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Animal Model Shows Pain and Tissue Injury in Newborns Alters Nerve Circuitry and Reaction to Pain Later in Life

BETHESDA, Maryland – Newborns who experience tissue injury and pain during critical periods of development may undergo a permanent rewiring of their nervous system that increases their sensitivity to pain later in life.

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Orthodontic Centers of America, Inc. Announces Record Second Quarter Results and Executive Succession

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida - Orthodontic Centers of America, Inc. (NYSE: OCA) today announced record financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2000. Dr. Gasper Lazzara, Jr., Chairman of Orthodontic Centers of America, Inc., said, "We are extremely pleased with our superlative second quarter 2000 performance. Our proven ability to add tangible value to our existing orthodontic centers continues to translate into superior internal growth. Furthermore, our capacity to build new centers in attractive markets and our success in affiliating with orthodontists and integrating existing orthodontic facilities continue to be cornerstones in our successful strategy.

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Rochester's School-Based Dental Program Receives National Recognition

ROCHESTER, New York – The University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center's collaborative school-based dental program was recognized at the recent Surgeon General's Conference on Children and Oral Health as one of the five "success stories" on community collaboration and dental health in the United States.

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Massachusetts Dental Society says all that glitters is not golden to your mouth

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – In this day and age, the sight of an earring stud or hoop protruding out of someone's tongue or lip is not an unusual spectacle. Today, body piercing seems to be commonplace-like wearing a ring or necklace. Some see it as art; others see it as self-expression. Yet in the dental community, oral piercing, which involves the tongue, lips, or cheeks, has been implicated in a number of harmful dental conditions and could be a potential risk to your health.

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University of Toronto Professor Receives IADR Research Award

CARLSBAD, California – The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Research Group (OMFSRG), a component of the International Association for Dental Research/American Association for Dental Research (IADR/AADR), announced the winners of its research awards for 2000. The research awards recognize outstanding research contributions and promote excellence in oral and maxillofacial surgery-related research.

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Many Common Drugs Promote Tooth Decay

ROCHESTER, New York – For teeth constantly on the mend from the effects of acid-producing bacteria that set up housekeeping in our mouths, saliva is a fabulous fluid. Saliva protects and helps repair our teeth from the constant assaults that bacteria and our diet together mount against our tooth enamel. But more than 600 medications cause dry mouth, reducing saliva flow or even turning off the spigot and leaving millions of people at increased risk for tooth decay.

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Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health

Washington, District of Columbia – The American Dental Education Association commends the Surgeon General for releasing the Report on Oral Health, the first of its kind, said Rowland A. Hutchinson, D.D.S., ADEA President, The report emphasizes the important role dental education institutions can play in delivering patient care, translating dental and craniofacial research to benefit the general public, and educating the finest practitioners of dental medicine in the world.

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U.S. Surgeon General Report Reveals Profound Disparities in Oral Health of Americans

OTTAWA, Ontario – In spite of dramatic improvements in the oral health of Americans during the last 50 years, the first-ever U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health has revealed a "silent epidemic" of dental and oral diseases affecting the poor (especially children and the elderly) and members of racial and ethnic minorities in America. Dr. David Satcher's report also emphasizes that good oral health is integral to general health.

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First-ever Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health Finds Profound Disparities in Nation's Population

BETHESDA, Maryland – The first-ever Surgeon General's report on oral health identifies a "silent epidemic" of dental and oral diseases that burdens some population groups and calls for a national effort to improve oral health among all Americans. The report, commissioned by Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala, also focuses on the relationship between oral health and overall good health throughout life; the mouth as a "mirror for general health and well-being and the association between oral heath problems and other health problems."

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A Story Ideas for Seniors Week - June 4 - 10

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – With today's population of older adults on the increase, the dental profession has recognized the need for new initiatives to reach those who are in long-term care homes.

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