How safe are aerosol-generating devices during COVID-19?
February 25, 2021 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has made us rethink our norms, including the use of powered dental tools. Dental hygienist Karen Davis sat down with to discuss the safety of aerosol-generating devices -- a topic that she's also speaking about at the virtual 2021 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
Beyond that old fence: Tectonic shifts in dental hygiene
February 25, 2021 -- The science shows hygienists play a crucial role in providing whole-body healthcare, but practice norms haven't kept up. Dental hygienist Casey Hein explores the expanding role of hygienists in this column and in her associated presentation at the 2021 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
COVID-19 pushed 1 in 12 dental hygienists out of the workforce
February 24, 2021 -- One in 12 dental hygienists dropped out of the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, which could lead to a possible hygienist shortage, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene. Read More
What do people think about others with missing teeth?
February 24, 2021 -- Many people not only consider income level a defining factor for tooth loss but also associate fatter paychecks and higher social standing with having fewer missing teeth, according to data recently released by online market research platform DentaVox. Read More
Why you need help with dental insurance billing in 2021
February 24, 2021 -- New year, same problems. In his latest column, Dr. James Anderson details how dental plans are changing -- and why they still matter. He also shares four tips to help patients connect with your practice in 2021. Read More
Antiviral agents may reduce virus spread from ultrasonic scalers
February 23, 2021 -- Using a clinical antiviral agent with an ultrasonic scaler may mitigate the spread of viruses -- such as SARS-CoV-2 -- that can occur due to aerosolization, according to a study published February 13 on the preprint server bioRxiv. Read More
What you need to know about COVID-19 and gum health
February 23, 2021 -- February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, and it couldn't be timelier as new research indicates COVID-19 is related to gum health. American Academy of Periodontology President Dr. James Wilson sat down with to discuss the link between the novel coronavirus and oral health. Read More
3D printing impression trays saves money and time
February 22, 2021 -- Clinicians can save money and time by 3D printing open impression trays for patients in need of multiple implant-supported prostheses, according to a study published on February 14 in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Read More
Do's and don'ts for looking toward a post-COVID-19 world
February 22, 2021 -- Until we have a clear pathway to full vaccination, it's likely that the current unpredictability and uncertainty will continue. Dentists will face many questions when deciding how to plan, invest, act, and react to the constantly changing landscape, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
Are you talking to your patients about 'COVID tongue'?
February 19, 2021 -- SARS-CoV-2 infection may be associated with geographic tongue, which some patients are referring to as "COVID tongue," according to a letter to the editor published February 12 in the British Dental Journal. Read More
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