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BPA-laced dental sealants OK for use in kids, study says
Widely used dental sealants and tooth repair resins contain substances that degrade into the controversial chemical BPA, but dentists can use the product safely in kids if they make sure to wipe or rinse away residue after treatment, a new study concludes. Pregnant women, however, might do better to wait until after delivery.
Mountain View Hospital’s CHIP Receives Grant Money Focused on Preventative Dental Health Programs
MADRAS, OR -- The Office of Rural Health has awarded Mountain View Hospital's Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) a grant for $2,000 to fund two preventative dental health programs.
Proper dental care: Americans shouldn't brush it off
What is the most common chronic childhood illness is in America today? Most people answer asthma. Wrong. It’s tooth decay, an illness that is five times more common than asthma.
Washington Dental Care Program Receives National Acclaim
A collaborative program developed in the state of Washington to address “the greatest unmet need for health services among children” has achieved impressive results while delivering “a strong return on taxpayers’ investment,” according to the Pew Center on the States.
Clinic brings health care to Rockwood
The Rockwood County Health Clinic will open Monday, Aug. 30, providing the community with access to four medical professionals and two dentists.
Roseburg health center to host open house
The clinic offers medical and dental care to uninsured Douglas County residents, as well as to those insured by the Oregon Health Plan and Medicare. The new center joins clinics operated by the organization in Drain, Glide and Myrtle Creek.
Start them early: Dentists advise visiting sooner
WINCHESTER -- How early is too early for a child's first trip to the dentist? Up until recently, dentists recommended parents have their child make their first visit at age 4 or 5. But now some experts say that first visit should come much earlier. An initiative called "Get It Done Before Year One" pushes for that first exam by the child's 12-month birthday.
Decay of Baby Teeth May Be Linked to Obesity, Poor Food Choices, Study Suggests
"Dental decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood, and obesity in youth is a growing problem. To prevent these problems, the dentist's office may be an important place to educate families about nutrition," said Bethin, a pediatrician at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Buffalo in New York.
Chrissy Steltz of Milwaukie, injured by shotgun blast, tries on prosthetic face after yearlong effor
One idea came from Over, a Eugene dentist and specialist in facial prosthetics: a "face" that would re-create her original features -- with acrylic eyes and a silicone nose and skin -- and fit over her scars like a realistic mask.
College board backs OHSU complex plan
Oregon's university leaders on Friday approved a measure that would give colleges a presence in a new Oregon Health & Science University complex. The Oregon University System board -- which oversees the state's seven public colleges and universities -- agreed Friday to allow the universities to enter a long-term tenancy with OHSU for the $160 million-plus Life Sciences Complex. The project will be built in Portland's South Waterfront district.
New program hopes to get kids brushed up on dental health
NORTH BEND, Ore. - Educating young students about oral health is the goal of a new project set to launch this fall in elementary schools on the South Coast.
ADA Statement on Infection Control Procedures in Dental Settings
CHICAGO, July 2, 2010—In light of recent developments at the Missouri VA Medical Center in St. Louis, the American Dental Association (ADA) understands that there may be heightened interest in infection control procedures in dental settings.
Low-Income Children Not Getting Adequate Dental Care
California study finds those covered by public health insurance less likely to make regular visits, if they go at all.
Dentists? They're strangers to 1 in 4 California kids
It's not a pretty picture, the overall state of dental care for California's kids. That's because too many of them -- one-quarter, to be exact -- don't have it. Yep. One in 4 have never even been to a dentist. That attention-grabbing statistic is from a dental-care study released Wednesday and published in the July issue of the journal Health Affairs. It analyzed care -- or, rather, lack thereof -- for children ages 11 and under in the so-called Golden State.
Dental van aids Glide community thanks to large grant
GLIDE, Ore. - Glide residents are getting some help with dental care thanks to a large donation made possible by the F.F.A. class at Glide High School.
