AAP: Breast cancer patients benefit less from periodontal treatment
September 22, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - In a poster presentation at the American Academy of Periodontology's (AAP) 100th Annual Meeting, researchers from Brazil concluded that while periodontal treatment reduces the inflammatory markers of gingivitis and periodontitis, as well as the histological markers of disease, in all patients, women who are receiving treatment for breast cancer see less benefit from the treatment than "healthy" patients.
Study: Dietary sugars should be drastically reduced
September 22, 2014 -- Free sugars in the diet should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake to reduce the significant financial and social burdens of caries, according to a new study by British researchers in BMC Public Health. A new radical policy of progressively reducing sugar intake is needed, they noted.
Crest to remove microbeads from toothpaste
September 19, 2014 -- Proctor & Gamble will remove polyethylene microbeads from its Crest toothpaste line after a dental hygienist spoke out about finding the blue plastic bits in patients' gums. The microbeads can trap bacteria in the gums and lead to gingivitis, according to some dental professionals, but the ADA said clinical studies show the microbeads don't pose a health risk.
OSAP expands January infection-control boot camp
September 18, 2014 -- For any dentist or dental office concerned about infection control, the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Core Infection Control Boot Camp offers more than just 24 hours of continuing education credits. In an interview with DrBicuspid.com, OSAP Executive Director Therese Long details how this conference has evolved to better serve dentists, hygienists, and other practitioners.
CDC: Millions of kids not getting preventive dental care
September 16, 2014 -- Millions of infants, children, and adolescents in the U.S. are not getting preventive dental services, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although preventive dental care is effective, the percentage of children using dental care is low.
OHA, Trident expand Smiles Across America program
September 16, 2014 -- Oral Health America (OHA) and Trident are expanding the 10th anniversary celebration for the Smiles Across America (SAA) program by giving consumers a way to help provide dental care to underserved children.
Infection-control expert details practical steps to help your practice
September 15, 2014 -- In an exclusive video interview with DrBicuspid.com, infection-control expert Eve Cuny spoke of the current and long-term issues facing dental practices when it comes to infection control. She notes that many dental offices want to make infection control more of a priority, but they struggle to find reliable information and are concerned about the time and cost involved.
Okla. health centers get $3.5M from ACA
September 15, 2014 -- Sixteen Oklahoma health centers will be given $3.5 million in Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to expand primary care services, including dental care.
CDA Cares plans Nov. free clinic
September 12, 2014 -- The California Dental Association (CDA) Foundation and the CDA are seeking dental professionals to volunteer for a CDA Cares free clinic in Pomono, CA, from November 21-23.
Liquidia forms new oral health company
September 11, 2014 -- Liquidia Technologies has formed a new pharmaceutical company, Lq3 Pharmaceuticals, dedicated to advancing novel therapies for oral health conditions.
Highlights of CDA Presents in San Francisco
September 10, 2014 -- Last week, the California Dental Association (CDA) hosted the Northern California edition of CDA Presents in San Francisco. The conference featured clinical presentations, continuing education, and new product launches for the thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors.
Colgate kicks off Smile for Picture Day
September 10, 2014 -- Colgate has partnered with actress, best-selling author, and education advocate Danica McKellar ("The Wonder Years," "Dancing with the Stars") as part of this year's Smile for Picture Day.
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.