The ‘big three’ causes of mouth cancer

By knowing the causes of mouth cancer, we can take positive steps to reduce our own level of risk, says a leading health charity. The Oral Health Foundation is raising awareness about the causes of mouth cancer, following new research that shows far too many people remain unaware of the main risk factors. The number of people diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK has doubled in the last 20 years, with tobacco, drinking alcohol to excess and the human papillomavirus, being the considered the most common causes. However, new data shows that awareness into

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Looking for ways to increase access to care? Consider GKAS

The ADA’s Give Kids A Smile program has been my gateway into public health as well as an avenue to leadership within the ADA. Like many others, I first learned about GKAS during dental school, where the event was held annually. Dr. Smeenge It was a fun-filled day of free pediatric dentistry, identifying and addressing treatment needs for children who otherwise were not receiving care. As a University of Michigan dental student, it gave me a chance to learn more about pediatrics, while giving back to the community. During my D2, D3, and D4 years,

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Interview with Dr. Richard Price: The importance of a high-quality curing light

The new Bluephase PowerCure and the G4 from Ivoclar Vivadent offer more than most clinicians expect from a high-performance curing light. In addition to short polymerization times, starting from just 3 seconds from the Bluephase PowerCure when used with Tetric PowerFill or Tetric PowerFlow, these two lights support dentists through reliable polymerization performance, owing to the integrated Polyvision technology, which acts as a personal curing assistant. As pointed out by Dr. Richard Price, who is a professor of prosthodontics at Dalhousie University Halifax in Nova Scotia in Canada, and an intraoral polymerization expert, the broad

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Business side of dentistry: Hiring for newbie practice owners

Editor’s note: This is the seventh article in a series exploring the business aspects of the dental profession, from starting a practice and marketing to hiring staff and finances. Dr. Deshpande If you live in city like Seattle, you’ve already heard of how difficult it can be to find good team members. I’ve heard these statements repeated so often in our Society meetings, I’ve lost count: “We have a shortage of hygienists here,” “Finding and training a great dental assistant is so hard, this is why our turn-over is so high,” “So and so’s front

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Everyone Matters: Seeking leadership diversity in organized dentistry

It has been a long but fulfilling 10 years of hard work in organized dentistry – or “dental-land,” as I like to affectionally call it. Dr. Patel I often talk about losing my community of colleagues and friends once dental school graduation happened, and how my work in the associations has brought me a new community. They are the support system I didn’t realize I needed, the mentors who have worked through countless personal and professional situations with me, and the friends who still stand by me, no matter what. I am lucky. My most

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What does it mean to be a dentist?

A little over a month ago I left working full time at a Federally Qualified Health Center. Dr. Simpson I have spent the last six years of my career working in public health, and the first three years were a couple of short stents working in mobile dentistry visiting nursing homes, a couple of different private practices, “Medicaid offices” and suburban offices with all the latest technologies.  Out of all of those, public health was my favorite. However, I knew from dental school that at some point I would want to end up in academia. I

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Business side of dentistry: When to do a startup?

Editor’s note: This is the 11th article in a series exploring the business aspects of the dental profession, from starting a practice and marketing to hiring staff and finances. Dr. Deshpande Doing a startup may seem exciting, but as I’m going through it myself currently, I can say it is one scary endeavor. Probably scarier than anything else I’ve ever done. There are a million things going in my mind right now as I write this in February of 2021: 1. I still need to tweak my business plan with location demographic and competition analysis

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Business side of dentistry: 7 things to consider for when opening your first practice

Editor’s note: This is the 12th article in a series exploring the business aspects of the dental profession, from starting a practice and marketing to hiring staff and finances. Decided to do a start up? Here’s a few pointers that may make you a little more successful in this venture: Dr. Deshpande 1. A thorough demographic analysis. Although, I’ve seen extremely successful startup practices in unfavorable dentist to patient population ratios, for the most part you need a ratio of at least 1:3000 to support your startup dream. Starting a practice in a very competitive

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What is Sjögren’s Syndrome?

> Sjögren’s is an autoimmune disease that wreaks havoc on your immune system. One of the major symptoms of the disease is a dry mouth, the result of attacks on your saliva glands. As saliva plays a pivotal role in speaking, swallowing, and eating, having a dry mouth can be highly problematic. This issue does not only affect those with Sjögren’s, so today’s episode applies to everyone. In this show, Dr. B. unpacks the issue of dry mouth and resultant oral thrush. He also provides some actionable steps you can take, along with products you

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New NHS Scotland guidance criticised by BDA

STIRLING, UK: Earlier this week, NHS Scotland released new guidance for the prevention and handling of potential respiratory infections in healthcare patients. Developed with the understanding that COVID-19 and other respiratory infections will likely surge during the 2021/2022 winter months, the guidance has nevertheless drawn criticism from the British Dental Association’s (BDA) Scotland branch, which has accused the Scottish government of saddling dentists with “a system that is unfit for purpose”. Bethany O'Neillwww.kelloggfamilydentalfoundation.com

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