Six battles that could save thousands of Oregon lives
Many thousands of lives could be saved in the next four years if Americans would buckle up, drink less soda and take other steps to fight key health problems, according to a top Centers for Disease Control official.
Athletic mouthguards reduce incidence and severity of dental injury
If you participate in organized sports or recreational activities, there's always the risk of injury to the mouth, says the American Dental Association (ADA). In a recent NHL playoff game, a Chicago Blackhawk player was struck in the mouth by a speeding puck. Although wearing a mouthguard, according to news reports, the player lost seven teeth in the incident, which serves as a reminder that acute dental injuries can occur when least expected.
Walmart funds aid health screenings in Portland Public Schools
Portland Public Schools' Visual, Dental and Audiometric program got a boost last week when Superintendent Carole Smith received a check for $60,000 from Walmart to expand the program's free health screenings.
EDITORIAL: A focus on dental health | The Oregon Community Foundation chooses a target
The Oregon Community Foundation, with an endowment of close to $1 billion, is able to do small things in a big way, or big things in many small ways. An example is the foundation’s Regional Action Initiative, which allocated $1 million to each of eight areas in the state and invited volunteer leaders in each region to select a target for philanthropy. The leadership council in the region that covers Benton, Douglas, Lane and Linn counties chose to address the problem of children’s dental health.
Milwaukie dentist takes his chair on the road to serve elderly patients
The mobile clinic is unique not only for its setting but also for its focus on elderly patients. It is on the road once or twice a week for its monthly visits to four Clackamas County senior communities, usually with a four-person crew consisting of Supan, a dentist, a dental assistant and business administrator Lillian Chung, wife of ComfortCare Mobile Dental's founder, Dr. Kenneth Chung. Dr. Chung recently added a West Linn complex; he wants the client list to reach 10 centers, at which point he'd add a second van.
Pacific University expands its programs, campuses and influence
Pacific has a new College of Health Professions, a new library, a new residence hall, a Dental Health Science program, a pharmacy program and a health professions campus in Hillsboro.
‘Tooth Taxi' stops in Newberg
Mobile dental clinic treats students at Edwards School
State will add 35,000 adults to Oregon Health Plan
The state wants to do something about that and is inviting adults who lack health care to apply for a chance to get coverage under the Oregon Health Plan. The state has funding to add about 35,000 adult Oregonians to the OHP Standard plan thanks to Oregon legislation passed in 2009, said Judy Mohr Peterson, director of the Oregon Department of Human Service's Division of Medical Assistance Programs, which administers the plan.
OHSU School of Dentistry devleops new animal model to study craniofacial pain by manipulating genes
Dentistry simulation android is all smiles
Aspiring Japanese dentists can now look forward to honing their skills with a robotic simulator, where mistakes won't have serious consequences. Developers at Showa University and robot maker Tmsuk say Hanako Showa, designed to look just like a 5-foot-tall Japanese woman, is the first of her kind in the world. Offering realistic treatment scenarios, she can open and close her mouth, turn her head, and say "Ouch! It hurts!" She can also interact verbally with students, answering questions like, "Are you OK?"
Dental clinic at Portland's Creston School reopens under new management
The dental clinic that has operated at Creston Elementary School for nearly half a century reopened today under the care of the Multnomah Dental Society.
Tooth Taxi visits Bohemia
For four days last week the “Tooth Taxi,” a 38-foot van modified as a state-of-the-art dental office, came to Bohemia Elementary and served the dental needs of over 100 students. Bohemia Principal Jackie Lester reported that the total amount of dental work donated free of charge was $27,000.
Oregon Office of Rural Health Receives Federal Grant to Help Rural Providers
The Oregon Office of Rural Health at Oregon Health & Science University has received a grant from the National Health Service Corp (NHSC) to help primary care providers in rural and underserved urban areas repay their loans.
Specialized practices focus on health care aimed at adolescents
The first set of teeth you notice in Dr. Dustin James' new office are in the shark, next to the giant popcorn bucket, above the coffee bar. "I just felt like there wasn't enough focus on dental care for adolescents," says James, who trained as a pediatric dentist at Oregon Health & Science University. "Between the stuffed animals and the adult offices, they kind of got lost."
