CDC director warns of COVID-19 'impending doom'
March 29, 2021 -- Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned Americans of "impending doom" as the country experiences a rise in COVID-19 cases, according to a March 29 NBC News report. Read More
Is saliva a major source of SARS-CoV-2 spread?
March 26, 2021 -- SARS-CoV-2 can infect cells in the mouth, raising the possibility that saliva plays a major role in transmission of the virus, according to a new study published on March 25 in Nature Medicine. Read More
Mouthwashes show promise for stopping COVID-19 spread
March 26, 2021 -- Two types of mouthwashes showed promise for halting transmission of the novel coronavirus in a recent in vitro study in Pathogens. Both Listerine and chlorhexidine gluconate slowed or stopped the virus from replicating without harming oral tissues. Read More
Can a flu shot offer some COVID-19 protection?
March 26, 2021 -- A recent study indicates the flu shot may offer some protection against COVID-19. Flu shot recipients were less likely to test positive for COVID-19, and those who did get the virus had fewer complications. Read More
Vancouver dentist, son invent face shield that fits loupes
March 24, 2021 -- When Dr. Scott Yamaoka's dental practice in Vancouver reopened following the three-month COVID-19 lockdown, he grew frustrated with the face shields available to him and his staff. Instead of complaining, he made his own. Read More
Physicians issue consensus on odontogenic sinusitis
March 24, 2021 -- An international research team has issued a consensus statement on diagnosing the underrecognized infection of odontogenic sinusitis. The review was published online February 17 in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. Read More
Tongue swelling may be associated with COVID-19
March 17, 2021 -- Patients who experience swelling of the tongue and mouth may be infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a letter to the editor published on March 9 in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
How many of your patients have COVID-19?
March 16, 2021 -- The risk of COVID-19 among those seeking dental care mirrors local positivity rates, according to a study published on March 2 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The researchers also highlighted the risk of asymptomatic patient consults. Read More
Second Opinion: I'm concerned about the spread of COVID-19
March 16, 2021 -- Dental offices have never dealt with an infectious disease quite like COVID-19. In this open letter, one registered dental hygienist shares her concerns about the disease's effect on communities, dental health professionals, and patients. Read More
Clinical trial to study mouthwash for fighting COVID spread
March 11, 2021 -- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry has started a clinical trial to investigate how well mouthwash reduces viral load in patients with COVID-19. Read More