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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…
Manual subgingival scaling proves superior to ultrasonic scaling in reducing probing pocket depths
BACKGROUND Mechanical plaque removal has been commonly accepted to be the basis for periodontal treatment. This study aims to compare the effectiveness of ultrasonic and manual subgingival scaling at different initial probing pocket depths (PPD) in periodontal treatment. METHODS English-language databases (PubMed,…
Study confirms association between lupus and periodontitis
A newly published meta-analysis shows lupus is significantly associated with periodontitis. While people with lupus were found to have a higher chance of developing some related complications (higher prevalence of bleeding on probing and clinical attachment loss), the study did not detect an association…
ALS biomarkers found in teeth
Mount Sinai scientists have identified biological markers present in childhood that relate to the degenerative and often fatal neurological disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to a study published in the Annals of Clinical and…
Saliva test shows promise for earlier and easier detection of mouth and throat cancer
Unfortunately, cancers occurring in the back of the mouth and upper throat are often not diagnosed until they become advanced, partly because their location makes them difficult to see during routine clinical exams. A report in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, published…
Improved oral hygiene care was associated with decreased risk of atrial fibrillation and heart failure
Healthier oral hygiene by frequent tooth brushing and professional dental cleaning may reduce risk of atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Abstract Objective: Poor oral hygiene can provoke transient bacteremia and systemic inflammation, a mediator of atrial fibrillation and heart failure. This study aims to…
Association of opioid use with pain and satisfaction after dental extraction
Opioids are commonly prescribed to relieve pain after tooth extraction. Understanding the differences in client-reported outcomes between opioid users and non-users could encourage the adoption of more conservative and appropriate prescribing practices in oral health medicine. In a quality improvement study of 329…
The effectiveness of completely and incompletely sealed first permanent molars on caries prevention
Over the last decade, there has been a decline in dental caries prevalence among children and adolescents. Nevertheless, dental caries is still a major health problem worldwide, affecting as many as 60 - 90% of children. While some decrease in caries prevalence…
Study confirms association between lupus and periodontitis
A newly published meta-analysis shows lupus is significantly associated with periodontitis. While people with lupus were found…
Systematic review of COVID‐19 in children shows milder cases and a better prognosis than adults
Abstract Objective The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) pandemic has affected hundreds of thousands of people. Data…