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Energy discounts and wind power available to ADA members

July 24, 2012

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The American Dental Association has recently announced that its members can now receive discounts on electric utilities for their practices and homes when registering with energy supplier Energy Plus. In addition, they can choose to add a green option to support renewable energy.

Teenager founds own charity and donates over 21,500 toothbrushes

July 23, 2012

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., USA: A young woman from New Jersey has collected thousands of toothbrushes through the online dental charity she founded a year ago. Through "Donate A Toothbrush" she aims to raise awareness regarding poor oral hygiene in Third World countries. The toothbrushes are shipped to countries such as Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Costa Rica.

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Scientists may have found anticavity molecule

July 19, 2012

SANTIAGO, Chile: According to a Chilean online newspaper, scientists have discovered a revolutionary molecule that eliminates the bacteria that are largely responsible for tooth decay. In only 60 seconds, it renders human teeth cavity proof for hours, the researchers have found.

Dentist accused of exposing patients to HIV infection

July 18, 2012

DENVER, Colo., USA: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has called upon more than 8,000 dental patients to get tested for HIV and hepatitis. They had been treated by an oral surgeon who allegedly reused needles and syringes for multiple patients between 1999 and 2011.

No increase in endocarditis after new dental guidelines

July 17, 2012

DURHAM, N.C., USA: In order to evaluate the impact of the 2007 revision of the antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines for dental procedures on patients with heart defects, researchers have examined more than 1,000 cases of infective endocarditis (IE). They found no evidence that the new guidelines were associated with an increase in IE admissions in the U.S.

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FDA approves first oral HIV test for home use

July 13, 2012

SILVER SPRING, Md., USA: The first in-home HIV test kit has recently received approval for over-the-counter sale directly to consumers in the U.S. The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test enables individuals to screen for antibodies to the virus and to seek medical care if necessary. The FDA hopes that it will identify large numbers of previously undiagnosed HIV infections.

Solid foods can provide high levels of fluoride

July 12, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa, USA: In order to determine the amount of fluoride that children receive from solid foods, researchers have assessed data on the diets of young children. They have discovered that some receive more than 80 percent of their dietary fluoride from solids, which might place them at an elevated risk of developing dental fluorosis.

Study shows poor US citizens have lower oral health status

July 10, 2012

ATLANTA, Ga., USA: A recently published report has demonstrated that oral health status in the U.S. varies significantly by age, ethnicity and poverty level. With regard to the prevalence of untreated dental caries, existing dental restorations, dental sealants and tooth loss between 2005 and 2008, it was observed that more than one in five people in the U.S. have untreated caries and three in four have at least one dental restoration.

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Penn dental faculty professors receive IADR award

June 29, 2012 | Business

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA: As reported by the University of Pennsylvania, two professors at the university's School of Dental Medicine have been given the 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award for their exceptional research achievements in periodontal disease and oral biology by the International Association for Dental Research.

Amalgam alternatives less harmful to environment

June 29, 2012

RESTON, Va., USA: 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.

Surgeons perform first in utero removal of oral tumor

June 27, 2012

MIAMI, Fla., USA: For the first time in the history of fetal medicine, doctors have successfully removed a large oral tumor from the mouth of a four-month-old fetus in a pioneering in utero surgery. Last week, media representatives were invited to meet the child, who is now 20 months old, at a press conference.

Chemicals in oral care products may harm immune system

June 26, 2012

BALTIMORE, Md., USA: Antibacterial chemicals commonly found in personal hygiene products may be linked to an increased risk of allergies in children. Researchers have found that children with high urinary levels of triclosan, an ingredient added to mouthwash and toothpaste to prevent bacterial contamination, have a twofold higher risk of environmental and food allergies.

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BPA exposure found to have transgenerational effects

June 25, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., USA: For the first time, U.S. researchers have found that the effects of Bisphenol A (BPA) on social behavior can be passed on to unexposed subsequent generations. In a recent study conducted on mice, they found that gestational exposure to BPA can change gene expression and social behavior up to the fourth generation.

Gastric bypass surgery could benefit periodontitis treatment

June 20, 2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio, USA: Gum disease treatment in obese patients is more effective in those who have undergone gastric bypass surgery and had fat cells from the abdomen removed, researchers from Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine have found. Their recent study demonstrated a significant improvement in oral health after weight reduction.

Advocacy group voices opposition to proposed legislation in North Carolina

June 14, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C., USA: The Alliance for Access to Dental Care, a trade and advocacy group committed to providing quality dental care, has announced the ongoing support from national and regional organizations in its efforts to prevent the passage of House Bill 698 (H.B. 698) and Senate Bill 655 (S.B. 655). If passed, H.B. 698 and S.B. 655 will change the way dentists work with dental service organizations (DSOs).

Henry Schein launches social media solution for dentists

June 13, 2012 | Business

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Likeable Media, a social media and word of mouth marketing firm, has announced the launch of Likeable Dentists, the first offshoot of Likeable Local, a Facebook marketing solution for small businesses. The launch was in partnership with Henry Schein, global provider of healthcare products and services to dental, medical and animal-health office-based practitioners.

Family dynamics could affect children’s oral health

June 12, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: The interaction between parents could have an impact on the oral health of their children, researchers from the New York University College of Dentistry have found. A greater incidence of verbal or physical aggression between partners correlated with increased oral health problems in children. The researchers are now developing an intervention for couples whose relationship discord may impact the oral health of their infants.

Costs, as much as location, impede access to care

June 8, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: On June 7, Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., introduced the Comprehensive Dental Reform Act of 2012 in the Senate and House. The proposed legislation is titled "A bill to improve access to oral health care for vulnerable and underserved populations." In February, the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging heard nearly 100 minutes of testimony at its hearing, “Dental Crisis in America: The Need to Expand Access.”

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