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Dental Hygiene Newswire

News and research for Ontario dental hygienists

The road to developing a new strategic plan
Every few years, the ODHA Board of Directors evaluates the association’s strategic plan and priorities. Reviewing the plan every two to three years ensures ODHA remains relevant and current with trends in the profession while developing a clear plan with which to…
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…
Tips for caring for LBGTQ2S clients
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, 2-spirit (LGBTQ2S) persons experience a number of health care disparities for many reasons: discrimination and social pressures, personal sexual behaviours, limited access to health insurance, higher rates of smoking and alcohol/substance misuse, higher rates of anxiety and…
Toothbrushing: to the best of one’s abilities is possibly not good enough
Toothbrushing to the best of one’s abilities might still not be good enough. Young adults apparently lack a reasonable concept of what is meant by high quality toothbrushing according to a series of recent studies that show adults hardly ever manage to…
Does gum disease have a key role in Alzheimer’s?
Does gum disease play a key role in the development of Alzheimer's? Scientists believe this may be the case after their study found further evidence of the link between bacteria in a common type of gum disease and people with dementia. Researchers…
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…
Moderate egg consumption not associated with higher cardiovascular disease risk
Consuming up to one egg per day does not appear to be associated with cardiovascular…