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.

Study Finds Low Rate of COVID-19 Among Dental Hygienists

By ADA and ADHA on February 24, 2021
Study Finds Low Rate of COVID-19 Among Dental HygienistsJoint research investigates pandemic’s impact on infection control practices in dental health setting; employment rate of dental hygienists                     

Recommendations About the Use of Dental Amalgam in Certain Higher-Risk Groups

By FDA on February 18, 2021
Dental amalgam is a dental filling material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid  (elemental) mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper. Approximately half (50%) of dental amalgam is elemental mercury by...

California OKs RDHs to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine Under Dentist's Supervision

February 16, 2021
The Department of Consumer Affairs on Feb. 11 approved a public health emergency waiver that allows registered dental hygienists in California to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 16 and older under the supervision of an eligible vaccine provider, such as a dentist, licensed physician...

Marin Voice: Pandemic puts spotlight on essential steps for children’s dental health

By GILA C. DOROSTKAR, DDS on February 08, 2021
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and it is now even more important during a pandemic to take care of our children’s oral health. As a pediatric dentist here in Marin, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of dental decay in young children which only seems to have...