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Home oral care recommendations from the ADA

Home Oral Care
Key Points

Home oral care recommendations from the ADA are based on data from clinical studies.
While general recommendations may adequately address the needs for many patients, a dentist may tailor home oral care recommendations to fit the individual patient’s needs and wants.
Home oral care is an important contributor to oral health, and can help lessen the need for extensive dental intervention in the future.

Thumbnail image of a handout highlighting home oral care recommendations from the American Dental Association

This home oral care guide, developed by the ADA, is a summary of the recommendations below, and can be used to help facilitate discussions with your patients about their home oral health care habits.


The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting

ATLANTA, Ga., USA: The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting — a comprehensive source of continuing education in dentistry — is announcing the return of all-day programs for dental hygienists, assistants and office staff. Hinman 2018 will also host specialty courses provided by dental hygiene, dental assisting and dental practice experts from around the country.

“Hinman 2018 is the perfect opportunity for the entire dental team to learn about the latest developments and best practices in dentistry,” said Dr. Patrick Yancey III, general chairman for Hinman 2018. “Dental hygienists, assistants and office staff can choose from more than 250 quality continuing education courses and attend professional networking and fun-filled social events, as well as visit an exhibit hall featuring nearly 400 companies.”

Courses for entire dental team

Designed for the entire dental team, the New Product Showcase (Fr339) will be held on Friday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. Open to all attendees at no fee, 18 companies will present the latest products and services in an informative, non-commercial manner. In addition, all dental professionals are invited to “Women and Their Money,” led by Megan Brinsfield with Motley Fool Wealth Management. She will address why women are saving less, living longer and speaking the language of money less fluently than their male counterparts. This course (Sa366) is offered from 9 a.m. to noon at no charge. Hinman also is bringing back its popular all-day educational tracks designed for hygienists, assistants and office staff. These tracks include:

Prevention Convention

Hinman’s Prevention Convention (Th201) is designed primarily for dental hygienists, but is open to dentists, students and others as well. Held on Thursday, March 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., this all-day track includes the following sessions:

“Think Outside the Mouth: Treatment Planning for Nonsurgical Periodontal Treatment,” Karen Davis, 8 – 9 a.m.
“Communicating with Confidence,” Renee Graham, 9 – 10 a.m.
“Change Your Thinking, Change Your Hygiene Appointment,” Sheri Kay, 10 – 11 a.m.
“Hygiene Shouldn’t Be a Pain in the Neck,” Dr. Bethany Valachi, noon – 1 p.m.
“Oral and Tonsillar Cancer: The HPV Dichotomy,” Dr. John Kalmar, 1 – 2 p.m.
“Hot Topics in Infection Control,” Nancy Dewhirst, 2 – 3 p.m.

Dental Assisting Extravaganza

Hinman’s Dental Assisting Extravaganza (Fr237) is designed primarily for dental assistants, but is open to dentists, students and others as well. Held on Friday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., this all-day track includes the following sessions:

“Saying It Right the First Time,” Char Sweeney, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
“The Team Approach to a Successful, Energized Dental Practice,” Jo-Anne Jones, 10:30 a.m. – noon.
“Highway to Health: A Roadmap to Self-Managing Your Work-Related Pain,” Dr. Bethany Valachi, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
“Assistant U: Top Products Every Assistant Uses,” Shannon Pace Brinker, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Business Office Bonanza

Hinman’s Business Office Bonanza (Fr238) is designed primarily for dental office staff, but is open to dentists, students and others as well. Held on Friday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., this all-day track includes the following sessions:

“The Gift of Connection,” Sheri Kay, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
“Total Team Concept for Effective Scheduling,” Lois Banta, 10:30 a.m. – noon.
“Recent Dental Code Changes: What Every Dentist Should Know About Dental Coding,” Dr. Gary Dougan, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
“Why Patients Say ‘No!’” Steven Anderson, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

To register and learn more about Hinman 2018, visit www.hinman.org.

The Hinman Tradition

The Hinman Dental Meeting is designed with a commitment to quality and professionalism and a high regard for the value of continuing education. The meeting is sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society, a non-profit organization, and all excess revenue is invested and gifted in the form of individual scholarships to dental, hygiene, assisting and lab tech students and contributions to institutions that foster dental education.

CDC Officials Say Flu Responsible For Deaths Of 53 Children.

CDC Officials Say Flu Responsible For Deaths Of 53 Children.

