USDA proposes limiting sugar in school meals
February 3, 2023 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on February 3 a proposal to revamp nutrition standards, limiting the amounts of sugar in school meals. The proposal would limit added sugars in certain products and eventually the weekly menu and allow flavored milk with limits on added sugar. Read More
Periodontitis linked to atrial fibrosis
February 3, 2023 -- Periodontitis may serve as a risk factor for atrial fibrosis, according to research recently highlighted by the University of Hiroshima in Japan. In a study of 76 patients with heart disease, a significant correlation was found tying periodontitis to fibrosis scarring that can lead to an irregular heartbeat. Read More
Research to explore biomarker for alternative root canal therapy
February 3, 2023 -- A researcher with the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in New York will explore a potential biomarker supporting the success of vital pulp therapy, an alternative, less invasive treatment than a root canal. Read More
Oral surgeon who fought vaccine order continues battle in RI
February 3, 2023 -- An oral and maxillofacial surgeon who filed a complaint against Rhode Island after he was forced to stop practicing for refusing to comply with a COVID-19 vaccine compliance order is fighting to keep his legal battle alive. Read More
U.S. states ranked best, worst for dental health
February 2, 2023 -- Wisconsin has a reason to smile. It was named the U.S. state with the best dental health. Meanwhile, Mississippi was ranked the worst, according to an analysis done by personal finance website WalletHub. Read More
Are oral health and brain health connected?
February 2, 2023 -- Early treatment of poor oral health may lead to significant brain health benefits, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2023. Read More
What dentists need to know about HIPAA storage requirements
February 2, 2023 -- Patients expect privacy from their dentist, including compliance with HIPAA for their sensitive personal information. Senior Consultant for Information Governance Jerry Dilk breaks down the basics of HIPAA for dental professionals. Read More
Dental hygienist responsibilities in coding dental claims
February 1, 2023 -- While most dental hygienists cannot legally diagnose dental disease, they still have a legal responsibility to properly code what they do. Coding expert Estela Vargas shares tips for coding common dental hygiene treatments. Read More
OSA tied to low bone mineral density
February 1, 2023 -- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be associated with low bone mineral density in adults, a finding that could have implications for orthodontic treatment, according to research published recently in the Journal of Craniomandibular and Sleep Practice. Read More
Common oral bacteria tied to brain microbleeds, stroke risk
January 31, 2023 -- Higher numbers of deep and lobar cerebral microbleeds were found in stroke patients who had Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) that were positive for the collagen-binding protein Cnm in their mouths. The study was published on January 27 in the European Journal of Neurology. Read More
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