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Permanent link  Products for dry mouth


More than 400 medications can cause xerostomia (dry mouth), not to mention lifestyle factors, medical treatments or normal aging. Dental product companies seems to be catching on to the increasing numbers of patients suffering from this disorder.

Biotene, the makers of a suite of products for dry-mouth sufferers, has extensive patient information on their site, along with a "dry mouth score" quiz.

A new product unveiled at last year's Midwinter Meeting is OraMoist, by Quantum Health, a patch that adheres to the roof of the mouth and releases lipids, citrus flavors, and enzymes that lubricate the mouth and stimulate saliva production. It works for up to four hours and is sugar/alcohol free. OraMoist can be found in most drugstores.

Have you or your patients tried any of these products? Let us know in the comments.


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Product didn't work more than a few minutes and for the next hour became a stringy mess that completely dissolved within an hour. Don't like it.

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Permanent link  Google Reader can help you keep up with the internet


A lot of professionals have a hard enough time staying on top of industry happenings, reading the newspaper, and keeping an eye on the latest business and economic news; much less have the time and eyeball energy left to check out these "blogs" everyone is talking about. But there are ways you can efficiently read all of this and more.

I use Google Reader, which reads RSS feeds. An RSS feed is like a subscription to the content of a website - there are RSS feeds to trade publications, newspapers, magazines, and blogs (like this one). When you sign up for Google Reader, you can choose which sites to 'subscribe' to (for free of course - this is the internet), and the Reader will show you the content piece by piece, all in one website. No more remembering and typing URLs, clicking around the newspaper website to find what you want, or forgetting to check on a business or story you've been following. Just take a break here and there to read your RSS items.

Once you get started, whenever you find a website or blog you want to make sure to read, just click on the RSS symbol or the word "RSS" on that site, and your browser will know to add that site's feed to your Google Reader.

This video explains it all really well.

But what blogs should you be reading? Well, in addition to In The Dentist's Chair, there are a whole lot of great things to subscribe to. Here are some feeds you might want to get:

  • You'll see the link to In The Dentist's Chair's RSS feed on the right side of the page. Other dental resources on the web include; Going Dental; and Flap's Dentistry Blog.
  • All area newspapers have RSS feeds not only to news articles, but you can also choose to just subscribe to your favorite subject or columnist (or sports team). Here are pages of RSS feeds for Chicago papers: Chicago Tribune; Chicago Sun-Times; Crain's Chicago Business.
  • The blog at has a lot of news for people who run their own practice to keep an eye on.
  • Lifehacker is a blog of tips and tools to help you work more efficiently - for example, this post about saving desk space.
  • Cute Overload is a blog with a very accurate title. An occasional baby bunny picture sure does smooth out the day:

See? So go out there and read some feeds! Let us know about your experience in the comments...


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Permanent link  When the 400 pound gorilla in the room has a toothache


Wow! I wonder what his breath is like...

Have you ever treated an animal before? How'd it go? Let us know in the comments...


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Permanent link  Welcome to the new CDS blog!


We're going to bring you news about dentistry, tips on how the internet can help your business, and products and ideas to help you do your work.

Also, we'd like readers to help each other - feel free to comment on posts, and email us if you have helpful news, advice, or opinions for your fellow dentists.

Here we go!


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