What is your patient's mouth worth?
August 16, 2017 -- Your patients may take for granted that they can eat almost anything they want and enjoy the taste and chewing satisfaction of the food. Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg wonders if patients would take better care of their oral health if a value and a cost were assigned.  Discuss
New product: Clip Mirror debuts in U.S.
August 16, 2017 -- D.H. Essentials has introduced the dental hygiene Clip Mirror to the U.S. market.
Study focuses on dental therapists' impact in Native Alaskan communities
August 11, 2017 -- In the first study to look at the long-term outcomes of communities served by dental therapists, researchers from the University of Washington have found that children in Alaska Native communities had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventive care than those in communities not receiving services from these practitioners.  Discuss
Periodontal disease linked to increased cancer risk
August 9, 2017 -- Periodontal disease is associated with a 14% increase in cancer risk among older women, according to the results of a new study. Periodontal disease also significantly increased the risk of specific cancers, including breast and esophageal cancers.  Discuss
Texas reaches $300K settlement with Henry Schein
August 8, 2017 -- The Texas attorney general has reached a $300,000 settlement agreement with Henry Schein over allegations of anticompetitive practices.  Discuss
Epidemic periodontitis rates found in type 2 diabetes patients
August 7, 2017 -- Do you have adult patients with type 2 diabetes? Do you screen them for periodontal disease? The findings of a new study suggest the problem is wider than expected.  Discuss
Is CBCT or intraoral radiology better for finding bone defects?
August 4, 2017 -- Cone-beam CT (CBCT) and intraoral radiology are the most commonly used modalities to detect peri-implant bone defects. But does one outperform the other in finding these defects? Researchers compared numerous studies and came away with a surprising answer about both modalities.  Discuss
Sugar causes more problems than just rotten teeth
August 2, 2017 -- You know that dietary sugars are a major cause of tooth decay, but do you know that these sugars cause more than just rotten teeth? In his latest column, Dr. Alvin Danenberg reviews some recent literature on the subject and discusses how he talks with his patients about this topic and their health.  Discuss
New direction for preventing early childhood caries?
August 1, 2017 -- Bacteria and yeast are jointly responsible for early childhood caries, previous research suggests. Now a new study has isolated the surface molecules on yeast that interact with bacteria to form some biofilms, potentially leading to a novel strategy to fight this disease.  Discuss
Long-term care staff lack oral healthcare training
August 1, 2017 -- Adding to the literature on oral healthcare in long-term care facilities, researchers have found that training on the subject was lacking among care staff at six such facilities in New England, according to a presentation at the recent International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017 World Congress.  Discuss
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
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
September 15
Houston, Texas United States
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
November 10
Sacramento, California United States
Ontario Dental Association (ODA) 2018 Annual Spring Meeting
April 26-28, 2018
Toronto, Ontario Canada