Insurance Changes Hurt Dentists
Insurance changes hurt dentists When you have a dental problem, is the first call you make to your insurance company? Do you ask an insurance agent what you should do about the pain in your bicuspid? No. Your first call is to your dentist, who has the expertise to offer the necessary treatment. LTE by Steven Thurn, D.M.D. Printed in the Register Guard - February 19th, 2010
Dental Coverage Cuts Leave California's Poor In Pain
In California, it's been seven months since some 3 million poor and disabled adults lost their dental coverage to budget cuts. And in thousands of dentist's offices and community clinics — from the rocky north coast to the Mexican border — it's the receptionists who are left to counsel and console patients who have lost their benefits
Price caps hurt dentists
What if a third party with no financial stake in a small business approached said business and told its owner that it can only charge a certain amount for its product and that the dictated price would be based on a national model with little consideration of local factors? LTE by James C. Catt, D.M.D., Medford Printed in the Medford Mail Tribune - February 18th, 2010
A reason to smile - Area dentists treat dozens of kids
Tough economic times, the dentists say, have forced some families to put off visiting the dentist. Tooth decay in low-income children is often left untreated. Dentists, dental assistants and student hygienists filled the dental school's 24 examination rooms in an attempt to give some of these children a reason to smile, filling cavities, putting in crowns, treating abscesses and cleaning teeth.
The gap in Oregon's smile: Only affluent kids can avoid the costs of Oregon's inattention to dental
Almost every child in Oregon has access to health insurance, including dental care, through the state's newly expanded coverage. That's something to celebrate. Yet the near-death experience of a small dental clinic in Portland is a reminder of how uncertain and toothless the state's dental care for lower-income kids can be.
Dental insurance policy hurts Oregon patients
Dental insurance companies have a new policy that allows them to set the fees for dental services that they do not cover. LTE by Dan Saucy, DMD, Salem
HEALTH PROFESSIONALS PETITION FTC FOR RELIEF FROM RED FLAGS RULE
CHICAGO—In light of a recent federal court decision, four national organizations representing dentists, physicians and veterinarians called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today to exclude health professionals from controversial new regulation intended to combat identity theft.
Hail the Tooth Taxi
Students get free dental service inside the high-tech office on wheels By DEEDA SCHROEDER The Daily Astorian
Oregon House Health Care Committee plans to probe insurance industry
SALEM—The chair of Oregon’s House Health Care Committee intends to spend the interim session teaching his colleagues about the health insurance industry and retooling Oregon's health licensing boards. "We think it would be important to include professional associations, executive directors and board members to participate in this process," suggested Claudia Black, a health policy advisor for Gov. Kulongoski.
Thousands sign up for Healthy Kids
Thousands of children have been added to the state’s health insurance plan during what is the first of two phases to get the word out about expanded coverage
Dentists association seeks to improve access to care
Long active in the Oregon Dental Association, Dr. Rickland Asai is now president of the 2,100-member group. Asai, who practices general dentistry in Washington County, wants to use his one-year term to work on solutions to help address access to care issues in Oregon. The Business Journal recently talked to Asai about the access problem as well as other dental industry issues.
National Children's dental health month (NCDHM)
Check with your local dental society to see how you can volunteer locally for Give Kids a Smile (more)
American Dental Association Petitions FDA to Classify, Regulate Tooth-Whitening Products
CHICAGO, November 20, 2009— The American Dental Association (ADA) today asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish appropriate classifications for tooth-whitening chemicals.
