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Dental Therapists: New Wave of US Oral Care to Combat Dentist Shortage

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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Within the last few years, a new class of dentists has emerged called dental therapists. The position has spawned in states facing oral health care shortages, but the new professionals, also known as midlevel dental providers, are being met with strong resistance from dentists.

In 2009, Minnesota became the first state to allow licensing of dental therapists. Since then, Alaska followed and Maine signed a state bill regarding the measure into law last month, becoming the third state to do so. Meanwhile, legislative efforts in other states like Vermont, Kansas and New Mexico are underway.

Essentially, dental therapists are dentistry’s version of physician’s assistants. After two years of intensive training prior to entering the field, they operate under the direct supervision of dentists and are able to perform hygiene maintenance (regular cleanings), fill cavities, give restorations, provide sealants, utilize extractions and administer local anesthesia. They can do as many as 53 procedures in some states. Conversely, licensed dentists, who receive eight years of training, can perform more than 500 procedures.

At the heart of the problem is the severe shortage of dentists, which is fairly surprising considering the profession ranked No. 3 in U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2014.

“Maine is having an oral health crisis,” Mark Eves, Maine’s speaker of the House, told USA Today. “The rural part of the state is at a critical point where we need to do something.”

In Maine, 15 out of its 16 counties do not have enough dentists, with more than 62 percent of low-income children in the state going without access to dental care in 2011, according to DentistryIQ. The 600 practicing dentists among a population of 1.3 million constitutes the fewest dentists per capita in New England. To complicate matters, 40 percent of Maine’s dentists are nearing retirement.

A similar dilemma is taking place in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Heather Luebben, an advanced dental therapist, pointed out that Minnesotans lack access to proper dental care, as licensed dentists are too few and far between. Luebben began her career as a hygienist before training to become a dental therapist, and she is one of 32 dental therapists who are now practicing since the state’s law was passed. (more…)

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Sneezes and Coughs Travel Farther than You Think

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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Imagine a cloud of gas launching from your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. According to new research, this is exactly what happens, allowing particles from sneezes and coughs to travel up to 200 times farther than previously thought.

The study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that the droplets produced when we cough or sneeze are accompanied by “gas clouds” that enable them to traverse greater distances. As a result, coughs and sneezes are far more capable of spreading viruses than scientists had thought. 

“When you cough or sneeze, you see the droplets, or feel them if someone sneezes on you,” study co-author Dr. John Bush, a professor of applied mathematics at MIT, said in a statement. “But you don’t see the cloud, the invisible gas phase. The influence of this gas cloud is to extend the range of the individual droplets, particularly the small ones.”

Bush described a cough or sneeze as a “multiphase turbulent buoyant cloud,” because the cloud mixes with surrounding air before the liquid droplets fall out, evaporates into solid residue or both. The study was recently published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

For the experiment, researchers used a combination of high-speed imaging, mathematical modeling and laboratory simulations, which allowed them to analyze the fluid mechanisms behind coughs and sneezes. Contrary to previous belief, each mucus droplet from a cough or sneeze is connected through interaction with a gas cloud. While previous research suggested that larger drops travel farther than smaller drops because they have more strength behind them, the MIT investigators found that when droplets merge with the gas cloud, their trajectories are altered. 

Droplets that are 10 micrometers in diameter were found to travel 200 times farther than past estimates, while droplets 100 micrometers in diameter traveled five times farther. (more…)

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It’s the last day for the Memorial Day Sale at TheraBreath!

Monday, May 26th, 2014

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Hi there,

Happy Memorial Day! So what are your plans today? The beach? A barbecue? Some time relaxing by the pool? Before the festivities get started, take a few minutes to place an order at TheraBreath.com because this is the last day to get 15% off your order of $49 or more PLUS free shipping! Just be sure to enter coupon code AMEM4 during checkout.* This sale, just like Memorial Day, goes kaput at midnight tonight.

On relaxing days such as this, adult beverages are often enjoyed. Did you know that alcohol dries out your mouth, which leads to dry mouth and bad breath? But it doesn’t have to. As long as you use your TheraBreath products, dry mouth and halitosis won’t be an issue, so why not stock up now so you’re set for the entire summer?

Even if you don’t partake in alcohol, the impending summer heat often leads to dry mouth on its own, so be sure to drink plenty of water and (of course) use your TheraBreath.

Enjoy your Memorial Day and your short work week!

* Offer valid on orders shipped to the US and Canada only. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer expires at 11:59pm PDT May 26, 2014.

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Electronic Noses may Detect Diseases and Illness through Breath

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

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It’s been long known that bad breath may be a symptom of oral conditions such as gum disease, but it can reveal much more than mouth issues. When infections, harmful bacteria and other toxins exist in the body, they can create a pungent smell in the mouth. For health care professionals, that abnormal scent is a warning sign that you might have a medical condition. In fact, physicians have been smelling patients’ breath (as well as their bodily fluids) throughout history to help diagnose illnesses – yellow fever, for instance, causes the saliva to smell like a butcher’s shop.

These bad breath smells are often too subtle for the human nose to detect; however, new advancements in biomedical technology may provide a solution. According to BBC News, scientists are developing odor-sniffing machines that can catch these very light scents to aid in diagnosis and treatment. In fact, in early March, researchers found an odor-sniffing machine that can detect breast cancer as effectively as mammograms (it smells like rotting or decay), and they’re hopeful that many other similar instruments for various diseases are in the works.

A 2011 article in the journal Sensors looked into these “electronic nose” applications and revealed just what bad breath and other offensive odors reveal when it comes to disease and illness. If one’s breath resembles acetone (or nail polish remover), it could be a sign of diabetes. That’s because when your body is low on glucose, it must begin burning fat for energy. This causes an excess of ketones in the liver and blood, and one of these ketones is acetone. Many refer to it as a “fruity” scent.

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Memorial Day Sale at TheraBreath!

Monday, May 19th, 2014

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Hi there,

Memorial Day is only a week away. Along with being a three-day weekend, it’s also the unofficial start to summer and a time to break out the barbeques and sunscreen. Hot dogs and hamburgers almost always are on the Memorial Day menu and while they are delicious, they can also cause bad breath. Nitrites in hot dogs and the onions and garlic you might add into your hamburger patties for extra flavor can produce some nasty odors in your mouth – you can read more about that here.

Don’t let BBQ breath ruin your holiday! Stock up on TheraBreath’s bad-breath-busting products during our Memorial Day Sale. From now until May 26, get 15% off your order of $49 or more PLUS free shipping! All you have to do is enter coupon code AMEM4 during checkout.*

Shop now and save on all of our products – no exclusions! That means whether you just need some on-the-go products like gum or lozenges or need to stock up on oral rinse and toothpaste, you’ll save 15% and get free shipping.

Going somewhere for the long weekend? Be sure to grab our travel size oral rinses and toothpastes so you can have fresh breath wherever you are.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day!

* Offer valid on orders shipped to the US and Canada only. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer expires at 11:59pm PDT May 26, 2014.

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