Hygiene
Speeding driver uses 'autopilot' mode to floss, gets ticket
January 17, 2020 -- A Tesla driver in Canada may think twice before he decides again to work on his oral health while behind the wheel. The man was charged with careless driving after police caught him using both hands to floss his teeth while cruising on "autopilot," according to news reports. Read More
Pa. mom arrested for allowing kids' teeth to blacken
January 17, 2020 -- A mother in Pennsylvania was arraigned on January 14 on felony child endangerment charges for not getting dental treatment for her two 4-year-old sons. She allegedly knew her sons needed dental surgery but didn't take them for treatment, allowing their teeth to decay and blacken, according to news reports. Read More
Colgate creates first-ever recyclable toothpaste tube
January 17, 2020 -- Colgate-Palmolive has created the first recyclable toothpaste tube, which is set to debut in the U.S. in 2020 under its brand Tom's of Maine. The company also plans to share the technology behind the new tube with its competitors. Read More
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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Rocky Mountain Dental Convention (RMDC)
January 20-22
Denver, Colorado United States
Yankee Dental Congress
January 27-29
Boston, Massachusetts United States
Chicago Dental Society (CDS) Midwinter Meeting
February 24-26
Chicago, Illinois United States
Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting
March 17-19
Atlanta, Georgia United States
California Dental Association (CDA) Presents in Anaheim
May 12-14
Anaheim, California United States