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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…
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…
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…
COVID-19 pandemic and mental health consequences: Systematic review of the current evidence
Abstract Background: During the COVID-19 pandemic general medical complications have received the most attention,…
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…