Hygiene
The 14 'splinters' this dentist warns patients to keep in mind
October 7, 2020 -- In this article, Dr. Alvin Danenberg describes why he talks to dental patients about the "splinters" that might be in their mouths and what they need to combat them. He hopes the words he shares here will give his fellow dentists some ideas on how to discuss these issues with their own patients.  Discuss
IAOMT offers new holistic dental hygiene course
October 7, 2020 -- The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) is offering a new dental hygiene course that focuses on taking a holistic approach to oral health.
DentaQuest, America's ToothFairy expand kids' program
October 7, 2020 -- DentaQuest and America's ToothFairy are expanding a free, superhero-themed, at-home oral health program for kids ages 6 to 12.
Dry mouth and loss of taste, smell may be early, only COVID-19 signs
October 6, 2020 -- Dry mouth, loss of taste, olfactory dysfunction, or a combination of these symptoms may be the sole or initial signs of COVID-19, according to a new study published on September 15 in the American Journal of Otolaryngology.  Discuss
New asthma indication for triple-ingredient inhaler may increase complications
October 6, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the supplemental new drug application for Trelegy Ellipta for the maintenance treatment of asthma in patients ages 18 years and older. This new indication is important because the ingredients have dental implications and adverse effects that may be additive and synergistic. Tom Viola, RPh, explains more in this article.  Discuss
MediNiche releases micronutrient training video
October 6, 2020 -- Dentaplex vitamin supplement developer MediNiche has released a free training presentation for dentists, periodontists, registered hygienists, and assistants called "Micronutrients and the Dental Patient."
Dysphagia may be due to misfiring brain cells
October 2, 2020 -- Misfiring brain cells that regulate vital parts of the tongue and mouth may create swallowing difficulties in children with neurodevelopmental conditions, according to a recent animal study published online in eNeuro.  Discuss
Quip launches eco-friendly refillable floss pick
October 2, 2020 -- Oral health company Quip has launched a refillable floss pick to cut down on single-use plastic waste.
HuFriedyGroup unveils Harmony ergonomic scalers, curettes
October 2, 2020 -- HuFriedyGroup has introduced a new line of Harmony ergonomic scalers and curettes designed with its TrueFit technology.
Mouth pathogens may trigger oral squamous cell carcinoma
October 1, 2020 -- Periodontal pathogens aggressively induce oral squamous cell carcinoma through intracellular and inflammatory signaling pathways, according to a new animal study published on October 1 in PLOS Pathogens.  Discuss
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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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