Calif. approves dental telehealth program to expand access to services
October 2, 2014 -- Oral health advocates are lauding California's new law expanding the Virtual Dental Home (VDH), a program that uses telehealth technology to bring dental services directly to patients in community settings, such as schools and nursing homes.
Survey: Developmentally disabled adults often lack sufficient dental care
October 2, 2014 -- A new survey by Tufts University researchers in Boston has found that adults with developmental disabilities continue to have "significant dental disease," despite a recent focus on expanding access to care for these patients.
Increased probiotic amount may counter oral pathogens
October 1, 2014 -- A leading researcher on probiotics speaks with DrBicuspid.com about the impact of probiotics in the oral cavity and what dentists need to be aware of when it comes to their patients' use of probiotics. As researchers have found that certain probiotics have the ability to linger in a patient's mouth, new treatment options may arise.
ADA supports agreement to cut soft drink calories
October 1, 2014 -- Last week, the three biggest U.S. soft drink companies -- Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and the Dr Pepper Snapple Group -- pledged to cut the number of beverage calories that Americans consume by one-fifth by 2025.
ADHA, Wrigley partner to promote oral health
October 1, 2014 -- The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company are collaborating for the fifth consecutive year during October for National Dental Hygiene Month to promote oral health.
Georgia-Pacific enters dental marketplace
September 30, 2014 -- Building on the success of its product lines in healthcare, Georgia-Pacific Professional is introducing its healthcare products and solutions to the dental community.
DentaQuest gives $10K for Md. MOM dental clinic
September 30, 2014 -- DentaQuest has donated $10,000 to the Community Foundation of Maryland to support the Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy (MOM) dental clinic scheduled for April 2015 in Salisbury.
Fla. study hails impact of reimbursing primary doctors for oral screenings
September 26, 2014 -- A change in Florida's Medicaid policy to reimburse medical primary care providers for basic oral health screenings and cavity prevention has increased the likelihood of children in the state receiving these essential services by 20%, according to a recent study by University of Florida researchers.
America's ToothFairy gets $270K grant from Delta Dental of Ark.
September 25, 2014 -- The National Children's Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF): America's ToothFairy has received a three-year $270,000 grant from Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation to establish the NCOHF Arkansas Oral Health Zone Program.
Dugoni Golf Classic raises $70K for kids' oral healthcare
September 25, 2014 -- Hundreds of golfers came together and raised more than $70,000 for University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's 17th Annual Kids in the Klinic Golf Classic earlier this month.
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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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