ADA releases updated infection control guide
August 29, 2022 -- The ADA has released an updated infection control reference that includes guidance on preventing infection from SARS-CoV-2. Read More
Why dentists should capitalize on administering vaccinations
August 23, 2022 -- Now is an opportune time for dentists to leverage the momentum and experience providers have gained in administering vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the profession can continue to offer this service, according to a guest editorial published on August 18 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
U.S. study links extractions, surgeries to endocarditis
August 19, 2022 -- A notable link was found between invasive dental procedures, especially extractions and surgeries, and subsequent infective endocarditis in high-risk patients, according to a large U.S. study published on August 17 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Read More
Dental abscess germ causes rare carotid artery aneurysm
August 16, 2022 -- A 53-year-old woman was treated for a rare mycotic internal carotid artery aneurysm that developed when a dental abscess-linked germ infected the artery, according to a case report published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases, Innovations, and Techniques. Read More
Toothbrushing frequency linked to COVID-19 symptoms
August 10, 2022 -- In a study of more than 20,000 people in Japan, those who changed the time and frequency of their toothbrushing routine were more likely to have the three main symptoms of COVID-19, according to a study published recently in the International Dental Journal. Read More
How to prepare for mpox in the dental office
August 9, 2022 -- Over recent months, mpox has reemerged in more than 88 countries. Researchers are encouraging dentists to implement droplet infection control measures, patient isolation, and referral during local outbreaks. Read More
Is there a better way to treat severe periodontitis?
August 5, 2022 -- Combining conventional scaling with an anti-infective drug treatment may improve outcomes for patients with severe periodontitis, according to a commentary published on August 1 in Periodontology 2000. Read More
Hygienists' mental health worse than dentists during COVID-19
August 2, 2022 -- In the first known U.S. survey to analyze the long-term mental health of dental professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, dentists and hygienists frequently reported poor mental health during peaks of COVID-19 transmission. However, hygienists had higher rates of anxiety and depression. Read More
Most guidelines support antibiotics to prevent endocarditis
July 28, 2022 -- Antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines to prevent endocarditis following dental care vary, but most support its use despite the risk of antimicrobial resistance, according to a systematic review published on July 25 in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology. Read More
NIH scientists discover stomach viruses can be transmitted via saliva
July 28, 2022 -- A class of viruses known to cause severe diarrheal diseases can grow in the salivary glands of mice and be spread through saliva, scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have found. The findings indicate that a new route of transmission exists for these viruses, which affect billions of people worldwide each year and can be deadly. Read More