Hygiene
Why dental hygienists should view themselves as leaders
October 27, 2020 -- Here are three things that Kelly Tanner, PhD, RDH, believes about dental hygienists: They utilize clinical decision-making to discern the best care for patients, they diagnose alongside the doctors to ensure patients are educated about their treatments, and they create value in patients' lives through the recommended treatments. With that in mind, it's time they should see themselves as leaders, she believes.  Discuss
eAssist unveils Dental Health Education Foundation
October 27, 2020 -- Dental billing outsourcing service firm eAssist Dental Solutions has launched the eAssist Dental Health Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to spread awareness of the importance of dental cleanings.
Fast cancer screening brought to Taiwan
October 26, 2020 -- The Taiwan National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center has added infrared wax physisorption kinetics capabilities to detect oral cancer and other cancers in minutes using tissue and cell samples.
Groups push for oral cancer warning labels on alcohol
October 26, 2020 -- Public health groups have banded together to call for the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to add a warning statement on alcoholic beverages indicating a risk of oral cancer and other cancers.
Kempii releases toothbrush using bamboo alternative
October 23, 2020 -- Kempii said it has released a safe, environmentally friendly toothbrush that uses a bioplastic called Bambuplast made from bamboo and corn.
Delaying oral cancer treatment by weeks raises death risk
October 22, 2020 -- Survival rates drop significantly when patients who use tobacco and are diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas delay treatment for more than six weeks, according to a study published on October 13 in Head & Neck.  Discuss
How did patients' dental habits change during COVID-19?
October 21, 2020 -- Patients in the U.S. did not neglect their oral healthcare while navigating the continued threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to survey results released on October 15 by the Delta Dental Plans Association, a nonprofit group of the 39 Delta Dental companies.  Discuss
Dental cleanings have never been, will never be nonessential for patients
October 20, 2020 -- Dr. James Anderson looks back at the closure of dental practices forced by COVID-19, as well as which dental procedures were considered "essential" during that time. With preventive cleanings and other hygiene-focused procedures not on that list, Anderson wonders what message that sent to dental patients -- and what dental practices need to be doing now to reverse those thoughts.  Discuss
Univ. of Maryland School of Dentistry establishes endowed professorship
October 20, 2020 -- The University of Maryland School of Dentistry has established a new endowed professorship with the Maryland Department of Commerce and private matching funds.
Fresh announces custom-fit, fully automated flosser
October 19, 2020 -- Silicon Valley-based oral health company Fresh has announced the launch of its automated water flosser.
Hot Topic
Study focuses on dental therapists' impact in Native Alaskan communities

In the first study to look at the long-term outcomes of communities served by dental therapists, researchers from the University of Washington have found that children in Alaska Native communities had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventive care than those in communities not receiving services from these practitioners. Read more.

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ACLS Training for Dentists and Staff
November 13
Dallas, Texas United States