen that appears to have a connection with severe early childhood caries. There was a certain bacterium, Scardovia wiggsiae, that was found in the mouths of children who were suffering from severe caries problems. Other known pathogens like Streptococcus mutans did not appear in their mouths.

It’s conceivable that this finding may prevent this disease.

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Number of Throat Cancer Cases Rising because of Increase in Oral Sex

The Human Papillomavirus is becoming more widespread because it is transmitted through oral sex. It is developing into a greater cause of throat cancer than some forms of tobacco.

According to an Ohio State University study, researchers found that there was a 225-percent increase in oral cancer cases from 1974 through 2007, mostly involving men.

The chances of developing oral cancer increase, depending on the number of people the person has performed oral sex on.

The research also shows that 64 percent of oral cancer cases in the United States show evidence of HPV infection. There are also a higher number of these cases among younger people.

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Last Chance to Win a Free iPad in Dentistry Today’s Sweepstakes

It’s not too late to try to win a free iPad. All you have to do is visit http://dentistrytoday.com/ipad.

If you prefer to fill out the information in person, you can stop by Dentistry Today’s booth later this week at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting.

The sweepstakes last until February 28 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Any dentist, hygienist or lab technician from North America is eligible to win the iPad.

 

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Malaysia Could See Increase in Number of Dental Tourists

An amendment to a dental act in Malaysia is in its final stages.

The goal of the Malaysian government is to lure more dental tourists to the country, and the government feels that making these changes could accomplish that.

If this amendment takes effect, it will present Malaysian dentists with the opportunity to advertise their dental services to potential clients around the world. Liow Tong Lai, the health minister in Malaysia, believes there is an opportunity for growth in this area. His reasoning is that many people around the world are leaving their home country to receive dental work.

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