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ADA Foundation Helps Prepare Profession for Increased Use of Sedation, Anesthesia

CHICAGO, Illinois – As advances in dental technology offer a greater range of treatments in dental offices, the ADA Foundation (ADAF) is taking a proactive step to help ensure patient safety advances are in step with tomorrow's dental science through a $100,000 grant to the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology Research Foundation, Inc.

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A Role For Dental Professionals In Detecting, Reporting Domestic Violence

ORLANDO, Florida – The impact of domestic violence has been recognized as a health care crisis by organizations all over the world. Twenty-five percent of American women have reported abuse at the hands of their spouses or domestic partners. With proper training, dental professionals have the opportunity to play a pivotal role in detecting and reporting violence against women, since dentists and dental hygienists may be the first or only health care professional to treat a domestic violence victim.

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Drinking pink liquid may lead to a black tongue

CHICAGO, Illinois – Dentists are often the first to diagnose and treat oral reactions, especially since many reactions occur with any medications used in excess, or in combinations with other drugs, such as vitamins and herbs, according to a report in the March/April 2005 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal.

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Academy of General Dentistry Releases Employment Statistical Map

CHICAGO, Illinois – The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce the release of the organization's statistical map entitled “The Economic Contribution of the Dentistry Profession in 2004” that details how many workers are employed in the oral health sector in each congressional district and state, as well as the annual payroll of these employees.

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Substance Ravages and Destroys Teeth, Gums

CHICAGO, Illinois – According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services more than 12 million people age 12 and older reported that they had used methamphetamine at least once in their lifetime. Meth causes a large number of health problems for users of the drug but one of the most visual signs takes place in the mouth.

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Dentists Can Apply for Nat'l Provider ID

ALBANY, New York – The NPI is a unique, government-issued, standard identification number for individual health care providers and provider organizations like clinics, hospitals, schools and group practices. The government has contracted with an external company for processing applications and developing these random 10-digit numbers for applicants.

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Health Care, Law Enforcement, Education Professionals Invited to Seminar on Street Drugs

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – A dynamic, brutally honest and graphic six-hour presentation on street drugs and their impact on individuals, families and health care services, including dental practices, will be presented Oct. 28, 2005 from 9 a.m. Đ 4 p.m. in the Monaghan Ballroom of Marquette University's Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee.

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Dentists can help fix jaw problems

CHICAGO, Illinois – People who bite their fingernails when stressed, chew on a pencil if nervous, or clench their jaw during competitive sports competitions, could be at greater risk for bruxism, according to an article in the August/September issue of AGD Impact, the newsmagazine for the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD).

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Academy of General Dentistry Advocates on Behalf of General Dentists

CHICAGO, Illinois – Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) members and staff attended the 2005 Annual Meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in Seattle, Washington on August 17-19, 2005 representing general dentistry to the 5,000 plus state legislators, legislative staff and state and government officials.

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Americans Head to Western Europe to Save Big on Medical Costs

ATLANTA, Georgia--After self-employed Georgia travel agent Ann Lombardi heard the $6,500 out-of-pocket price tag for the cataract surgery she needed, she sought the advice of a physician friend in Germany. A week later Lombardi was back home following a successful operation by a well-known Frankfurt eye surgeon. Total cost for her procedure? About $1,000. "I used frequent flier points for my plane ticket and stayed in a bed and breakfast near the clinic," explains Lombardi.

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