Older Americans Act now includes oral healthcare
April 29, 2016 -- Federal funds for oral health screenings for older Americans are available for the first time after President Barack Obama signed the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016.
Electric toothbrush launched for babies, tots
April 29, 2016 -- Foreo has launched a new silicone electric toothbrush for babies and children up to age 4.
Thousands of Canadian kids eligible for free dental care
April 28, 2016 -- Ontario has launched the expanded Healthy Smiles program, giving more than 320,000 children in Canada access to free dental care.
Are newer power toothbrushes worth the hype?
April 27, 2016 -- The patient in front of you has quite a bit of calculus built up and admits to frequently forgetting to brush for a full two minutes. How do you know if your patient will benefit from using a power toothbrush?
Interleukin moves closer to U.S. patent for PerioPredict
April 27, 2016 -- Interleukin Genetics moved closer to patent protection for its PerioPredict genetic risk test as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a notice of allowance for a patent.
Study: Oral bacteria linked to pancreatic cancer risk
April 26, 2016 -- When certain bacteria are found in a patient's mouth, it may indicate an increased risk for pancreatic cancer, according to a study presented by U.S. researchers at the recent meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Second Opinion: Georgians need more than new campaign
April 25, 2016 -- In this Second Opinion, Suzanne Newkirk, RDH, advocates for better oral healthcare for all Georgians. She points out the difficulties many rural and poor Georgians face in trying to access oral healthcare and urges the Georgia Dental Association to work to increase access to care.
Interleukin's PerioPredict gets New England coverage
April 22, 2016 -- Interleukin Genetics' PerioPredict genetic risk test will now be covered by New England's Comprehensive Benefit Administrators' (CBA) Freedom Dental Plan after an April 21 agreement between Interleukin and Reimbursement Specialists, a CBA company.
Henry Schein offers 2016 catalogs
April 22, 2016 -- Henry Schein has launched three catalogs for 2016.
Periodontic, hygiene speakers named for Siroworld
April 22, 2016 -- Dentsply Sirona has announced four speakers for the periodontic/hygiene track at the inaugural Siroworld event in August.
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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.