Flossing, toothbrushing plummet during pandemic
February 8, 2021 -- More than 1 in 5 people said they're flossing and brushing their teeth less often during the COVID-19 pandemic in a new survey from the American Association of Endodontists. Read More
USC shutters dental hygienist program
February 8, 2021 -- The class of 2021 will be the last to graduate with a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California (USC), the university said. Read More
Gum disease linked to severe COVID-19 complications -- including death
February 5, 2021 -- Periodontitis may be a risk factor for COVID-19, and it may make patients vulnerable to severe complications, including death, according to a study published on February 1 in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. Read More
Are your patients' gums bleeding? They may need vitamin C
February 3, 2021 -- Bleeding gums have long been known as a potential indicator of gingivitis, but they may also be a sign that patients have a vitamin C deficiency, according to a systematic review published on February 1 in Nutrition Reviews. Read More
Beam Dental expands Beam Perks rewards program
February 2, 2021 -- Dental insurer Beam Dental said it has expanded its Beam Perks rewards program and rolled out an automated quoting tool. Read More
Routine dental care may reduce stroke risk
February 1, 2021 -- Periodontal disease appears to be associated with atrial fibrillation, and an irregular heart rate may be the mediator between the serious gum infection and stroke, according to a study published on January 24 in the American Heart Journal. Read More
2 Penn schools form new dentistry center
February 1, 2021 -- The University of Pennsylvania's (Penn) School of Dental Medicine and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences formed the Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry on January 22, which will work to address unmet needs in oral health. Read More
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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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