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Massachusetts Dental Society offers Toothprinting at statewide child identification program

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – On Saturday, May 6th, the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) will be participating in a unique statewide child identification program (CHIP) featuring ToothprintsTM.

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Orthodontic Centers Of America, Inc. Announces Record First Quarter Results

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida - Orthodontic Centers of America, Inc. (NYSE: OCA) today announced record financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2000. Dr. Gasper Lazzara, Jr., Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Orthodontic Centers of America, Inc., said, "We are extremely pleased with our superlative first 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 additional cornerstones in our successful strategy. Most importantly, our sustained success is directly attributable to all of the OCA orthodontists and their staff who serve their patients every day and produced the exceptional performance for the first quarter.''

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Dental Implants Now Filling the Gap

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – By the age of 26, the average British Columbian is missing at least one tooth. At one time, the only solutions to replace missing teeth were dentures and fixed bridges. Today, however, dental implants are becoming a popular choice for replacing one or more teeth, according to the Association of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia.

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Dental Cavities On The Rise Again; Back to 'Drill and Fill'

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia--After years of decline, cavity rates may be inching upward again, according to dental researchers at the annual meeting of the International Association of Dental Research in Washington, D.C.

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Evidence Suggests Food Preservatives May Help Prevent Cavities

ROCHESTER, New York – Preservatives commonly found in diet soda, frozen foods, juices, and many other foods appear to help prevent cavities, dental researchers said this weekend at the annual meeting of the International Association of Dental Research.

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Dental Care in the ER a Last Resort Becomes a Child's Primary Source For Care

CHICAGO, Illinois – In the last half of the 20th century, the number of emergency room (ER) visits dramatically increased in the United States with evidence strongly attributing this increase to dental visits. According to a recent article in the journal, Pediatric Dentistry, a Dallas study indicates parents are using the ER for their child's nonemergency, primary dental care that can be more appropriately and economically treated in an office setting.

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Pain Jokes No Laughing Matter to Root Canal Specialists

HONOLULU, Hawaii – The most painful words an endodontist can hear are "worse than a root canal." But rather than getting their feelings hurt, these dentists who specialize in this tooth saving treatment are working hard to dispel the myth of the dreaded root canal.

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Relax. This Won't Hurt a Bit, Pain Study Shows

HONOLULU, Hawaii – The use of simple relaxation techniques, such as a warm eye mask and a massaging pillow, can reduce pain, according to the results of a study presented at the 57th Annual Session of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE).

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Traumatized Teeth Can Recover; Tests Should be Repeated

HONOLULU, Hawaii – A tooth that seems in need of a root canal treatment due to a moderate traumatic injury could recover on its own and should be re-tested a few weeks after the injury, according to an endodontist (root canal specialist) speaking at the 57th Annual Session of American Association of Endodontists (AAE).

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Gene Tracking Follows Cells From Embryo To Adult

BETHESDA, Maryland – In a sense, all teeth can be considered wisdom teeth if their cells of origin are the determining factor. Scientists have developed a sophisticated genetic tracking system that allows them to follow the migration of cells as they stream from the embryonic mouse brain to the developing body, including the primordial jaw where they contribute to the formation of teeth and supporting structures. This is the first time a group of embryonic cells has been 'tagged" and followed throughout development to their final destiny.

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