FTC Delays Enforcement of Red Flags Rule to June 1
All of your hard work on protecting your profession from the requirements of the FTC’s Red Flags Rule is paying off. (more)
Study Suggests Dentists Can Identify Patients at Risk for Fatal Cardiovascular Event
CHICAGO, November 5, 2009 – A new study indicates dentists can play a potentially life-saving role in health care by identifying patients at risk of fatal heart attacks and referring them to physicians for further evaluation. See the full press release here: (more)
Kids sell candy to help teeth, troops
Nearly 200 pounds of sweets will be shipped overseas. (more)
Update: Minnesota Developments
FTC Red Flag Rules Suspended
ADA e-Gram (4/30/09) The Federal Trade Commission has issued a 90-day delay in the enforcement of its Red Flags Rule, which would have gone into effect May 1. This delay will give the ADA more time to challenge its applicability to small health care providers such as dentists... (more)
Swine Influenza and You
Oregon and fluoridation: The go-to place for tooth decay
Oregonian (4/22/2009) Hundreds of dentists gathered in Portland this week for a national conference on oral health. They came to the right place: Once San Diego follows through on plans to fluoridate its municipal water by May 2010, Portland will be the nation's largest city without fluoridated water...
Gnashing of teeth over hard times bites into dental care
Oregonian (4/15/09) Teeth and gums make one of health care's best cases for the value of prevention. Most dental pain -- physical and financial -- is preventable by daily brushing and flossing, and regular checkups in a dentist chair...
Dentists Give New Meaning to 'Military Drills'
Gresham Outlook (3/24/09) Gresham couple help put teeth in brigade bound for Iraq...
Tooth Taxi Rolls Through Eastern Oregon
March 20, 2009 (The East Oregonian) In less than an hour Thursday, 7-year-old Andrew Peñaloza's teeth received two fillings, one crown, two x-rays and a good cleaning - about $500 of dental work...
Visiting dentist a necessity even when money is tight
Chicago Sun Times (March 19, 2009) - Skipping regular dental visits could land Americans in “the chair” down the road with far more serious and costly tooth and gum problems, say experts, as new data reveal many Americans chose not to see a dentist last year...
DENTAL DRIVE-BY HELPS SCHOOL KIDS
February 19, 2009. COOS BAY — It didn’t take long for Dr. Weston Heringer to get his first “sunshine” case of the day. Madison fourth-grader Jakob Dunn came to him Wednesday morning with a bad baby tooth. It needed to come out.
GENETIC DISCOVERY COULD LEAD TO ADVANCES IN DENTAL TREATMENT
ScienceDaily (Feb. 24, 2009) — Researchers have identified the gene that ultimately controls the production of tooth enamel, a significant advance that could some day lead to the repair of damaged enamel, a new concept in cavity prevention, and restoration or even the production of replacement teeth.
NORTH CLACKAMAS SCHOOLS WORK ON DENTAL HEALTH
February 4, 2009. Of the 20 kids Dr. Dean Gregson saw on a recent morning, almost all were in such pain they couldn't concentrate in class. Their teeth were cavity-filled, infected and draining. The dentist picked a corner of each child's mouth and got to work.
OHSU DENTAL STUDENT TRAINS IN ROSEBURG
2/11/2009. At first, Ryan LeMert ignored his brother’s advice to attend dental school. After all, LeMert didn’t want to work in the same profession that his older brother entered a few years earlier...
OHSU ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL ADJUSTMENTS IN RESPONSE TO THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC DOWNTURN
University launches hiring freeze and other cost-cutting measures. (more)
ADA HONORS STATE AND LOCAL DENTAL SOCIETIES FOR THEIR OUTREACH PROGRAMS
CHICAGO, November 5, 2008 — The American Dental Association (ADA) continues to honor state and local dental societies across the nation with the 2008 Golden Apple Awards. The Golden Apple Awards program, now in its 20th year, recognizes outstanding achievement in dental society activities and excellence in leadership. (more)
TEXAS DENTIST ASSUMES PRESIDENCY OF THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION
BABY WANT A TOOTHBRUSH! BABY WANT A TOOTHBRUSH
The baby's now a year old, and you say you've got this parenting gig down cold. The diapers don't scare you. You've kept up with all those pediatrician appointments. But has the baby seen the dentist yet?
