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DENTAL ASSISTANTS INSTALL 2010-2011 OFFICERS

Chicago: November, 2010)  New officers of the American Dental Assistants Association were installed at the recent annual conference of the ADAA held in Orlando in conjunction with the American Dental Association.  The ADAA is America’s oldest and largest dental assisting organization speaking for over 250,000 dental assistants since 1924.
 

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PCSO Recognizes Opal Orthodontics Advisory Board Members

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah October 15 2010 – The Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics (PCSO) recognized two Opal Orthodontics advisory board members during the annual session in Honolulu this week.  PCSO board members honored Drs. Terry McDonald and Rick McLaughlin individually for their achievements and contributions to the PCSO and the specialty of orthodontics.

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Are We Limiting Our Standard of Care for Oral Cancer Diagnosis?

As clinicians, we all know that oral cancer, when diagnosed in its later stages, can be disfiguring and deadly. We’ve also been trained to look at alcohol and tobacco use as two of the main factors, other than family history, that put patients in the high-risk category.

There is a relatively new risk factor that is rapidly overtaking smoking and drinking as the primary etiologic factor for newly-diagnosed cases of oral cancer: the oral human papillomavirus, or HPV. Of the 34,000 cases of oropharygeal cancers diagnosed each year, HPV is now found in up to 50 percent of them.1

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Denture Cleaning Routine May Promote Bacteria Growth

New survey shows an unmet need for education about denture care and the tools appropriate for proper maintenance

According to a new survey conducted by the makers of Polident® MicroClean™ denture cleanser, many denture wearers are making detrimental denture-cleaning mistakes, such as brushing with regular toothpaste (46 percent), which can cause scratches on the dentures where bacteria and other microorganisms can collect and grow.1 Recent studies show that oral health may affect overall health.2,3,4,5,6 It is essential that denture wearers get education on how to care for their dentures.

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