Chicago Midwinter 2015: OSAP set to launch Safest Dental Visit program
March 2, 2015 -- CHICAGO - The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) announced at the 150th Chicago Midwinter Meeting that it will launch the Safest Dental Visit infection-control education program this spring. A coalition of clinicians, manufacturers, and infection-control educators will work together to ensure patient safety and safe practice environments during dental visits.
Chicago Midwinter 2015: Good ergonomics can preserve your dental career
February 27, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Good ergonomics can preserve the longevity of your dental career, according to a presentation at the 150th Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Being mindful of your working techniques can enhance your dexterity and preserve your strength while avoiding neck and back pain.
Rutgers study focuses on rare perio disease in African-American kids
February 27, 2015 -- A rare form of periodontitis that affects African-American children is the focus of a study by researchers at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. A $3.2 million National Institutes of Health grant will pinpoint biological markers in saliva that can predict whether bone loss will occur from the disease and which teeth it will affect before there are symptoms.
Patterson launches educational campaign on gray-market products
February 27, 2015 -- Patterson Dental has launched an educational campaign to help protect dentists and their patients from purchasing or using potentially unsafe dental products, or gray-market products. The initiative will largely be orchestrated through its new website, www.DentalSupplyIntegrity.com.
CloSYS launches mint-flavored oral rinse at Chicago Midwinter
February 27, 2015 -- CloSYS launched its new preflavored, alcohol-free oral healthcare rinse at the 2015 Chicago Midwinter Meeting.
Brasseler announces rebrand at Chicago Midwinter
February 27, 2015 -- Brasseler USA has launched a new branding initiative at the 2015 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. The rebranding, which includes a refreshed logo, will take place throughout this year and beyond.
Chicago Midwinter 2015 opening sees new product launches
February 26, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Lasers, tablet technology, and new printers were among the new products introduced on the first day of the 150th Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Companies including Convergent, AMD Lasers, BaseVac, Millenium Dental, and 3D Systems launched new or upgraded products.
Bone fracture risk tool may identify periodontitis in older women
February 26, 2015 -- A tool that evaluates whether older women are at risk for osteoporotic fractures may also be able to determine if they are at risk for periodontal disease, according to a recent study published in Menopause.
New literature review confirms Waterpik water flosser safety
February 26, 2015 -- Published studies confirm that Water Pik's water flosser is safe and effective, according to a new literature review in the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.
Patterson, AADOM launch OHA giving campaign
February 26, 2015 -- Patterson Dental and the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM) have launched a yearlong initiative to raise funds for Oral Health America (OHA) Smiles Across America (SAA) program.
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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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IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition
March 11-14
Boston, Massachusetts United States
Western Regional Dental Convention
March 19-21
Phoenix, Arizona United States
2015 Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
April 14
Washington, DC, District of Columbia United States
2015 National Oral Health Conference
April 27-29
Kansas City, Missouri United States