OREGON TOOTH TAXI HEADED YOUR WAY
August 28 (Portland)- Tooth by tooth, town by town, a pediatric dentist will take free dental care to Oregon this school year in an RV loaded with state-of-the-art equipment.
GUMS AND TEETH GIVE CLUES ABOUT THE BODY
The way to a person’s heart is through his stomach, the adage goes. But researchers now think the way to a healthy heart might be through your gums and teeth.
AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES NEW, IMPROVED "ORALLONGEVITY" WEB SITE
American Dental Association Launches New, Improved "OralLongevity" Web Site refreshed site features new content, updated design for older adult's oral health care.
MANY AMERICANS STILL DO NOT GET FLUORIDATED WATER
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Water systems serving about 30 percent of Americans are not giving them fluoridated water, six decades after fluoridation was started as a public health measure to prevent tooth decay, officials said on Thursday.
GIRLS' NIGHT OUT- KNOWLEDGE OF DENTISTRY REQUIRED
The hygienist assumption – all of them have encountered it. First there’s a look, a head-to-toe once-over gaze that registers the pastel scrubs, the hair pulled back in a ponytail. Then, the inevitable question presents itself: “Where’s the dentist?”
ESSENTIAL DENTAL TREATMENT SAFE PREGNANT WOMEN, SAYS NEW STUDY IN ADA JOURNAL
CHICAGO, June 10, 2008—Pregnant women can safely undergo essential dental treatment and receive topical and local anesthetics at 13 to 21 weeks gestation, says a study published in the June issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
ADA COMMENTS ON FDA's SETTLEMENT OF DENTAL AMALGAM LAWSUIT
WASHINGTON, June 5, 2008—The American Dental Association (ADA) believes the recent settlement between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the group Moms Against Mercury simply sets a definite deadline (July 28, 2009) for the FDA to complete what it began in 2002—a reclassification process for dental amalgam, a commonly-used cavity filling material. As far as the ADA is aware, the FDA has in no way changed its approach to, or position on, dental amalgam.
CDC, FDA WEIGH IN ON SAFETY CONCERNS WITH DENTAL CROWNS
CHICAGO (April 29, 2008)—The American Dental Association (ADA) appreciates the responses from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) addressing safety concerns raised by media reports about lead in dental prostheses such as crowns and bridges.
ADA FOUNDATION HELPS PREPARE PROFESSION FOR INCREASED USE OF SEDATION, ANESTHESIA
CHICAGO (April 7, 2008) — As advances in dental technology offer a greater range of treatments in dental offices, the ADA Foundation is taking a proactive step to help ensure patient safety advances are in step with tomorrow’s dental science through a $100,000 grant to the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology Research Foundation, Inc.
AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON SAFETY CONCERNS WITH DENTAL CROWNS
CHICAGO (March 27, 2008)—An Ohio TV station aired a report in late February claiming that a dental crown produced in a Chinese dental lab has tested positive for lead. There is no appropriate use for lead in manufacturing dental prosthetics.
AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOICATION STATEMENT ON SAFETY CONCERNS WITH DENTAL PROSTHESIS
MORE FUN THAN ROOT CANALS? IT"S THE DENTAL VACATION
JENNIFER GATES, 40, a hairstylist and makeup artist from Northern California, hadn’t seen a dentist in a decade when she got the call last spring. Her father, Jerry Halley, 64, phoned to say he desperately needed crowns for a few back teeth and other work. Without insurance, Mr. Halley, who owns a landscaping business in Oregon, would have to pay the estimated $8,000 bill.
A REMINDER TO PARENTS: EARLY DENTAL VISITS ESSENTIAL TO CHILDREN'S HEALTH
American Dental Association kicks off National Children's Dental Health Month with Outreach Events and Advice to Parents
THE FESTERING SORES OF OUR DENTAL CARE
T hey're as young as 5 or 6, their mouths befitting a sailor at the tail end of a 30-year binge. Brown nubs for teeth, some broken off, others rotted almost down to the gums. Bloody sores. Swelling. And, of course, lots of cavities. This Friday, as he has for years, Dean Gregson will open the doors of his private dental practice just outside Gladstone and stare into the abyss of Oregon's dental health.
