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Kids with autism have fewer caries but other oral health issues
September 20, 2019 -- Children with autism experience fewer caries and decayed, missing, and filled teeth than their neurotypical peers, according to the findings of a new study. However, these children are prone to other oral health issues, including bruxism, dental anxiety, and soft-tissue trauma.  Discuss
5 ways to open oral health access to Medicare recipients
September 19, 2019 -- As policymakers in Washington, DC, explore ways to make dental care more affordable for approximately 60 million Medicare recipients, the Kaiser Family Foundation on September 18 issued a brief that outlined five possible ways they may achieve this goal.  Discuss
HRSA awards $85M to expand access to oral health services
September 18, 2019 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded about $85.3 million to nearly 300 government-funded health centers to expand their oral health service capacity through new and enhanced infrastructure.  Discuss
Kids with type 1 diabetes have more caries
September 18, 2019 -- Two-thirds of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes have dental caries, according to a systematic review published in BMC Oral Health on September 14 that analyzed cases that spanned 20 years. The authors recommended that these patients be screened for early signs of caries and receive preventive treatment during routine dental examinations.  Discuss
Kids' bad breath linked to specific salivary enzyme
September 17, 2019 -- An increase in the activity of a specific salivary enzyme, β-galactosidases, is linked to bad breath in children, according to a recent study in the September issue of the European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry.  Discuss
CDC: Caries prevalence drops in U.S. kids
September 17, 2019 -- The prevalence of caries in primary teeth decreased nearly five percentage points in U.S. children ages 2 to 5 from 2011 to 2016 compared with 1999 to 2004, according to the new "Oral Health Surveillance Report 2019" from the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) released on September 12.  Discuss
Snack taxes could be more effective than soda taxes
September 13, 2019 -- You've likely heard about taxes on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, but what about one on sugary snacks? A new study from BMJ found that raising the price of cookies, cakes, and other sweets could benefit public health.  Discuss
Can blood tests detect dental fear in kids?
September 13, 2019 -- Could data from blood tests be used to determine which children might have an unusually high fear of dental procedures? Researchers used blood tests to determine that dental fear is directly linked to levels of salivary cortisol and amylase levels in children between the ages of 6 and 9, according to a study published in BMC Oral Health.  Discuss
Orthodontist pleads not guilty to charges of bribing Ark. lawmaker
September 11, 2019 -- An orthodontist who is accused of paying $157,000 in kickbacks and providing free dental work to an Arkansas lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to the latest reports.  Discuss
Elevate Oral Care debuts glass ionomer
September 10, 2019 -- Elevate Oral Care has introduced a new glass ionomer cement that bonds to and masks surfaces treated with silver diamine fluoride.
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