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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Periodontal therapy can relieve arthritis pain
June 10, 2009 -- People who suffer from both gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis can reduce their pain, number of swollen joints, and the degree of morning stiffness with nonsurgical periodontal therapy, according to a new study. Read More
Studies illuminate OCT's imaging potential
June 8, 2009 -- A growing body of research is lending weight to developers' claims that optical coherence tomography can detect dental decay and other oral lesions better than traditional imaging modalities. Researchers worldwide are now digging deeper to see what other dental applications OCT might be useful for. Read More
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