OHA meets sealant goal 5 years ahead of schedule
July 29, 2015 -- Oral Health America (OHA) has reached its goal to help 500,000 in-need children by sealing 2 million teeth, the organization announced.
5 infection-control questions to ask about your gloves
July 28, 2015 -- Although glove procedures haven't changed too much over time, the gloves themselves have. With new features and improved materials, now may be right time to think about how you use gloves in your practice and whether you need to refresh some policies.
NDA supports new workforce models
July 24, 2015 -- The National Dental Association (NDA) is officially supporting emerging workforce models in the U.S., including the use of midlevel providers, according to a statement released on July 23.
Study details methamphetamine dental damage
July 23, 2015 -- Popular TV shows such as "Breaking Bad" and sensational news reports cite the consequences of methamphetamine usage, but when it comes to having a patient in your chair, could you identify what "meth mouth" actually looks like? Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles examined meth users in a new study to provide some data to the stories.
8 states join oral health initiative for pregnant women
July 23, 2015 -- Eight states will join a federally funded initiative to raise awareness and improve access to oral healthcare for pregnant women and infants, the Children's Dental Health Project announced.
Pitt dental school gets $2M grant from HRSA
July 22, 2015 -- The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine has been awarded a $2 million, five-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help improve the dental health workforce for various groups of underserved populations.
OHA gets $10K grant from Henry Schein Foundation
July 22, 2015 -- The Henry Schein Cares Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Oral Health America (OHA) for its upcoming National Share and Learn Conference.
Groups partner to offer hepatitis C webinar in August
July 22, 2015 -- The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the Academy of General Dentistry are collaboratively offering a webinar on the hepatitis C virus in August.
Older Americans Act to include oral healthcare if amended
July 20, 2015 -- For the first time, federal funds for oral health screenings for older Americans will be made available if the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015 is enacted.
U.K. dentists call for oral health reform
July 17, 2015 -- A group of dentists is urging the U.K. government to take action and improve Brits' oral health. A dental professional organization released a report earlier this week that aims to combat the number of children being admitted to hospitals and the increasing rates of oral cancer.
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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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