Hygiene
On the front line of patient health: How dental hygienists can save lives
June 11, 2020 -- While dental care and healthcare are often treated as separate entities, the body makes no such distinctions. The unique skillset and knowledge possessed by hygienists enables them to ensure not only the best oral health for their patients but also the best whole-person health, writes Dr. Katina Spadoni.  Discuss
Instafloss unveils 10-second, multijet water flosser
June 11, 2020 -- Instafloss has debuted a 10-second, multijet water flossing device designed to improve the flossing experience.
AI-based system classifies oral cancer with high accuracy
June 10, 2020 -- An artificial intelligence (AI)-based computer system can rapidly diagnose and classify oral squamous cell carcinoma at accuracy levels of more than 92%, according to a new study that will be published in the August issue of Neural Networks.  Discuss
Voco adds cola lime to Profluorid varnish flavors
June 8, 2020 -- Voco has added a new flavor to its Profluorid varnish product for treating hypersensitive teeth or sealing dentinal tubules for cavity preparations.
Most nasopharyngeal cancer patients show severe tooth wear
June 4, 2020 -- About 93% of nasopharyngeal carcinoma survivors experience severe tooth wear due to hyposalivation caused by radiation treatments, according to a new study in the June 2020 issue of the Journal of Dentistry.  Discuss
Univ. of Maryland offers new oral health science training
June 4, 2020 -- The University of Maryland School of Dentistry is offering a new oral health science certificate for nondental healthcare providers.
Perrigo donates $150K in toothbrushes to nonprofits
June 3, 2020 -- Irish pharmaceutical company Perrigo has donated about $150,000 worth of toothbrushes to nonprofits in Michigan to meet the increased demand caused by shopping challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NC television station creates 'tooth decay in a jar'
June 1, 2020 -- WFMY-TV out of Greensboro, NC, recently devoted its weekly segment on science experiments to creating "tooth decay in a jar" as a way to help its younger viewers understand the importance of oral health.
A day of vaping alters the mouth, ups risk of oral disease
May 29, 2020 -- Vaping or using electronic cigarettes changes a person's biofilm within 24 hours of exposure, according to a study published on May 27 in Science Advances. Months of vaping left oral cavities resembling those of patients with severe periodontitis.  Discuss
Finding common ground in the battles between dentists and hygienists
May 22, 2020 -- Dr. David Rice, clinical editor for DrBicuspid.com, talks about the current rift between dentists and dental hygienists. He also offers his thoughts on what should be a common denominator that can help bridge the gap between the two sides.  Discuss
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.

Conferences
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
August 14
Raleigh, North Carolina United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
September 18
Houston, Texas United States
NYS Mandated Infection Control
September 24
Syracuse, New York United States
Central New York Dental Conference (CNYDC) 2020
September 24-25
Syracuse, New York United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
October 16
Denver, Colorado United States