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Research Shows Teeth Whitening Products May Harm Underlying Dentin

Teeth whitening is a billion-dollar industry. People from all over the globe routinely buy teeth whitening products with the hopes that it will remove stains and make their teeth appear brighter. Now there is new research that suggests teeth whitening products can potentially damage a patient's smile. The study, titled "Teeth whitening products can harm protein-rich tooth layer: Researchers...

Research Reveals Insights into Head and Neck Infections Caused by Tooth Abscesses

Over 90% of all head and neck infections develop from tooth abscesses. In rare cases, these infections may develop into potentially life-threatening sepsis. Other serious complications from odontogenic infections include obstructed airways, endocarditis, and tissue necrosis. To understand the causes and progress of serious odontogenic infections, a German research team examined the characteristics that caused these infections to progress. The...

Kara RDH Demonstrates Injection-free Dental Anesthesia Using Cetacaine Liquid

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Video sponsored by Cetylite. Kara RDH discusses and demonstrates the features, benefits and technique to use non-injectable Cetacaine Liquid (benzocaine 14%, butamben 2%, tetracaine HCl 2%) in patients, for long lasting anesthesia to the mucous membrane for soft tissue periodontal treatments. A Cetacaine Liquid 30g bottle treats up to 300 quadrants for less than $2 per dose. Anesthesia takes effect...

Research Examines Whether People Are Genetically Predisposed to Tooth Decay

A recent study published in Pediatrics, "Genetic and Early-Life Environmental Influences on Dental Caries Risk: A Twin Study," revealed that a person's genetics does not affect their chances of developing tooth decay. However, their data did suggest that young children with overweight mothers were more likely to develop cavities at a young age.  About the Dental Study The lead researcher of the...

Study Concludes Poor Oral Health Increases the Risk of Liver Cancer

Patients have probably heard stories about the way poor oral health can lead to a variety of medical conditions, some of them serious. However, some patients may have doubts about the seriousness of the oral-systemic link. In June of this year, the Mayo Clinic put many people's doubts to rest when it published "Oral Health:  A Window to Your Overall Health." This analysis concluded...

A More Cautious Approach to Oral Pain Management In Young People

Recently, Governor Mike Parson of Missouri signed a new law that restricts the ability of dentists to prescribe opioids. Under the new law, dentists cannot prescribe more than the equivalent of 10 Vicodin pills per day, and can't write prescriptions for time-released opioids like OxyContin at all. The bill was crafted in cooperation with the Missouri Dental Association, who welcomed...

Research Shows Orthodontics Do Not Equal Happiness

Orthodontics make teeth straighter. It is often assumed that straight teeth will make patients more confident, and therefore more optimistic and happier. Researchers in Australia recently put that assumption to the test. The Study Design The study followed a cohort, or group, of adolescents in Australia. The children were chosen in the late 1980s when they were 13 years old. Over time,...

GC America Inc. Celebrates Grand Opening of New State-of-the-Art Facility

ALSIP, IL – Dignitaries and distinguished dental professionals from all over the United States came together on Friday, July 26, 2019 to celebrate the grand opening of GC America’s new home at 3737 W. 127th St. in Alsip, IL. The new building is now accommodating over 200 Associates and features a state-of-the-art education center, which consists of an all...