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Dental care may be crucial for patients on dialysis
December 18, 2019 -- Poor oral health may be linked to worse heart health for patients with end-stage renal disease. A study found that patients on hemodialysis had significantly worse oral health than their peers and that these patients may also be at risk for arteriosclerosis.  Discuss
Genco posthumously named NAI fellow
December 18, 2019 -- The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has posthumously named as a fellow Robert Genco, DDS, PhD, a distinguished professor of oral biology, periodontics, and microbiology at the State University of New York.
DOVE Dental launches new disposable saliva ejector
December 18, 2019 -- DOVE Dental Products has introduced its new SER Plus, which combines a disposable saliva ejector value and straw with backflow protection and on/off flow control.
Fast-tracked oral mucositis drug shows promise
December 17, 2019 -- A drug intended to reduce the severity and incidence of radiation- and chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis showed promising results in a recent clinical trial. Patients treated with the drug had reduced duration, incidence, and severity of severe oral mucositis.  Discuss
ADA brings back Hermey the Elf to promote oral care
December 13, 2019 -- The ADA has brought back the character of Hermey the Elf from the Christmas classic "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" to promote oral care for good girls and boys during the current holiday season.
Review suggests link between perio disease, obesity
December 12, 2019 -- Does body weight affect the likelihood that a patient may have periodontal disease? Evidence suggests it does, according to a recent review published in the British Dental Journal.  Discuss
Ore. clinic admits dirty instruments used on patients
December 11, 2019 -- A healthcare provider that manages a health clinic in Oregon has admitted that a dentist there used instruments that weren't properly sterilized on six patients in November, according to a local news report.  Discuss
One hygienist's perspective of working for a DSO
December 11, 2019 -- What it is really like to work for a dental service organization (DSO)? In the first in a new series that will feature various team members from group practices, dental hygienist Steven JC Dunn offers a real, firsthand account of what it's like to work inside a DSO.  Discuss
TeleDentists launches awareness campaign about dry mouth
December 11, 2019 -- Virtual care company TeleDentists has launched a professional educational awareness campaign designed to identify and diagnose xerostomia, more commonly known as dry mouth.
Review links metabolic syndrome with tooth loss
December 10, 2019 -- A new review published in the December edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association has linked metabolic syndrome with tooth loss. People with metabolic syndrome had fewer teeth and were more likely to have nonfunctional dentition, the review found.  Discuss
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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
2020 Rocky Mountain Dental Convention
January 23-25
Denver, Colorado United States
Yankee Dental Congress 2020
January 30 - February 1
Boston, Massachusetts United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
February 21
San Diego, California United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
April 17
San Antonio, Texas United States