HPV legislation doesn't increase vaccination among adolescents November 21, 2014 -- U.S. legislation that requires or encourages young people to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been unsuccessful in getting more of them vaccinated, according to new research presented at the recent American Public Health Association annual meeting.
Study: Salivary mucins play a key role in fighting caries November 20, 2014 -- Salivary mucins, key components of mucus, actively protect teeth from Streptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria that causes caries, according to a new study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Global Oral Cancer Forum: An international approach for care, prevention November 20, 2014 -- The newly formed Global Oral Cancer Forum recruits international participants to share the issues they face; learn about innovations, models, or ideas to curb growing rates of the disease; and help patients who have treatment complications. The group will gather in New York in September 2015, bringing together international multidisciplinary teams that demonstrate passion and dedication to oral cancer.
Heart infection rises as dentists prescribe fewer prophylactic antibiotics November 19, 2014 -- In a new study, U.K. scientists report that the incidence of life-threatening heart infection has increased significantly in England since the introduction of the 2008 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines, as dentists have written fewer prescriptions for prophylactic antibiotics before invasive procedures.
Cardiologists have knowledge gaps about perio disease November 18, 2014 -- A new study that looked at cardiologists' knowledge of the relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease found that many were unclear about the cause of periodontal disease. But they would like to have more information about the potential link between the two conditions, the researchers found.
New study reviews calcium-enriched cement as endodontic option November 18, 2014 -- A new review study published in Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics analyzed the effectiveness of calcium-enriched mixture cement in endodontic applications. Bioceramic materials were mostly used for dental implants before they were introduced for pulp capping, apexogenesis, apexification, and furcation repair.
ADA brief on barriers to care misleading November 17, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Frank Catalanotto comments on the ADA's recent brief on barriers to dental care. He writes that while this is an issue that needs further study, the brief's conclusions might be based on flawed methodology.
Dos and don'ts for practice leadership: Be your practice's CEO -- chief energy officer November 17, 2014 -- It takes a considerable amount of energy to get through a normal day in a dental practice, and the demand is even greater on more stressful, chaotic days. As the practice leader, you need to ensure that your team's energy level remains high, and you can make that happen by using special staff-energizing techniques, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.
Hygiene production down? Here's how to fix it November 17, 2014 -- Practice management expert Sally McKenzie offers her insight into how you can run a more successful practice. This column focuses on recognizing and fixing hygiene scheduling issues, and she provides tips to help you revive your hygiene department and grow your income.