Hygiene
Oral health facts your patients don't know
September 17, 2021 -- How much do your patients know about oral health? Market research platform DentaVox asked 5,551 people how their lifestyle affected their oral health. The responses weren't always accurate, especially when it came to alcohol and smoking. Read More
Let's talk about Dental Infection Control Awareness Month
September 17, 2021 -- One thing the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted is the importance of infection control and prevention. What better time to talk about the topic than Dental Infection Control Awareness Month, which takes place in September. Read More
Earliest proof of caries found in 54-million-year-old mammal
September 17, 2021 -- The oldest known evidence of caries in a mammal was found in the fossils of a monkeylike animal that lived 54 million years ago. A shift to higher-sugar foods likely caused the tooth decay, according to a study published on September 9 in Scientific Reports. Read More
Biolase, Healthy Smiles to hold oral health awareness event
September 17, 2021 -- Dental laser company Biolase and Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County are inviting dental professionals to a reception that will be held September 24, 2021, to raise awareness about the importance of improving the oral health of children in the community. Read More
GSA to host online presentation on oral health
September 17, 2021 -- The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is inviting members and nonmembers to an online presentation on oral health. Read More
Henry Schein restructures medical, dental businesses
September 15, 2021 -- Henry Schein has restructured its organization to consolidate the management of its dental and medical distribution businesses. Read More
Lasers reduce pain after extraction, implant surgeries
September 14, 2021 -- Low-level lasers reduced pain following extraction and implant surgeries in a pair of blinded randomized controlled trials published recently in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. Read More
Medi-Cal Dental hosts virtual event for members
September 13, 2021 -- The Medi-Cal Dental program will host a Facebook Live event for members on September 15 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Read More
ADA urges dentists to oppose dental in Medicare Part B
September 10, 2021 -- The ADA is encouraging dentists to contact U.S. lawmakers and voice their opposition to adding a dental benefit to Medicare Part B, according to an alert from the ADA's Legislative Action Center. The proposal to add oral healthcare to Medicare is part of the congressional budget bill currently being considered. Read More
Vaccine for caries? It's not science fiction, says NIDCR
September 10, 2021 -- A vaccine for caries could be possible under a new division tasked with using "crazy, bold ideas" to prevent and cure disease. Health leaders introduced the proposed U.S. agency at a September 9 meeting of the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Read More
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
SmileCon 2021
October 10-13
Las Vegas, Nevada United States
Greater New York Dental Meeting
November 26 - December 1
New York City, New York United States