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
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 mpox
July 20, 2022 -- Clinicians should be aware of the signs and symptoms of mpox, 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