Oral Cancer & Diagnostics
Report: Effects of e-cigs on oral health still uncertain
January 23, 2018 -- Switching to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may offer some oral health benefits for smokers, according to a new report released on January 23 from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. However, the long-term effects of e-cigarettes are still unknown.  Discuss
FDA proposes lowering tobacco nicotine levels
July 31, 2017 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on July 28 plans to regulate nicotine in cigarettes and other tobacco products to make cigarettes less dangerous and encourage the development of newer tobacco products that may be less dangerous than cigarettes. The goal is to lower the amount of nicotine to nonaddictive levels, reducing the risk of addiction and making it easier for current users to quit smoking.  Discuss
Are e-cigarettes more harmful than regular cigarettes?
March 31, 2017 -- Electronic cigarettes have been touted by some as being safer than regular cigarettes. However, research presented at the recent International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting links e-cigarette use with potentially harmful microbiome changes and the risk of periodontal disease.  Discuss
U.S. surgeon general: E-cigarettes are a public health threat
December 8, 2016 -- E-cigarettes are now considered a public health threat, particularly to youth and young adults, according to a new report from the U.S. surgeon general.  Discuss
Housing linked to cigarette use, dental visits for kids
November 23, 2016 -- Adolescents living in mobile and trailer homes are more likely to smoke cigarettes and less likely to visit the dentist compared with kids living in other types of housing, a new study found. This is one of the few studies to evaluate health outcomes for adolescents based on housing type.  Discuss
FTC: 2014 U.S. cigarette sales decreased
November 16, 2016 -- The number of cigarettes sold to U.S. wholesalers and retailers by the largest cigarette companies declined almost 3 billion in 2014 compared with 2013, according to a new report by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  Discuss
CDC: Fewer U.S. adults smoke now than in 2005
November 15, 2016 -- Does your patient population include adults ages 25 to 44 who didn't graduate from high school or earned a GED certificate? If so, these are your patients who are most likely to smoke cigarettes, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The good news is that the number of adult smokers has declined since 2005.  Discuss
U.S. elections: 4 soda taxes pass; 3 tobacco taxes fail
November 9, 2016 -- Election night in the U.S. saw four cities pass new taxes on soda and sugary beverages, while there were mixed results on tobacco tax measures. However, a proposition backed by the California Dental Association that included e-cigarettes in California's tobacco tax passed overwhelmingly.  Discuss
CDA spent $1M to support Calif. e-cigarette tax
October 14, 2016 -- The California Dental Association (CDA) has spent more than $1 million to support a proposition that would expand California's tobacco tax to electronic cigarettes.  Discuss
Are e-cigarettes a gateway to regular ones?
July 25, 2016 -- Teens who use e-cigarettes are significantly more likely to go on to smoke regular cigarettes, according to a new study. The researchers found this was true even if the teens were at an otherwise low risk of using conventional cigarettes.  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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