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ADA brings back Hermey the Elf to promote oral care
December 13, 2019 -- The ADA has brought back the character of Hermey the Elf from the Christmas classic "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" to promote oral care for good girls and boys during the current holiday season.
Review suggests link between perio disease, obesity
December 12, 2019 -- Does body weight affect the likelihood that a patient may have periodontal disease? Evidence suggests it does, according to a recent review published in the British Dental Journal.  Discuss
Ore. clinic admits dirty instruments used on patients
December 11, 2019 -- A healthcare provider that manages a health clinic in Oregon has admitted that a dentist there used instruments that weren't properly sterilized on six patients in November, according to a local news report.  Discuss
One hygienist's perspective of working for a DSO
December 11, 2019 -- What it is really like to work for a dental service organization (DSO)? In the first in a new series that will feature various team members from group practices, dental hygienist Steven JC Dunn offers a real, firsthand account of what it's like to work inside a DSO.  Discuss
TeleDentists launches awareness campaign about dry mouth
December 11, 2019 -- Virtual care company TeleDentists has launched a professional educational awareness campaign designed to identify and diagnose xerostomia, more commonly known as dry mouth.
Review links metabolic syndrome with tooth loss
December 10, 2019 -- A new review published in the December edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association has linked metabolic syndrome with tooth loss. People with metabolic syndrome had fewer teeth and were more likely to have nonfunctional dentition, the review found.  Discuss
Biolase rolls out the Epic Hygiene laser at GNYDM
December 9, 2019 -- While at the recent Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM), DrBicuspid.com was one of the first to see the new Epic Hygiene laser from Biolase. The laser has now officially been granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance.  Discuss
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).
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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.

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