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Benzocaine Can Give A Whole New Meaning to “Blue Blood”

When a 25-year-old woman showed up in a Rhode Island emergency room reporting that she was fatigued, weak, and short of breath—and that her skin had turned a shade of blue overnight not normally associated with living people—medical personnel on call knew something was very wrong. One quick-witted physician had fortunately seen the condition before, early in his training, and …

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What Twins’ Baby Teeth Are Telling Us About ADHD and Autism

A research team in Sweden, looking for a way to test a hypothesis about the effects of chemical exposure on fetal neurological development, recently enlisted an unusual assistant: The Tooth Fairy. Not really, of course. But the team did collect naturally lost baby teeth from sets of twins (and one set of triplets) in order to analyze their chemical makeup. …

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Episode 88 – Dental Assistant Nation (Vaping)

It was an absolute pleasure to chat with Kevin Henry about vaping and what dental assistants can do to help patients! Listen to the full episode on Sound Cloud! Click here Want a quick overview? Read Kevin’s great DentistryIQ summary.

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That Soft Drink May Shorten Your Life, With Or Without Sugar

Bottom line up front: It’s 2019, and we just got word that no mater what kind of soft drink you’re sipping (with or without a straw), you may be affirmatively choosing to shorten your life. Normally I’d caution against taking action based on headlines like that, but the study that announced this result was based on 400,000 live human beings …

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Congratulations, You’re Expecting! Take Vitamin D for Baby’s Teeth

One thing keeps me continually energized as I travel the world educating dental professionals is this: We still, all of us, have so much to learn about the human body, physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, development, nutrition, and how the entire system works together to enhance or hamper lifelong systemic health. Take our humble friend, vitamin D. This January, when the New …

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A Roundup of What We Know About the Oral-Systemic Connection Right Now

Health care and the science of the human body, in general—I dare say science itself, as an endeavor of human discovery—is a field that is increasingly highly specialized. The more we learn, the more we specialize, following promising new leads, creating small teams to pursue tantalizing clues, inventing novel sub-branches of other branches of clinical and investigatory medicine as they …

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American Dentists Prescribe 37x More Opioids

Houston, we have a problem. (You too, Cleveland and Chicago and Minneapolis and Denver.) Stop looking so pleased with yourself, New York and California. America, we need to have a talk. About our dentists. And their opioid prescribing habits. This doesn’t have to be a long talk, but we do need to have it. And perhaps the best way to …

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Reconsidering the Evidence for Routine Dental Implant Antibiotic Prophy

In 2017, the World Health Organization officially sounded the alarm: The world is running out of antibiotics. While it’s hard to wrap our heads around that headline, it’s a hard truth, and we need to face it, just as surely as we need to face other threats to our long-term survival as a species. There are very few new antibiotic …

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Surprise! Legalizing Cannabis is NOT Encouraging More Teen Pot Use

Sometimes “common sense” is wrong. And when it comes to arguments against the legalization of cannabis that rest on risks to young people, incoming evidence published July 8, 2020 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics is turning common sense on its head. Despite decades of stern warnings that legalizing marijuana would lead to an epidemic of stoned, THC-addled teenagers, the data …