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New products: Premier launches instrument line
February 15, 2018 -- Premier Dental Products has launched its new PremierAir line of hygiene and diagnostic instruments.  Discuss
Dentistry after dark? Floss Bar extends hygienist hours
February 14, 2018 -- A new start-up wants to expand dental office hours to nights and weekends. The company, called Floss Bar, allows patients to schedule an appointment with a hygienist during hours when dental offices typically aren't in use.  Discuss
Data show perio production rising in U.S. practices
February 12, 2018 -- Research suggests a major link between periodontal disease and wider health issues, and data show almost half of U.S. adults have some form of gum disease. So how is your practice responding? Dr. David Black looks at the per-practice data on periodontal treatment and offers some ideas to help your practice increase production.  Discuss
4 team challenges of being a hygienist
February 9, 2018 -- As a hygienist, it's common to experience difficulties working within a team. And when you want to be liked by and friendly with your teammates, it can be hard to know what to do in certain situations. Practice management consultant Jen Butler looks at four of these challenges and how to respond.  Discuss
Is the air in your dental facility making you sick?
February 9, 2018 -- Ever wish you could have a "Spare the Air" day for your dental office or lab? Could particles in the air be harmful to everyone's health? Researchers analyzed the size and concentration of nanoparticles in the air of typical dental facilities to learn more.  Discuss
New product: Evidentiae debuts oral health assessment tool
February 8, 2018 -- Evidentiae Technologies has debuted Oral Health Score, its new online oral health assessment tool.  Discuss
Study seeks best cleanser for denture biofilm
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February 7, 2018 -- While keeping dentures clean can be a challenge, it is important for a patient's oral health to try to eliminate Candida albicans biofilm that grows on these appliances. A new study tested three denture cleansers on three different denture resins to find out how effective they are against this fungus.
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Oral bacteria's role in healthy blood pressure
February 7, 2018 -- The importance of maintaining healthy mouth bacteria goes beyond just oral health, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He looks at the research that examines the role of oral bacteria in preventing elevated blood pressure.  Discuss
New product: Water Pik launches portable water flosser
February 7, 2018 -- Water Pik has introduced a compact, portable version of its water flosser.
McLeod Health gets $2M for oral health training
February 6, 2018 -- The Duke Endowment has granted the McLeod Health Foundation $2 million to implement an integrated oral health delivery model.  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.