Top 5 news stories from 2016

By Tony Edwards, DrBicuspid.com editor in chief

December 30, 2016 -- DrBicuspid.com takes a look back at the most-read news and clinical articles from 2016, as measured by page views. The most popular article was our coverage of a lawsuit against three of the dental industry's largest companies, followed by a story on the continued support for flossing by dental organizations after the release of a report questioning the evidence behind the practice.

  1. Judge rules lawsuit against dental giants can proceed
    September 29, 2016 -- A class-action lawsuit against three of the dental industry's biggest companies will be allowed to proceed after a U.S. District Court judge refused to dismiss the proposed litigation, according to multiple reports.
  2. Dental groups back flossing after critical report
    August 3, 2016 -- In the next days and weeks, dentists are likely to hear one question over and over again from patients: "Do I still need to floss?" But dental groups continue to support flossing in the wake of a critical report that questions the evidence backing the practice.
  3. Calif. hygienists' association votes to leave ADHA
    June 6, 2016 -- The largest state hygienists' group in the U.S. has overwhelmingly voted to end its 90-year affiliation with the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA). The California Dental Hygienists' Association cited a proposed charter agreement from ADHA as the driving force behind the vote.
  4. EPA finalizes dental amalgam rules
    December 16, 2016 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized standards to reduce the discharge of mercury and other metals in wastewater from dental practices into municipal sewage treatment plants. While the rule will go into effect soon, the compliance date for most practices is not until the end of 2019.
  5. Report questions treatment in Texas toddler's death
    July 20, 2016 -- A forensic dental report on a 14-month-old Texas toddler who died from complications of anesthesia during dental treatment questions the necessity of placing four stainless steel crowns on such a young child.

Other well-read articles from 2016 are listed below in the related reading.

Calif. dental board passes strict sedation changes
Spurred to action by the death last year of a 6-year-old boy under dental anesthesia, the Dental Board of California has proposed strict new recommendations...
NJ dentist linked to heart infections, 1 death
A New Jersey oral surgeon has been linked to 15 cases of bacterial endocarditis, a heart infection, including one patient who subsequently died. While...
Report: Patterson trims sales force
Patterson Companies has laid off at least 200 employees, according to a published brief from an equity research firm.
JAMA: Too many opioids prescribed for extractions
Disproportionally large amounts of opioids are frequently prescribed to patients after tooth extractions, especially given the expected intensity and...
UCSF rethinks oral health education -- for med students
In fall 2015, all 149 first-year medical students at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) learned how to perform a basic oral health screening...

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