Study seeks perio, RA link to oral microbiome health
September 25, 2018 -- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and periodontitis are chronic inflammatory diseases that share common risk factors. Researchers conducted periodontal exams on patients with rheumatoid arthritis to determine what bacteria were present and how these patients might benefit from periodontal treatment.  Discuss
New ADA guideline includes recommendation for SDF use
September 25, 2018 -- The ADA has released a new guideline on nonrestorative treatments for carious lesions, which includes the association's first recommendation for the use of silver diamine fluoride (SDF).  Discuss
6 ways nanoparticles are the future of dentistry
September 24, 2018 -- Nanoparticles have the potential to enhance almost every aspect of dentistry, from radiographs and restoratives to orthodontics and oral surgery. A scientific paper highlighted some possibilities for how dentists may use nanoparticles.  Discuss
New product: Crest adds gum & enamel repair toothpaste
September 24, 2018 -- Proctor & Gamble brand Crest has introduced its new Crest Gum & Enamel Repair toothpaste.  Discuss
Getting to the bottom of periodontal-systemic links
September 21, 2018 -- Interest in the link between periodontal health and systemic disease has been growing, with researchers investigating possible connections between oral health and diseases including artherosclerosis, diabetes, pregnancy outcomes, and respiratory conditions. But what has recent research found?  Discuss
Review: Soft-bristle toothbrushes may be safer
September 20, 2018 -- Should a manual toothbrush have soft or hard bristles? Answering that question involves more than just measuring plaque removal, so researchers wanted to know if the literature could point to a recommendation about bristle softness and shape for preventing soft-tissue effects, such as gingival lesions. They published their review findings in the International Dental Journal.  Discuss
2018 Dental Excellence Awards nominating period ends soon
September 20, 2018 -- Join hundreds of your peers and colleagues in participating in the nominations process for the 2018 DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards. You only have until midnight on September 28 to make your voice heard and help honor the best new products in dentistry.  Discuss
Is an antibiotic always necessary for bleeding gums?
September 19, 2018 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg realizes that there are times to prescribe an antibiotic medication for patients whose gums are bleeding. Yet there are many more instances that call for a different strategy. He offers three suggestions for these patients.  Discuss
Toothpaste: Is it good for preventing plaque regrowth?
September 18, 2018 -- Standard dental care calls for twice-daily toothbrushing with a fluoride toothpaste or dentifrice, but it remains unclear if these substances contribute to toothbrushing's effectiveness at inhibiting plaque regrowth. To learn more, researchers reviewed and analyzed the published evidence.  Discuss
Fixative pastes, powders included on latest U.S. tariff list
September 18, 2018 -- At least one dental-related product category is included on the latest list of products and materials that will have tariffs slapped on them in the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China.  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.

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