Selenium could help create new antibiotics for gum disease
June 26, 2009 -- The trace mineral selenium could be the key to developing a new line of antibiotics for bacteria that cause periodontal disease, according to researchers from the University of Central Florida.  Discuss
School dentistry bill headed for governor's desk
June 25, 2009 -- After a month of intense debate, the Louisiana Legislature has unanimously passed legislation that would regulate school-based dentistry. But the final bill falls far short of the near-total ban originally proposed by the Louisiana Dental Association.  Discuss
U.S. House bill mandates dental insurance for kids
June 24, 2009 -- In their first draft of legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, Democrats in the House of Representatives propose extending dental coverage to all children. But the House bill leaves out the Senate's proposal for midlevel providers.  Discuss
Align defends new Invisalign certification program
June 24, 2009 -- Align Technology has come under fire since announcing a new policy requiring that Invisalign-certified dentists must start at least 10 Invisalign cases and complete at least 10 Invisalign continuing education courses annually. But the company says the new policy is necessary to maintain brand integrity and ensure treatment outcomes.  Discuss
New movie finds humor in dental stereotypes
June 23, 2009 -- "The Hangover," a June box office hit in U.S. theatres, perpetuates a long tradition of cinematic dentist-bashing. It presents the profession as comically straight-laced and not quite equal to medicine.  Discuss
Study: Cone-beam CT finds root canals
June 22, 2009 -- Cone-beam CT can find calcified canals more effectively than conventional x-rays, researchers say.  Discuss
Oral programs challenged in U.S. Senate debate
June 19, 2009 -- Republican senators are trying to strip oral health data collection and sealant provisions, and possibly an oral health awareness campaign, from a Democratic bill that would overhaul the U.S. healthcare system.  Discuss
Louisiana mobile dentistry bill forges ahead
June 18, 2009 -- After a Louisiana Senate committee unanimously agreed to send a bill that would regulate school-based dentistry to the Senate last week for consideration, the Senate just as quickly and overwhelming passed the bill today. It now goes back to the House for final review before heading to the governor's desk.  Discuss
Plasma probe battles biofilms
June 16, 2009 -- Researchers at the University of Southern California and Loma Linda University have developed a novel dental probe that uses room-temperature plasma to eliminate biofilms in the oral cavity. And they say it's better and safer than lasers when it comes to endodontic disinfection.  Discuss
Whitest smiles not always the best
June 15, 2009 -- Dental practitioners and patients alike do not always favor the whitest smile, nor do they perceive all skin colors to be equally attractive with bright white teeth, according to a new study.  Discuss
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