Hygiene
Pandemic has long-lasting effects on hygiene workforce
March 10, 2022 -- Dental hygienists have low COVID-19 infection rates and high vaccination acceptance rates, according to a report in the February issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene. The research also found that less than half of hygienists who left their place of employment early in the pandemic have returned. Read More
Hygienists may be the key to fewer dental visits at hospitals
March 9, 2022 -- States that give dental hygienists more autonomy and expand their scope of practice may have fewer preventable nontraumatic dental visits at emergency rooms, according to a study published March 5 in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. Read More
Ore. inches closer to free dental for veterans
March 9, 2022 -- Legislators in Oregon moved one step closer to providing free dental care to low-income veterans living in the state in 2023. If passed and signed into law, the bill would make Oregon the first state in the U.S. to offer this type of program. Read More
Benco, others create fund for underrepresented people
March 2, 2022 -- Dental distributor Benco Dental, the United Negro College Fund, and the Dental Trade Alliance have created an endowment to address the lack of underrepresented individuals in dental education. Read More
Women fill executive board at Tufts University
March 1, 2022 -- For the first time at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, women were elected to all four seats on the executive board of its second-year class. Read More
Is the culture at your practice free from sexual harassment?
February 25, 2022 -- Do you know what constitutes sexual harassment, how to prevent it, and how to handle it if a complaint arises at your dental practice? If not, what you don't know can hurt you, according to a presenter at the Chicago Dental Society 157th Midwinter Meeting. Read More
Do's and don'ts for staff compensation
February 22, 2022 -- Practices are competing for a small number of available team members, and one of the go-to strategies for attracting candidates is to offer higher compensation, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip. Read More
Bullying, discrimination push male hygienists to leave field
February 14, 2022 -- Male dental hygienists experience gender discrimination, bullying, and sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a study published on February 8 in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. These experiences may push male hygienists to leave the profession. Read More
Pandemic impels students to forgo practice for more school
February 7, 2022 -- Though more than half of dental school seniors in the U.S. plan to begin practicing dentistry upon graduation, the pandemic is driving more graduates to change plans and pursue advanced education, according to a February 2022 report by the American Dental Education Association. Read More
Female dentists are more diverse, get paid less than men
January 27, 2022 -- Female dentists in the U.S. are more diverse in race, ethnicity, nativity, and spoken languages than their male colleagues. However, they also report significantly lower annual incomes than male dentists, according to research from the State University of New York. 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.

Conferences
California Dental Association (CDA) Presents in San Francisco
September 8-10
San Francisco, California United States
Collaboration Cures 2022
September 15-18
Phoenix, Arizona United States
SmileCon 2022
October 13-15
Houston, Texas United States
Greater New York Dental Meeting
November 25-30
New York City, New York United States