• Minnesota Aug 18, 2019

    Backers of Rural Dental Care Find Something to Smile About

    It can be hard to keep smiles healthy in rural areas, where dentists are few and far between and residents often are poor and lack dental coverage. Efforts to remedy the problem have produced varying degrees of success. The biggest obstacle? Dentists.

  • United States Oct 17, 2018

    Science Says Fluoride in Water Is Good for Kids. So Why Are These Towns Banning It?

    Fluoride prevents cavities and tooth decay, something confirmed by numerous studies, yet a small but vocal minority has gotten dozens of cities to remove the naturally occurring compound from the water supply, NBC News reported. “Anti-fluoridationists” blame fluoride for lower IQs and diseases, despite long-established science. The American Dental Association says that 74 cities have voted to remove fluoride from...

  • CEO Aug 7, 2018

    Experts Question Benefits of Fluoride-Free Toothpaste

    Dental health experts worry that more people are using toothpaste that skips the most important ingredient — fluoride — and leaves them at a greater risk of cavities. Most toothpastes already contain fluoride. While health authorities recognize fluoride as a cavity blocker, the internet is dotted with claims, often from “natural” toothpaste marketers and alternative medicine advocates, that fluoride-free toothpaste...

  • United States Mar 26, 2018

    Dentist Group Puts Teeth in Push to Curb Opioid Painkillers

    The American Dental Association wants dentists to drastically cut back on prescribing opioid painkillers. The group on Monday said it is pressing for limiting prescriptions to a week and mandatory education for dentists that encourages using other painkillers that are not addictive. Dentists write fewer than 7 percent of opioid prescriptions in the U.S. But new research shows that practice...

  • CONGRESS Jan 12, 2018

    Billion Dollar Policy Proposed to Stem Opioid Epidemic

    The White House has asked Congress to approve more than a billion dollars in emergency funding to combat the nation’s growing opioid addiction crisis. The Obama administration also announced that it’s loosening restrictions on a drug called buprenorphine used to ease addicts’ cravings.

  • PRESIDENT Dec 18, 2017

    Virginia Dentist Offers Alternative to Narcotics for Pain

    Narcotic drugs which are often prescribed for pain, like Vicodin or Percocet, can be highly addictive, so having alternatives can be critical to make sure addiction doesn’t become a problem.

  • New Jersey Aug 2, 2016

    Medical Benefits of Dental Floss Unproven

    It’s one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities....
    Except there’s little proof that flossing works....
    Still, the federal government, dental organizations and manufacturers of floss have pushed the practice for decades. Dentists provide samples to their patients; the American Dental Association insists on its website that, “Flossing is an essential...

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