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Is saliva a major source of SARS-CoV-2 spread?
March 26, 2021 -- SARS-CoV-2 can infect cells in the mouth, raising the possibility that saliva plays a major role in transmission of the virus, according to a new study published on March 25 in Nature Medicine. Read More
Mouthwashes show promise for stopping COVID-19 spread
March 26, 2021 -- Two types of mouthwashes showed promise for halting transmission of the novel coronavirus in a recent in vitro study in Pathogens. Both Listerine and chlorhexidine gluconate slowed or stopped the virus from replicating without harming oral tissues. Read More
New York school-based dental health services to reopen
March 26, 2021 -- After a mandated shutdown imposed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York will reopen state-run programs that provide dental healthcare to children in underserved communities. Read More
Medicaid coverage tied to better oral health, job prospects
March 25, 2021 -- People who enrolled in dental coverage via a Medicaid expansion program reported having healthier mouths in a new study published on March 22 in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Improved oral health also helped them excel at work or seek new jobs, they reported. Read More
New toothpaste improves periodontitis
March 25, 2021 -- A novel toothpaste demonstrated significant improvements in the gum health of patients with periodontitis in a six-month study published in the Journal of Periodontology. Read More
Survey: Dental practice revenue dropped 6% in 2020
March 24, 2021 -- The pandemic has led to an uneven recovery for dentists, according to new survey data from SoftwarePundit and Dental Intelligence. In 2020, the top 10% of practices actually performed better than in the prior year, while the bottom 10% of practices saw worse performance. Read More
Colgate announces research excellence award recipients
March 23, 2021 -- Colgate has announced the 2021 winners of its Colgate Award for Research Excellence, which recognizes academic researchers with a $30,000 grant. Read More
Colgate launches new oral beauty and care collection
March 23, 2021 -- Colgate-Palmolive has launched a new oral beauty and care collection called CO. by Colgate. Read More
USPSTF seeks comment on draft oral health plan
March 22, 2021 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is seeking public comment on a draft research plan about oral health screenings, behavioral counseling, and preventive interventions for youth and adults. Read More
Survey: Health habits nose-dived in 2020
March 22, 2021 -- A new survey has found that 14% of people are brushing their teeth less during the pandemic. 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.

Conferences
Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) 2021
June 9-12
Austin, Texas United States
IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition
July 21-24
Boston, Massachusetts United States