December new-product roundup from
December 9, 2016 -- Since the start of November, companies have introduced new products ranging from a universal composite to a sealant, and more. Here is our monthly roundup of new products from companies such as Carestream Dental, Kerr, Taub Products, and others.
The new gingival inflammation code: Part 2 -- Case examples
December 7, 2016 -- In the first part of this series, Patti DiGangi introduced the new dental code for gingival inflammation. She wrote that this code fills a gap in exiting insurance codes and has the power to finally bring the medical relevance to gingivitis treatment. The second part of her series offers case examples and discusses opportunities for practices.
Survey: Dentists split on dental therapists
December 7, 2016 -- About half of dental professionals believe midlevel providers should have the opportunity to work in their state, while the other half disagree, according to a new survey.
Can expanding hygienists' practice improve adult care?
December 6, 2016 -- Does expanding a hygienist's scope of practice translate to improved oral healthcare at the state level? With the debates about dental therapists and dental telemedicine ongoing, a new study investigated if hygienists with expanded practice options were able to reduce the burden of oral disease.
Study projects U.S. dental visits to increase through 2026
December 5, 2016 -- In 2013, about 42% of the U.S. population saw a dentist. But what will happen in 2017 or 2026? Will the number of dental visits by Americans increase or decrease through the next decade? Two economists and a dental public health researcher took on the difficult task of assessing what will influence the number of dental visits in the immediate future.
Loma Linda Univ. to close off-campus hygiene program
December 2, 2016 -- The Loma Linda University School of Dentistry has announced the closing of its associate of science degree program in dental hygiene located in Palm Desert, CA.
The new gingival inflammation code: Part 1 -- Opportunity or chaos?
November 30, 2016 -- There have been very few times in the history of dentistry that a single innovation or technology has been the catalyst for radically changing the game. This is one of those times. However, as Patti DiGangi writes, this game-changer isn't a high-tech gadget. It's an insurance code.
VA to screen 600 patients after bur sterilization failure
November 29, 2016 -- Nearly 600 patients at a Wisconsin U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center will need to be screened for hepatitis and HIV after a dentist at the facility was found to have cleaned and reused burs in a violation of VA policy.
Giving Tuesday: 2 groups raise money for toothbrushes
November 29, 2016 -- SmileMakers and America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation are raising money to buy toothbrushes for in-need children on Giving Tuesday, November 29.
Study finds 99% of obese kids have inflamed gums
November 18, 2016 -- The vast majority of overweight and obese children show signs of gingivitis, according to a study in Diabetes Care. While the study was relatively small, the authors highlight the need for a multidisciplinary approach to care for children with excess body fat.
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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.

Dental Infection Control Boot Camp 2017
January 9-11, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia United States
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
January 27, 2017
San Diego, California United States
American Academy of Ozonotherapy (AAO) 2017 Annual Meeting
May 11-13, 2017
Henderson, Nevada United States
Ontario Dental Association (ODA) 2018 Annual Spring Meeting
April 26-28, 2018
Toronto, Ontario Canada