New prescription toothpaste may aid treatment for allergic rhinitis
October 29, 2014 -- Biopharmaceutical company Allovate has signed an agreement with personalized medicine firm Restore Health for the exclusive rights to provide Allerdent, a new therapeutic toothpaste delivery system available by prescription for people with allergic rhinitis.
Colgate launches evidence-based dentistry educational tour
October 29, 2014 -- Colgate has announced the launch of Science to Cities, a five-city educational lecture tour led by key industry thought leaders who will present the latest perspectives on evidence-based dentistry.
National Brush Day campaign urges twice-a-day brushing
October 28, 2014 -- The Kids' Healthy Mouths campaign is reminding dentists and the general public that November 1 is National Brush Day. The focus is to reiterate the importance of brushing for two minutes, twice a day, every day.
Comfort Dental continues Christmas Eve Care Day tradition
October 28, 2014 -- Comfort Dental will host its 31st annual Care Day on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, offering free dental care to those in need. All Comfort Dental general dentistry offices throughout 12 states will participate.
Ancient skulls highlight modern risks of periodontal disease
October 27, 2014 -- Periodontal disease might be the most common disease in humans. But a new study in the British Dental Journal that examined dried skulls from ancient Britain estimates that the rate of periodontal disease was considerably lower in ancient times than it is today.
Data on NH 3rd-graders shows progress in oral health
October 27, 2014 -- A study released last week by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) reported a 31.7% decrease in untreated tooth decay statewide and a 32.5% decrease in children with immediate dental needs when comparing the results of the 2013-2014 Healthy Smiles–Healthy Growth Third Grade Survey with the same 2008-2009 survey.
BasicBites scores NY Islanders agreement
October 27, 2014 -- Ortek Therapeutics announced that its BasicBites product has become the official oral care product of the New York Islanders National Hockey League team.
Health experts call for action to tackle athletes' poor oral health
October 23, 2014 -- Poor oral health affects elite athletes' general health and performance, and it must be remedied, according to a consensus statement published by University College London health experts and sporting bodies in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Dental care linked to fewer respiratory infections in ICU patients
October 23, 2014 -- Vulnerable patients in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) who received enhanced oral care from a dentist were at significantly less risk for developing a lower respiratory tract infection, such as ventilator-associated pneumonia, during their stay, according to a new study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Illinois study highlights need for older adult oral healthcare
October 21, 2014 -- More than 80% of adults 60 years and older in Illinois had no dental insurance, and more than a quarter said their oral health was only fair or poor in a recent study, published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene. The study author says it's time to make treating older adults a priority.
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More dental hygienists administering local anesthesia

A handful of U.S. states -- primarily in the south -- still do not allow dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia. But the landscape is slowly shifting, according to Tricia Osuna, RDH, who gave a talk on the subject at the 2013 Pacific Dental Conference. Read more.

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