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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.
Man nearly dies after using nail to pick popcorn from teeth
January 8, 2020 -- Using a metal nail and other objects to dislodge popcorn from between his teeth may have caused a U.K. man's potentially fatal blood infection that led him to undergo a lengthy surgery, according to news reports.  Discuss
FasTeesH rolls out full-coverage automatic toothbrush
January 7, 2020 -- French dental company FasTeesH has released its Y-Brush full-coverage, autocleaning, electric toothbrush. The device can clean a full set of teeth in approximately 10 seconds, and it is ideal for children with disabilities and dependent people living at home, as well as for care facilities and retirement homes, according to the company.
SmileDirectClub, Walmart team up to sell new oral care line
January 6, 2020 -- Direct-to-consumer orthodontics company SmileDirectClub is disrupting the industry again, debuting a new, complete line of oral care products that will be sold exclusively at Walmart's more than 3,800 stores and on its website.  Discuss
Colgate debuts new smart toothbrush at CES 2020
January 6, 2020 -- Colgate-Palmolive introduced its new Plaqless Pro smart electric toothbrush at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
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.

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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