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AADR 2018: Potassium iodide may reduce SDF discoloration
March 22, 2018 -- Potassium iodide may lessen the black staining associated with silver diamine fluoride (SDF) on restored teeth, according to research presented on March 22 at the 2018 American Association of Dental Research (AADR) meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Discuss
AADR 2018: How to maximize bond strength when using SDF
March 22, 2018 -- Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) has been shown to reduce the bond strength of composite to dentin, but SDF does not have that same effect on resin-modified glass ionomer, according to research presented on March 22 at the 2018 American Association of Dental Research (AADR) meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Discuss
Fad diets and oral health
March 21, 2018 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg was forwarded an email about fad diets and their effects on oral health, including bad breath and dehydration. The practical issues for Dr. Danenberg, however, are what is a fad diet and what do you tell your patients about these diets and their side effects.  Discuss
New study links missing teeth and diabetes risk
March 21, 2018 -- Is there a link between missing teeth and a patient's risk of developing diabetes? The findings of a new study, presented on March 19 at the 2018 Endocrine Society annual meeting, suggest there is. Researchers found a connection between a decline in glucose tolerance and an increased number of missing teeth.  Discuss
Study asks if women with more kids have fewer teeth
March 20, 2018 -- The old saying "Gain a child, lose a tooth" suggests that parents with more children have more missing teeth than people with fewer children. But is it true, or is this phrase an urban myth? Researchers wanted to see if evidence supported this saying and, if so, what impact does it have on a patient's oral health?  Discuss
What do practitioners need to talk about HPV with patients?
March 16, 2018 -- Time to have that talk? Dental practitioners are well-positioned to help patients prevent cancers related to human papilloma virus (HPV) but can find it difficult to communicate about the topic. A new study examined the role of practitioners in this area and what might help them do a better job.  Discuss
Should you recommend flossing to your patients? It depends
March 14, 2018 -- How does flossing compare with other interdental oral hygiene aids for maintaining periodontal health? Could the longstanding dominance of floss be heading for a further tumble? Researchers analyzed the existing evidence in a new study and reached some interesting conclusions.  Discuss
Infographic: 12M U.S. kids live with untreated decay
March 13, 2018 -- More than 12 million children experienced untreated coronal caries between 2011 and 2014, even in the era of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The statistic comes from a new study that looked at demographic and socioeconomic factors associated with untreated decay.  Discuss
Court finds Calif. illegally cut pay for hygienists
March 9, 2018 -- A state judge has ruled that the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) illegally reduced payments for dental hygienists who work outside of the dental office. The department oversees the state's dental Medicaid program, Denti-Cal  Discuss
What do you tell your patients about detoxification?
March 7, 2018 -- Patients spend billions of dollars each year in the U.S. on so-called detoxification products. When periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg's patients ask him about the detoxification process and these products, he tries to consistently remind them that there are other methods that may be more effective and safer.  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.