Help the Humane Society (Raleigh County)
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My office (Dr. Steve Childress II) is a “Stocking Stop” for the Humane Society of Raleigh County Christmas time fundraiser.  Please drop off anything that would be useful for the shelter at my office.  If it’s small enough to put in the stocking please do so.  Gift cards to pet stores, cash, and checks are always…

Bacteria in dentist’s water sends 30 kids to hospital
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This event occurred in a southern California pediatric dental office.  Here’s a link to the story on CNN. At our office, we have taken steps since the beginning of our practice to prevent this type of situation.   One of these steps is that the dental chairs used in our dental operatories have an enclosed water system.  None of…

Tooth Loss Associated With Reduced Physical, Mental Health Among Older Adults
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Science Daily (9/13) carried a release stating “older adults who have significant tooth loss are less functional when compared with people who lose fewer teeth,” according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. For the study, researchers “examined information from the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES) project,” which asked participants…

Some People May Be Able To Deduct Dental Expenses.
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Fox Business (4/2, Frankel) reported on its website that “there is a tax deduction for medical and dental expenses,” although not everyone qualifies for the deduction. According to the article, “For most people, medical and dental expenses are deductible only to the extent that they exceed 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI),” although “if you…