Oral health is important but difficult for stressed moms
April 28, 2017 -- Mexican-American mothers know the importance of oral health for themselves and their kids, but they report several obstacles to achieving ideal oral hygiene routines. A new study explores how overwhelmed and exhausted moms approach oral health in their daily lives.
Do dentists need to doctor up on the oral-systemic link?
April 27, 2017 -- Michael Ventriello, owner of Ventriello Communications and an experienced voice in dental public relations, examines the need for more communication and collaboration around periodontal disease. Dentists and hygienists need to have difficult conversations with their patients and also work to bridge the dentist-physician communication gap, he writes.
Second Opinion: Georgia bill addresses preventive care needs
April 25, 2017 -- During the last hours of the 2017 Georgia General Assembly session in March, legislators passed a bill allowing dental hygienists to work under the general supervision of a dentist. In this Second Opinion, Suzanne Newkirk, RDH, details the intent of the legislation and how it will aid low-income children in Georgia.
Philips asked to drop some ad claims
April 25, 2017 -- The National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus is recommending that Philips Oral Healthcare drop some advertising claims about one of its Sonicare electric toothbrushes.
How do oral disorders affect your patients' lives?
April 18, 2017 -- When patients come to your office with oral lichen planus, actinic keratosis, erythroplakia, or another oral potentially malignant disorder, they may be experiencing physical and psychological distress in addition to pain. A new study examined how these disorders can affect patients' lives.
Calif. clinic in water line infection case to reopen
April 17, 2017 -- The Children's Dental Group in Anaheim said the clinic involved in a water line infection issue that forced more than 60 children to be hospitalized will reopen on April 24.
Univ. of Cincinnati hygiene program receives $300K
April 17, 2017 -- The University of Cincinnati's Blue Ash regional campus said it has received a donation of more than $300,000 for its dental hygiene department.
April 2017 new-product roundup from DrBicuspid.com
April 14, 2017 -- In March and April, companies have introduced new products ranging from an endodontics chair to new toothpastes and more. Here is our monthly roundup of new products from companies such as Philips Sonicare, Sanofi, Boyd Industries, and others.
Chlorhexidine mouthwash effectively reduces plaque
April 13, 2017 -- Rinsing with chlorhexidine for several weeks is an effective way to reduce plaque, according to a new systematic review. Those who used the rinse had significantly lower levels of plaque and also reduced gingival inflammation and bleeding, researchers found.
New product: Edalu debuts disposable bib
April 13, 2017 -- Edalu Products has introduced TapKin, a disposable bib with an integrated strap and adhesive tab.
Hot Topic
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
2017 Perio Expo
May 4-6
Chapel Hill, North Carolina United States
American Academy of Ozonotherapy (AAO) 2017 Annual Meeting
May 11-13
Henderson, Nevada United States
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
June 9
San Antonio, Texas United States