Air Abrasion

Rare is the person who goes through life without a single cavity. (If you know any people this fortunate, we would love to meet them!) Of course, a cavity means a filling, and a filling means—you guessed it—a drill. Or maybe not. Today, we can use air abrasion to remove decay and portions of tooth structure to prepare your tooth for a filling. A cavity is the result of tooth decay, and tooth de.......

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What Can We Learn About Dental Care from Plaque?

What many dentists know is that plaque is a biofilm, a combination of bacteria (500+ types), fungi, and protozoa, that mixes with nutrients from foods and drinks in the mouth to create a self-sustaining ecosystem. When plaque builds up near the gum line, it creates wounds that are the start of periodontal (gum) disease. What many dentists don’t know is that there are lessons to be learned about de.......

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ACCC report on private health insurance deemed insufficient by ADA

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its annual report to the Australian Senate on the private health industry covering the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. The report, Private health insurance report 2015-16, reaffirmed that affordability of private health insurance remains a key issue for consumers as does complexity of policy information provided by insur.......

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California prepares for a new war over soda taxes

The campaign continues worldwide for sugar taxes to discourage the consumption of sugary drinks with California the latest flashpoint in the ongoing battle for peoples’ health. In a bid to combat increasing rates of dental disease and childhood obesity, proponents of the tax on sugar-sweetened drinks have been given the go-ahead to start collecting signatures that would enable the measure to b.......

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