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Cerebral palsy tied to worse oral health for kids
February 15, 2019 -- Children with cerebral palsy may have more dental caries and a lower oral health-related quality of life, according to the findings of a recent study. These findings may have to do with movement and eating limitations associated with the neurological condition.  Discuss
CAST index in kids shows link to parental education
February 13, 2019 -- Is the Caries Assessment Spectrum and Treatment (CAST) index useful for evaluating a large group of children? Moreover, are the results linked to familial factors, such as parental oral health knowledge, education, or socioeconomic status? To learn more, researchers assessed hundreds of 6- and 7-year-olds.  Discuss
Which digital alignment technique is most accurate?
February 13, 2019 -- Digital 3D scanners are revolutionary tools for measuring changes in orthodontics, periodontics, and tooth wear. As little research has focused on obtaining the proper alignment from the data, researchers compared three different alignment techniques to see which was most accurate.  Discuss
More education, monitoring needed to improve hand hygiene
February 8, 2019 -- Newly trained dentists know how to wash their hands, right? Apparently not, according to a new study. Investigators observed hygiene practices of postgraduate-year dentists, with the results suggesting that more education on correct hand-washing procedures and greater monitoring of hand hygiene behavior are needed.  Discuss
CDC survey: U.S. kids brush at 1 year but use too much toothpaste
February 6, 2019 -- Almost 80% of U.S. children and adolescents began brushing their teeth at or before their first birthday, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, nearly 40% of children ages 3 to 6 are using too much toothpaste when they brush.  Discuss
Sometimes you have to go outside the box
February 6, 2019 -- Talking with patients about the connections between oral health and overall health is a keystone of periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg's practice. While some patients might not agree with your recommendations, this willingness to go outside the box can help.  Discuss
Study finds Coca-Cola influence in China's health policy
February 4, 2019 -- A series of articles from a Harvard University researcher claim Coca-Cola helped influence the direction of public health policy in China.
Appeals court blocks San Francisco sugary drink warning
February 4, 2019 -- A U.S. appeals court has blocked a San Francisco law that would have required health warnings on sugary drinks.
Children's oral health and screening laws: 5 key takeaways
February 1, 2019 -- The District of Columbia and 14 U.S. states have passed laws encouraging children to get dental screenings before the school year. However, these laws struggle to have a measurable impact, according to a report published on January 31.  Discuss
Liquid medications pose risk for cancer patients' oral health
January 30, 2019 -- Patients receiving treatment for cancer face many obstacles, including possible damage to their oral health from the sucrose in the liquid medications they take. Dental hygienist Jill Meyer-Lippert shares some practical advice for helping these patients maintain and improve their oral health.  Discuss
Hot Topic
Study focuses on dental therapists' impact in Native Alaskan communities

In the first study to look at the long-term outcomes of communities served by dental therapists, researchers from the University of Washington have found that children in Alaska Native communities had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventive care than those in communities not receiving services from these practitioners. Read more.

Conferences
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
March 15
Scottsdale, Arizona United States
Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) 2019 Annual Meeting
April 4-6
Dallas, Texas United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
April 12
Seattle, Washington United States