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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…
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…
Oral biofilm connected to inflammatory bowel disease
A new study describes how poor oral health may worsen gut inflammation.
While many people put off their regular trips to an oral health professional, recent research has shown the consequences of doing so may go beyond cavities and root canals. From heart…
Dental periodontal procedures: a systematic review of contamination (splatter, droplets and aerosol) in relation to COVID-19
A review posted in the journal BDJ Open examines research to understand the risk of contamination in relation to periodontal care procedures relevant to COVID-19. Abstract Introduction: The emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and subsequent COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect…
Periodontitis leads to systemic inflammation and hypertension
A new paper published by UCL Eastman Dental Institute by Dr Eva Muñoz Aguilera and colleagues has suggested systemic inflammation could be the link between periodontitis and hypertension. Previous research suggested a direct relationship between the two conditions, although the exact mechanism underpinning this remained unknown.…
Oral signs of systemic diseases
Many oral signs and symptoms provide important clues to the presence of medical conditions – including cardiovascular disease, adverse outcomes of pregnancy, and cancers, to name a few. Through careful examination of the oral cavity, oral health professionals can often contribute to…
Oral lesions in patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection: Could the oral cavity be a target organ?
A study published in Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology Oral Radiology reviews oral manifestations of COVID-19. Abstract Several viruses transmitted through saliva, such as herpes simplex virus, cytomegalovirus, and Zika virus, are capable of infecting and replicating in the oral mucosa,…
Vaping changes oral microbiome, increasing risk for infection
Using e-cigarettes alters the mouth’s microbiome—the community of bacteria and other microorganisms—and makes users more prone to inflammation and infection, finds a new study led by researchers at New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry. 
 The study, published in iScience, a Cell…
Green tea, coffee, and mortality risk in type 2 diabetes
Drinking green tea and coffee was associated with reduced all-cause mortality in Japanese patients with…
A systematic review of COVID-19 and obstructive sleep apnea
The global COVID-19 pandemic has had significant implications for the diagnosis and management of obstructive…