Dental

Updated guidelines for safe sedation of pediatric patients

Updated guidelines for safe sedation of pediatric patients

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Updated guidelines for safely sedating pediatric patients have been released by the AAP and AAPD.

Delayed immunizations, breastfeeding over age 1 may increase risk for caries

Delayed immunizations, breastfeeding over age 1 may increase risk for caries

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Researchers identify new risk factors for caries in young children.

Salivary duct stone

Salivary duct stone

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After 36 hours, a patient with a salivary duct stone shows limited improvement.

Periodontal disease associated with elevated breast cancer risk

Periodontal disease associated with elevated breast cancer risk

Postmenopausal women especially former smokers who quit within the last 20 years have an increased risk of postmenopausal breast cancer associated with periodontal disease.

Oral health care, training necessary in primary care practice

Oral health care, training necessary in primary care practice

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There were 33.3 million underserved persons living in areas where there was a shortage of dental health professionals, according to the CDC.

Xylitol, toxicity, and pets

Xylitol, toxicity, and pets

Xylitol can be used as an alternative medicine but is very toxic to dogs.

Xylitol: Low-cost treatment for dental caries, upper respiratory infections

Xylitol: Low-cost treatment for dental caries, upper respiratory infections

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Xylitol is a primary sugar alcohol that can be used to help various dental problems as well as upper respiratory and ear infections.

Preventing and treating periodontitis

Preventing and treating periodontitis

NPs and PAs must work in collaboration with oral health clinicians to effectively educate patients in the prevention of periodontal disease.

Exploring fluoride's effectiveness

Exploring fluoride's effectiveness

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The efficacy of topical fluoride products is only as good as compliance with their use.

How I learned to love dental blocks

How I learned to love dental blocks

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Researching and performing different care methods benefits patients and providers.

Overnight denture wear tied to pneumonia

Overnight denture wear tied to pneumonia

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Perceived swallowing difficulties and overnight denture-wearing were independently associated with an approximately 2.3-fold higher risk of pneumonia.

Dental health tied to CHD

Dental health tied to CHD

More than one-quarter of CHD patients reported bleeding gums during tooth-brushing.

USPSTF issues tooth decay prevention guidelines

USPSTF issues tooth decay prevention guidelines

Task force recommendations emphasize primary care providers' role in pediatric dental health.

Teething pain relievers dangerous for babies

Teething pain relievers dangerous for babies

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Benzocaine gels and liquids, often used to help soothe sore gums during teething, can lead to a potentially fatal oxygen deprivation disorder, the FDA warns.

Surgical clearance guidelines

Many dentists, optometrists and other specialty providers are sending adult patients to our primary-care clinic for surgical or procedural clearance. Are there standards of practice for such patients?

Primary care clinicians the missing link in oral health disparities

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Early childhood caries disproportionately affect low-income children without access to a dentist. A speaker at the American Academy of Physician Assistants' 39th Annual PA meeting offers clinicians in primary care pediatrics tips for recognizing and preventing oral health problems.

Welcome mid-level dental therapists

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History would predict some fervent upcoming debate about the safety and utility of non-dentist providers on the part of dentists, payers, patients, public health officials and the mid-levels themselves.

HPV in the oral cavity

HPV lesions can lead to the development of oral cancers.

Oral pathology for the primary-care clinician

Oral pathology for the primary-care clinician

Become familiar with the cause, characteristics, and appropriate treatment of the most frequently seen conditions of the mouth, tongue, and gums.

How to deal with dental emergencies

Because so many people lack access to a dentist, you should be prepared to alleviate pain and treat broken, loosened, or displaced teeth.

Tongue plaque with offensive odor

Tongue plaque with offensive odor

The patient is concerned about a recent increase in his foul-smelling tongue discoloration.

Health problems linked with state of the gums

Health problems linked with state of the gums

The relationship between dental and medical health has been spotlighted in several recent research- and policy-oriented developments.

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