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ADA News (Newspaper) - June 1, 1987, Chicago, Illinois American Dental Association NEWS Senate to vote on campaign financing Act would limit PAC funding of US Senate races US Senate is ex to vote early in June on legislation that would create a system for taxpayer financing of Senate election The proposed Senatorial Election Cam Act of S also would set a voluntary limit on the amounts of money candidates can spend in Senate primary and general elections and limit each candi dates total receipts from political action including the American Den tal Political Action Committee The ADA Washington Office in a May 6 legislative alert asked dentists identified by the Association as liaison dentists with US senators to urge their senators to op pose public financing of congressional elec S 2 would establish an unwarranted precedent of federal government interven tion in the American electoral said the ADA Under this Senate candidates would receive block the size of which would be based on state by the federal government to conduct their cam Significant federal control of the election process will the Associa tion Continued on page eight EDUCATIONAL Joel chairman of the ADA Council on Dental Education left and Richard executive director of the James Mercer center listen as fellow council member William Wallace explains a point during the American Association of Dental councils May Story on page the Council on Dental FTC may study dental liability insurance US House subcommit tee is holding hearings on legislation that would require a Federal Trade Commission FTC study of profes liability insurance for The Association will urge House support of the insurance For only the Senate has approving on April 8 an FTC au that would give the agency Inside Write the page 8 its first permanent operating authority since The agency has been operating under temporary Before final passage of S the Senate approved a Howard Metzenbaum DOH amendment directing the FTC to study the increase in property and casualty rates to small business local gov and child care centers over the last 7 The insurance approved is intended to determine the extent of rate their relationship to rea sons for the and the degree of competition for The House Energy and Commerce Committees subcommittee on transporta on page eight DBA DENTAL MORE ON MY LETTERS PUBLIC SERVICE WASHINGTON 9 MONEY MATTERS Researchers eye caries healing Scientists study chemistry of decay you study the chemistry of tooth decay really shouldnt But science doesnt expect the bumblebee to fly Gerald told dental and media representatives who paid a May 12 visit to the nations largest dental materials research Chemical pressure surrounding the teeth is so high it should overwhelm the compet ing chemical pressure for mineral giving scientists a view of tooth decay as part of the healing said Vogel of ADAS Health Foundation Paf not in Research Center Plaque has an enormous chemical pres much higher than predicted from the composition of he In our studies show this pressure is so high that one would anticipate minerals would actually deposit on teeth so that decayed teeth should heal Seen in this tooth decay may ac tually be a breakdown or failure of this healing he Work at the National Bureau of Stan dards NBS campus in this rapidly ur on page 12 the progress of disease takes more than look ing for clinical signs Periodontal disease and said Northwestern University NU tics professor Peter are being tested today by techniques and parameters that are not We need to change some chairman of the NU peri department and director of post graduate was joined by Dn Donald professor and director of predoctoral periodontics at Northwest at a May 13 ADA Division of Scientific Affairs seminar on monitoring periodontics as an infectious Said Periodontal disease is an infectious disease and has not until recent times been treated as It is not it is caused by and we know many of the bacteria that will cause Many patients show no clinical signs of the gums or severe gum have active cases Because it is active disease may occur from month to month or year to We can identify historical disease or very active disease but not disease that falls in a gray Robinson Clinical Robinson have shown that microscopy is a good indicator of disease activity if there is an abundance of motile microorganisms and plasma cells are In probing depth and the level of black pigmented Bacteroides with plasma cell infiltrate will indicate whether disease is still Determining what particular anaerobic bacteria are present is important in decid ing the most appropriate I need to find out whether the isms I evaluated when the patient came in have been eliminated to the point that Im Robinson With recurrent a dentist may get a false sense of security if he or she doesnt follow up on the infectious Its the same as you dont fol low up with an evaluation of dis ease could still be In the past 10 Turner dentistry has learned more about the rial agents in periodontal disease than in the entire history of studying the There are specific microorganisms in volved in periodontal said Weve been zeroing in on gram motile microorganisms such as the Bacteroides There are several but perhaps not all are involved in periodontal dis There is no such thing as a periodontal he There are a spec trum of like and we cant We treat some cases and get no because we cant diagnose Continued on page 13
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