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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…
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…
The microbes in your mouth, and a reminder to floss and visit your oral health care provider
Most people know that good oral hygiene is linked to good health. Colorado State University (CSU) microbiome researchers offer fresh evidence to support that conventional wisdom, by taking a close look at invisible communities of microbes that live in every mouth. The…
Association between diabetes and dental implant complications: a systematic review and meta-analysis
The number of people between ages 20 to 79 with diabetes mellitus had risen to 424.9 million in 2017, roughly three times the prevalence in 2000. Diabetes mellitus is closely related to oral health, especially periodontal health, and has long been known…
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…
Chronic stress can impact response to radiation therapy for cancer, Roswell Park study suggests
Radiation is one of the oldest and most common therapies for cancer, and typically is…
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…