Hygiene
Clinicians often misdiagnose an aggressive tooth lesion
December 21, 2021 -- Lesions appearing on radiographs with gum swelling are often misdiagnosed as lateral periodontal cysts instead of odontogenic keratocysts, which are more aggressive. The study findings were published on December 16 in the Journal of Endodontics. Read More
My top 5 key compliance resolutions for 2022
December 21, 2021 -- At the beginning of every new year, do you promise to do something new, better, or different? Compliance expert Linda Harvey writes why you should consider vowing to get your regulatory compliance back on an even keel in 2022 and outlines five resolutions to do just that. Read More
Meet the Cuspies 2021 semifinal candidates
December 20, 2021 -- The list of candidates for the 2021 edition of the Cuspies, formerly known as the Dental Excellence Awards, is now available. This year's campaign includes more than 100 candidates across 12 categories. Read More
Ruhl named interim dean of University at Buffalo
December 17, 2021 -- The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has named Dr. Stefan Ruhl, PhD, as interim dean, effective January 6. Read More
Is your staff compensation structure enough to keep your team?
December 16, 2021 -- One of the most prominent reasons why dental team members have left practices or the profession is compensation. Dr. Roger P. Levin outlines why compensation is important to team members and different ways to address fair compensation. Read More
Austin Oral Surgery raises awareness of sex trafficking
December 15, 2021 -- Austin Oral Surgery, which has multiple practices in central Texas, has raised awareness about child sex trafficking by training dental teams and fundraising. Read More
Henry Schein supports TeamSmile program
December 14, 2021 -- Henry Schein has donated more than $100,000 in products, software, training, and support to nonprofit organization TeamSmile for its 2021 program. Read More
It may be time to urge patients to use powered toothbrushes
December 10, 2021 -- Do you want patients to clean their teeth better? Then it may be time to recommend switching from a manual toothbrush to a powered toothbrush, according to a review article published on December 7 in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. Read More
Romance, risks, and regret: The drama of interoffice dating
December 10, 2021 -- Interoffice relationships pose risks to the dental practice, including perceptions of unfair treatment and favoritism if a supervisory relationship exists. The California Dental Association details three case studies and offers tips to protect you and your practice. Read More
USPSTF updates recommendations for children under 5
December 9, 2021 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released updated recommendations to prevent dental caries in children younger than 5. The recommendations were accompanied by a JAMA Health Forum editorial on December 7 that called for reducing inequities in early childhood caries in primary healthcare settings. 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.

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Rocky Mountain Dental Convention (RMDC)
January 20-22
Denver, Colorado United States
Yankee Dental Congress
January 27-29
Boston, Massachusetts United States
Chicago Dental Society (CDS) Midwinter Meeting
February 24-26
Chicago, Illinois United States
Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting
March 17-19
Atlanta, Georgia United States
California Dental Association (CDA) Presents in Anaheim
May 12-14
Anaheim, California United States