ADA publishes FAQ sheet on vaccines in dental office
August 10, 2021 -- The ADA has published a new FAQ sheet for owner dentists on their responsibilities and obligations regarding COVID-19 vaccination for staff members. Read More
Upcoming dental shows will require COVID-19 vaccination
August 5, 2021 -- With the continued spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus and rising COVID-19 cases, premier fall dental shows will require attendees to show proof of vaccination or submit to regular testing. Additional precautions will be in place for individuals who attend the ADA's SmileCon 2021 or the 2021 Greater New York Dental Meeting. Read More
Parotid abscesses cause rare facial palsy in 2 women
August 4, 2021 -- Parotid gland abscesses caused unusual facial nerve palsy in two patients, according to a case report published on July 30 in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports. Only 15 other cases of parotid abscess-induced facial palsy have been reported, the authors noted. Read More
OSAP launches new website and online CE platform
August 4, 2021 -- The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has launched a new website and an online continuing education (CE) platform. The platforms are designed to be more user-friendly and address the changing needs of the oral health community, OSAP said. Read More
Second Opinion: Dentistry is essential -- only when it wants to be
August 2, 2021 -- With personal protective equipment and vaccines on the line, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted dentistry to tout the importance of oral health. But why hasn't the profession always been this vocal? Dr. Caroline Zeller asks the hard questions in this riveting opinion piece. Read More
ADA applauds OSHA rule exempting most dentists
July 28, 2021 -- The ADA submitted formal comments commending the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) emergency temporary standard aimed at protecting healthcare workers from COVID-19 exposure, according to a July 26 story from ADA News. Read More
Self-collecting and mailing saliva could help pandemic
July 26, 2021 -- Having patients collect their own saliva and mail it to a laboratory for analysis is feasible, according to a presentation delivered at the International Association for Dental Research virtual meeting. Presenter Walter Siqueira from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada said that such a service could be a useful strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
Dentists have downloaded thousands of COVID-19 docs
July 23, 2021 -- ADA data presented on July 23 at the virtual International Association for Dental Research meeting show just how much the organization's members looked for COVID-19 resources in the wake of the pandemic last year. Read More
Water from scalers largely fails to meet U.S. standards
July 22, 2021 -- The output water from ultrasonic scalers at a dental school largely failed to meet U.S. potable water standards in recent testing. The research was presented on July 22 at the virtual International Association for Dental Research meeting. Read More
Is prolonged N95 use affecting the health of your dental team?
July 22, 2021 -- Continuous wear of N95 filtering facepiece respirators reduced blood oxygen saturation levels and increased the heart rates of dentists and dental assistants -- although the changes were within the range considered to be healthy, according to a July 17 paper in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More