New products: Philips Sonicare debuts smart toothbrush, breath care system
March 22, 2017 -- Philips Sonicare has introduced a new smart toothbrush and a breath care system at this week's International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany.
Ariz. institute receives $270K to expand care access
March 22, 2017 -- The Brighter Way Institute has received a $270,000 grant to expand oral healthcare services to uninsured and underinsured adults and children throughout metropolitan Phoenix.
Missing teeth may be a risk factor for dementia
March 20, 2017 -- Missing teeth may be a risk factor for developing dementia, the researchers of a new study have found. The more teeth older adults were missing, the more likely they were to develop dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, in the next few years, according to their findings.
How to boost the oral health of Latino kids
March 17, 2017 -- Why is the caries rate higher for Latino children compared with other kids in the U.S., and what strategies can help lower caries prevalence? Researchers partnered with a community organization to conduct focus groups with Latino parents, and they reached some intriguing conclusions about how to better meet the dental needs of these children.
Are power toothbrushes harming your patients' teeth?
March 16, 2017 -- Power toothbrushes and whitening toothpastes are popular, but could they be too abrasive? A new study found that simulated long-term use of a power toothbrush combined with an abrasive whitening toothpaste produced significantly more dentin loss than with a manual toothbrush.
Searching for the cause of a patient's bad breath
March 15, 2017 -- A patient scheduled a consultation with Dr. Alvin Danenberg the other day about her chronic bad breath. She had gone to her medical doctor years ago to figure out what was going on, only to be rebuked. The steps Dr. Danenberg took to help this patient are a reminder that there is always a cause, even if getting to that cause is tricky.
New product: Colgate debuts antibacterial mouthwash
March 15, 2017 -- Colgate-Palmolive has introduced a new antibacterial mouthwash.
Do's and don'ts for the hygienist: Create awareness of elective services
March 13, 2017 -- Many patients have no idea about the full range of services, especially cosmetic procedures, provided by your practice -- unless you tell them. If you don't talk about cosmetic dentistry, how can you expect patients to be interested? After all, hygienists spend more time with patients than anyone else in the office, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.
New product: GSK launches toothpaste for bleeding gums
March 13, 2017 -- GSK Consumer Healthcare has introduced a new daily toothpaste for patients with bleeding gums.
America's ToothFairy gives $100K to pediatric programs
March 13, 2017 -- America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation has awarded $100,000 in grants to nonprofit clinical programs throughout the U.S.
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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.