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Germ-killing mouthwash alters saliva, may up tooth damage risk
April 2, 2020 -- Using chlorhexidine mouthwash, which many dentists have adopted as a prerinse prior to dental work as a precaution against COVID-19, increases saliva's acidity and makes teeth more vulnerable to damage, according to a study published on March 24 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
Oralgen NuPearl whitening probiotic toothpaste now available
April 2, 2020 -- Oralgen announced it has launched a new whitening, fluoride-free toothpaste.
Oral Science expands into U.S. market
April 2, 2020 -- Canadian dental health company Oral Science is heading south to bring its oral hygiene products to the U.S.
New electric toothbrush, UV sanitizer coming to market
March 31, 2020 -- Consumer electronics brand Bestek has introduced its M-Care electric toothbrush and ultraviolet (UV) sanitizer.
Want to reduce cavities? Maybe use cannabinoids
March 23, 2020 -- Chemicals found in cannabis or cannabinoids may be more effective at reducing bacteria associated with dental plaque than well-established synthetic oral care products, according to a recent study published in Cureus Journal of Medical Science.  Discuss
Flossing, dental visits reduce perio disease bacteria
March 16, 2020 -- No surprises here: Good oral hygiene can reduce bacteria that contribute to periodontal disease. Researchers found people who flossed and recently visited the dentist had a lower presence of Treponema denticola, a prominent anaerobic periodontal pathogen.  Discuss
U.S. customs seizes $12K worth of fake Oral-B toothbrush heads
March 9, 2020 -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 1,440 counterfeit Oral-B electric toothbrush heads, which were shipped from Turkey and headed for an Illinois property. If they had been authentic heads made by Procter & Gamble, they would have a value of $12,274.  Discuss
U.K. firm signs U.S. deal for decay-fighting mints
March 5, 2020 -- U.K-based Dr. Heff's Products has signed an export contract worth approximately $645,000 with Remarkable Imports of Lebanon, NJ, for its mints, which are designed to reverse tooth decay.
Was it wrong to shame a man on social media for flossing in public?
March 4, 2020 -- A man in the U.K. was captured on Instagram flossing his teeth while sitting at an airport. The "disgusting" activity drew headlines in a British newspaper. Many have commented that it's wrong to floss in public. What do you think?  Discuss
Forward Science unveils new oral wound dressing
March 3, 2020 -- Forward Science released its Orapeutic oral wound dressing at the recent Chicago Dental Society's 2020 Midwinter Meeting.
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
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
April 17
San Antonio, Texas United States
Pacific Northwest Dental Conference
May 28-30
Seattle, Washington United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
June 5
San Antonio, Texas United States
American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) 2020 Annual Conference
June 12-14
New Orleans, Louisiana United States