Oral health program coming to Ga. preschools
March 27, 2015 -- Brush, a literacy-based oral health education program, will be coming to Head Start programs in more than 40 Georgia counties.
Convergent unveils new handpiece and waveguide
March 26, 2015 -- Convergent Dental unveiled its new Ultraguide handpiece and a 15/400 hollow waveguide and automatic alignment system for its Solea laser at the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta.
Homebound elderly have poor oral health, want home-based care
March 24, 2015 -- Homebound elderly adults have poor oral health and are interested in home-based dental care, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The authors recommended that medical professionals should partner with the dental community to develop programs for these adults.
WHO: Dental clinics in poorer countries lack soap, water
March 24, 2015 -- A new World Health Organization (WHO) report has found that 35% of healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries do not have water and soap for hand washing.
Survey: Getting kids to brush teeth harder than eating veggies
March 24, 2015 -- Parents think it's tougher to get their kids to brush their teeth than to eat their vegetables, according to a new survey.
Natural Dentist launches new website for kids' oral health
March 23, 2015 -- The Natural Dentist has launched a new website for its children's line of oral health products. The goal is to encourage parents to explore what is in their children's oral care products and help develop good oral health habits in kids at an early age.
World Oral Health Day: Help the world 'Smile for Life'
March 20, 2015 -- On World Oral Health Day, Dr. Chedly Vincent of Aspen Dental issues a call to action to improve oral health around the world. She shares her own experience in Haiti, and believes if dental professionals work together, there's no telling the difference they can make.
Half of U.K. teens have caries, many embarrassed by teeth
March 20, 2015 -- Almost half of teenagers in the U.K. have caries, and many are afraid to smile or laugh because of the condition of their teeth, according to a newly released report on the findings of a 2013 dental health survey.
Green tea serves as useful adjunct to perio therapy
March 19, 2015 -- Green tea should be added to dentifrices as an active ingredient for managing periodontal disease, recommend the authors of a new study in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. They found it to be a beneficial adjunct to nonsurgical periodontal therapy.
NM House passes dental therapist bill
March 19, 2015 -- The New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill on March 17 that would create a new category of dental therapists in the state, according to an article in the Albuquerque Journal.
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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.

Conferences
2015 Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
April 14
Washington, DC, District of Columbia United States
2015 National Oral Health Conference
April 27-29
Kansas City, Missouri United States
143rd American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition
October 31 - November 4
Chicago, Illinois United States