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2020 health trends -- and what dentists can do about them
January 23, 2020 -- Rising levels of chronic disease, a workforce increasingly plagued by ill health, and skyrocketing medical costs -- these are just some of the health trends to watch in the next decade, according to a commentary in the January edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
Dental associations' opposition to advanced practice providers is bad for dentists, patients
January 23, 2020 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Steven Krauss writes that it's time for dentistry to emulate the medical profession and support the licensure of advanced practice providers to improve access to care, lower costs, increase productivity, and enhance professional and public satisfaction.  Discuss
Assisted hygiene and the assistant's cornerstone role
January 23, 2020 -- The possibilities for growth and influence are endless for dental assistants who work in a practice set to measure patient care, patient education, and case acceptance. Assistants can be a key motivator, elevating the patient experience and, ultimately, the success of the practice, writes professional development coach Lisa Wadsworth, RDH.  Discuss
Sugary drinks aren't so sugary after U.K. tax law
January 21, 2020 -- The sugar content of sodas sold in the U.K. is going down, according to new research published on January 13 in BMC Medicine. The reduction in sugar content is likely because of changing consumer habits, but also because a tiered tax law went into effect in 2018.  Discuss
Speeding driver uses 'autopilot' mode to floss, gets ticket
January 17, 2020 -- A Tesla driver in Canada may think twice before he decides again to work on his oral health while behind the wheel. The man was charged with careless driving after police caught him using both hands to floss his teeth while cruising on "autopilot," according to news reports.  Discuss
Pa. mom arrested for allowing kids' teeth to blacken
January 17, 2020 -- A mother in Pennsylvania was arraigned on January 14 on felony child endangerment charges for not getting dental treatment for her two 4-year-old sons. She allegedly knew her sons needed dental surgery but didn't take them for treatment, allowing their teeth to decay and blacken, according to news reports.
Colgate creates first-ever recyclable toothpaste tube
January 17, 2020 -- Colgate-Palmolive has created the first recyclable toothpaste tube, which is set to debut in the U.S. in 2020 under its brand Tom's of Maine. The company also plans to share the technology behind the new tube with its competitors.  Discuss
Why you need to know about palatal myoclonus
January 14, 2020 -- Are you familiar with palatal myoclonus? It is the repetitive contraction of the soft palate and pharyngopalatine arch and has an unknown cause. Dental hygienist Lacy Walker shares her experience encountering this rare condition -- in her daughter.  Discuss
How manuka honey benefits mouth health
January 9, 2020 -- Raw honey, especially manuka honey, has unique qualities that make it an amazing medicine for the mouth, as well as the rest of the body. Dr. Alvin Danenberg discusses how the single-flower honey works in the mouth and the best ways to use it.  Discuss
Israeli court investigates Colgate distributor
January 9, 2020 -- The Israeli government is investigating one of the country's largest distributors of Colgate-Palmolive toothpaste and other products in its antitrust court, according to news reports.
Hot Topic
Study focuses on dental therapists' impact in Native Alaskan communities

In the first study to look at the long-term outcomes of communities served by dental therapists, researchers from the University of Washington have found that children in Alaska Native communities had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventive care than those in communities not receiving services from these practitioners. Read more.

Conferences
2020 Rocky Mountain Dental Convention
January 23-25
Denver, Colorado United States
Yankee Dental Congress 2020
January 30 - February 1
Boston, Massachusetts United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
February 21
San Diego, California United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
April 17
San Antonio, Texas United States