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Povidone Iodine and Fluconazole in Treating Early Childhood Dental Caries

Early childhood dental caries is a particularly harsh form of tooth decay, as it can cause severe damage to teeth. Treatment is often challenging, and more-invasive modalities such as surgery are sometimes necessary to achieve a resolution; in fact, surgery for caries is one of the most common day surgery procedures performed in children under five years of age for any...

Fluoride Varnish Shown to Prevent Dental Caries in Young Children

Fluoride varnish shows great promise for preventing tooth decay in young children, according to recent findings by researchers at the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care. Below is more information about this important study and its implications for using fluoride varnish to protect the vulnerable teeth of young children. What Is Fluoride Varnish? Fluoride varnish is composed of concentrated fluoride mixed...

Hygienist Profile: Getting to Know Whitney aka Teeth Talk Girl!

The Today’s RDH Hygienist Profile is an ongoing series that features dental hygienists who have expanded their career beyond clinical work, are putting a unique spin on dental hygiene, or have gone above and beyond as a preventive specialist. To kick off the Today’s RDH Hygienist Profile series, we interview Whitney, RDH, BS, also known as Teeth Talk Girl!...

Test your Dental Radiograph Knowledge and Enter to Win a Uni-Grip 360 Universal Sensor Holder Combo Pack!

Disclosure: We value transparency at Today’s RDH. This quiz is sponsored content from Dentsply Sirona Preventive as part of our sponsored partner program.The Rinn Uni-Grip holder is designed to produce an entire full mouth series using only one holder. Sliding the bitepiece along the channels enables you to take anterior, posterior and bitewing x-rays.Rinn Uni-Grip Features & Benefits:One per procedure is...

A David vs. Goliath Tale about Dental Caries

It was bound to happen, sooner or later. Fortunately for our generation, it is happening now rather than years into the future. Using the classic tale of the small boy, David, defeating the feared giant, Goliath, as an analogy, researchers from the University of Alabama have developed a small molecule that, when unleashed against Streptococcus mutans (known to be the ultimate...

Science Shows Surprising Dental Benefits from Drinking Red Wine

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Lovers of red wine the world over are encouraged to raise their collective glasses and cheer the latest positive news concerning the ongoing and expanding positive benefits of drinking the red fruit of the vine. It has already been acknowledged for years that drinking red wine benefits both hearts and colons, due to the concentrated presence of polyphenols. Now, thanks...

The Effectiveness of Toothpastes in Blocking Dentin Tubule Permeability

Dentin hypersensitivity (DH) is a prevalent complaint among dental patients. When patients complain of a sharp, transient toothache, especially when ingesting something hot or cold, dentin hypersensitivity may be the culprit. A 2018 study published in Nature published by Hiller et al. examined how effectively three kinds of toothpaste blocked the dentinal openings which lead to the symptoms of dentin hypersensitivity. The active substances...

How much do you know about dentinal hypersensitivity?

Disclosure: We value transparency at Today’s RDH. This quiz is sponsored content from Dentsply Sirona Preventive as part of our sponsored partner program. 

The Scientific Links Between Periodontitis and Maternity Outcomes

Every year, advances in medical and dental research uncover new ways in which a healthy oral cavity contributes to overall health and vice versa. Many of the bacteria we once thought were limited to the mouth and throat have been discovered to play important roles in health or disease conditions throughout the body. For decades, periodontitis has been positively linked...

Skip the Sip: Reducing Tooth Erosion

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A recent study published by the British Dental Journal points to the deleterious effects that eating and drinking habits may cause in relation to tooth erosion. Lead researcher, Dr. Saoirse O'Toole (from the Department of Tissue Engineering and Biophotonics at the King's College London Dental Institute), and her team worked to determine which foods and drinks proved to be most devastating in causing...