TOP DENTAL NEWS
New movie finds humor in dental stereotypes
June 23, 2009 -- "The Hangover," a June box office hit in U.S. theatres, perpetuates a long tradition of cinematic dentist-bashing. It presents the profession as comically straight-laced and not quite equal to medicine.  Discuss
Study: Cone-beam CT finds root canals
June 22, 2009 -- Cone-beam CT can find calcified canals more effectively than conventional x-rays, researchers say.  Discuss
Oral programs challenged in U.S. Senate debate
June 19, 2009 -- Republican senators are trying to strip oral health data collection and sealant provisions, and possibly an oral health awareness campaign, from a Democratic bill that would overhaul the U.S. healthcare system.  Discuss
Louisiana mobile dentistry bill forges ahead
June 18, 2009 -- After a Louisiana Senate committee unanimously agreed to send a bill that would regulate school-based dentistry to the Senate last week for consideration, the Senate just as quickly and overwhelming passed the bill today. It now goes back to the House for final review before heading to the governor's desk.  Discuss
Plasma probe battles biofilms
June 16, 2009 -- Researchers at the University of Southern California and Loma Linda University have developed a novel dental probe that uses room-temperature plasma to eliminate biofilms in the oral cavity. And they say it's better and safer than lasers when it comes to endodontic disinfection.  Discuss
Whitest smiles not always the best
June 15, 2009 -- Dental practitioners and patients alike do not always favor the whitest smile, nor do they perceive all skin colors to be equally attractive with bright white teeth, according to a new study.  Discuss
U.S. Senate bill favors midlevel providers
June 12, 2009 -- The first draft of healthcare reform legislation by the U.S. Senate moves toward assuring dental benefits for all U.S. children. It would also fund pilot programs for midlevel dental providers, such as the controversial new dental therapist programs in Alaska and Minnesota.  Discuss
Dental education needs more focus on pain, experts say
June 12, 2009 -- The complexities of orofacial pain, combined with a lack of adequate pain education, makes diagnosing and treating chronic conditions such as temporomandibular disorder a challenge. And the situation isn't likely to change any time soon unless dental schools alter their curricula, according to some pain experts.  Discuss
State loan repayment programs threatened
June 11, 2009 -- As recession-battered U.S. states look for way to trim their budgets, some are eying programs that will affect dental students now and in the future.  Discuss
LSU dental student pleads guilty to fraud
June 11, 2009 -- A Louisiana State University (LSU) dental student who obtained thousands of dollars in loans after gaining admission to the school by fraudulent means has pleaded guilty to federal financial aid fraud.  Discuss