Text2Floss increases reach, adds new app
August 21, 2014 -- A little more than a year into the second phase of its development, Text2Floss, an initiative of the A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, recently announced a new partnership and the release of an Apple products app. Now, researchers are looking at this innovative use of technology to reinforce preventive practices in oral healthcare.
NASCAR driver to promote oral health at elementary schools
August 19, 2014 -- On August 21, as part of the NASCAR race week at Bristol Motor Speedway, the ADA's Give Kids A Smile program and 3M Racing are coming to two elementary schools in Bristol, TN, for two special high-speed oral health education events featuring members of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion race team and the No. 16 3M race car.
Lack of instruction consistency hinders toothbrushing
August 14, 2014 -- Toothbrushing is the most basic practice for maintaining oral health, but what is the best way to do it? A new analysis of brushing instructions provided by dental associations, research, textbooks, and toothbrush and dentifrice companies in 10 different countries found there is very little consensus. That should be of concern to dentistry, in the opinion of the study authors.
High-acidity drinks can permanently damage kids' teeth
August 13, 2014 -- Australian researchers are warning parents of the dangers of soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks, and other drinks high in acidity, which form part of a "triple threat" of permanent damage to young people's teeth, based on the findings of a tooth enamel erosion study in the Journal of Dentistry.
Physician launches new company, program for hygienists
August 13, 2014 -- Charles Whitney, MD, is launching a new company, 3rd Era Dentistry, and the Oral-Systemic Specialist Empowerment Program for Dental Hygienists at this week's RDH Under One Roof 2014 conference in Chicago.
Ky. to launch mobile dental hygiene programs
August 8, 2014 -- Kentucky will launch five mobile dental hygiene programs across the state after receiving grants from the Kentucky Department for Public Health to increase access and improve oral health standards.
NC dental clinic receives $1M grant
August 7, 2014 -- The Cleveland Avenue Dental Clinic in Winston-Salem, NC, will be able to keep operating and serving Medicaid patients after receiving a two-year grant of almost $1 million from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.
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.