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.
Review of guidelines can calm Ebola fears
October 16, 2014 -- As dentists and other healthcare practitioners are being queried by their patients about the Ebola virus and their practice's infection-control procedures, a review of the ADA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines is called for so you can provide accurate information for your staff and your patients.
UT gets $375K grant for dental care for low-income families
October 16, 2014 -- The School of Dentistry at the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center at San Antonio has been awarded a five-year, $375,000 Access to Care Grant from Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, the foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Western Dental, UCSF team up for preventive strategies
October 15, 2014 -- Western Dental and the University of California, San Francisco has announced a first-of-its-kind research collaboration agreement.
Henry Schein, partners to donate $1M in equipment to combat Ebola
October 15, 2014 -- Henry Schein, together with supplier partners, announced it will donate more than $1 million in personal protective equipment to help prevent the spread of Ebola.
Crosstex responds to infection-control inquiries due to Ebola, enterovirus
October 14, 2014 -- Face mask manufacturer Crosstex has responded to numerous healthcare practitioners who have asked about appropriate personal protective equipment in the wake of prominent news coverage of Ebola and enterovirus.
New ads aim to improve kids' brushing habits
October 13, 2014 -- In a new national survey released last week, 75% of parents reported that their kids sometimes or frequently forget to brush their teeth. To help parents better understand why ignoring dental health can have serious consequences, the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives have created new public service ads for the Kids' Healthy Mouths campaign.
Water Pik debuts Waterpik Gel-Grip prophy angles at ADA 2014
October 13, 2014 -- Water Pik introduced its Waterpik Gel-Grip disposable prophy angles at the ADA 2014 annual meeting last week.
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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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