Brett Le Blanc/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @bleblancphoto It’s a basic and reasonable concept: The taxpayers have a right to see the results of the government investigations they fund. Yet, once again, a Nevada public institution opts for darkness over light. In September 2017, UNLV hired a multinational law firm — Dentons — to look into the dental school’s billing practices, along with allegations that a doctor in the dental school was recycling material used during implant surgery. The doctor said he was sterilizing the so-called dental “abutments,” although they were intended to be thrown away after one use. The Review-Journal’s Arthur Kane reported last week that heavily redacted billing statements he obtained from the university reveal UNLV paid more than $366,000 to the law firm to conduct the investigation. That included invoices in March 2018 for 28 hours of work — at $550 an hour — to review “preparations of … [Read more...] about EDITORIAL: Report on UNLV dental school should be made public
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(Bridget Bennett/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bridgetkbennettUniversity of Nevada Las Vegas paid more than $350,000 for an audit of Dr. Phillip Devore's use of dental abutments, but refuses to release the report more than a year after it was completed. (PhillipDevore.com) The UNLV dental school spent more than $350,000 to investigate the reuse of single use dental implants, but more than a year later the school won’t release the report or even provide information about the scope of the attorneys’ work. In March 2018, the school announced that Dr. Phillip Devore was reusing dental abutments even though the items were designed to be discarded after one use. He said he was sterilizing the abutments. The school hired the Dentons law firm to investigate the issue and school billing practices. When the Las Vegas Review-Journal requested the report in April, the school initially responded that there was no report. “UNLV has no public records responsive to your request,” … [Read more...] about UNLV refuses to release dental school audit that cost $366K
Dr. Bryan Laskin, chief operation officer, Dental Care Alliance, demonstrates how virtual reality headsets is used in dentistry during Paterson Dental North America sales meeting at The Venetian hotel-casino on Monday, June 24, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeDr. Bryan Laskin, chief operation officer, Dental Care Alliance, speaks while demonstrating how virtual reality headsets is used in dentistry during Paterson Dental North America sales meeting at The Venetian hotel-casino on Monday, June 24, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeDr. Bryan Laskin, chief operation officer, Dental Care Alliance, demonstrates how virtual reality headsets is used in dentistry during Paterson Dental North America sales meeting at The Venetian hotel-casino on Monday, June 24, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeDiana Casey of Philadelphia, checks out how virtual reality headsets is … [Read more...] about OperaVR extracts pain, anxiety from dreaded dental visits
In a long-form article for the May issue of the Atlantic magazine, science writer Ferris Jabr describes how dentistry is “much less scientific — and more prone to gratuitous procedures” than most of us think. The “truth about dentistry,” writes Jabr, is that “common dental procedures are not always as safe, effective, or durable as we are meant to believe. As a profession, dentistry has not yet applied the same level of self-scrutiny as medicine, or embraced as sweeping an emphasis on scientific evidence.” “Consider the maxim that everyone should visit the dentist twice a year for cleanings,” he explains. “We hear it so often, and from such a young age, that we’ve internalized it as truth. But this supposed commandment of oral health has no scientific grounding. Scholars have traced its origins to a few potential sources, including a toothpaste advertisement from the 1930s and an illustrated pamphlet from 1849 that … [Read more...] about Many dental procedures lack scientific backing, data review finds
A new study of 178 women found that certain kinds of dental floss may expose users to a PFAS chemical. PFAS are man-made chemicals used in industry and in consumer products like stain-resistant furniture and non-stick cookware, and they have been linked to some health problems. According to the study authors, using Oral-B Glide floss was associated with higher levels of one PFAS chemical the body, compared to not using the floss. The study also tested 18 brands of floss and found that six contained a chemical the researchers said is a “marker” for PFAS chemicals. The researchers wrote that more studies are needed to verify their findings. People who use certain types of dental floss may be exposing themselves to a toxic chemical, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology. The study, led by the Silent Spring Institute and the Public Health Institute in Berkeley, California, tested the blood of 178 … [Read more...] about Flossing with the wrong product could expose you to potentially dangerous chemicals. But dental floss is only part of the problem.