ADAA 24/7 News Brief
Dec. 4, 2012

Dental infection control: Fatigue leads to mistakes
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? There are many things in the chain of infection control that we have little power to control. There is one area you can have an impact on — sleep. We create a susceptible host when we deprive ourselves of sleep. Sleep has a direct impact on our immune system and thus our ability to fight off disease. Recent findings have shown that lack of sleep can even contribute to the ineffectiveness of vaccines, the most effective first line of defense against disease. More

ADAA/Hu-Friedy Merit Scholar Award
Juliette A Southard / ADAA - Hu-Friedy Merit Scholar Award/ Student Achievement Award applications are now being accepted! For more information, visit Deadline for these awards is March 15, 2013, don't delay!More

The link between hormonal changes, gum disease in women
Dental Health Magazine
Periodontal disease is a constantly increasing health complication among adults. However, women seem to be particularly sensitive to developing gum disease complications and side effects. Those women who generally have gum line complications such a gingivitis or mild gum disease, will see their condition worsening at certain life stages during their life, especially when hormonal changes occur.More

Dental anesthetic sensitivity facts
Dental Health Magazine
These patients may complain of sweating, heart palpitations, terrible migraines or even shaking (tremor). Now epinephrine is a very important ingredient that helps making the anesthetic more efficient. Imagine this: an anesthetic without epinephrine content can keep you numb for about five to seven minutes, while an anesthetic with epi will keep you numb even for up to an hour. Epinephrine is also important because it has vasoconstrictor properties; that is, it helps stopping the bleeding in soft tissues within the mouth. More

Precious vitamin defends against dental cavities
Dental Health Magazine
Vitamins are extremely important for a proper functioning of the human system. Recently, several studies have pointed out that there is one important vitamin which safeguards against dental cavities.More

The latest toothbrush that's not a toothbrush
Chicago Tribune
Emmi-dent. It's the toothbrush you're not supposed to brush your teeth with. But that's not to say you shouldn't use it regularly. Like any other toothbrush, Emmi-dent has a head full of bristles. But they're for transmitting ultrasonic impulses from a microchip inside the brush head.More

Apps for dental healthcare
Although it's easier to reach out to patients as digital tools have become more available, it's also sometimes more frustrating. No longer is it enough to demonstrate brushing or to flip through a chart of proper home care steps. People want more style in their education and more reminders throughout their day. Lucky for everyone, there's usually an app for that.More

NIH statement on World AIDS Day 2012
The International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., this past summer energized HIV/AIDS researchers and focused on the potential benefits of broadly implementing scientifically proven HIV prevention and treatment tools. On World AIDS Day, the National Institutes of Health joins with our global partners to maintain this momentum toward a world without AIDS. More

ADA updates dental radiograph recommendations
American Dental Association
The American Dental Association, , in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration, has released updated recommendations for the prescription of dental radiographic examinations. "Dental Radiographic Examinations: Recommendations for Patient Selection and Limiting Raditation Exposure," which was last updated in 2004, should serve in conjunction with dentists' professional judgment on when it's appropriate to use diagnostic imaging.More

California governor signs dental plan disclosure bill
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will place new disclosure requirements on dental plans and insurers when they make material changes to their contracts, rules and procedures. AB 2252, which was sponsored by the California Dental Association (CDA), takes effect Jan. 1 and requires plans to provide written notice to providers within 45 business days of any material changes to a plan's rules, guidelines, policies, and procedures concerning dental provider contracting or coverage of or payment for dental services.More

Encouraging New Year dental care in young patients
Dentistry IQ
New Year's Day is coming, and many healthcare and dental hygiene professionals are wondering how they can encourage young patients to stay healthy and keep their teeth clean and cavity-free. Parents and dental professionals alike usually convince younger people to do something or not do something in one of two ways. Read about those ways. More

Myth that snuff users have fewer dental caries
Medical News Today
It is a myth that snus (Swedish snuff) users have fewer dental caries. On the contrary, some types of nicotine-free snus contain both carbohydrates and starch that increase the risk of cavities. Those are the findings of a thesis from Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. A common notion is that people who use nicotine-containing snus have fewer cavities. But that notion is a myth. More

Email rules to grow your dental practice
Dentistry IQ
Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., writes: "Your customers are not swinging on a hammock waiting around for your Internet-clogging MP3 audio file to grace their inboxes. Heed the following if you want to successfully use email to market your practice."More