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Frequent, daily toothbrushing may cut heart failure risk
December 4, 2019 -- One of the best ways to prevent heart failure may be to keep up with daily toothbrushing. Frequent toothbrushing was linked to lower risks of atrial fibrillation and heart failure, according to a study published online December 1 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.  Discuss
U.S. customs seizes over 20K fake Oral-B toothbrush heads
December 4, 2019 -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 20,400 counterfeit Oral-B electric toothbrush heads, which were shipped from China and headed for a New Jersey property. If they had been authentic heads made by Procter & Gamble, they would have a value of about $96,000.  Discuss
Hu-Friedy shows HD Black Line mirrors at GNYDM
December 4, 2019 -- NEW YORK CITY - Seeing is believing, and Hu-Friedy believes that the HD Black Line mirrors it recently introduced can change how dentists and team members see what's really inside their patients' mouths. DrBicuspid.com had a chance to see the company's HD Black Line mirrors in action at the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM).
Burst launches expandable black dental floss
December 4, 2019 -- Subscription oral hygiene product company Burst Oral Care has released a new black dental floss, which contains a proprietary technology that expands on contact with saliva, leaving behind deeper-cleaned teeth, according to the company.
URI scientist awarded $2.2M grant to study oral bacteria
December 3, 2019 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year $2.2 million grant to a scientist at the University of Rhode Island (URI) to study oral bacteria.
Report: Midwestern cities rank highest for excess
December 2, 2019 -- Total the number of smokers, coffee drinkers, and the number of fast-food restaurants in a city and you have one formula to identify a population in need of dental care -- and potential for periodontal disease. Personal finance website WalletHub ranked U.S. cities for "vice and excess" and found three midwestern U.S. cities ranked highest.  Discuss
Infographic: A closer look at obesity in the U.S.
November 26, 2019 -- Nearly 40% of the U.S. population is now classified as obese, but the rate of obesity varies widely across different U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Personal finance website WalletHub compiled nutrition and obesity data in the U.S. to better map the differences among the states.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for hygiene visits: Reinforce the hygiene habit
November 25, 2019 -- Many patients looking for ways to economize have decided they can skip hygiene visits and go to the dentist only if there's a dental problem. They undervalue preventive care and overestimate their ability to detect an issue that needs professional attention. With education, practices can overcome these misconceptions and build value for regular hygiene visits, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
New biodegradable rods combat periodontal disease
November 25, 2019 -- Researchers from Germany have developed biodegradable rods that can limit the application of antibiotics for periodontal disease to the mouth, reducing the side effects of standard pill-based antibiotic treatments.
5-year-old falls while brushing, leaving hole in throat
November 21, 2019 -- A 5-year-old girl in Utah required emergency surgery after she fell off the bed while doing her evening toothbrushing, causing the brush to puncture her throat. The force of the brush left a 1-inch hole in her throat, according to news reports.  Discuss
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
Yankee Dental Congress 2020
Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2020
Boston, Massachusetts United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
February 14, 2020
San Diego, California United States