Kaiser: 10K more dentists needed for U.S. shortage areas April 9, 2018 -- The Kaiser Family Foundation has released the latest data on the number of areas in the U.S. and territories that are considered dental care health professional shortage areas. More than 5,800 such areas require over 10,800 additional dentists to address these care needs. Discuss
CDC investigates cluster of dentists with lung disease March 13, 2018 -- A March 9 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) detailed a cluster of nine cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis among dental personnel treated at one care center in Virginia from 2000 to 2015. Occupational exposure to dental materials may be the culprit behind these cases, the authors speculated. 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
Top 5 news stories from fall 2017 December 22, 2017 -- DrBicuspid.com takes a look back at the most-read news and clinical articles from fall 2017, as measured by page views. The most popular article was our coverage of the newly issued high blood pressure guidelines, followed by a report on antibiotic use by dentists. Discuss
ADA forecasts more DSOs in dentistry's future November 7, 2017 -- More dentists than ever were associated with dental service/support organizations (DSOs) in 2016, and that number is expected to rise, according to new data from the ADA Health Policy Institute. These organizations were also in more states in 2016 than the previous year. Discuss
Study focuses on dental therapists' impact in Native Alaskan communities August 11, 2017 -- 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. Discuss
Calif. resumes RDA licensing August 10, 2017 -- California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on August 7 that resumes licensing of registered dental assistants (RDAs) despite a continued suspension of the practical exam.
Long-term care staff lack oral healthcare training August 1, 2017 -- Adding to the literature on oral healthcare in long-term care facilities, researchers have found that training on the subject was lacking among care staff at six such facilities in New England, according to a presentation at the recent International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. Discuss