ADA REBUKES INSURERS' INTERPRETATION OF EBD
Driven by the commitment to help dentists provide quality oral health care to their patients, the ADA is challenging the insurance industry's usage of the term evidence based in its communications to the profession.
AMALGAM FILINGS DON'T AFFECT CHILDREN'S BRAIN DEVELOPMENT, SAY STUDY IN ADA JOURNAL
CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2008—Dental amalgam tooth fillings do not adversely affect children's brain development and neurological status, researchers report in the February issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES SMILE HEALTHY PROGRAM
New Logo Will Help Consumers Make Smart Product Choices CHICAGO, January 22, 2008—The American Dental Association (ADA) announced today the launch of its new “Smile Healthy,” certification program aimed at helping consumers identify which foods and beverages are good for oral health.
NOMINATE A DENTAL VOLUNTEER FOR A FOREIGN COUNTRY SERVICE AWARD CERTIFICATE
The Committee on International Programs and Development, a committee of the ADA's Board of Trustees, believes that the personal effort and self-sacrifice of Association members who serve as dental volunteers in developing countries merit professional and public appreciation. Thus, under the purview of the Committee, the Certificate of Recognition for Volunteer Service in a Foreign Country is issued to members who have contributed their time and talents to those in underserved areas around the world.
STUDY SUPPORTS BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY WATER FLUORIDATION FOR OLDER ADULTS
In a retrospective study in the fall 2007 Journal of Public Health Dentistry ,1 researchers from Indiana University, Oregon Health and Science University, and Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) report that older adults may benefit more than children from community water fluoridation.
TWO EVIDENCE-BASED DENTISTRY CONFERENCES ANNOUNCED FOR 2008
Champion Conference slated for May 2-3; International Conference set for May 4 CHICAGO, Dec. 6, 2007 – The American Dental Association (ADA) and the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice (JEBDP) will host two evidence-based dentistry conferences in early May 2008 at the ADA’s Chicago Headquarters.
2008 REGISTRATION FOR NOTED ADA/ KELLOGG EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT PORGRAM FOR DENTISTS ANNOUNCED
CHICAGO, Nov. 26, 2007 – The American Dental Association (ADA) and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, announce that registration is open for the 2008 session of the noted “ADA/Kellogg Executive Management Program” for dentists.
OREGON CHILDREN'S TEETH ARE DECAYING
Tooth decay is on the increase in Oregon schoolchildren, a new survey of nearly 4,000 elementary students reports.
Do dentists brush off Halloween? Or do they treat, too?
ADA UPDATES ENVIRONMENTAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HANDLING WASTE
SAN FRANCISCO, October 2, 2007—The American Dental Association (ADA) has updated its best management practices for the disposal of dental amalgam waste to include the use of separators, collection devices installed in dental office plumbing to capture and remove at least 95 percent of solid waste particles before they enter the sewer system. The use of separators will allow greater recycling and reduce the amount of amalgam, which contains mercury, entering wastewater treatment plants.
NEW PROGRAM BRIGHTENS KIDS' DENTAL HEALTH
Marianne Stone is making a habit of painting children's teeth. The paste she uses isn't for color--it's a fluoride solution meant to strengthen teeth and fight tooth decay.
ADA SEAL OF ACCEPTANCE AWARDED TO CHEWING GUM
Chicago, September 25, 2007- After a rigorous review process, the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs has awarded the ADA Seal of Acceptance to Wrigley sugarfree chewing gums Orbit, Extra, and Eclipse, because they are clinically show to help prevent cavities, reduce plaque acid and strengthen teeth.
HELP COUNTER BIG TOBACCO'S MISLEADING ATTACKS!
