Taking A Bit of A Blogging Break

by teresaduncan on December 26, 2012

Hi everyone – just wanted to let you know that I will be slowing down on the blogging as my new website is being redone. You can still catch up with me on Twitter and on Facebook. I will still post updates there. When it all goes live again, I’ll shout it from the rooftops. Happy New Year to you all!

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Dentures Require Careful Handling

by teresaduncan on November 20, 2012

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Dentures deserve careful handling and, in many ways, taking care of them is more work than caring for natural teeth. The November issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers tips to care for these precisely crafted and relatively delicate items.

Prevent breaks: Dentures can break if dropped only a few inches. Cleaning should be done over a folded towel in case they are accidentally dropped.

Clean gently: Dentures should be gently scrubbed every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush using a denture cleaner, mild soap or dishwashing liquid. Aggressive scrubbing can damage or bend metal clasps or other components.

Soak overnight: Most dentures need to remain moist to keep their shape. Soaking them in water or mild denture solution is usually fine. A dentist may offer specific recommendations for soaking.

Choose products wisely: Abrasive cleaners and harsh toothpastes such as whitening pastes are abrasive enough to damage dentures. Soaking dentures in bleach can cause the pink part of the denture to whiten. Placing dentures in hot or boiling water can cause the plastic to warp.

Avoid do-it-yourself repairs: All dentures need periodic adjustment by a dentist to ensure a comfortable fit and avoid problems. Repairs should not be undertaken at home because they will likely cause damage. Repairing a cracked denture with glue from the hardware store is a particularly bad idea, as glues contain harsh chemicals not suitable for the mouth.

Brush the mouth, too: Good oral hygiene helps avoid problems such as soreness, irritation and infection. Brushing the gums, tongue, palate and any remaining teeth helps remove bacteria and stimulate blood flow to these soft tissues.

Mayo Clinic Health Letter is an eight-page monthly newsletter of reliable, accurate and practical information on today’s health and medical news. To subscribe, please call 800-333-9037 (toll-free), extension 9771, or visit Mayo Clinic Health Letter Online.

 About Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of “the needs of the patient come first.” More than 3,700 physicians, scientists and researchers, and 50,100 allied health staff work at Mayo Clinic, which has campuses in Rochester, Minn; Jacksonville, Fla; and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz.; and community-based providers in more than 70 locations in southern Minnesota., western Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. These locations treat more than half a million people each year. To obtain the latest news releases from Mayo Clinic, go to www.mayoclinic.org/news. For information about research and education, visit www.mayo.eduMayoClinic.com (www.mayoclinic.com) is available as a resource for your health stories.

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ADA’s 2013 Dental Code Check App Available for Apple, Android Mobile Devices

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Tweet CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2012 – Dental codes are now available at the touch of a button with the  2013 Dental Code Check app.  The app is available for $19.99 for Apple via the iTunes Store and Android mobile devices via Google Play. The new CDT Code Check 2013 app contains all of the CDT Codes, and is an especially handy [...]

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NADL’s Thoughts on Medical Device Tax for Dental Offices

November 13, 2012

Tweet Dental offices have been waiting to hear if crowns, partials and dentures will be subject to the Medical Device Tax that takes effect in January 2013. The National Association of Dental Laboratories has an analysis that concludes that dental products that start out in the lab will likely not be subjected to the tax. [...]

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Canadian Teachers’ Pension Fund Buys Majority Stake In Heartland Dental

November 5, 2012

Tweet Stranger things have happened. Click here for the news release.

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Patterson Dental Introduces Eaglesoft Clinician – an EHR Solution

November 2, 2012

Tweet Eaglesoft Clinician is fully certified for federal EHR incentive programs ST. PAUL, Minn. – (November 1, 2012) – Patterson Dental Supply, Inc., introduces Eaglesoft Clinician, a fully certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution designed to help dental offices qualify for federal incentive payments. To develop Eaglesoft Clinician, Patterson has partnered with Emdeon, a leading provider [...]

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So I Met the Father of Facebook at a Henry Schein Festival

October 31, 2012

Tweet Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Henry Schein Metro Fall Festival in Teaneck, NJ. Guess who was scheduled in the room after me? Dr. Edward Zuckerberg, father of Mark Zuckerberg. You know…that Facebook guy. So of course I had to ask for a picture! He was gracious – he confirmed [...]

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DANB Releases 2012 Salary Survey Results

October 30, 2012

Tweet Dental Assistants Who Earn DANB Certification Receive Higher Pay, Demonstrate High Employer Loyalty, DANB’s 2012 Salary Survey Shows CHICAGO (October 30, 2012) — The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) 2012 Salary Survey reveals that dental assistants who have earned DANB certification receive a higher salary than non-certified dental assistants and demonstrate high employer loyalty. [...]

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Nov. 15th: P.A.U.L. Study Club Presentation: Accounts Receivables

October 25, 2012

Tweet If you’re near the southern Pennsylvania area, come on out on November 15th for the P.A.U.L. Study Club for Office Managers! I’ll be presenting Successful Systems for Accounts Receivables and Insurance Management. Won’t you join us for not only education but quality networking with other managers in your field? Here is the event page [...]

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Less Than Half of Americans Have Dental Insurance

October 24, 2012

Tweet Oral Health America continues the Fall for Smiles campaign with the help of its supporters October 11, 2012, Chicago, IL— According to a recent public opinion survey commissioned by Oral Health America (OHA) and conducted by Harris Interactive, less than half of Americans have dental insurance[1]. These findings make this year’s Fall for Smiles® campaign, [...]

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