How to respond to 'But you said I should floss'
August 25, 2016 -- With the release of the Associated Press article on the lack of evidence of flossing's effectiveness, patients might be questioning the education you and your staff provide and, in some cases, the providers themselves. But, as stress management expert Jen Butler writes, you can manage conversations in which you educate patients in one direction when research sends them in the other.
Dentistry needs to open wide
August 23, 2016 -- In his first column for, nutritional periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg wonders why some basic questions, such as why prescription medications are used for many oral diseases, aren't being asked and encourages dentists to open their minds to new research.
30% of kids miss school due to oral health problems
August 22, 2016 -- About 30% of 6- to 12-year-old children in the U.S. miss school because of oral health problems, according to a new survey by Delta Dental.
Study: Hospital oral healthcare not a focus for nurses
August 17, 2016 -- Older people who have been hospitalized aren't getting the oral care they need, according to a new study by Canadian researchers who shadowed nurses on five inpatient units. Clinical oral healthcare guidelines are not being followed for these patients, and more focus is needed to prevent plaque buildup and complications such as pneumonia.
Interleukin Genetics reports increased Q2 revenues
August 17, 2016 -- Interleukin Genetics reported an increase in revenues and a slightly decreased overall loss for the second quarter of 2016.
ADA VP sees benefit of flossing controversy
August 12, 2016 -- Both consumers and dental professionals were left scratching their heads last week after the publication of an article by Associated Press that questioned the evidence behind flossing. But the vice president of the ADA's Scientific Institute is excited about the possibility that dentists can have a meaningful conversation with their patients about oral healthcare.
Flossing: The holy grail of dentistry?
August 11, 2016 -- Following the recent heated controversy over the scientific merits of flossing, queried its informed readers to get their input about the issue. "Plaque control is considered the holy grail in dentistry," noted a dental instructor, while a dentist said flossing could become a blame game between dentists and patients.
Can an anti-inflammatory diet improve periodontal health?
August 10, 2016 -- Switching to a diet focused on reducing inflammation may help those with periodontal disease, according to a small pilot study. Participants who reduced carbohydrates intake and increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids showed a significant improvement in periodontal health.
Sheri's Solutions: 'So, I don't have to floss?'
August 10, 2016 -- Last week dentistry was given a gift, as Dr. Sheri Doniger writes. The news about a lack of evidence behind the practice of flossing spurred discussion about oral healthcare far beyond the dental office. Rather than treating it as bad news about dentistry, Dr. Doniger looks at it as an opportunity to talk about dentistry and proper hygiene techniques.
JAMA editorial: San Francisco sugary drink decision a victory
August 9, 2016 -- San Francisco is the first U.S. city to require health warnings on ads for sodas and sugary drinks. The pioneering law is a victory over the beverage industry's efforts to manipulate science, according to the authors of an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
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