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New Research Shows the Majority of Antibiotics Prescribed by Dentists Are Unnecessary

Antibiotic resistance is a hot topic, and for a good reason. The World Health Organization (WHO) sees antibiotic resistance as a huge threat to public health. As antibiotics are used, bacteria changes to resist the antibiotics. The bacteria becomes harder to get rid of, and the antibiotics become less effective. This is a global, timeless phenomenon. Anytime and any way...

Q&A with Today’s RDH Editor, Mark Hartley

Today’s RDH: We don’t want to make any pointed reference to your age, but can we obtain a ballpark guess at how long you’ve been involved with the dental hygiene profession? Hartley:  Well, Dr. Fones passed on almost 50 years before I arrived on the scene. And, Irene Newman passed on almost 30 years before I arrived. Does that...

DNA Proves Causation, Not Just Correlation, to Oral Hygiene and Alzheimer’s

Oral health is a component of overall health. Previously, oral health and overall physical health were seen as separate. Dental hygiene was not often thought of as something that could make a person healthy or unhealthy. If anything, good dental hygiene has often been seen as cosmetic. New studies have emerged that prove how important oral health is to overall health....

Test Your Pediatric Prescription Toothpaste Knowledge!

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Success Rates of Non‐Surgical Periodontal Therapy in Adult Perio Patients

The International Journal of Dental Hygiene recently released an article, "Success of non‐surgical periodontal therapy in adult periodontitis patients‐a retrospective analysis," that studied adult patients who had undergone periodontal treatment. About the Netherlands Study The study that was published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene was led by G.A. Van der Weijden. Van der Weijden is a periodontist and works at the...

Young Appalachian Girls More Likely to Suffer From Hypodontia than Male Peers

Researchers at the West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia have recently discovered a gender disparity among young dental patients. According to their research, female children were more likely to have at least one tooth missing than their male peers. The study was recently published in the April 2019 edition of the Journal of Dental Hygiene under the title, "Hypodontia,...

Research Reveals Dental Professionals Should Educate Patients about Vaping

Researchers have recently gathered more information about the potential negative side effects of tobacco products with an Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). The results of the academic research were presented in the February edition of the Journal of Dental Hygiene under the title, "Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: Current trends and patient education opportunities for dental hygienists." About Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Electronic Nicotine...

Survey Assesses Dental Hygienists Knowledge and Practices Towards HPV

Scientists at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in Minneapolis, Minnesota recently examined how dental hygienists discuss the link between Human Papilloma Virus and vaccines with their patients. The study, "Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Human Papilloma Virus Communication and Vaccine Advocacy Among Minnesota Dentists and Dental Hygienists," was published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene. About Human Papilloma Virus An...

Research Shows Aloe Vera Mouthwash Can Reduce Gingival Inflammation

Aloe vera is known for its many health benefits. Recently, scientists decided to study whether it could also improve someone's oral health. The results of their research, titled "Efficacy of aloe vera mouthwash versus chlorhexidine on plaque and gingivitis: A systematic review" was published in the March issue of the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. Aloe Vera Health Benefits Aloe vera is a...

Test Your Locally Applied Antibiotics Knowledge!

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