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Socioeconomic, hygiene status predict kids' oral health
August 16, 2019 -- Pediatric patients' socioeconomic status, self-esteem, and oral hygiene habits all can help you predict their gingival health, according to a new study. The findings highlight the need for strategies to help improve oral health awareness and interventions.  Discuss
Black tooth stains may protect against caries
August 15, 2019 -- Black stains on primary and permanent teeth may protect against caries. A new review found patients with extrinsic black stains had fewer cavities than the general population. The authors hypothesized the difference could result from biological or nutritional factors.  Discuss
Tooth trouble linked to cognitive decline in Chinese adults
August 15, 2019 -- Researchers found a link between tooth symptoms and a decline in cognitive function among older Chinese adults in the U.S. This research suggests what dental community outreach programs should look for in these patients.  Discuss
75% of dentists don't talk about cannabis -- here's why you should
August 9, 2019 -- Do you discuss cannabis use with your patients? Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco hope the answer is yes. They outlined the oral health considerations of marijuana and other noncigarette products in a recent study.  Discuss
Perio treatment mix helps lower glucose levels
August 8, 2019 -- It can be difficult to find an effective treatment regimen to help patients with both chronic periodontitis and type 2 diabetes. Researchers conducted a review and found that a combination of three treatments, including scaling and root planing, was most effective in reducing blood glucose levels.  Discuss
Virtual reality shows promise for treating dental fear
August 7, 2019 -- Virtual reality (VR) may help patients with severe dental fear or dental phobia. Exposure to a virtual dentist and clinic can reduce dental anxiety and lead to treatment completion, according to a new study.  Discuss
Oral health education improves nurses' dental awareness
August 7, 2019 -- Participating in interprofessional education programs can help pediatric nurse practitioner students change oral health behaviors and prevent dental problems in patients, according to a new study.  Discuss
New product: SkyDent launches perio referral software
August 6, 2019 -- Software development company SkyDent Technologies has launched new cloud-based software for periodontal practices.
New product: Crest adds new toothpaste line for sensitive gums
August 6, 2019 -- Procter & Gamble brand Crest has launched its new line of Crest Gum and Sensitivity toothpastes designed to help relieve gum sensitivity.
Are dentists obligated to treat unvaccinated kids?
August 5, 2019 -- Are dentists obligated to treat children without vaccinations? This is a question that the staff of The Dentists Insurance Company hears frequently. They explored the ethical and legal considerations in the August issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association.  Discuss
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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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