Can Listerine prevent STIs? Researchers want to find out January 11, 2017 -- In 1879, the manufacturers of Listerine claimed the antiseptic mouthwash could cure gonorrhea. Almost 140 years later, researchers found out that claim just might be true. Rinsing with Listerine significantly reduced the prevalence in the mouth and throat of the bacteria that cause the sexually transmitted infection (STI), according to a new study.
Proposed U.K. soft drinks levy likely to reduce caries January 10, 2017 -- A U.K. proposal to tax soft-drink manufacturers could reduce caries incidence by nearly 270,000 cases a year, according to a study in Lancet Public Health. However, the effects on health will depend on the industry's reaction to the levy, which could include reducing the amount of sugar in these drinks and increasing their prices, the authors concluded.
How an incarcerated patient changed my mind on sugar January 10, 2017 -- Dr. Lisa Knowles took a three-week vacation -- from sugar, grains, and dairy. This cleanse and a recent interaction with an incarcerated teenager with a beautiful smile has her reconsidering how she communicates with her patients and their parents about oral healthcare.
Study offers new treatment for large caries January 9, 2017 -- Is the way you treat large caries about to change? The findings of a new study in Scientific Reports suggest that using a degradable collagen sponge filled with a pharmaceutical first tested for treating Alzheimer's disease may stimulate natural dentine repair and eventually replace the need for fillings and cements.
Do's and don'ts for patient communication: Highlight practice technology January 9, 2017 -- Dental patients may quickly become bored and confused if you go on and on about your incredible new technological wonder you've invested in. But that doesn't mean the subject is forbidden. You just have to translate it into a "lite" version focused on how it benefits the patient, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Oral cancer cases in men projected to increase in 2017 January 9, 2017 -- The number of new cases of cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx in men is expected to increase to more than 35,000 in the U.S. in 2017, according to a report on cancer mortality published by the American Cancer Society. The number of new cases of these cancers in women is expected to remain around 14,000.
5 tips for dental blogging your way to new patients January 6, 2017 -- Looking for a way to keep your patients engaged and also reach potential new patients? Bekkah Vidal of Wpromote suggests adding a blog to help add new information to your website. She offers five tips to help you get started and keep blogging.
Sheri's Solutions: 5 resolutions for 2017 January 6, 2017 -- What are you looking forward to for 2017? With the holidays past us, we're now into a new year, and we reflect on resolutions for the upcoming year. In her latest Sheri's Solutions column, Dr. Sheri Doniger shares her practice goals and resolutions for the new year.
Survey: 80% of U.S. voters support dental therapists January 5, 2017 -- Americans overwhelmingly support the concept of dental therapists, according to the results of a recent survey. Interviewers asked thousands of registered U.S. voters if they would like a new type of midlevel provider similar to a nurse practitioner, and 80% of respondents said yes.