Measure 50, The Healthy Kids Plan, funds quality health care, including coverage for 100,000 uninsured Oregon children. It will also strengthen Oregon's proven tobacco prevention program and fund other important health programs for Oregonians.
HEALTHY KIDS OREGON LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR FAIRNESS: KIDS NEED HEALTH COVERAGE NOW
Broad Coalition Supports Measure 50 on November Ballot; Calls on Oregonians to Submit Photos Of Their Children to Show Support For Covering All Kids. (more)
WHERE KIDS ARE ACHING FOR CARE
Oregon has an epidemic of oral disease, and it's the state's 117,00 uninsured children who feel most of the pain
ADA STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF DEAMONTE DRIVER
CHICAGO, March 2, 2007—We are deeply saddened at the apparently avoidable death of 12-year-old Deamonte Driver, Prince George’s County, Md., from a severe brain infection that may have resulted from his deplorable degree of untreated dental disease. This is an extreme example of what then-Surgeon General David Satcher called a “silent epidemic” of untreated oral disease in his landmark report on oral health in 2000. (more)
FOR WANT OF A DENTIST
Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache Sunday. A routine, $80 tooth extraction might have saved him. (more)
MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY SMILE
Only the rich or uninformed could love Oregon's record of ignoring fluoride and let teeth rot where they may
EDITORIAL: PAYING DOCTORS FOR BETTER CARE
Should doctors be paid in accord with how often they treat you--or how well they treat you? (more)
A looming shortage of dentists means lack of access, care throughout the state.
STEM CELL TECHNIQUE COULD HELP KIDS AVOID ROOT CANAL
The promise of stem cells may someday help kids say goodbye to the dreaded root canal, scientists report.
MULTNOMAH DENTAL SOCIETY RECEIVES ADA FOUNDATION AWARD TO HELP IMPROVE CHILDREN'S DENTAL CARE
(Milwaukie)- Multnomah Dental Society will help improve children's denta care in the local community thanks to an award of $1,500 grant from the American Dental Association Foundation's Samuel Harris Fund. (more)
NEW REPORT FINDS SERIOUS ORAL DISEASE PROBLEM IN OREGON
Tobacco use and excessive alcohol use accounts for approximately 75 percent of all oral cancer in Oregon. (more)
ADA OFFERS INTERIM GUIDANCE ON INFANT FORMULA AND FLUORIDE
The ADA has developed interim guidance on fluoride intake by infants and young children for parents, caregivers and health care professionals of infants who consume infant formula.
'FLOSS YOUR TEETH OR YOU'LL LOOSE THEM'
You have heard it so many times you're sick of it! "Brush and floss your teeth twice a day and see your dentist twice a year." (more)
OHSU SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY TEAM DISCOVERS POTENTIAL NEW TARGET FOR TREATING CRANIOFACIAL PAIN PROBLEMS
A new study, published in the Journal of Neurochemistry, identifies a key interaction between head and neck nerve cell proteins that may help shed light on migraines and temporomandibular joint disorders. (more)
HALLOWEEN SMARTS FOR SWEETS
Scary costumes, trick-or-treat with friends and the moon shining with an eerie glow on a crisp, cool evening make for a spook-tacular Halloween. (more)
ADA APPLAUDS HEALTH CLAIM FOR FLUORIDATED WATER
The American Dental Association (ADA) supports the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to allow bottlers to claim that fluoridated water may reduce the risk of dental cavities or tooth decay.
FIRMS CAN MAKE FLUORIDATED WATER CLAIM
Companies can claim that drinking bottled water with fluoride prevents cavities, the government said Wednesday.
