2018 Dental Excellence Awards nominating period begins
August 28, 2018 -- Nominations for the 2018 DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards are now being accepted, giving you the chance to tell us what products should be nominated in 11 different categories for dentistry's most prestigious awards.  Discuss
New caries assessment method encompasses primary, permanent teeth
August 27, 2018 -- Existing caries assessment methods typically don't account for decay in both primary and permanent teeth. Enter the Total Observed Caries Experience (TOCE) measure, which its creator says offers distinct benefits compared with other methods.  Discuss
OSAP names new executive director
August 24, 2018 -- The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has named Michelle Lee as its new executive director.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Fla. dental group emphasizes access to care
August 23, 2018 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Jolene Paramore, president of the Florida Dental Association, responds to a recent Journal of Public Health Dentistry study focusing on access to care. Dr. Paramore focuses on the association's advocacy of dentist participation in Florida's Medicaid program.  Discuss
Study confirms smoking, oral sex as HPV risk factors
August 23, 2018 -- Smoking and certain sexual behaviors are risk factors for high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, a new study has confirmed. However, the researchers also found that the overall infection rate was lower than anticipated.  Discuss
Sugar may be the problem
August 22, 2018 -- Patients come to periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg suffering from insults. Not harmful words but insults to the body such as a lack of sleep, not enough exercise, medications, and more. But there is one insult that may be the most harmful of all.  Discuss
Preop oral care reduces complications after cancer surgery
August 21, 2018 -- We're learning more about how oral health can influence overall health, but can preoperative dental care reduce postoperative complications in patients undergoing cancer surgery? Researchers reviewed data from more than 500,000 patients to find out.  Discuss
Can a high-tech toothbrush improve teens' oral health?
August 20, 2018 -- How can you get adolescents to brush longer and more effectively? Using an interactive power toothbrush could improve oral health habits and reduce plaque levels in this finicky population, according to a new study.  Discuss
Study links oral and respiratory health in aging patients
August 17, 2018 -- Aging patients who constantly aspirate saliva can swallow microbiota that can contribute to these patients developing pneumonia. A new large study examined how varying oral health conditions contributed to differences in tongue microbiota in these patients.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Dental therapists, teledentistry, and the ultimate win-win
August 15, 2018 -- In this Second Opinion, Patti DiGangi, RDH, tackles the issues surrounding the recent approval of dental therapists in Arizona. DiGangi considers the arguments made against dental therapists and addresses them with a focus on access to care and practice profitability.  Discuss
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.

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