Dental caries linked to lower risk of HNSCC September 16, 2013 -- Patients with more dental caries are less likely to be diagnosed with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) than patients with fewer or no caries, according to a new study published in JAMA Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery.
IOH: Dental pros need to think outside the oral cavity September 13, 2013 -- WASHINGTON, DC - Dental care providers need to start thinking in larger terms about the way oral health services will be delivered going forward and how the quality of those services will be measured, according to speakers at this week's Institute for Oral Health (IOH) conference.
U.S. Senate hearing spotlights America's dental care crisis September 12, 2013 -- At a hearing on Capitol Hill today, a U.S. Senate subcommittee heard horror stories of parents pleading for help to get care for children crying from painful toothaches, restrictive state laws that prevent dental therapists from providing care, exorbitant costs for dental care and dental school tuition, and low Medicaid reimbursement rates.
Study: CDC campaign gets 220K smokers to quit September 11, 2013 -- A $54 million antismoking campaign by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has effectively convinced nearly a quarter million of Americans to quit, according to a new study in the journal Lancet. The "Tips from Former Smokers" campaign featured smokers sharing the impact of smoking-related illnesses on their quality of life.
Sheri's Solutions: The walk-in patient September 10, 2013 -- It was the end of the day on a recent Saturday when an elderly gentleman from the neighborhood became Dr. Sheri Doniger's first walk-in patient. But his visit offered some unique challenges, and she is still trying to figure out what she might have done differently.
Do EHRs impede or improve dentist-patient communication? September 10, 2013 -- Electronic health record (EHR) proponents generally tout the many perceived advantages of EHRs over their paper-based compadres: less paper usage, more comprehensive records, enhanced exchange of patient data between practices, and the ability to improve patient-centered care. But do EHRs actually achieve these goals during a typical patient-provider encounter?
Reporting adverse drug/device reactions key to patient safety September 9, 2013 -- Dental professionals are encouraged to report adverse drug and device reactions in the oral cavities of their patients to improve the U.S. surveillance system and protect patients' safety, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.
Dental Heroes: Senior Mobile Dental September 6, 2013 -- There is a looming oral health crisis among U.S. senior citizens, but the healthcare system is ill-prepared to deal with it, according to Michelle Noblet-Vacha, RDH, the executive director of Senior Mobile Dental. Her Colorado nonprofit offers a model that other states can replicate to help ensure that underpriviledged elderly get the dental care they need.
Patients sue Okla. oral surgeon over pathogen exposure September 5, 2013 -- A class-action lawsuit has been filed against an Oklahoma oral surgeon accused of exposing thousands of patients to hepatitis and HIV because of contaminated equipment. The suit was filed by seven people, including five who claim they contracted infectious diseases during treatment at his dental clinics.
U.S. sees alarming rise in dental infection hospitalizations September 5, 2013 -- From 2000 to 2008, more than 61,000 people were hospitalized in the U.S. for a periapical abscess, a 41% increase. The trends behind that number are alarming and indicative of issues within the U.S. healthcare system, according to an analysis in the September Journal of Endodontics.