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aaoms preview 2017

Upcoming Year of AAOMS Events

As members of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we have excellent support for our oral surgery practice through AAOMS education, research and advocacy. Meetings, seminars, courses and workshops are offered throughout the year, with the 99th Annual Meeting taking place in San Francisco. What is in store for 2017? These are some of the topics this year: …

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Diplomates of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Why Look for a Board Certified Surgeon?

At Crystal Lake/Lake Geneva/Huntley/Burlington OMS, we advertise ourselves as “Diplomates of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery”. Have you ever wondered what it means to be a Diplomate? All practicing surgeons must be licensed to offer their services to patients. However, Board Certified doctors are recognized as having achieved, and continue to maintain, the highest standards within their …

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2016 Great American Smokeout

Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout

November 17 is the date for the Great American Smokeout, when you can get moral support around the country to make the step toward better health. New research by The Oral Health Foundation https://www.dentalhealth.org/news/details/941 shows that as few as 40% of us are able to recognize changes in the mouth that are related to oral cancer, such as non-healing mouth …

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Mobile app for dental emergencies

Dental Emergency? There will be an app for that!

The cover of the Journal of the American Dental Association in October 2016 features a prototype mobile application that will assist in managing dental emergencies. Their research shows evidence that dental emergencies are likely to occur when preferred care is less accessible, such as while on vacation. Further complicating things, often there are communication barriers or language barriers if the …

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Patient Safety

Opioid Awareness

In March of 2016, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidelines regarding opioid prescriptions. More than 40 Americans die every day from prescription pain reliever overdoses. There is currently an epidemic of overuse, and physicians who prescribe these drugs should be aware of this, as well as helping patients to be aware of the dangers. As …

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dental implants

Continuing Education for OMS on Dental Implants

At our OMS offices in Crystal Lake, Lake Geneva, Huntley, and Burlington, we know that continuing education is critical. We look forward to our upcoming implant seminar at the end of September to review the latest restorative choices for dental implants. It has been over 50 years since professor Branemark placed the first root form implant. Over the years, this …

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new dental biomedical technology

Promising Research Predicts Self-Healing Tooth Repair

Researchers at Harvard University are working on materials that could forever change tooth repair. They have developed new regenerative dental fillings that use the stem cells inside your teeth to repair tissue. These fillings, made of synthetic biomaterials, could be inserted after the pulp of the tooth and nerve are removed during a root canal procedure. The new materials stimulate …

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Oral Health Body Health

Worried about a smoking habit? Here’s another reason to quit.

University of Louisville School of Dentistry researcher David A. Scott, Ph.D. and his team have identified how tobacco smoke promotes bacteria in the mouth. Cigarette smoke is composed of thousands of chemical components, and the result of this exposure is stress to the body and the development of biofilm. Biofilms are made up of many microbial communities, and bacteria can …

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Use a mouthguard for facial protection

Time to Think About Mouth Guards

As the weather gets warmer in the Midwest, spring sports are in full swing with athletes on the fields playing ball. Now is the time to remember that mouth guards are an essential piece of athletic gear that can help prevent serious, painful facial injuries that affect the mouth and teeth. Are you up to date on the facts? See …

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Oral Cancer Awareness

Oral Cancer Awareness and New Cancer Research

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and we encourage all of our patients to have a painless, fast screening each year. In related news, there is a new study regarding the type of bacteria that causes gum disease, and its possible relationship with esophageal cancer. Researchers at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry have recently reported that the bacteria …

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