Oral Cancer & Diagnostics
CDC: Number of U.S. adult smokers hits record low
November 27, 2018 -- Although teen tobacco use is on the rise, the number of U.S. adults who smoke cigarettes has reached a record low, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, about 1 in 5 U.S. adults still uses tobacco products.  Discuss
How do you get low-income smokers to go to the dentist?
November 20, 2018 -- Smokers have an increased risk of oral disease but use dental healthcare at lower rates than nonsmokers, so researchers sought to understand the factors affecting dental care use in low-income smokers. They found that the issues involved went beyond cost to characteristics such as motivation and self-efficacy.  Discuss
CDC: Teen e-cigarette use rose sharply from 2017
November 16, 2018 -- The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) by middle and high school students may be an epidemic, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 20% of high school students report using e-cigarettes on a regular basis, almost double the number from 2017.  Discuss
FDA proposes limits on e-cigarette sales to kids
November 16, 2018 -- Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and their flavor delivering systems, known as pods, will continue to be sold in U.S. stores but only in areas that are off-limits to minors, according to a November 15 directive from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD.  Discuss
U.S. voters decide on dental-related issues
November 7, 2018 -- U.S. citizens headed to the polls on November 6 to weigh in on a number of dental-related issues in the midterm election. Local and state ballot measures ranged from community water fluoridation to the future of soda taxes, and five dentists were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Discuss
FDA approves HPV vaccine for more adults
October 8, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved expanding the use of Gardasil 9, a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, for adults ages 27 through 45.  Discuss
CDC study: U.S. HPV vaccine rate increasing 5% annually
August 29, 2018 -- The number of U.S. adolescents who have received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has increased five percentage points annually since 2013, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Discuss
Study confirms smoking, oral sex as HPV risk factors
August 23, 2018 -- Smoking and certain sexual behaviors are risk factors for high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, a new study has confirmed. However, the researchers also found that the overall infection rate was lower than anticipated.  Discuss
Preop oral care reduces complications after cancer surgery
August 21, 2018 -- We're learning more about how oral health can influence overall health, but can preoperative dental care reduce postoperative complications in patients undergoing cancer surgery? Researchers reviewed data from more than 500,000 patients to find out.  Discuss
7 tips to ease the HPV talk with your patients
July 24, 2018 -- Does your practice struggle when it comes to talking about oral cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV) with patients? Dentist and health educator Dr. Susan Maples offers seven tips for how to start and have this lifesaving but sometimes difficult conversation.  Discuss
Special Feature
5 misconceptions about oral and oropharyngeal cancer
Screening of every dental patient older than 18 for oral and oropharyngeal cancer is a must, writes Jo-Anne Jones, RDH. Taking the time to screen each patient can make an impact on oral cancer survival rates. However, dentists and oral healthcare professionals have a few common misconceptions about these cancers. Read more.
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