Hygiene
How to prepare for monkeypox in the dental office
August 9, 2022 -- Over recent months, monkeypox has reemerged in more than 88 countries. Researchers are encouraging dentists to implement droplet infection control measures, patient isolation, and referral during local outbreaks. Read More
Is there a better way to treat severe periodontitis?
August 5, 2022 -- Combining conventional scaling with an anti-infective drug treatment may improve outcomes for patients with severe periodontitis, according to a commentary published on August 1 in Periodontology 2000. Read More
Attempts to quit smoking drop for first time in a decade
August 4, 2022 -- The percentage of smokers who attempted to quit cigarettes dropped for the first time in a decade, according to a study published on August 1 in JAMA Network Open. Researchers attributed the phenomenon to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
Dentists call to action: Understanding mental health
August 3, 2022 -- From reimbursement concerns to challenging patients, dental professionals face a multitude of stressors in their daily work. When these stressors are accompanied by perfectionism and prioritizing patients above all else, it can lead to burnout and mental health disorders. Read More
Hygienists' mental health worse than dentists during COVID-19
August 2, 2022 -- In the first known U.S. survey to analyze the long-term mental health of dental professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, dentists and hygienists frequently reported poor mental health during peaks of COVID-19 transmission. However, hygienists had higher rates of anxiety and depression. Read More
Evidence lacks on benefit of school dental screenings for kids
August 1, 2022 -- Will children visit the dentist more often if they undergo oral health screenings at school? There's not enough research that shows screenings improve dental attendance, according to a review published on July 27 in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Read More
Another study links periodontitis to Alzheimer's disease
August 1, 2022 -- Yet another study has linked periodontal and Alzheimer's disease. The bacteria behind periodontal disease may also contribute to the development of Alzheimer's, according to a review published on July 21 in the Journal of Dental Sciences. Read More
Ortek to launch prebiotic soft chew for enamel, bone support
July 27, 2022 -- Ortek Therapeutics plans to launch a prebiotic soft chew called BasicBites Synergy Plus to support oral microbiome health. Read More
50% of patients say dentists don't screen for health risks
July 26, 2022 -- More than half of patients reported that dentists fail to assess them for risk factors, including tobacco and alcohol use and chronic conditions, during dental visits. The study was published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. Read More
How to address 2 common dental issues in older patients
July 26, 2022 -- As patients age, dry mouth and caries become more common. Researcher Anita M. Mark explained the causes and what dentists can do to help prevent these conditions in older patients in a survey published on July 22 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
Hot Topic
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.

Conferences
California Dental Association (CDA) Presents in San Francisco
September 8-10
San Francisco, California United States
Collaboration Cures 2022
September 15-18
Phoenix, Arizona United States
SmileCon 2022
October 13-15
Houston, Texas United States
Greater New York Dental Meeting
November 25-30
New York City, New York United States