On its website, CBS News (2/3, Begnaud) reported that the flu epidemic has led to the deaths of 53 children so far. As CDC acting director Anne Schuchat, MD, explained, “We’re seeing deaths increase in children and in adults. … So it’s proving to be a very difficult season.”

Meanwhile, CNBC (2/2) reported on a study from the journal Eurosurveillance, which “found that the flu vaccine was only 10 percent effective against H3N2 (the main flu subtype going around in the US this season) among adults in Canada.”

The AP (2/2) reported Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) called for $1 billion in increased spending to develop a universal flu vaccine.

ADA Article

Dentistry in the News
Business Insider: For Better Health, Choose Tap Water.

In a piece debunking several health myths, Business Insider (1/2, Ramsey) states that it is a myth bottled water is healthier to drink than tap water. The article explains that unless a person lives “in an area with known unclean drinking water, opting for bottled water” is not the healthier choice, and in fact, the person “could be missing out on fluoride, which is important for keeping teeth from decaying.”

Information about fluoride and community water fluoridation is available at ADA.org/fluoride, and the ADA Catalog also features the Fluoride Nature’s Cavity Fighter brochure. There are additional resources for patients on MouthHealthy.org, including A Mom’s Guide to Fluoride

Preventive Dental Care In Early Dementia May Limit Problems Later, Researchers Say.

Reuters (2/5, Crist) reports that providing preventive dental care to patients in the early stages of dementia could help limit major oral health problems in the future, researchers say. “Dementia is associated with a change in health habits, including two major ones – diet and teeth cleaning,” said Robert Emanuel of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust in Sussex in the UK. “If not looked after, their teeth can deteriorate quite quickly,” he added. After surveying “51 patients about 10 weeks after these individuals had received a dementia diagnosis,” Emanuel and colleague Anne Sorensen of Brighton and Sussex Medical School determined most had not received oral health education, nor were they offered fluoride treatments. “With dementia patients, we tend to be treatment-oriented and there’s not as much talk of prevention,” Emanuel said. “Early in the disease, we should build positive habits so patients don’t forget what their dentists advise.”

The Oral Health Topics on ADA.org and MouthHealthy.org provide information on aging and dental health for dental professionals and patients.

Welcome Stacy!

We would like to welcome our new team member and excellent hygienist, Stacy.
Stacy has been in the field of dentistry for the last 30 years. She is the mom of 2 and is expecting her first grandchild very soon. She loves working with her local theater group and is active in her church. Stacy is excited that she joined our team and to meet her new family of patients.
We have received awesome reviews from our patients that she is gentle, caring and thorough. They look forward to seeing her again on their next visit.

Dr. Hanna is on Find A Dentist by the ADA!


Headaches, Sore Jaw, And Fractured Teeth May Be Signs Of Bruxism.

Headaches, Sore Jaw, And Fractured Teeth May Be Signs Of Bruxism.

USA Today (4/7, Bowerman) reported that waking up with headaches or a sore jaw, or finding fractures in teeth could be a sign of bruxism. Bruxism may be attributed to stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders, according to American Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Maria Lopez Howell. A recent study in The Journal of the American Dental Association also suggests that teeth grinding is associated with alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco use. Dr. Howell advises seeing a dentist to discuss possible solutions, which may include using a mouthguard at night to protect teeth. “Bruxism is a condition that needs to be treated by a dentist with a night guard or splint,” she said. “This actually involves the joint; we are protecting the joint and the teeth, and it needs to be done with experience and knowledge of that whole chewing complex.”

April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

It is always IMPORTANT to come in and see ME for your CLEANINGS 2 times a year!!!!
Every visit I make sure I check your mouth (gums, lips, tongue…etc) for oral cancer! Catch it early!


April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cavity and oropharynx cancers account for 2.9 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States and 1.6 percent of cancer deaths. The American Dental Association recognizes that early oral cancer diagnoses have the potential to significantly impact treatment decisions and outcomes. The ADA also supports routine visual and tactile examinations, particularly for patients who are at risk, including those who use tobacco or who are heavy consumers of alcohol.

Take time this month to review statistics, find a protocol for oral cancer examinations and educate your patients about their risk factors and signs and symptoms to watch for.

Professional resources can be found on ADA.org. Patient resources on oral cancer, risk factors and the association with HPV can be found on MouthHealthy.org.
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