CDC releases infection-prevention app for dental offices
January 19, 2017 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new app to help dental facilities stay compliant with infection-prevention practices.
What do you tell your patients about mouthwash?
January 18, 2017 -- Dr. Alvin Danenberg's patients often ask him about mouthwash and mouthrinses. They want to know if mouthwash kills bacteria. But then they ask if bacteria can cause gum disease and how can they get or keep healthy gums. This is an opportunity to have an in-depth conversation about your patient's health.
CDHCs and the evolving dental team
January 17, 2017 -- The dental team is changing. It seems everyone is trying to find a solution to increase access to oral healthcare for millions of Americans. For the past 10 years, the ADA's answer has not been midlevel providers but rather community dental health coordinators (CDHCs).
Scaling titanium implants may worsen peri-implantitis
January 16, 2017 -- When you use an ultrasonic scaler on your patient's titanium implants, your goal is to prevent peri-implantitis. But what if this action actually caused or aggravated it? A new study published in Scientific Reports examines this theory and whether the roughness of the implant surface has an effect.
Univ. of the Pacific adds toothbrush history exhibit to virtual museum
January 13, 2017 -- The University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has added a new exhibit about the history of the toothbrush to its virtual dental museum.
Can Listerine prevent STIs? Researchers want to find out
January 11, 2017 -- In 1879, the manufacturers of Listerine claimed the antiseptic mouthwash could cure gonorrhea. Almost 140 years later, researchers found out that claim just might be true. Rinsing with Listerine significantly reduced the prevalence in the mouth and throat of the bacteria that cause the sexually transmitted infection (STI), according to a new study.
Dentist again tops U.S. News jobs list
January 11, 2017 -- Being a dentist is again the best job in the U.S., according to the list of the 100 Best Jobs of 2017 by U.S. News & World Report.
DrBicuspid.com announces the 2017 Dental Excellence Award winners
January 10, 2017 -- DrBicuspid.com is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Dental Excellence Awards. Please join us in honoring the best new products in dentistry. Awards will be presented at the Chicago Dental Society's Midwinter Meeting in February.
Proposed U.K. soft drinks levy likely to reduce caries
January 10, 2017 -- A U.K. proposal to tax soft-drink manufacturers could reduce caries incidence by nearly 270,000 cases a year, according to a study in Lancet Public Health. However, the effects on health will depend on the industry's reaction to the levy, which could include reducing the amount of sugar in these drinks and increasing their prices, the authors concluded.
How an incarcerated patient changed my mind on sugar
January 10, 2017 -- Dr. Lisa Knowles took a three-week vacation -- from sugar, grains, and dairy. This cleanse and a recent interaction with an incarcerated teenager with a beautiful smile has her reconsidering how she communicates with her patients and their parents about oral healthcare.
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
January 27
San Diego, California United States
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
March 10
Baltimore, Maryland United States
American Academy of Ozonotherapy (AAO) 2017 Annual Meeting
May 11-13
Henderson, Nevada United States