HEALTH STANDARD SETTING: 'IF THE DDSs DON'T DO IT, THE MBAs WILL'
HHS Secretary Leavitt addresses ADA House of Delegates
HASBRO IS ENTERING ORAL-HYGIENE BUSINESS WITH TOOTHBRUSHES THAT PLAY SONGS
A toothbrush that plays pop music through kids' pearly whites while it polishes them is a tune that toy giant Hasbro will sing. (more)
GROWING OREGON PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY DEPARTMENT GOES DIGITAL
Patient information in OHSU's Dr. and Mrs. Carl Rietman Pediatric Dentistry Clinic is now even more secure, thanks to a digital system recently initiated by the School of Dentistry. (more)
SPECIAL ISSUE OF SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN EXPLORES ORAL-SYSTEMIC HEALTH LINK
A special edition of Scientific America magazine focusing on the relationship between oral and systemic health will be unveiled at the ADA annual session in Las Vegas later this month.
NPI DOCUMENT PROVIDES FAQS FOR THE DENTAL COMMUNITY
A special Task Force has completed its mission to develop a comprehensive questions & answers FAQ about the NPI to help educate dentists. (more)
KITZHABER ADDRESSES SENATE COMMISSION
Former Governor John Kitzhaber and ODA Immediate Past President Weston W. Heringer, Jr., DMD attended the Senate Health Commission on Health Care Access and Affordability on September 15 at ODA in Wilsonville. (more)
HOW WILL A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OBTAIN AN NPI?
Click the link to learn three ways a health care provider can apply for an NPI. (more)
ADA WELCOMES ADDITIONAL SCIENTIFIC REVIEW OF DENTAL FILLING SAFETY
CHICAGO, September 7, 2006—The American Dental Association (ADA) welcomes the call by a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel for additional review of scientific studies on the safety of dental amalgam fillings.
DESCHUTES COUNTY BEGINS ORAL HEALTH PROGRAM THROUGH GRANT
The Deschutes Couty Health Department has been awarded $2,500 from the Oregon Dental Foundation to help begin the Deschutes County Oral Health Program (more)
NPI LORE: MYTHS AND REALITIES OF THE NATIONAL PROVIDER IDENTIFIER
Myths and misconceptions abound as dentists begin signing up for NPIs. (more)
ADA RELEASES EVIDENCE-BASED RECOMMENDATIONS ON TOPICAL FLUORIDE
New evidence-based clinical recommendations on professionally applied topical fluoride developed by a panel of experts in the field of fluoride research is now available. (more)
CDC STATEMENT ON THE 2006 NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL REPORT ON FLUORIDE IN DRINKING WATER
CDC recommends community water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and inexpensive way to prevent tooth decay among populations living in areas with adquate community water supply systems.
SCIENTISTS SOUND WARNING ON HIGH NATURAL FLUORIDE LEVELS
The risk of tooth and bone damage calls for a lower federal limit on the chemical, panel says. (more)
CIGARETTE SMOKING NEARLY DOUBLES RISK FOR ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
According to a new study appearing in the April issue of the Journal of Dental Research, cigarette smoking can lead to not only tooth discoloration and gum disease, but also a common dental procedure that helps to heal a diseased tooth--the root canal. (more)
PERIODONTITIS IS ASSOCIATED WITH PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS
Results of a new study support the hypothesis that chronic periodontal infection increases the risk of developing preeclampsia in pregnant women. This study printed in February's issue of the Journal of Periodontology. The results also suggest that maternal chronic periodontal disease is a risk factor for low birthweight babies among preeclamptic mothers compared to those women who did not have preeclampsia. (more)
National Museum of Dentistry cheers 14 years
BALTIMORE, Maryland--The National Museum of Dentistry celebrated its 14th anniversary June 4, 2010, with an exhibit opening and preview of new outreach initiatives. The annual celebration honors supporters and friends who help the Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, in its mission to celebrate the history the dentistry and to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health in a healthy life.
OHSU, facing state funding cut, raises tuition
Oregon Health & Science University's board voted Wednesday to raise some tuition and make cuts to certain outreach programs to trim about $3.7 million from its 2010-11 budget because of declining state funding. The university will raise tuition by 4 percent at its School of Medicine and an average of 12.1 percent at its School of Dentistry. Both schools had similar increases the previous year. The heftier tuition is expected to bring in about $2.5 million more in 2011 than was budgeted in the previous year.