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Snack taxes could be more effective than soda taxes
September 13, 2019 -- You've likely heard about taxes on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, but what about one on sugary snacks? A new study from BMJ found that raising the price of cookies, cakes, and other sweets could benefit public health.  Discuss
Can blood tests detect dental fear in kids?
September 13, 2019 -- Could data from blood tests be used to determine which children might have an unusually high fear of dental procedures? Researchers used blood tests to determine that dental fear is directly linked to levels of salivary cortisol and amylase levels in children between the ages of 6 and 9, according to a study published in BMC Oral Health.  Discuss
Orthodontist pleads not guilty to charges of bribing Ark. lawmaker
September 11, 2019 -- An orthodontist who is accused of paying $157,000 in kickbacks and providing free dental work to an Arkansas lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to the latest reports.  Discuss
Elevate Oral Care debuts glass ionomer
September 10, 2019 -- Elevate Oral Care has introduced a new glass ionomer cement that bonds to and masks surfaces treated with silver diamine fluoride.
Antioxidants are good for oral health -- here's why
September 9, 2019 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Pass the dark chocolate and berries. Antioxidants found in these and other common foods and spices can help boost oral health, according to a presentation at the 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress.  Discuss
Brace yourself: The surgeon general's report is coming
September 6, 2019 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The first U.S. surgeon general's report on oral health in 20 years is coming out in 2020. Top U.S. dental leaders spoke about why the report will be essential reading for all dental professionals at the 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress.  Discuss
ADA 2019: Technology use equals more productive dental teams
September 6, 2019 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Improved patient engagement and greater productivity at dental practices hinge on embracing new technologies. Bringing new technology into dental practices empowers staff to take more responsibility, which leads to a boost in patient engagement and productivity, according to a presentation at the 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress.  Discuss
ADA 2019: New perio classifications help improve patient care
September 5, 2019 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Updates to periodontitis and peri-implant disease classifications can help dental professionals improve the care of their patients, according to a presentation at the 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress.  Discuss
KaVo Kerr launches upgraded portable polishing device
September 4, 2019 -- KaVo Kerr has launched its upgraded Prophyflex 4 portable air cleaning device for polishing.
Sugary drinks linked to increased risk of death
September 3, 2019 -- Consuming sugary drinks has been linked to an increased risk of death from all causes, according to the findings of a long-term study published on September 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study included almost 452,000 individuals from 10 European countries.  Discuss
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Study focuses on dental therapists' impact in Native Alaskan communities

In the first study to look at the long-term outcomes of communities served by dental therapists, researchers from the University of Washington have found that children in Alaska Native communities had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventive care than those in communities not receiving services from these practitioners. Read more.

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