New biodegradable rods combat periodontal disease
November 25, 2019 -- Researchers from Germany have developed biodegradable rods that can limit the application of antibiotics for periodontal disease to the mouth, reducing the side effects of standard pill-based antibiotic treatments.
3Shape wins 2nd patent infringement suit vs. Align
November 25, 2019 -- The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that 3Shape did not infringe any valid patents owned by Align Technology.
ADA opposes agency's proposed fluoride hazard rating
November 25, 2019 -- The ADA supports community water fluoridation and believes it is a safe way to prevent caries, despite a recent draft monograph from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Toxicology Program that suggests fluoride is a cognitive neurodevelopmental hazard to humans.
Hu-Friedy launches flexible composite instrument
November 25, 2019 -- Hu-Friedy has launched its new Akro-Flex restorative composite spatula.
Dentists should be aware of rising antidepressant use
November 25, 2019 -- The use of antidepressants in the U.K. has more than doubled over the past two decades, according to a recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. This is a statistic that dental professionals should be mindful of during patient consultations for oral procedures.
Dental assistant arrested for stealing $45K from elderly patient
November 22, 2019 -- A dental assistant in North Palm Beach, FL, has been arrested for allegedly stealing $45,000 from a 94-year-old patient of the practice where she worked, according to news reports.
Pitt commits to opioid-free pain management
November 21, 2019 -- The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) School of Dental Medicine has established opioid-free pain management guidelines for most procedures performed at its clinics. It is the first educational institution in the U.S. to take such action, according to the school.
Dentist, estranged husband die in murder-suicide at office
November 21, 2019 -- A dentist and her estranged husband died on November 18 in what police believe was a murder-suicide at the practice in Webb City, MO, where they were both employed. Another dental employee found them and called the police, according to news reports.
NY woman's oral cancer diagnosis led to 500-lb weight loss
November 20, 2019 -- A 35-year-old woman from New York City lost 500 lb following tongue removal surgery due to her stage 4 metastatic oral cancer diagnosis. The woman, who says she was addicted to food, believes her cancer saved her life, according to news reports.
Pa. dental assistant faces drug charge
November 20, 2019 -- A dental assistant in Pennsylvania was charged with drug possession after a bag of methamphetamine was found in her pocket during a root canal, according to a November 19 report in the Morning Call.