CDA Presents: Periodontal disease requires comprehensive approach
May 1, 2015 -- ANAHEIM, CA - Outcomes can be improved and patients can achieve systemic health benefits through the management of periodontal risk factors, according to a presentation by Jonathan S. Wong, DDS, on the opening day of the California Dental Association CDA Presents 2015 meeting.
Study: High dental costs strain personal finances worldwide
May 1, 2015 -- The high cost of dental care leaves many in several countries with little money for basic necessities, according to new study in PLOS One.
Dental groups applaud fluoride recommendation; opposition remains
April 29, 2015 -- Dental and public health groups are applauding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' new recommendation for a single level of fluoride in community water systems. But critics assert the chemical used for fluoridation contains toxins.
Ariz. clinic contacts dental patients after sterilization error
April 29, 2015 -- A Tucson, AZ, health clinic has offered to screen dental patients after a sterilization error with several pieces of dental instruments.
School-based sealant programs are not making the grade
April 28, 2015 -- Most U.S. states are failing to make significant strides in school-based dental sealant programs, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Dentists can help children in their state by urging state legislatures to do more for children in high-need schools.
Wash. state leaders meet to improve oral health
April 24, 2015 -- Washington healthcare leaders gathered this week for a symposium to improve the state's oral health. More than 100 dentists, physicians, and healthcare experts met as state health officials focus on oral health's connection to overall health.
Kids' oral health show coming to the Web
April 23, 2015 -- "Tooth Talk TV," a children's oral health television show, is coming to www.DentStrong.com.
Crowdfunding campaign to analyze dental microbiome ends this week
April 20, 2015 -- A crowdfunding campaign that aims to analyze the dental microbiome wraps up on April 25.
Henry Schein becomes OSAP 'super sponsor'
April 17, 2015 -- Henry Schein has become a 2015 "super sponsor" of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP).
New review highlights periodontitis link with heart disease
April 16, 2015 -- The role dentists and hygienists can play in helping patients reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease is highlighted in a new literature review in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism. The review further links periodontitis and the risk of heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and peripheral artery disease.
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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.

Conferences
American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) 2015 Annual Session
June 17-23
Nashville, Tennessee United States
143rd American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition
October 31 - November 4
Chicago, Illinois United States
American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) 2015 Annual Meeting
November 14-17
Orlando, Florida United States