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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
The important role photography plays in the success of your practice
November 20, 2019 -- Is a picture worth a thousand words? Or is it worth far more? A picture is worth at least $2 million of revenue when you have a system for success and a system to stay accountable, according to Dr. David Rice. He explains the important role photography plays in your practice's success.  Discuss
Chewing sugar-free gum slows caries progression in kids
November 20, 2019 -- Chewing sugar-free gum may help reduce the further development of dental cavities in children, according to a systematic review published November 19 in the Journal of Dental Research Clinical & Translational Research.  Discuss
Fla. dental assistant arrested for home dentistry
November 18, 2019 -- Florida police arrested a man for practicing dentistry without a license and giving antibiotics to clients at his home in Wesley Chapel, according to news reports.
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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