Study: Salivary mucins play a key role in fighting caries
November 20, 2014 -- Salivary mucins, key components of mucus, actively protect teeth from Streptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria that causes caries, according to a new study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Heart infection rises as dentists prescribe fewer prophylactic antibiotics
November 19, 2014 -- In a new study, U.K. scientists report that the incidence of life-threatening heart infection has increased significantly in England since the introduction of the 2008 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines, as dentists have written fewer prescriptions for prophylactic antibiotics before invasive procedures.
Study: Triclosan presents risk of liver toxicity
November 19, 2014 -- A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that, after long-term exposure, triclosan can cause liver fibrosis and cancer in laboratory mice through what the researchers called "molecular mechanisms that are also relevant in humans." However, the study authors emphasize that triclosan does have "health value" in certain toothpastes.
NCOHF announces silent online auction
November 19, 2014 -- The National Children's Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF): America's ToothFairy has announced the Virtual ToothFairy Ball Silent Auction, which runs through November 24.
Dental Dental of Iowa donates $60K to Lifelong Smiles Coalition
November 18, 2014 -- The Lifelong Smiles Coalition gathered in Davenport, IA, last week to kick off a campaign to address the dental needs of Iowa's senior residents. The meeting included the presentation of a check from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation representing nearly $600,000 in grants.
New $7.6M dental/medical clinic opens on Minn. reservation
November 18, 2014 -- A new $7.6 million health and dental clinic will provide expanded healthcare for members of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa in northern Minnesota.
UAlbany to launch Oral Health Workforce Research Center
November 17, 2014 -- The University at Albany (UAlbany) School of Public Health will launch an Oral Health Workforce Research Center, supported by a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
Harvard seeks applicants for oral health fellowship in minority health policy
November 17, 2014 -- The Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Harvard Medical School's Office of Diversity and Community Partnership are accepting applications for the Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.
Henry Schein donates $40K to PLAY Campaign
November 17, 2014 -- Henry Schein has donated to the Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth (PLAY) campaign, which helps educate children and teenagers about the importance of staying active, eating right, and routine dentist and physician visits.
Thousands of U.K. patients tested due to infection-control scandal
November 17, 2014 -- Thousands of dental patients in the U.K. are being tested for HIV and other blood-borne viruses because of poor infection-control procedures by a Nottingham dentist, according to National Health Service (NHS) England.
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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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2015 Rocky Mountain Dental Convention (RMDC)
January 22-24, 2015
Denver, Colorado United States
IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition
March 11-14, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts United States
2015 National Oral Health Conference
April 27-29, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri United States
American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) 2015 Spring Conference
May 2-3, 2015
Chicago, Illinois United States
American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) 2015 Annual Meeting
November 14-17, 2015
Orlando, Florida United States