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News and research for Ontario dental hygienists

Spousal Exception Regulation – We did it!
ODHA is pleased to announce the spousal exception regulation has passed under the Dental Hygiene Act – a true victory for the dental hygiene profession! ODHA continuously advocated for this change with the Ontario government and the association would like to thank…
The impact of vaping on periodontitis: A systematic review

Focusing on a correlation between oral health and vaping, a recent study published on Wiley – Clinical and Experimental Dental Research, showed electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) exposure-mediated carbonyl stress leads to increased levels of prostaglandin-E2 and cyclooxygenase-2 in human gingival epithelium compared to…
The effect of inadequate access to peri‐implant hygiene on marginal bone level. A 4‐year cohort prospective study
A four-year cohort perspective observational study, clinical and radiographic assessments were conducted on 74 implants with adequate access (ACC) to peri-implant hygiene and 57 implants without access (no-ACC) at baseline (T0), two-year (T1), and four-year (T2) follow-up visits. At T2, implants in…
Low education is associated with poor periodontal status in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus
Periodontitis is more prevalent in individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) than in nondiabetic individuals and is recognized as the sixth most common complication of T2DM. Therefore, maintaining periodontal health is important to reduce risk for cardiovascular disease in patients with T2DM.
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The systemic inflammatory response following hand instrumentation versus ultrasonic instrumentation
A randomized trial investigated changes in systemic inflammatory markers after full-mouth debridement with either hand instrumentation (HI) or ultrasonic instrumentation (UI). All patients displayed significant increases in serum C-reactive protein (CRP), with no differences between treatment groups at 24 hours compared with…
Cultural competence in the care of LGBTQ patients
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community consists of a cross cultural broad range of community members and includes all races, ethnic and religious backgrounds, and a range of socioeconomic status. The healthcare needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender…
Gingival overgrowth induced by anticonvulsant drugs
Gingival enlargement can be associated with a number of entities: hereditary, infectious, localized inflammatory, systemic inflammatory/autoimmune, neoplasia (localized or hematologic), medications. Microscopically, the enlargement is generally notable for either increased extracellular matrix/interstitial fluid or cells (resident or infiltrating). Current evidence suggests that…
Scientists find evidence novel coronavirus infects the mouth’s cells
An international team of scientists has found evidence SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, infects cells in the mouth. While it’s well known that the upper airways and lungs are primary sites of SARS-CoV-2 infection, there are clues the virus can infect…
Low education is associated with poor periodontal status in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus
Periodontitis is more prevalent in individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) than in nondiabetic individuals…
Extended survival among breast cancer survivors who exercise regularly
For more than a decade, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has…