Oral Cancer & Diagnostics
FDA to require new cigarette package health warnings
March 18, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 17 issued a final rule that will require new health warnings on cigarette packages and advertisements consisting of both text and images by 2021.
Vaping changes oral microbiome, increases perio risk
March 4, 2020 -- Vaping changes a user's oral microbiome and makes the mouth more prone to inflammation and periodontal disease, according to a new study by researchers from the New York University College of Dentistry.  Discuss
Smokers given free cessation kits made more attempts to quit
February 18, 2020 -- What would it take for you to try to kick the habit? Free two-week nicotine replacement therapy starter kits given by primary care doctors to smokers increased their attempts to quit, according to a recently published study in Addiction.  Discuss
FDA seeks help to prevent vaping-related lung injuries
February 14, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public call for more information to help prevent future vaping-related injuries. The agency is asking for information on substances used by vapers and ways to make vaping products tamper-proof.
No butts about it: Used cigarettes emit toxins, study finds
February 10, 2020 -- Used cigarette butts, even those that are cold to the touch, may emit the equivalent of 14% of the nicotine that actively burning cigarettes give off, according to a recent study published in Indoor Air.  Discuss
Most lung vaping cases linked to informal sources of THC
January 21, 2020 -- The recent outbreak of lung disease linked to vaping appears to be most prevalent in people who vaped THC-containing products obtained from informal sources, such as family, dealers, and online, according to a new report released on January 14 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Discuss
Report: Smoking costs add up in healthcare tally
January 16, 2020 -- Smoking costs more than $300 billion each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But which U.S. states bear the brunt of these costs? Personal finance website WalletHub ran the data and found that Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York had the highest total annual costs per adult smoker.  Discuss
Podcast: What to know about vaping in 2020
January 2, 2020 -- As we enter into a new decade, one recent trend continues to make its mark: vaping. But what does this mean for dental practices? How should they talk to their patients about the effects of vaping? In this podcast, dental pharmacology expert Tom Viola, RPh, discusses some simple ways that dental professionals can address the issue of vaping with their patients.  Discuss
ADA calls for ban on vaping products not OK'd by FDA
December 16, 2019 -- The ADA took a new, more aggressive stance against vaping and electronic cigarettes on December 16, calling for a total ban on any products that have not been approved for tobacco cessation purposes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Discuss
Report: Midwestern cities rank highest for excess
December 2, 2019 -- Total the number of smokers, coffee drinkers, and the number of fast-food restaurants in a city and you have one formula to identify a population in need of dental care -- and potential for periodontal disease. Personal finance website WalletHub ranked U.S. cities for "vice and excess" and found three midwestern U.S. cities ranked highest.  Discuss
Special Feature
5 misconceptions about oral and oropharyngeal cancer
Screening of every dental patient older than 18 for oral and oropharyngeal cancer is a must, writes Jo-Anne Jones, RDH. Taking the time to screen each patient can make an impact on oral cancer survival rates. However, dentists and oral healthcare professionals have a few common misconceptions about these cancers. Read more.
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