Is arginine the new fluoride?
July 21, 2017 -- Previous studies have found that caries-free individuals have higher arginine levels in their saliva than those with caries and that using toothpaste containing the amino acid improves oral bacterial composition. Now new research suggests that arginine may play an important role in keeping oral biofilms healthy and preventing caries.
How do CAD/CAM materials hold up to dental prophylaxis?
July 20, 2017 -- CAD/CAM blocks have evolved considerably in terms of materials, shade, and durability. But does this evolution mean the blocks can stand up to professional dental prophylaxis? Researchers put various CAD/CAM blocks up against a year's worth of prophylaxis to see how they fared.
Clean teeth in 10 seconds? Meet the Amabrush
July 19, 2017 -- Can a device really clean teeth thoroughly in 10 seconds? The creators of the newly developed Amabrush toothbrush think so and are going to put their creation through independent clinical tests to back their claim.
Are periodontitis and metabolic syndrome connected?
July 19, 2017 -- Dr. Alvin Danenberg notes that chronic inflammation is a symptom of both gum disease and metabolic syndrome. In his latest column, he wonders what would happen if this chronic inflammation could be brought under control and the body's cells are given a chance to heal.
Ore. tribes hire 1st dental therapist
July 19, 2017 -- The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI) have become the first tribes in Oregon to hire a dental therapist.
Water Pik to be acquired for $1B
July 17, 2017 -- Water Pik has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Church & Dwight, the maker of Arm & Hammer products, for approximately $1 billion in cash.
Can symptoms help identify certain oral mucosal lesions?
July 11, 2017 -- What's the best way to determine the type of oral mucosal lesion a patient may have? Can symptoms such as xerostomia and differences in saliva help distinguish oral lichen planus, oral lichenoid lesions, and stomatitis in patients with or without contact allergies? Researchers sought to find out.
Do antibiotics improve periodontitis treatment?
July 10, 2017 -- What is the best treatment for your patients with severe, chronic periodontitis: subgingival debridement alone or debridement with a short course of antibiotics? A new study looked at three treatment options and found that a short course of antibiotics may help.
Simple dental information is helpful for pregnant women
July 6, 2017 -- Providing patients with more information leads to better dental health, right? Not exactly. A new study found that giving pregnant women basic oral health information health was effective at improving their hygiene, but the addition of other interventions produced no further benefits.
Second Opinion: Is toothpaste necessary?
July 5, 2017 -- There are more than 1,400 different types of toothpaste available, according to Dr. Alvin Danenberg. But is toothpaste itself necessary for your patients to properly clean their teeth? He asks this provocative question to discuss the larger topic of what is in toothpaste, what manufacturers claim, and the best way for you to help your patients clean their teeth.
Hot Topic
More dental hygienists administering local anesthesia

A handful of U.S. states -- primarily in the south -- still do not allow dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia. But the landscape is slowly shifting, according to Tricia Osuna, RDH, who gave a talk on the subject at the 2013 Pacific Dental Conference. Read more.

Conferences
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
August 11
Winston-Salem, North Carolina United States
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
September 15
Houston, Texas United States
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
November 10
Sacramento, California United States
Ontario Dental Association (ODA) 2018 Annual Spring Meeting
April 26-28, 2018
Toronto, Ontario Canada