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Can SDF reduce restoration bond strength? Yes and no
August 22, 2019 -- Can the application of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) affect restoration bond strength? The results are mixed, according to a new systematic review published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry.  Discuss
AP story chronicles dental therapist challenges
August 22, 2019 -- Dental therapists will eventually practice in every U.S. state, predicted the manager of dental campaigns for the Pew Charitable Trusts in an August 18 article from the Associated Press (AP).
Toothbrushes, dental floss on updated U.S. tariff list
August 21, 2019 -- Dental floss and toothbrushes are on the latest list of products and materials that will have tariffs slapped on them in the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China.
Orthodontist indicted on fraud, bribery charges
August 20, 2019 -- A well-known orthodontist in Arkansas has been charged with 15 counts of fraud and wire fraud on charges that he allegedly paid bribes to and performed free dental work for a former state senator in exchange for legislation that benefited his dental clinics.  Discuss
Eating disorders linked with poor gum conditions, quality of life
August 20, 2019 -- Patients with eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia have significantly worse periodontal conditions and poorer oral health-related quality of life, according to a new study. Dentists and hygienists have an important role to play in identifying and helping these patients, the authors noted.  Discuss
Socioeconomic, hygiene status predict kids' oral health
August 16, 2019 -- Pediatric patients' socioeconomic status, self-esteem, and oral hygiene habits all can help you predict their gingival health, according to a new study. The findings highlight the need for strategies to help improve oral health awareness and interventions.  Discuss
Black tooth stains may protect against caries
August 15, 2019 -- Black stains on primary and permanent teeth may protect against caries. A new review found patients with extrinsic black stains had fewer cavities than the general population. The authors hypothesized the difference could result from biological or nutritional factors.  Discuss
Tooth trouble linked to cognitive decline in Chinese adults
August 15, 2019 -- Researchers found a link between tooth symptoms and a decline in cognitive function among older Chinese adults in the U.S. This research suggests what dental community outreach programs should look for in these patients.  Discuss
75% of dentists don't talk about cannabis -- here's why you should
August 9, 2019 -- Do you discuss cannabis use with your patients? Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco hope the answer is yes. They outlined the oral health considerations of marijuana and other noncigarette products in a recent study.  Discuss
Perio treatment mix helps lower glucose levels
August 8, 2019 -- It can be difficult to find an effective treatment regimen to help patients with both chronic periodontitis and type 2 diabetes. Researchers conducted a review and found that a combination of three treatments, including scaling and root planing, was most effective in reducing blood glucose levels.  Discuss
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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.

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Houston, Texas United States
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