Hygiene
Pandemic linked to rise in blood pressure among U.S. adults
December 9, 2021 -- In the U.S., adults experienced a significant spike in blood pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a research letter published on December 6 in Circulation. The rise in blood pressure was observed even in those who did not get COVID-19. Read More
Ky. football player scores big with dental hygiene ad
December 8, 2021 -- College football standout Josh Paschal, a defensive end for the Kentucky Wildcats, has been dubbed a "game wrecker" for blowing out opposing teams' plays before they barely begin. Now, he's using those skills to defend children against tooth decay. Read More
U.S. kids' preventive dental care slipped during pandemic
December 7, 2021 -- Fewer children had dental exams or cleanings in 2020 than in the prior year, according to results released on December 3 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2019-2020 National Health Interview Survey. Read More
Large study links blood glucose levels to missing teeth
December 7, 2021 -- Adults older than 30 had fewer teeth if they had markers of poor glycemic control in blood lab results in a study published in Diabetology International. The research included insurance claims data from hundreds of thousands of people. Read More
Plant-heavy diets may be linked to lower risk of periodontitis
December 6, 2021 -- Patients who follow diets rich in plant-based foods but restrict refined grains and added sugars may be less likely to experience periodontitis, according to a study published recently in Nutrients. Read More
Woman's rare inflammatory disease mimics peri-implantitis
December 6, 2021 -- After years of treatment, lab results revealed that a 57-year-old woman did not have peri-implantitis but the rare inflammatory disease intraosseous sarcoidosis, according to a case report published on November 29 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Dental Dose: The one supplement proven to work -- in weird ways
December 3, 2021 -- There's one dietary supplement that's proved to be medically effective but also to cause drug interactions and weird side effects. Tom Viola, RPh, explains what you need to know about St. John's wort in the latest episode of Dental Dose. Read More
HPI: Staffing affecting dentistry's full COVID-19 recovery
December 1, 2021 -- Patient volume is ticking up closer to pre-COVID-19 levels; however, staffing is one of the major factors keeping dentistry from making a full recovery, according to new poll results released in November by the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI). Read More
Dental Practice Made Simple: Staff longevity
December 1, 2021 -- Staffing will be the No. 1 challenge facing dentistry for the next five to 10 years, explains Dr. Roger P. Levin in the latest episode of Dental Practice Made Simple. One of the simplest ways to address that shortage is to keep the staff you already have. Read More
Penn Dental professor to study gum disease, comorbidities
November 30, 2021 -- Dr. Adeyinka Dayo, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Penn Dental Medicine), has received a fellowship to study a link between medial arterial calcification, diabetes, and periodontal bone loss. Read More
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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
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