Pneumonia cases may dip at nursing homes with oral care programs
July 2, 2020 -- Equipping nursing home staff with proper training and techniques to provide effective oral care to residents reduced the number of pneumonia cases at facilities during the first year of a two-year study. However, a lack of significant results in the second year raised red flags about the sustainability of mouth care programs.  Discuss
More young adults in Calif. vape, use marijuana
July 1, 2020 -- Vaping and marijuana use spiked dramatically in California between 2017 and 2018 among young adults, specifically those who are underage, according to a new study.
Scientists to develop pain-free device to detect oral cancer
June 29, 2020 -- Medical products developer Zilico and the University of Sheffield in the U.K. are developing a pain-free, noninvasive, instantaneous method to detect oral cancer.
Oral Science accelerates plans for U.S. retail expansion
June 29, 2020 -- Oral Science is seeking to accelerate its plans for U.S. retail expansion after a promising experience at the online Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM) meeting in May.
Study finds athletes who improve oral health habits perform better
June 26, 2020 -- Elite athletes who changed their oral health habits to include using prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste and floss picks to clean between their teeth improved their sports performance in a recent study. The findings were published on June 18 in BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine.
Poor oral health linked to colitis, Crohn's disease in mice
June 25, 2020 -- Failing to take care of oral health could result in more than cavities and other dental problems. Inflammatory bowel disease, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, may be linked to poor oral health, according to an animal study published on June 16 in Cell.  Discuss
DenMat introduces new hydrogen peroxide oral rinse
June 25, 2020 -- DenMat has launched a new hydrogen peroxide oral rinse to complement the company's recently launched hand sanitizer and hard surface cleanser products in its newly created infection control line.
3 steps to resolving dental teams' clashes over PPE
June 24, 2020 -- The recent struggle over personal protective equipment (PPE) is just one that dental practices have faced since reopening. Inevitably, there will be plenty more. The bottom line is that the strategy you use to approach any conflict will affect its resolution, writes Dr. Alan Stern.  Discuss
ADHA names new president, officers
June 22, 2020 -- The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) has named a new president and officers for its 2019 to 2020 term.
Pokémon Smile mixes oral health and gaming
June 19, 2020 -- The Pokémon Co. has released an oral health and gaming app called Pokémon Smile that encourages children to develop good brushing habits.
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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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