Oral Cancer & Diagnostics
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
FDA approves HPV vaccine for more adults
October 8, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved expanding the use of Gardasil 9, a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, for adults ages 27 through 45.  Discuss
CDC study: U.S. HPV vaccine rate increasing 5% annually
August 29, 2018 -- The number of U.S. adolescents who have received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has increased five percentage points annually since 2013, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Discuss
Study confirms smoking, oral sex as HPV risk factors
August 23, 2018 -- Smoking and certain sexual behaviors are risk factors for high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, a new study has confirmed. However, the researchers also found that the overall infection rate was lower than anticipated.  Discuss
Preop oral care reduces complications after cancer surgery
August 21, 2018 -- We're learning more about how oral health can influence overall health, but can preoperative dental care reduce postoperative complications in patients undergoing cancer surgery? Researchers reviewed data from more than 500,000 patients to find out.  Discuss
7 tips to ease the HPV talk with your patients
July 24, 2018 -- Does your practice struggle when it comes to talking about oral cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV) with patients? Dentist and health educator Dr. Susan Maples offers seven tips for how to start and have this lifesaving but sometimes difficult conversation.  Discuss
NYU researcher gets $950K to study oral cancer
July 2, 2018 -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has awarded a New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry researcher a five-year grant of $950,000 to study oral cancer pain and growth.  Discuss
ADHA partners with CDC on antismoking campaign
June 22, 2018 -- The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) has partnered with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a campaign to educate the public about the harms of smoking.  Discuss
Overall tobacco use down among U.S. students
June 14, 2018 -- The number of U.S. middle and high school students who use tobacco products has significantly dropped since 2011, according to new data from the U.S. government. However, more than 3 million students still regularly use electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products.  Discuss
Dental never events: Moving beyond wrong-tooth extraction
May 23, 2018 -- Can you identify the "never events" in dentistry -- patient care incidents that safety experts agree should never happen? The concept of these never events is familiar in medicine, but its use in dentistry is more limited. An international team of researchers developed a list of dental never events that goes beyond wrong-tooth extraction.  Discuss
Special Feature
5 misconceptions about oral and oropharyngeal cancer
Screening of every dental patient older than 18 for oral and oropharyngeal cancer is a must, writes Jo-Anne Jones, RDH. Taking the time to screen each patient can make an impact on oral cancer survival rates. However, dentists and oral healthcare professionals have a few common misconceptions about these cancers. Read more.
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June 20-22
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