FTC endorses CODA standards for dental therapists
December 6, 2013 -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is endorsing the proposed accreditation standards for dental therapists by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), saying the therapists could improve access to, and enhance competition for, dental care. But the agency also recommended removing "unnecessary language" about their supervision and practice scope, which could "undermine" improved access.
UNMC dental student wins research/public health award
December 5, 2013 -- A dental student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Dentistry was awarded first place in the clinical research/public health category in the American Dental Association/Dentsply Student Clinician Research Program at the recent ADA annual meeting.
OSAP offers infection-control boot camp
December 5, 2013 -- The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is offering the CORE Infection Control Boot Camp in Tampa, FL, from January 6-8, 2014.
Dental hygienists enjoy independent practice in Canada
December 4, 2013 -- More than 800 dental hygienists in Canada are now in independent practice. They enjoy the autonomy but also warn of the financial difficulties of starting a business from scratch, which are compounded by the fact that they don't get referrals from dentists.
LSU dental students race for breast cancer cure
December 2, 2013 -- Students at the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Dentistry recently hosted an American Student Dental Association volunteer event in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
P&G tries new approach to kids' brushing compliance
November 27, 2013 -- How many times each week do you see children in your practice who probably aren't brushing enough? According to an article from Mobile Marketer, two of Procter & Gamble's (P&G) brands, Crest and Oral-B, are taking a novel approach to this widespread problem.
Ark. orthodontist agrees not to do prophies
November 26, 2013 -- A Fort Smith, AR, orthodontist has agreed to stop offering prophylaxes to the general public after being summoned before the Arkansas State Board of Examiners.
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.