Hygiene
Sometimes you have to go outside the box
February 6, 2019 -- Talking with patients about the connections between oral health and overall health is a keystone of periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg's practice. While some patients might not agree with your recommendations, this willingness to go outside the box can help.  Discuss
Study finds Coca-Cola influence in China's health policy
February 4, 2019 -- A series of articles from a Harvard University researcher claim Coca-Cola helped influence the direction of public health policy in China.
Appeals court blocks San Francisco sugary drink warning
February 4, 2019 -- A U.S. appeals court has blocked a San Francisco law that would have required health warnings on sugary drinks.
Children's oral health and screening laws: 5 key takeaways
February 1, 2019 -- The District of Columbia and 14 U.S. states have passed laws encouraging children to get dental screenings before the school year. However, these laws struggle to have a measurable impact, according to a report published on January 31.  Discuss
Regular NSAID use may increase some HNC survival rates
February 1, 2019 -- Regular use of aspirin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain medication may increase the survival rates for certain head and neck cancer (HNC) patients, according to a new study. However, researchers caution that there are no specific regimen recommendations at this time.  Discuss
Liquid medications pose risk for cancer patients' oral health
January 30, 2019 -- Patients receiving treatment for cancer face many obstacles, including possible damage to their oral health from the sucrose in the liquid medications they take. Dental hygienist Jill Meyer-Lippert shares some practical advice for helping these patients maintain and improve their oral health.  Discuss
Palmero eyewear available in starter packs
January 30, 2019 -- Palmero Healthcare has introduced new starter packs of its disposable safety eyewear.
Proximity to periodontal care doesn't equate to access
January 29, 2019 -- Recently published research that found a majority of U.S. adults live in close proximity to a periodontal practice sounds like good news. But living close to a periodontists' office does not mean patients have access to needed care, writes Dr. Richard Kao, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, in this Second Opinion.  Discuss
CAMBRA gets an update for its 21st anniversary
January 24, 2019 -- A little more than two decades ago, John Featherstone, PhD, set out to create a one-page tool to prevent caries. The result, caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA) has come to redefine how the newest generation of dentists think about dental decay.  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.

Conferences
Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting
March 12-13
Atlanta, Georgia United States
Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) 2021
June 9-12
Austin, Texas United States