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Dental Care

Northern Ireland Reports Dental Earnings, Expenses

2009-08-04 12:54

The NHS Information Centre released details of the earnings and expenses of General Dental Services (GDS) dentists in Northern Ireland in 2007/08.

This is the first time that an overview of self-employed GDS dentists’ earnings and expenses has been produced for Northern Ireland.

Dentists’ pay varies widely depending on the type of dentist; Principals, the higher paid category of self-employed GDS dentists have an average taxable income of ?121,174, with Associate dentists, the lower paid category having an average taxable income of ?66,134.

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Dental Insurance Covers Mercury Amalgams

2009-07-29 18:09

Recently the FDA released information about mercury amalgams for tooth fillings. The FDA stated that mercury amalgams were safe for adults and children aged 6 and older. The FDA put the amalgams in a Class II, meaning that they have moderate risk. However, it is important to understand that even though this came up from a Class I, which is low risk, the new classification allows the FDA to have some special controls. Many dentists still use the mercury amalgams and insurance companies love them because they are cheap, especially compared to alternatives.

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Keep Illegal Teething Products Away From Children

2009-07-29 09:37

In response to a reported case of potassium bromide poisoning in an infant, associated with the use of a locally purchased teething product called Monell's Teething Cordial or "Cordial de Monell para la Denticion," the Health Department is urging all parents to beware of the product and other illegal health remedies. Immediate effects from potassium bromide ingestion may include sedation, trouble breathing, low blood pressure and coma.

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Aloe Vera May Be Good For Teeth And Gums

2009-07-21 17:09

Research finds new benefits of aloe vera on dental health. The benefits of aloe vera on health are known since antiquity. However, this plant, much used for the skin, would also be good for teeth, and help fight cavities, according to a study published in the May-June issue of General Dentistry.

This study compared the results of dental gels made from aloe vera, and two conventional toothpastes in the fight against the bacteria in the mouth that cause caries. The gels made aloe vera have proven as effective as the commercial toothpastes, if not better, shows the study.

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Protect Your Child’s Future Smile

2009-07-09 13:32

The Broome County Health Department is offering a special summer program where children between the ages of 4 and 16 can have their teeth cleaned, dental sealants applied and a comprehensive dental exam to determine their dental needs. Upon completion of the examination, a dental health certificate will be issued for school purposes.

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