Hermey the Elf, Dental Do Gooder (DDG), is back this holiday season to make improving dental health more festive! Use Hermey's Holiday Workshop to find helpful holiday tips, a teeth trivia quiz, holiday cards and coloring pages to encourage healthy oral care. Decorate your office with the snowflake stencils and ornaments, then share the activity sheets with your patients.
Celebrate with Hermey at MouthHealthy.org/Holiday. Happy holidays!
The ADA sent a letter to Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., in support of the Medicaid Dental Benefits Act of 2021, which would require Medicaid coverage for adults in all states to include comprehensive dental care, ADA News reported. The letter said the COVID-19 pandemic has "shone a spotlight on the inadequacies within our social safety net programs, most starkly in oral health care." The letter said state Medicaid programs vary in their dental care options, and less than half of states offer extensive dental coverage for adults. "Ensuring that states provide comprehensive dental services to adult Medicaid beneficiaries is a sound economic and equitable investment," the letter said.
The ADA is working with California Dental Association to promote the Treating Young Kids Everyday, or TYKE, continuing education course by offering it at no charge through February, ADA News reported. The CDA course, which offers two CE credits, is aimed at increasing the commitment to reducing the prevalence of children's caries and provides tools and training for dental teams to use for caries risk assessment, disease prevention and early intervention in children up to age 5. The effort is part of the Give Kids A Smile educational program Tiny Smiles, which is sponsored by Colgate and CareCredit and supported by the ADA Foundation. "Both the CDA and the ADA, through its GKAS Tiny Smiles program, want to help increase dentists' confidence to see babies and young children," said James D. Stephens, D.D.S., ADA Thirteenth District trustee. "The CDA's Treating Young Kids Everyday CE course does just that."
A new study has found that thoracic radiologists disagreed with 38% of initial incidental nodule recommendations made by non-specialists, which led to revised patient management decisions, according to Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology. With the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in a higher utilization of chest CT and the detection of more nodules in patients' lungs, the "ultimate goal is to improve healthcare quality by standardizing patient care, ensuring identification of lung cancers, and reducing unnecessary radiation exposure," researchers wrote.
Researchers found an estimated 17% decline in providers' volume of brain MRI scans during the pandemic and a surge in acuity, which may affect radiologist deployment, according to a study in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology. "If this persists, this could have implications for radiologist staffing, with more complicated examinations requiring more physician time and effort," the study authors wrote.
Researchers reported in Brain Sciences that patients with early-stage multiple sclerosis who had low levels of vitamin D had significantly lower scores on the symbol digit modalities test as well as worse disease severity during diagnosis and their last clinical follow-up. Researchers said one of the first cognitive problems in MS is information processing speed slowing down, and vitamin D was the only significant predictor of information processing speed examined in the study.
Henry Schein, a wholesale medical and dental supplies distributor based in New York, agreed to pay $500,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the Controlled Substances Act. Authorities said the company distributed about 3,600 Xanax pills and 25,400 hydrocodone pills to a dentist practicing in Huntington, W.Va., between January 2015 and October 2018.
J. Tim Wright, D.D.S., who took over as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Dental Association in January 2021, wrote in a December editorial that among his first priorities was for associate editors, the editorial board and staff to define the journal's vision, mission, goals and objectives. Dr. Wright wrote that the group decided that JADA's vision is to advance dentistry with evidence-based knowledge and the mission is to improve health by advancing science and clinical dentistry. Among the goals and objectives are publishing high-quality, original, peer-reviewed articles, providing a forum for discussion and debate of important issues related to dentistry and health care, keeping practitioners updated on significant advances in dental health care, and implementing new technologies and communication platforms. "The vision and mission of JADA are succinct statements of its role in transferring information and knowledge directed at helping oral health care workers provide appropriate, safe, and effective care," Dr. Wright wrote. "This carries with it a profound responsibility to ensure that the science and information JADA presents to readers is as close to truth as current scientific methodology allows."
Researchers conducted a retrospective cohort study using electronic medical and dental records for nearly 2,400 patients older than 65 years of age within a large academic health system. Sign up or sign in to PracticeUpdate Clinical Dentistry to read more. It's free!
The holiday season can be hectic -- make sure your patients are staying on top of their at-home oral care routines! Share this list of 6 tips for healthy holiday smiles with your patients!
Find more seasonal patient resources in the MouthHealthy Holiday Workshop at MouthHealthy.org/holiday.
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