ADAA 24/7 News Brief
Jul. 17, 2012

Study: Heavy cellphone use affects salivary glands
Heavy cellphone use increases the rate of saliva and flow, as well as the volume of parotid glands, according to a study to be published next month in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology. Researchers from the department of oral medicine and radiology at Vidya Shikshan Prasarak Mandal's Dental College and Research Centre in India were interested in looking at how heat and radiofrequency radiation that cellphones emit can impact adjacent tissues.More

OSHA updates Web pages for healthcare and dentistry
Inside Dental Assisting
The US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has recently updated its topic pages for Healthcare and Dentistry, including a new Healthcare Facilities page. The Dentistry page has been revised and incorporated into the new Healthcare page.More

Instrument survey
Forty percent of dental hygienists sharpen instruments every day or at least once week, and they favor a manual stone or guide when they do it, according to an RDH eVillage survey. The survey, which was completed by 421 RDH eVillage readers, opened up with a question about the frequency of sharpening instruments. Since the answers were anonymous, the question emphasized the word "really" in the question, "How often you really sharpen each of your instruments?"More

ADA: Affordable Care Act dental impact projections
American Dental Association
Millions more children will have dental coverage in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, according to an Association statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's June 28 ruling. But any increase in dental Medicaid coverage of adults is likely "to be minimal." A 2011 ADA House of Delegates resolution called for a study of the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or ACA) and the impact of projected marketplace changes on the dental profession. "The reports should be ready in the next few weeks, allowing the ADA to use actuarially-supported projections to help us create a more meaningful dental impact projection," said the July 12 statement. More

Solid foods can provide high levels of fluoride
Dental Tribune
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. More

Updated CDC recommendations for the management of hepatitis B virus-infected healthcare providers and students
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This report updates the 1991 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for the management of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-infected healthccare providers and students to reduce risk for transmitting HBV to patients during the conduct of exposure-prone invasive procedures (CDC. Recommendations for preventing transmission of human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis B virus to patients during exposure-prone invasive procedures. This update reflects changes in the epidemiology of HBV infection in the United States and advances in the medical management of chronic HBV infection and policy directives issued by health authorities since 1991. More

Colorado says dentist put thousands at HIV risk from reused syringes
A suspended Colorado dentist reused syringes and needles in his now-shuttered practice, potentially exposing thousands of patients to HIV and hepatitis infection, health officials warned. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment sent letters to 8,000 patients of dentist Stephen Stein, urging them to seek tests for the diseases after learning of "unsafe injection practices" at two Denver-area clinics he owned between September 1999 and June 2011.More

Tooth fillings made with BPA tied to behaviour issues
The Vancouver Sun
Kids who get dental fillings made using BPA are more likely to have behavior and emotional problems a few years later, according to a new study. But the effect was small, and the lead researcher was quick to point out that her team didn't measure BPA levels in particular - and had no way of knowing if any other chemicals were leaching out of the fillings. More

Is soy milk bad for teeth?
Soy milk may be worse for your teeth than cow's milk, a new study suggests. The results show bacteria commonly found in the mouth produce five to six times more acid when they feed on soy milk compared to cow's milk. More

Teeth gap considered a fashion trend
Dental Health Magazine
While a gap between teeth is perceived to showcase originality and authenticity, which appears attractive to the public. Teeth gap or diastema in its medical term is one of the many dental flaws that people usually associates the ugly. Having a gap in the front portion of the teeth is considered unsightly, thus, many people having this dental problem are spending thousands of dollars just to get it corrected. More

What does saliva contain?
Dental Health Magazine
Saliva is one of the most precious fluids generated by the human organism. Also, saliva is regarded as a very important protector of the teeth, the mouth tissues, and the entire organism in general.More

Study: Racial gap in children's dental care vanishing
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Since 1964, the disparity between black and white children's dental care has narrowed dramatically, a new study finds. By 2010, the disparity in receiving dental care had almost disappeared and was statistically insignificant, researchers say.More

New Save-A-Tooth System Increases the Success Rate of Reimplanted Knocked out Teeth
PRWeb via Inside Dental Assisting
Using a Save-A-Tooth® system within 60 minutes of a knocked out tooth accident gives almost 10 times the chance of success, saving natural smiles and large dental bills. Without this scientific device, only 10 percent of knocked out teeth can be successfully retained after being reimplanted. The cost of replacing only one knocked out tooth that can't survive after being reimplanted is at least $3,000 initially and $30,000 over a lifetime; Three knocked out teeth can cost three times as much.More

Do women experience more pain than men?
Differences in anatomical, physiological and hormonal features between men and women may help to explain why women are more sensitive to pain and experience more chronic orofacial pain, according to a clinical review in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Understanding these differences "should help counteract prejudicial attitudes toward female patients, which can lead to inadequate care," wrote Thuan Dao, DMD, MSc, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry.More

Want cavity proof teeth? New chemical might make it possible
International Science Times
Tired of getting fillings every time you go to the dentist? That may be a thing of the past, Chilean newspaper Diario Financiero reports. Scientists Jose Cordova from Yale University and Erich Astudillo from the Universidad de Santiago in Chile said they have come up with a way to make teeth "cavity proof." More

ABC News Investigation: Death, greed at the dentist — American children at risk
ABC News
American children are being put at risk by inadequately trained dentists who often seek to enhance profits by sedating their young patients for even routine tooth cleaning and cavity treatments, an ABC News investigation has found. In many cases, even well-trained dentists have been unable or ill-equipped to handle emergencies with young patients. More

5 things that make a major difference to patients
A dental practice is nothing without its patients' smiles. Happy patients mean more appointments, more referrals and greater revenue. It is important to build a strong rapport with each and every existing and potential patient, which means doing more than providing various magazines to read in the waiting room. While a clean, friendly, painless and efficient visit to the dentist is expected, there are several other factors that can make or break the patient's experience.More