2017 Dental Excellence Award winners honored
February 24, 2017 -- CHICAGO - On the exhibit floor at the 2017 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, DrBicuspid.com honored the winners of the 2017 Dental Excellence Awards.
Wash. state governor signs dental therapist tribal bill
February 23, 2017 -- Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that permits the use of federal funding for care provided by dental therapists on tribal lands in Washington state, according to an article in the Washington Times.
Is periodontal disease a risk factor for stroke?
February 22, 2017 -- Are your adult patients with gum disease also at risk for an ischemic stroke? A poster presentation at a prestigious stroke conference this week suggests that may be the case.
Dentsply Sirona adds scaler to Intego treatment centers
February 22, 2017 -- Dentsply Sirona said its Cavitron built-in ultrasonic scaler will be integrated into its Intego line of treatment centers starting in the summer of 2017.
Henry Schein acquires anesthesia supply company
February 21, 2017 -- Henry Schein announced it has agreed to acquire Southern Anesthesia + Surgical.
Can functional medicine help your patients?
February 15, 2017 -- The term functional medicine is floating around the internet, but what does it mean and how can you use it to help your patients? As Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes, we know what the obvious causes of gum problems are, but what if a patient's issues go beyond those causes? Functional medicine tests help him deliver answers and treatment options for his patients.
ND midlevel provider bill fails
February 9, 2017 -- North Dakota lawmakers have once again voted against a bill to allow midlevel providers to practice in the state.
Sustained antimicrobial-release implant curbs biofilms
February 7, 2017 -- What if you could prevent infectious biofilms on your patient's implants? Researchers have shown in the laboratory that sustained chlorhexidine release through a porous titanium-silica material prevented and eradicated biofilm formation, which may lead to a new option for preventing implant infections.
New product: Armor Dental launches healing aid device
February 3, 2017 -- Armor Dental has launched a patented dental healing aid device for patients.
67 kids hospitalized in Calif. water line infection case
February 1, 2017 -- The number of children hospitalized after a water line infection at a Southern California dental clinic has risen to 67, according to a January 31 update from the Health Care Agency of Orange County.
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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.