CPP-ACP + fluoride no better than fluoride alone
July 18, 2014 -- The use of casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP) to remineralize caries lesions has been examined extensively, but does it have an effect as a supplement to fluoride? Researchers of a new systematic review find the answer is no.
Neb. dentists get audited for Medicaid prophies
July 17, 2014 -- Many Nebraska dentists have opted not to take any more Medicaid patients after being audited for $22 prophies, a pediatric dentist told a recent U.S. Senate hearing on Medicare and Medicaid.
The Virtual Dental Home: Complicating a good idea
July 16, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Jay W. Friedman describes the benefits, and the complications, of the innovative Virtual Dental Home program that uses dental hygienists and remote supervising diagnostic dentists.
Counterpoint response: The Virtual Dental Home
July 16, 2014 -- In this response to Dr. Jay W. Friedman's Second Opinion, Dr. Paul Glassman provides additional insight into the Virtual Dental Home model and the need to try different approaches to serving the large underserved population in the U.S.
Saliva function data drive new oral health products
July 15, 2014 -- Now that the importance of the oral cavity's pH is better understood, different oral health products reflecting its role in keeping teeth healthy are arriving on the market. Products include BasicBites, a sugar-free calcium chew that helps establish neutral pH, and a line of consumer and professional products from Colgate.
Study finds link between perio disease, atherosclerosis
July 15, 2014 -- Chronic oral infection with the periodontal disease pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis not only causes local inflammation of the gums leading to tooth loss but is also associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, according to a study in PLOS Pathogens.
MLB, Minn. Twins host dental screening for kids
July 14, 2014 -- Former Major League Baseball (MLB) infielder and manager Frank Quilici and the Minnesota Twins hosted a TeamSmile event last weekend for almost 300 kids that provided dental screening and education.
Midmark begins M3 Ultrafast dental sterilizer promo
July 9, 2014 -- Midmark has begun the Midmark M3 Ultrafast Dental Sterilizer Promotion. For each sterilizer purchased from an authorized dental distributor during the promotional period, the dentist or dental facility is eligible to receive a $500 rebate.
Pew report: MLPs expand dental care to the poor
July 8, 2014 -- Innovative models using dental therapists provide cost-effective dental care to some of the millions of Americans who now lack it and need it the most, according to a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The report examines three nonprofit settings where midlevel providers (MLPs) work as part of larger dental teams.
Infection-control issues offer communication opportunity
July 3, 2014 -- With stories of infection-control lapses unfortunately in the news recently, all dental practices are under increased scrutiny. DrBicuspid.com spoke with Support Clean Dentistry advisory board member Dr. Sheri Doniger, who emphasized the importance of proper sterilization and infection control, and the opportunity this presents to open communication with patients.
USC dental school gets $3M gift
July 3, 2014 -- The Hutto-Patterson Charitable Foundation will give $3 million to establish the Hutto-Patterson Institute for Community Health at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.
Study: New technique analyzes human oral microbiome
July 1, 2014 -- U.S. scientists have applied a new technique to comprehensively analyze the human oral microbiome, providing greater knowledge of the diversity of the bacteria in the mouth, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The findings will enable researchers to examine the role of bacterial communities in health and disease.
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.