Pokémon Smile mixes oral health and gaming
June 19, 2020 -- The Pokémon Co. has released an oral health and gaming app called Pokémon Smile that encourages children to develop good brushing habits.
Want to reduce dental caries? Maybe tell patients to eat pickles
June 17, 2020 -- A strain of lactobacilli bacteria that is found in Sichuan pickles may prevent microbes that cause tooth decay and caries, according to a recently published animal study in Frontiers in Microbiology.  Discuss
Patterson Foundation awards more than $105K in oral health grants
June 16, 2020 -- The Patterson Foundation said it has awarded $105,046 in the first quarter to 10 nonprofit organizations in the oral health and animal health fields to recognize their value to the community and the importance of their continued operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Study of cannabis effects on indigenous oral health gets $1.5M grant
June 12, 2020 -- The University of Toronto has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to gather the first evidence of how cannabis use affects the oral health of the country's indigenous population.  Discuss
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.
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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.

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