Rosemary Frei, MSceditorial@drbicuspid.comFluorideDebate simmers on public water fluoridationThe debate about fluoride in public U.S. water supplies was seemingly settled some time ago. American authorities have held for more than 65 years that fluoridation of community water supplies is a safe and effective strategy for reducing dental caries. Now, however, some groups and individuals are calling for a rethink of this policy.December 19, 2013WhiteningAcupuncture helps reduce gag reflex during impression takingHow many of your patients gag, or think they will gag, during a procedure? This is unpleasant both for patients and dental professionals, and might be preventing some patients from seeking oral healthcare. However, a recent Italian study suggests there may be a relatively simple solution: acupuncture.December 10, 2013PeriodonticsDental hygienists enjoy independent practice in CanadaMore than 800 dental hygienists in Canada are now in independent practice. They enjoy the autonomy but also warn of the financial difficulties of starting a business from scratch, which are compounded by the fact that they don't get referrals from dentists.December 3, 20133D PrintingStudy questions records needed for orthodontic diagnosisA study in PLOS One implies that orthodontists can select an individual set of records needed for each patient rather than the full suite of dental models, facial and intraoral photographs, a set of 2D radiographs, and clinical measurements. The study does include the caveat that the researchers found only a few high-quality studies in the area.December 1, 2013Dental EducationLarge dental data repository created in the U.S.A team of U.S. researchers has created a dental data repository that can be used by faculty, residents, and students to answer many questions about the nation's oral health and how best to continue improving it.November 20, 2013Dental EducationPreparation is key to coping with medical emergenciesBeing prepared in advance for worst-case medical emergencies is the optimal way to prevent any bad outcomes, according to a Canadian dentist who's an expert on the subject. Good preparation can be as simple as a "cheat sheet" with a summary of emergency procedure essentials.October 14, 20133D PrintingUltrasound useful for screening for TMJ dysfunctionDoes ultrasound offer distinct advantages over magnetic resonance imaging when screening patients for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction? Yes, according to a team of researchers who presented a study earlier this year at the Canadian Association of Radiologists' 2013 annual meeting.August 19, 2013Oral BacteriaNot all coated toothbrushes are created equalCoating toothbrush bristles with chlorhexidine appears to reduce concentrations of harmful oral bacteria better than coating them with silver nanoparticles, according to research presented at the 2013 International Association for Dental Research annual meeting.June 30, 2013Dental EducationQuestionnaire IDs potential dental office embezzlersEmbezzlement unfortunately happens all too often in dental offices large and small. You are more likely to be able to stop it by completing a short questionnaire about the proclivity of your employees to steal from you than by implementing a long embezzlement-prevention checklist, according to an expert in the field.May 30, 2013PeriodonticsOral health network opens new research opportunitiesThe Network for Canadian Oral Health Research -- the first of its kind in Canada -- is designed to encourage new, collaborative, multidisciplinary research teams to look at questions about oral health in new ways, and encourage students to consider research as a career.May 14, 2013Page 1 of 8Next PageTop StoriesLegal IssuesOrthodontist to pay $985K to settle Medicaid caseAn orthodontist has agreed to pay $985,541 to resolve allegations that false claims were submitted to Medicaid, which came to light following a whistleblower lawsuit.X-RayDental x-rays in kids should be justified instead of routineOrganized DentistryDebate to Better Dentistry: The future of the ADA’s tripartite systemOral CancerYoung users of e-cigarettes more likely to report chronic stressSponsor ContentWe care about what you think.