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December 11, 2013 New study finds misaligned teeth could be linked to bullying

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Having “ugly” teeth may be a significant cause of bullying, according to a new study just published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. According to the study, kids with buck teeth, gaps in their teeth, crowded or missing teeth, are more likely to be the target of bullying.

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November 7, 2012 Dentists re-elected in general election

WASHINGTON, D.C., BOISE, Idaho, & PRESCOTT, Ariz.: While some dentists will probably be disappointed about the presidential election results, two members of the profession will still have their say in Washington, as both Republican Party nominees Paul Anthony Gosar and Michael Keith Simpson have been re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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November 7, 2012 Study suggests dentists cause implant failure

LOMA LINDA, Calif., USA: The indications and versatility of dental implants have increased, and so have complications. Researchers from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in the U.S. have suggested that, regardless of patient risk factors like bruxism, successful long-term outcomes significantly depend on the experience of the clinician performing the procedure.

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November 5, 2012 Dentists root for Romney in presidential election

TIBURON, Calif., USA: This Tuesday, voters in the U.S. will decide who will be president of the United States for the next four years. Were it up to dentists, it seems that Barack Obama would have vacate the White House for Mitt Romney in January.

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July 30, 2012 Father of CT scanner dies

KENSINGTON, Md. & WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: One of the pioneers of CT scanning technology for use in medicine has died at the age of 86. Robert S. Ledley, a trained dentist turned biomedical researcher from New York City, passed away on Tuesday last week, family members told U.S. media.

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June 25, 2012 US dental implant companies merge

BURLINGTON, Mass. & IRVINE, Calif., USA: After Dentsply's acquisition of Astra Tech Dental last year, another major player is poised to take on the dental implant markets, as Southern Implants has announced the merger of its entire business operations with Keystone Dental.

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April 27, 2012 Implant failure may be related to bisphosphonate use

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., USA: The results of a study conducted at the New York University College of Dentistry seem to confirm the hypothesis that the use of oral bisphosphonate is connected to dental implant failure. In the case-control study, more than 300 female patients with failed dental implants were compared with woman whose implants were still intact.

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April 16, 2012 Dental X-rays increase risk of meningioma

NEW HAVEN, Conn., USA: In the largest case-control study to date, researchers have investigated the correlation between benign brain tumors and dental X-rays. They surveyed almost 1,500 individuals regarding the dental radiation procedures they had undergone in their lives and discovered that more frequent screening and screening at a young age are associated with an up to fivefold increase in the risk of meningioma.

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March 22, 2012 Dentists' irritant named Allergen of the Year

SAN DIEGO, Calif., USA: A chemical compound associated with allergies in dental professionals has been announced Allergen of the Year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society in San Diego. The organization chose acrylate, a polymer derived from acrylic acid, for the dubious title owing to its widespread occurrence in human environments and frequent reports on its irritant effects during manufacturing processes like denture making.

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March 7, 2012 Saudi dentists receive U.S. patent for novel soft tissue augmentation tech

ALEXANDRIA, Va., USA: An invention from Saudi Arabia that could help more patients to get dental implants is reported to have been granted patent status by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The method, called the tunnelling technique, is claimed to increase the thickness of soft tissue before block grafting procedures using an acellular dermal matrix.

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February 28, 2012 Intraoral device maneuvers electrical wheelchair

ATLANTA, Ga., USA: Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed the latest version of the intraoral Tongue Drive System, which is embedded into a dental retainer and is worn inside the mouth. The system allows people with high-level spinal cord injury to control a powered wheelchair. It only requires free movement of the tongue.

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February 16, 2012 Handheld dental x-ray devices under investigation by FDA

SILVER SPRING, Md., USA: The Food and Drug Administration is advising dental professionals and veterinarians in the U.S. to stay away from handheld x-ray devices that are being offered by online sellers and shipped from abroad. At least one of these devices was recently found not to comply with safety standards and therefore to be potentially hazardous for dentists and patients, the organisation said.

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December 15, 2011 Study reveals that post-endo pain has different sources

CHICAGO, Ill. & MIAMI, Fla., USA: Tooth pain occurring after endodontic treatment might originate more often from another source than from the treated tooth itself. Having reviewed studies from a period of 60 years, U.S. researchers claim that in six out of ten cases of post-endodontic pain, the cause had nothing to do with the tooth that was treated originally.

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May 18, 2011 Interview: 'There seems to be no limit to what tissue we can regenerate'

Research has proven that dental stem cells hold potential for the successful regeneration of dental and other body tissues. In May, experts from around the globe gathered in New York for the first time to discuss the latest concepts and scientific breakthroughs at the International Conference on Dental and Craniofacial Stem Cells. Dental Tribune Group Editor Daniel Zimmermann spoke with Columbia University professor and co-organiser Dr Jeremy Mao about the conference and when the first clinical applications might be available for dentists.

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January 7, 2011 Specialists quarrel over 'single file endo'

NEW YORK, USA/LEIPZIG, Germany: Endodontic procedures that only require one rotary instrument are causing controversy among specialists worldwide. In internet forums, endodontists are currently discussing the Pros and Cons of the new procedure. So-called single reciprocating file systems have been launched by several dental manufacturers over the last few months.

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June 19, 2009 Americans support dental coverage in health care reforms

LEIPZIG, Germany/WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Over 60 per cent of Americans consider dental coverage part of an overall health care reform by the Obama legislation, a new public opinion survey has shown. The poll released at the launch of National Smile Month in June and commissioned by Oral Health America revealed that four in five adults agree that dental benefits are as important as general medical benefits in an overall health care benefit package.

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