AAPD 2015: Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children provides $1.1M in grants
May 22, 2015 -- SEATTLE - Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, the foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), announced that it will partner with 22 organizations this year and provide $1.1 million in grants for underserved children to have a dental home.
Naturally occurring amino acid could improve oral health
May 21, 2015 -- A common amino acid found naturally in food breaks down dental plaque and may be a new weapon against caries and periodontitis, according to a new study.
OHA gets $50K grant to expand kids' oral healthcare in SoCal
May 21, 2015 -- Oral Health America (OHA) will use a $50,000 grant from the Annenberg Foundation to expand oral healthcare and education to children in Southern California.
Lares to launch pastel prophy handpiece
May 20, 2015 -- Lares Research will introduce its new pastel prophy handpiece on June 1.
Boston Univ. dental school receives $3M bequest
May 19, 2015 -- The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine has received a bequest of more than $3 million from the estate of alumni and faculty member Oreste Zanni, DDS.
Top 5 dentist-authored columns of 2015
May 15, 2015 -- With the unofficial start of summer fast approaching, DrBicuspid.com takes a look back at the most-read columns authored by dentists from the first part of the year. The most-read columns include two clinical calls to action, an entry in our popular series on coding by Dr. Doyle Williams, and two insightful columns by the Madow Brothers.
Top 5 news stories of 2015
May 15, 2015 -- With the unofficial start of summer fast approaching, DrBicuspid.com takes a look back at the most-read news articles from the first part of the year. These include articles on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the new Department of Health and Human Services recommendations on fluoride, Florida Medicaid violations, and new information on the role of the sugar industry on caries research.
CDA Presents 2015: Highlights from Anaheim
May 8, 2015 -- Last week, the California Dental Association (CDA) hosted the Southern California edition of CDA Presents. The conference featured clinical presentations, continuing education, and new product launches for the thousands of attendees and exhibitors.
Chicago to expand kids' dental program
May 8, 2015 -- On May 6, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance that would expand that city's current dental program in Chicago public schools to all schools within Chicago's borders.
ADEA: Is the U.S. dental safety net able to do more?
May 7, 2015 -- The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has released a policy brief detailing the state of the dental safety net in the U.S. The paper highlights concerning access-to-care issues, including a 16% increase in the number of emergency room visits for dental-related problems from 2006 to 2009.
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
American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) 2015 Annual Session
June 17-23
Nashville, Tennessee United States
143rd American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition
October 31 - November 4
Chicago, Illinois United States
American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) 2015 Annual Meeting
November 14-17
Orlando, Florida United States