Time to take gum disease seriously: The societal and economic impact of periodontitis

July 01, 2021
This report describes the methods and main findings from The Economist Intelligence Unit’s research which assesses the evidence linking improved periodontal health to better overall health outcomes, and showcases the economic and societal implications associated with periodontal health across six...

School Meals Are Free for All Children Through June 2022

By CDC Healthy Schools on June 15, 2021
Have you heard the USDA has extended the child nutrition waivers? This means that schools can offer free meals to all children, regardless of household income, through June 2022—even while school is out during the summer.

Dental Procedures Are Very Low Risk In The Aerosol Spread of COVID-19, Study Finds

By Tom Dudding et al. on June 15, 2021
Many of the common procedures carried out by dentists have very low risk of increasing the aerosol spread of COVID-19 and some procedures, such as ultrasonic scaling, were not shown to generate aerosol other than from the clean instrument itself, new research has found. 

COVID-19 Infection Rates of Dentists Remain Lower Than Other Health Professionals

By Marcelo W.B. Araujo et al. on May 24, 2021
More than a year after COVID-19 appeared in the U.S., dentists continue to have a lower infection rate than other front-line health professionals, such as nurses and physicians, according to a study published online ahead of the June print issue in The Journal of the American Dental Association.

Challenges in Implementing School-Based Oral Health Programs: Short- and Long-Term Impact of COVID-19

By CareQuest Institute of Oral Health and ASTDD on May 21, 2021
COVID-19 has disrupted K-12 learning and has limited children's access to oral health services and programs. School-based oral health programs (SBOHPs) are an essential access point for children to receive preventive oral health services.

Evidence-Based Caries Management for All Ages-Practical Guidelines

By John D.B. Featherstone et al. on May 05, 2021
Introduction: The purpose of the present paper is to provide step-by-step guidelines for dental healthcare providers to manage dental caries based upon caries risk assessment (CRA) for ages 0–6 years and 6 years through adult. The manuscript reviews and updates the CAMBRA (caries management by risk...

A Comparison of Four Caries Risk Assessment Methods

By John D.B. Featherstone et al. on May 05, 2021
Introduction: Caries risk assessment (CRA) is essential as the basis for successful management of dental caries. Of the many published CRA tools, four well-known ones are CAMBRA, Cariogram, American Dental Association (ADA), and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) CRAs. The predictive...

Test children for COVID-19 at their dental appointments to catch asymptomatic cases, study suggests

By Flavia Lamberghini, DDS on April 27, 2021
Among 921 pediatric patients who were tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to their dental appointment, 2.3 percent tested positive, according to research published in the April edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Study Demonstrates Saliva Can Spread Novel Coronavirus

By Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D on April 22, 2021
COVID-19 is primarily considered a respiratory illness that affects the lungs, upper airways, and nasal cavity. But COVID-19 can also affect other parts of the body, including the digestive system, blood vessels, and kidneys. Now, a new study has added something else: the mouth.