Technology convention sheds light on dental care of the future | Study: Dental students benefit from community-based education | More dentists offer sleep apnea device
April 5, 2012
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Technology convention sheds light on dental care of the future
Technological advances in dentistry were on display at a recent convention, including an X-ray machine that takes 3-D images and can pick up otherwise hidden cavities and differentiate sinus problems from tooth problems. Representatives also showed how dental lasers can be used to speed healing of herpes simplex 1 blisters and demonstrated a system that negates the need for temporary crowns.
KTRK-TV (Houston) (4/2) 
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Study: Dental students benefit from community-based education
Community-based dental education programs help improve students' clinical skills and better prepare them to treat minorities and patients with special needs, according to a University of Michigan study presented at the American Association for Dental Research annual meeting. (free registration) (4/3) 
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The top two learning priorities for companies are product training and compliance. Are your teams — your internal workforce and your external partners— prepared to do this? If not, how much money is this costing you?
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Oral Health
Dentists educate, screen patients for Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Nonhealing mouth sores, pain around the teeth, vocal changes and lumps in the mouth or neck are signs of oral cancer. Smoking is the primary cause of oral cancer, but exposure to human papillomavirus is suspected to be behind a growing incidence of oral cancers. Dentists evaluate soft tissues of the mouth as part of routine screening and can screen specifically for oral cancer.
The Unionville Times (East Marlborough Township, Pa.) (4/4),  KATC-TV (Acadiana, La.) (4/4) 
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Electronic tattoo could warn of dental decay
Scientists at Princeton and Tufts universities are testing a graphene-based sensor that can be "tattooed" on a tooth and detect harmful bacteria.
Popular Science (4/2) 
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Reduce unwanted claims attachments and increase provider retention with NEA FastLook
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Close the sale using knowledge from new Dental Carrier Benchmark Report
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