Hygiene
I misdiagnosed my daughter with COVID hands
July 21, 2022 -- A few months ago, Dr. Teresa Yang visited her daughter in Northern California. As mothers do, she took a silent inventory of her daughter. Was she eating enough? Did she look happy? Then she noticed her fingers. A trip to urgent care confirmed the diagnosis of a condition familiar to oral health professionals. Read More
How dental schools are minimizing COVID-19 transmission
July 21, 2022 -- At the end of 2019 as COVID-19 spread globally, the World Health Organization released infection control protocols to reduce the rate of infection. A study published July 18 in the International Dental Journal details how dental schools rapidly adjusted to ensure the safety of students, staff, and patients. Read More
What dental professionals need to know about monkeypox
July 20, 2022 -- Clinicians should be aware of the signs and symptoms of monkeypox, since some of the most prevalent lesions associated with the virus may be first observed in the maxillofacial region, according to a letter to the editor published July 17 in Oral Surgery Read More
N.H. city still adds fluoride to water, for now
July 20, 2022 -- For now, a delivery of sodium fluoride, which is added to public drinking water to fend off tooth decay, has prevented a New Hampshire city from halting the fluoridation of its water system. Read More
Philips debuts new cordless power flosser
July 19, 2022 -- Philips has added the Sonicare Cordless Power Flosser to its interdental product line. Read More
Rare bone marrow diseases linked to poor oral health
July 14, 2022 -- Patients with genetic disorders that impair the formation of blood cells and platelets may also have poor oral health, according to a study published on July 7 in the Pediatric Dental Journal. The oral health effects may be directly related to the diseases or other factors related to the conditions. Read More
N.H. city halts water fluoridation due to U.S. fluoride shortage
July 12, 2022 -- A U.S. shortage of sodium fluoride, which is added to public water supplies to prevent tooth decay, has led a municipality in New Hampshire to stop fluoridating its water for multiple towns for several months. Read More
5 ways the oral microbiome influences health and disease
July 12, 2022 -- Our mouth is home to the second-largest microbial community in our body known as the oral microbiome. Recently, we've come to better understand that the oral microbiome's influence extends beyond the mouth. Brian Maurer shares five systemic diseases impacted by oral bacteria. Read More
One-quarter of dentists don't brush twice per day
July 11, 2022 -- Dentistry touts the importance of regular brushing and flossing, but more than one-quarter of dentists say they don't brush their teeth at least twice per day, according to a survey by Berxi, a venture within Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance. Read More
Supreme Court passes on hygienist's medical marijuana case
July 8, 2022 -- The U.S. Supreme Court will not review decisions denying workers' compensation reimbursement for medical marijuana prescribed for job-related injuries, including a case involving a Minnesota dental hygienist. 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