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HPI: Staffing affecting dentistry's full COVID-19 recovery
December 1, 2021 -- Patient volume is ticking up closer to pre-COVID-19 levels; however, staffing is one of the major factors keeping dentistry from making a full recovery, according to new poll results released in November by the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI). Read More
Dental Practice Made Simple: Staff longevity
December 1, 2021 -- Staffing will be the No. 1 challenge facing dentistry for the next five to 10 years, explains Dr. Roger P. Levin in the latest episode of Dental Practice Made Simple. One of the simplest ways to address that shortage is to keep the staff you already have. Read More
Penn Dental professor to study gum disease, comorbidities
November 30, 2021 -- Dr. Adeyinka Dayo, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Penn Dental Medicine), has received a fellowship to study a link between medial arterial calcification, diabetes, and periodontal bone loss. Read More
Local exhaust ventilation can control aerosols, droplets
November 29, 2021 -- Dental procedures produce aerosols and droplets that can spread infectious disease. Local exhaust ventilation, however, can be used to control the aerosols, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Dental Research. Read More
COVID-19 testing kits can measure oral microbiome
November 29, 2021 -- COVID-19 testing kits that include preservatives can help researchers measure the oral microbiome, according to a study published on November 18 in NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes. These tests may be able to reveal a connection between the oral microbiome and COVID-19. Read More
Solution-oriented patient care never goes out of style
November 24, 2021 -- Connie Kugel, RDH, didn't set out to become a dental hygienist, but a visit with a hygienist in college changed her mind. From that first visit through a career spanning dental practice, education, marketing, and research, Kugel knows solution-oriented patient care is key to hygienist success. Read More
Tips and tricks from a hygienist with 30+ years of experience
November 23, 2021 -- October was National Dental Hygiene Month, and while the month is over, it's never too late to share some tricks and tips of the trade. Lynn Atkinson, RDH, lists three peer-to-peer education resources and three technologies that she recommends to hygienists. Read More
Is COVID-19 severity linked to tooth, alveolar bone loss?
November 22, 2021 -- COVID-19 severity may be associated with the presence of alveolar bone loss and tooth loss, the sequela of periodontitis, according to a new study published on November 19 in Advances in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Obesity ups gum disease risk by making more bone-wrecking cells
November 19, 2021 -- Obesity causes chronic inflammation that increases the growth of bone-destroying cells during periodontitis, according to an animal study published in the Journal of Dental Research. The inflammation is linked to heightened bone loss around teeth. Read More
Technology Focus: This free app does periodontal staging, grading
November 19, 2021 -- OraPharma's new -- and free -- MyPerioHealth app takes the guesswork out of periodontal staging and grading. Dr. Richard Nagelberg shows off the app, which follows the American Academy of Periodontology guidelines, in the latest episode of Technology Focus. Read More
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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.

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