Today's Dental News

Dentists Aid in Repeal of Medical-Device Tax

Manufacturers against a medical-device tax received just the help they needed in their bid to overturn the laws.

Members of the American Dental Association are pushing Congress to repeal the 2.3 percent medical-device tax aspect of the Affordable Care Act. The Americans for Tax Reform and the National Association of Manufacturers also are helping the campaign.

More than two-thirds of dentists belong to their state dental associations, which feed into the ADA. Dentists are also political donors and some are even in Congress.

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Innovative Surgery Enables Blind Man to See Again

A blind British man is no longer blind.

Ian Tibbetts can see again after surgeons performed a new procedure that drills a hole in one of his teeth and places a lens there. The lens is eventually implanted in the eye.

Tibbetts became blind in 1999 after a piece of metal from an oven hit him in the eye. His sight eventually dissipated to the point that he couldn’t see much of anything. He could only distinguish shadowy lines when looking at his children.

But now, thanks to this procedure, he can see again. He had this particular surgery after other treatments were unsuccessful. It is estimated that about 40 percent of his sight has returned.

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Gum Inflammation Reduced by High-Dose Statins in Heart Disease Patients

Statins could be key for heart disease patients, based on a new study.

Gum disease among heart disease patients can be limited thanks to the utilization of statins. The information appears in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The measures taken to reduce gum disease could impact inflammation levels in the arteries. The reverse is also true.

The reason why this happens is that periodontitis and atherosclerosis occur because of inflammation. Based on that information, these conditions are related.

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Fluoridated Water Doesn’t Add Any Risk of Hip Fracture

People who drink fluoridated water don’t have to worry.

There are no adverse health effects on bone tissue from drinking fluoridated water, based on a recent paper by the International and American Associations for Dental Research that appears in the IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research.

The group of researchers from the Department of Dental Medicine in Stockholm, Sweden analyzed residents that were chronically exposed to numerous fluoride levels. The thought process going into the study was that there was a correlation between fluoride levels in drinking water and an increased risk of hip fracture. The researchers wanted to see if that was, in fact, the case.

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Tulsa Dentist Causes Unique Outbreak

Never before had there been an outbreak of hepatitis C among dental patients. But that was prior to a Tulsa, Okla. dentist using rusty equipment and dirty needles in his practice.

Dr. W. Scott Harrington’s practice was shut down in March after a surprise inspection showed that there were major problems in his sterilization processes. Since then, at least 89 of his patients have tested positive for hepatitis C.

Harrington allegedly reused needles, something that can clearly contaminate drugs with disease-causing pathogens. He maintained a separate set of tools for patients that he knew carried an infectious disease, based on the information ascertained by the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry. The tools had clear signs of red-brown rust spots, showing that it wasn’t possible to properly sterilize them.

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