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Kids think of dentists as superheroes -- and villains
April 16, 2021 -- Are dentists superheroes or villains? It depends on who you ask. About 50% of young children perceive dentists as a type of superhero, according to a study published on April 7 in the European Journal of Oral Sciences. But another 30% saw dentists as Batman's villain the Joker or as monsters. Read More
Dental Dose: Painkillers and COVID-19 vaccines
April 16, 2021 -- A patient comes in for dental work today. He got the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday. What do you do? "It's a Catch-22," said pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, in the latest episode of Dental Dose. That's because dentistry's favorite painkillers may also dampen the effectiveness of vaccines. Read More
Maxillofacial surgery's dark past in Nazi Germany
April 15, 2021 -- About 60% of maxillofacial surgeons joined the Nazi Party during the Third Reich, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery. More maxillofacial surgeons had ties to the National Socialist Party than other medical professionals. Read More
Second Opinion: Dentistry must correct fluoride myths
April 15, 2021 -- Dental professionals have a charge to combat misinformation about fluoride, writes Dr. Johnny Johnson Jr. In a Second Opinion piece, he details why a recent review is making waves and gives two actions dental professionals can take for fluoride advocacy. Read More
Periodontist invents aerosol dome to protect patients, team
April 14, 2021 -- Restless nights became a common occurrence for periodontist Dr. Lara Ryan during the COVID-19 shutdown. As a dental professional, she knew she was trained to deal with airborne pathogens, but she wanted to provide her patients and team with more protection. Read More
Job loss, reduced income linked to dental pain
April 14, 2021 -- A new study from Japan published in the Journal of Dental Research looked at the effects of pandemic-related psychological distress on oral health-related behaviors. Worsened socioeconomic conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic led to a decrease in dental health, researchers found. Read More
Dentists play crucial role in COVID-19 vaccine awareness
April 13, 2021 -- Dentists are well poised to discuss and advocate for COVID-19 vaccines, according to a study published on March 24 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. More than half of parents said a healthcare professional could influence their decision to allow a child to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Read More
Making use of retirement plans to recover practice losses
April 13, 2021 -- Your practice likely suffered a loss in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Certified public accountant Bruce Bryen details why using an employer-sponsored retirement plan might be a financially savvy option for some dental offices. Read More
Gum germ imbalance linked to Alzheimer's biomarker
April 12, 2021 -- Cognitively healthy adults who have more harmful oral bacteria may be at greater risk of having a key Alzheimer's disease biomarker, according to a study published on April 12 in Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring. Read More
6M adults lost dental insurance because of COVID-19
April 12, 2021 -- Approximately 6 million adults in the U.S. have lost oral health coverage as a result of no longer being employed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report from CareQuest Institute for Oral Health found. Read More
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