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Arizona Dentist Receives Award for Treating Homeless

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Kris Volcheck used to have a private dental practice, but he decided to give it up.

He wanted to treat the homeless instead.

Volcheck created the Central Arizona Shelter Services, which now provides dental services for more than 6,000 homeless patients. For his work, Volcheck earned a national community health award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

When he decided to do this, Volcheck knew he was going to see teeth in some of the worst conditions he had ever seen. But today these people are receiving the kind of dental care every person needs. Volcheck now has a group of about 500 dentists and hygienists and they perform their work in a modern building. It wouldn’t have been possible without donations.

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World’s Tallest Man to Receive Smile Makeover

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SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Aug. 20—The dental office of Dr. Eric Johnson announced today that Sultan Kosen, currently the Guinness World Records title holder for the ‘Tallest Living Man’ will receive a complimentary, custom smile makeover from Dr. Johnson. Kosen will first travel from London to Virginia for a medical procedure, then continue on to San Clemente, Calif., later this week to begin the dental treatment.

The 27-year-old Kosen measures a staggering 8-feet, 1-inch or 246.5 in centimeters tall. The part-time farmer, who uses crutches to stand, filmed the documentary “World’s Tallest Man and Still Growing” as a way to raise awareness about his condition. He is featured prominently in the Guinness World Records 2011 edition that launches in mid-September.

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Children’s Oral Health Center Opens in Seattle

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SEATTLE, Aug. 19—At Thursday’s ribbon cutting ceremony, the Center for Pediatric Dentistry, created to address the growing epidemic of childhood dental disease, announced the grand opening of its facility on September 1, 2010. The Seattle-based institute is the first of its kind in the country, providing pediatric dental care, education for dentists and medical professionals, research, and policy under one roof.

An estimated 28 percent of all US toddlers and preschoolers are affected by Early Childhood Caries (ECC), which is the appearance of tooth decay in young children. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease—five times more common than asthma. More than 51 million school hours are lost every year to dental-related issues, and in the long term, dental disease can be associated with serious illnesses including heart disease and stroke.

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Wide Variety of Anesthesia Practices Exist in United States

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A new study shows that there’s a large disparity among dentists when it comes to the amount of training they’ve had and the usage when it comes to anesthesia.

For an article in the June issue of Anesthesia Progress, more than 700 dentists were surveyed. The study analyzed all aspects of anesthesia, including training and its application. The study began in April 2008 and concluded in December of that year.

The most common training came from oral surgery residences, while 33 percent said their post-graduate instruction was hospital-based.

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Why are molars such a pain for so many kids?

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Despite the name, wisdom teeth have nothing to do with your smarts. In fact, these molars at the very back of your jaw are most likely remnants of a time when humans spoke in grunts and called a stone cave home sweet home.

According to Jason Golnick, DDS, MS, a pediatric dentist with practices in Taylor and West Bloomfield, Mich. there’s a lot of misinformation out there about wisdom teeth. After all, they’re a part of your child’s mouth that rarely receives much attention—unless, that is, they have to be removed. Here’s a look at some of the basics.

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