NYU program builds interprofessional oral health workforce
January 30, 2015 -- A New York University (NYU) program builds interprofessional oral health workforce by developing nursing and medical students' oral health knowledge, according to a new report in the American Journal of Public Health.
U.S. Congress considers Action for Dental Health bill
January 30, 2015 -- Rep. Mike Simpson, DMD (R-ID), an Idaho dentist, has cosponsored a bill to authorize oral health grants "to improve essential oral healthcare for lower income individuals by breaking down barriers to care."
Study looks at best ways to reduce aerosols, spatter with ultrasonic scaling
January 29, 2015 -- A new study that compared the Isolite illuminated isolation system and a saliva ejector for reducing aerosols and spatter from ultrasonic scaling found that the best results still come from high-velocity air evacuation. Isolite Systems said they appreciate the study but hope to do another one on effective isolation with even more rigor.
5th taste, umami, could be beneficial for oral health
January 29, 2015 -- The umami taste could have an important and beneficial role in overall and oral health, according to research published in the journal Flavour.
Analysis: Possible relationship between secondhand smoke and caries in kids
January 27, 2015 -- There is a possible causal relationship between secondhand smoke and caries in the primary dentition in children, according to a review of studies in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. However, more research is needed before it can be considered a risk factor, the authors noted.
America's ToothFairy's Smile Drive to collect oral care products for at-risk kids
January 27, 2015 -- America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) will launch its Smile Drive campaign to raise oral health awareness and collect toothbrushes and toothpaste for at-risk children in February, National Children's Dental Health Month.
Challenging the pumice/rubber cup 'prophylaxis' in children
January 26, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. David A. Nash urges the profession of dentistry to stop the use of pumice and rubber cup prophylaxis when treating children. He cites many studies in the literature and experience as to why the treatment should be discontinued.
APHA accepting nominations for dental health student awards
January 23, 2015 -- The Oral Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) is pleased to announce the student award categories for 2015 and open the call for nominations.
OSAP adds Atlanta office
January 22, 2015 -- The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has added an office in Atlanta.
Anthem offers 3rd dental cleaning to pregnant members, patients with diabetes
January 21, 2015 -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is now offering an additional dental cleaning per benefit period for certain plan members who are pregnant or who have diabetes.
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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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March 11-14
Boston, Massachusetts United States
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April 14
Washington, DC, District of Columbia United States
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April 27-29
Kansas City, Missouri United States