Cosmetics
Teledentistry, SmileDirectClub stay in spotlight for good, bad
October 22, 2019 -- Fresh off its filing of a harassment lawsuit against the Dental Board of California, SmileDirectClub finds itself thrust in the news again with investigations into the way it markets it clear aligners and moves to further expand into another country overseas.  Discuss
SmileDirectClub sues Calif. dental board for harassment
October 18, 2019 -- SmileDirectClub has filed a lawsuit against the Dental Board of California, alleging it intentionally harassed the direct-to-consumer clear-aligner company's clinics in a planned effort to hinder its growth. The litigation further fans the flames between the burgeoning industry and traditional orthodontics.  Discuss
Colgate's Optic White fails to deeply whiten teeth, suit claims
October 18, 2019 -- A Nevada woman has filed a class-action suit against Colgate-Palmolive, claiming that Colgate's Optic White toothpaste is based on "false hope" because it fails to naturally, deeply whiten teeth as advertised.  Discuss
Study: Dental specialists prescribe millions of antibiotics
October 17, 2019 -- Dentists and other dental specialists wrote about 9 million antibiotic prescriptions to patients during a three-year period despite growing concerns of antibiotic resistance, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.
DTC orthodontics takes hit with new Calif. law requiring x-rays
October 15, 2019 -- California has become the first state in the U.S. to pass a law that aims to better protect patients who undergo direct-to-consumer (DTC) orthodontic treatments, such as those offered by SmileDirectClub, by requiring x-rays and more before moving ahead with care.  Discuss
SmileDirectClub to open Texas manufacturing plant
October 11, 2019 -- SmileDirectClub's manufacturing and distribution affiliate Access Dental Lab will open a dental lab manufacturing plant in Kyle, TX.
SmileDirectClub adds New Zealand locations
October 11, 2019 -- SmileDirectClub has opened three retail locations in New Zealand.
Pain meds don't reduce sensitivity from teeth bleaching
October 10, 2019 -- Anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs may not prevent tooth sensitivity caused by in-office dental bleaching, according to a new systematic review published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
ADA duel with SmileDirectClub heats up
October 9, 2019 -- The American Dental Association (ADA) and SmileDirectClub have issued dueling press statements in their ongoing dispute over government regulation of SmileDirectClub's clear-aligner business.  Discuss
New imaging method to assess root position may cut radiation dose
October 9, 2019 -- A new imaging technique could reduce the amount of radiation that dental patients are exposed to during orthodontic treatment, according to new research. The method also shows promise for other types of dental treatment that require accurate root position assessment.  Discuss
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Do whitening toothpastes live up to the hype?

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