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CDC updates guide on hepatitis b virus-infected health providers, students
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered new guidance on safe clinical practice for health providers and students who are infected with the hepatitis B virus. "These new recommendations contain important information for our academic dental institutions as you address issues related to those providers and students who may be chronically infected with HBV," said Dr. Richard Valachovic, executive director of the American Dental Education Association. More

Oral malodor — Help patients understand how to recognize, prevent, and treat this common condition
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Halitosis or oral malodor is a distressing complaint for patients. Fortunately, there is much that can be done to prevent or alleviate this issue, once the causes are fully understood. More

Dental assisting students compete at SkillsUSA nationals
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Hundreds of dental assisting students gathered in Kansas City for a showdown for all the gold. Armed with their dental tools, they represented the top dental assisting students from around the country. When the final buzzer sounded, two students claimed the gold medals, taking home the country's top honors in their competitions, along with scholarships, prize money and new tools. More

US task force's recommendations stoke debate over calcium and vitamin D supplements
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If you are healthy, living at home, and take calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent broken bones or cancer, you may want to reconsider, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The group's new draft recommendations, published online on June 12, add more fervor to the ongoing debate about the benefits and risks associated with these popular supplements. More

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Seaweed enzyme could end up in toothpaste    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A team of dentists and scientists from Newcastle University is developing a new product from a marine microbe to protect dentures, teeth, and periodontal tissue from oral bacteria. They are using an enzyme isolated from a marine bacterium, Bacillus licheniformis, found on the surface of seaweed that they were originally researching for the purpose of cleaning the hulls of ships. More

Amalgam alternatives less harmful to environment
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Alternative materials to amalgam for fillings may have less negative impact on human health and the environment, according to a recently published report. The Health Care Research Collaborative report compared mercury-based dental fillings with alternatives currently available in the U.S. and found that the effects of mercury outweigh the known effects of resin-based composites and glass ionomer fillings. More

Melding health coaching and dental hygiene: Imagine the possibilities
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Laurie Samuels, RDH, CHHC writes: "I want to share my vision of how we can take our oral health prevention "coaching" to the next level. I am sure that many dental hygienists teach to the minimum standard of care, while many others move far beyond. Let us consider why we might want to do more." More

Oral cancer virus associated with gum disease
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After the discovery that severe gum disease can be associated with a higher risk of head and neck cancer cases caused by the Human Pailloma Virus, The British Dental Health Foundation aims to educate the public on good oral health. Researchers discovered that in comparison with patients with HPV-negative tumors, those with HPV-positive tumors had a considerably higher bone loss, which is a key element for developing severe gum disease. More

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OHA will meet 'Two Million Teeth' goal 5 years ahead of schedule
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After meeting its goal to seal one million teeth by 2010, Oral Health America (OHA) recommitted to America's Promise Alliance to seal two million teeth for more than 500,000 at-risk children by 2020. OHA is now on pace to not only meet that goal, but beat it. During the first full year of the Seal Two Million campaign, OHA and its partners sealed 428,000 teeth. At this pace, OHA will reach two million teeth by 2015, five years ahead of schedule. More

Do oxalates reduce dentin hypersensitivity?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A systematic review published last year in the Journal of Dental Research found little evidence to support the use of oxalates for treating dentin hypersensitivity. Now a critical summary by the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry's review council lends further support to these findings. More

Carbonated sodas and what they do to your teeth
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You might rest assured that you have got healthy teeth because you brush and floss regularly. You also use a good mouthwash, so is there any reason to be afraid of? The answer is yes, especially if you, like the greatest majority of the Americans, love to drink carbonated soft drinks and sodas. More

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