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Exercise and dental health are interlinked
November 14, 2018 -- Alvin Danenberg, DDS, tells his patients that their gut and health are dependent on moving their body. But many of his patients don't know that even dental health is indirectly affected by healthy exercise. In his latest column, he outlines recent studies with a clear message about oral and overall health.  Discuss
New product: Plackers debuts apple-cinnamon flossers
November 14, 2018 -- Dental floss manufacturer Plackers has introduced limited-edition flavored flossers.
Study: Oral disorders top global health burdens
November 13, 2018 -- In a major new study, oral disorders such as caries, periodontal disease, and edentulism were the most-reported health disorders worldwide in 2017 for both men and women. The good news is that, except for periodontitis, the prevalence of these disorders appears to be decreasing.  Discuss
Dental Excellence Award voting ends November 15
November 12, 2018 -- Time is running out to join hundreds of your colleagues in voting for the 2018 DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards. Voting ends on November 15, 2018.  Discuss
Is better oral health knowledge the key to healthier gums?
November 8, 2018 -- What does oral health literacy have to do with periodontal health? Could improving oral health knowledge boost oral health? A new study examined the relationship between these issues and how it may affect treatment outcomes.  Discuss
U.S. voters decide on dental-related issues
November 7, 2018 -- U.S. citizens headed to the polls on November 6 to weigh in on a number of dental-related issues in the midterm election. Local and state ballot measures ranged from community water fluoridation to the future of soda taxes, and five dentists were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Discuss
U.S. fares better than similar countries for oral health
November 5, 2018 -- Researchers looked at data of nearly 15,000 people to compare actual and perceived oral health in four countries with fee-for-service dental care systems. They found the U.S. appears to fare better than similar countries when it comes to most metrics of dental health.  Discuss
Do your patients know when to replace their toothbrushes?
November 2, 2018 -- Do you tell your patients when to replace their toothbrushes? Do you know when they should? Researchers of a new study looked at the relationship between toothbrush wear and plaque scores, and they recommended throwing out the practice of equating toothbrush wear with toothbrush age.  Discuss
Less than 2 weeks to go in Dental Excellence Award voting
November 2, 2018 -- It's your turn to join hundreds of your colleagues in voting for the DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards. With tight races in many of the 11 categories, your vote matters.  Discuss
Study links periodontitis to higher blood pressure
November 1, 2018 -- Patients with periodontal disease have higher blood pressure than those without periodontitis, according to the findings of a large, new study. Periodontal disease may also interfere with the effectiveness of blood pressure medication, the researchers reported.  Discuss
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.

Conferences
2019 Rocky Mountain Dental Convention
January 17-19, 2019
Denver, Colorado United States
Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) 2019 Annual Meeting
April 4-6, 2019
Dallas, Texas United States