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Former Naval Commander and Author to Encourage Leadership, Perseverance

CHICAGO, Illinois – A former naval commander who gave the nation's toughest ship an “about-face,” Capt. D. Michael Abrashoff, will be the keynote speaker for the Opening Session of the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) 2007 Annual Meeting & Exhibits in San Diego on Thursday, June 28, 2007.

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Daily Highlights - Academy of General Dentistry’s 2007 Annual Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO, Illinois – Highlighted below are condensed overviews of selected sessions to be presented by top speakers during the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) 55th Annual Meeting & Exhibits being held in San Diego, Calif., June 27 through July 1, 2007. Media representatives are invited to attend any session and tour the exhibit floor.

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HSC-BCD Researcher Expands Implant Testing

DALLAS, Texas – As the popularity of dental implants rapidly increases, a researcher at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry is committed to testing the reliability of the technology.

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FDA Advises Consumers to Avoid Toothpaste From China Containing Harmful Chemical

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpaste labeled as made in China, and issued an import alert to prevent toothpaste containing the poisonous chemical diethylene glycol (DEG) from entering the United States.

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FDI Urges Dental Professionals to Make Their Workplaces Smoke-Free

GENEVA, Switzerland – On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day 2007 the FDI World Dental Federation urged dental professionals around the world to support smoke-free environments. The FDI leads by example through its smoke-free workplaces, congresses, continuing education sessions and meetings.

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Seniors Can Smile Into Retirement with Proper Care

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania-- “Teeth are meant to last a lifetime,” says the American Dental Association. "It is a myth that adults can expect to lose many of them later in life."

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Dentists Need More Training in Oral Cancer Detection

CHICAGO, Illinois – More than 92 percent of Illinois dentists provide oral cancer examinations for their patients, but many are not performing the procedures thoroughly or at optimum intervals, according to a new University of Illinois at Chicago study.

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Experimental Gene Therapy 'Abolishes' Arthritis Pain and Lessens Joint Damage

ROCHESTER, New York – Early-stage research has found that a new gene therapy can nearly eliminate arthritis pain, and significantly reduce long-term damage to the affected joints, according to a study published today in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism. While the study was done in mice, they are the first genetically engineered to develop osteoarthritis like humans, with the same genetic predisposition that makes some more likely to develop the disease, the authors said. If all goes well with a follow-up study currently underway, researchers will apply to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for permission to begin human trials next year.

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Dental Students from U-M to Provide Oral Health Care to Migrant Workers and Their Children

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – The University of Michigan School of Dentistry will again be providing dental care to migrant workers and their families in northern lower Michigan beginning Monday, June 18. The six-week program will continue through Friday, July 27.

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Telephone “Quitlines” May Help Dental Patients Stop Smoking

CHICAGO, Illinois – Dentists may be able to help their patients stop smoking by referring them to tobacco-use telephone “quitlines,” according to a pilot study published in the May issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

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