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Charity Trip to Guatemala and get 40 CE credits!

Once again, Doctors Tommy Murph and Gayle Fletcher are planning another hands-on course for up to 40 PACE credits – this time in poverty-stricken Guatemala. They’ll be extending humanitarian aid to impoverished citizens while providing instruction to dentists to refine techniques of exodontia. Three full days of hands-on instruction and 16 hours of lecture are planned from [...]
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Mouthguards Essential in Youth Sports

A recent article in the University of Alabama at Birmingham News reiterates the importance of mouthguards in youth athletics. The article stressed the importance of wearing a mouthguard in all sports, not just contact sports (like football), as oralfacial injuries are a prevalent cause of injury in many non-contact sports too. In fact, the National Youth [...]
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Improved Oral Cancer Detection Around the Corner?

A University of Connecticut chemist has devised an improved means of early oral cancer detection. Prof. James Rusling and colleagues previously developed a method of detecting the protein interlukin-6, this protein can signal the presence of oral cancer. But Prof. Rusling did not feel this single protein was enough to make a case as false positives [...]
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American Dental Sponsors Trip to Guatemala

Doctors Tommy Murph and Gayle Fletcher are planning another hands-on course for up to 40 PACE credits – this time in poverty-stricken Guatemala. They’ll be extending humanitarian aid to impoverished citizens while providing instruction to dentists to refine techniques of exodontia. Three full days of hands-on instruction and 16 hours of lecture are planned from June 30th [...]
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EPA Declares This Week “Fix a Leak Week”

In an effort to promote water savings, the EPA has declared March 12-16 “Fix a Leak Week“. American Dental supports this initiative and reminds you of the importance of routine maintenance to keep your units working well (and free from leaks). A common cause of water leaks is a worn water relay valve. In issue #35 of [...]
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Another Costa Rica Trip Scheduled

Dr. Tommy Murph and Dr. Gayle Fletcher will again be travelling to Costa Rica to help the citizens there and teach a course on extractions, suturing, avoiding complications and dealing with complications that can arise from extractions. The date is set for the week of October 22-27, 2011 and registration will soon be full! Once again, attendees [...]
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California Dental Association Introduces New Infection Control Regulations

As of August 20th, 2011, Dental Offices in California have new regulations to follow for infection control. The complete regulations are available to members from the California Dental Association (CDA) and there have been a number of changes. Some of the more significant changes involve sterilization and disinfection of dental instruments. For example, there are many specific requirements [...]
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Amalgam Separators Required in Illinois?

Chicago-area dentists with their proximity to Lake Michigan may have been aware of existing regulations covering mercury and amalgam disposal throughout the Great Lakes region. Minnesota, Wisconsin, and most recently Michigan and Ohio have in place or have introduced regulations covering amalgam disposal in dental offices. To the North, amalgam separators have been required for [...]
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Amalgam Separators, the FDA, and Your Practice

Here are the facts: On December 14th, the FDA will again revisit the scientific issues surrounding dental amalgam.  Many States have established their own regulations, but the government may rule as Canada did, establishing mandatory amalgam separator installation, sooner rather than later. Dental amalgam has already been banned in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, traditionally countries that have [...]
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Studies Show bib clips as potential source of contamination

There have been several reports lately concerning contamination of bib clips in the dental office. A recent study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed contamination in as many as 20% of bib clips tested. Additionally, the study cited the following: “Of concern was the presence of bacterial species normally present only in [...]
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