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By Jane Casper and Ralph Fuccillo | June 21, 2010
After Deamonte Driver, a 12-year-old Maryland boy, died from an untreated dental infection in 2007, it's hard to forget that an $80 tooth extraction could have saved his life. Never have the words "system failure" rung so true. For more than 10 years, the U.S. surgeon general has recognized dental disease as a "silent epidemic" impacting low-income and minority children most severely. Maryland was no different. By 2006, more than one-third of all Maryland kindergarteners and third-graders had untreated decay in their primary teeth, but more than 70 percent of children in the state's Medicaid program had not seen a dentist in the past year.
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By Jane Casper and Ralph Fuccillo | June 21, 2010
After Deamonte Driver, a 12-year-old Maryland boy, died from an untreated dental infection in 2007, it's hard to forget that an $80 tooth extraction could have saved his life. Never have the words "system failure" rung so true. For more than 10 years, the U.S. surgeon general has recognized dental disease as a "silent epidemic" impacting low-income and minority children most severely. Maryland was no different. By 2006, more than one-third of all Maryland kindergarteners and third-graders had untreated decay in their primary teeth, but more than 70 percent of children in the state's Medicaid program had not seen a dentist in the past year.
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By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,Sun Staff Writer | July 16, 1995
In the next few years, more dentists may set aside their drills and chisels and zap their patients' mouths with laser beams, high-pressure streams of metal particles and radio waves.They'll also spend more time trying to make people look good by whitening and sculpting smiles, and less time treating disease or repairing damage."That's where we're getting pushed, because we don't have the decay we had in the past," said Dr. Paul Bussman, chairman of the public information council of the Academy of General Dentistry.
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By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,Sun Staff Writer | July 16, 1995
In the next few years, more dentists may set aside their drills and chisels and zap their patients' mouths with laser beams, high-pressure streams of metal particles and radio waves.They'll also spend more time trying to make people look good by whitening and sculpting smiles, and less time treating disease or repairing damage."That's where we're getting pushed, because we don't have the decay we had in the past," said Dr. Paul Bussman, chairman of the public information council of the Academy of General Dentistry.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 9, 2004
ATLANTA - Mercury in dental fillings has not been proved to cause kidney, brain or immune system damage, as critics charge, says a report funded by the National Institutes of Health. But the report is being released today under controversy. The NIH is investigating whether its dentistry institute improperly awarded the research contract, allegedly to uphold the American Dental Association's stance that mercury fillings are safe. The Life Sciences Research Office, a Washington-based nonprofit group, conducted the research on behalf of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
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November 4, 1990
Dr. John F. Clark, who was a dentist in South Baltimore for 60 years, died Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital of complications to a broken hip.Dr. Clark, who was 94 and a longtime resident of Roland Park, retired in 1982.He was a life member of the Baltimore City Dental Society, the Maryland State Dental Society and the American Dental Association.Born in Utica, N.Y., he attended the University of Buffalo before coming to Baltimore to attended the University of Maryland dental school. He graduated in 1922.
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By Sherry Joe and Sherry Joe,Staff Writer | November 24, 1992
Kevin R. Doring has won what amounts to the Oscar award for dentists.Last month, the 33-year-old Ellicott City dentist received one of the American Dental Association's highest honors: the Golden Apple Young Dentist Leadership Award."
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By Megan Kennedy and Megan Kennedy,Special to the Sun | January 10, 1999
Here's another one for the "what to get the person who has everything" list: etc -- the world's first electric tongue scraper. Wait -- this is serious.The American Dental Association recommends daily tongue cleaning as a necessary part of home oral hygiene. "Cleaning the tongue once a day, in conjunction with dental products containing chlorine dioxide, is the best way to combat bad breath," says Baltimore dentist Robert A. Jacobson.Although tongue scrapers have been on the market since 1951, the Oralgiene company has developed the first electric tongue cleaner.
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October 8, 2008
Dr. D. Michael Brown, a retired dentist who also had been on the faculty of the University of Maryland Dental School, died Saturday of pneumonia at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The longtime Gambrills resident was 77. Dr. Brown was born in Canton, Ohio, and raised in Landover Hills. After graduating from St. John's College in Annapolis in 1951, he served two years in the Army. He earned his dental degree from the University of Maryland in 1961. Dr. Brown maintained a practice in Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties for more than 35 years.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 26, 2000
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, will a California roll a day keep the dentist at bay? Probably not. But there is a claim that certain compounds found in wasabi, the piquant green horseradish that accompanies sushi and sashimi, can kill the bacteria that cause tooth decay. The notion of wasabi-as-cavity-fighter was developed by Dr. Hideki Masuda, a research director at Ogawa and Co. of Japan, which makes food flavorings and fragrances, including wasabi flavors, but not wasabi paste.
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By Gerri Kobren | October 23, 1990
Is there a cloud behind our silver linings?In a recent study, Canadian scientists put "silver" fillings, which are half mercury and half silver-tin alloy, in young sheep, which showed signs of kidney failure within months. The scientists thought the mercury might be to blame.Mercury makes fillings pliable and hardens to a high state of durability. But it's toxic in high doses.Scientists have known for some time that small amounts of mercury leach out of fillings. But whether that adds up to human fTC risk is still unknown.
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By New York Times News Service | October 19, 1994
The sound of a drill in the mouth is becoming increasingly rare as Americans' need for dental fillings continues to decline.In 1990, according to the latest survey of 4,206 dentists in private practice, Americans received, per capita, half the number of fillings they required in 1959, even though they were four times as likely to have gone to the dentist.In 1959, more than one dental filling was needed for every man, woman and child, while in 1990, the latest year for which statistics have been compiled, the per capita filling rate was only 0.6.The main reasons for the plummeting rate of tooth decay, according to the American Dental Association, include fluorides in the drinking water, topical fluoride treatments and regular checkups.
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