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As the school year begins, with it comes popular fall sports and other outdoor activities. The California Dental Association is urging parents to protect their children’s teeth from sports-related dental injuries with the use of properly fitted mouthguards. Mouthguards are designed to help cushion the mouth, teeth and jaw, preventing significant damage where sports injuries are most prevalent. Different sports involve different levels of risk and potential injury, and while mouthguards are not required equipment in some sports, wearing one is an important precaution for athletes of any age and ability.
CAMBRA, which stands for Caries Management by Risk Assessment, is a research-based, systematic approach to integrate caries risk assessment as a centerpiece of the dental practice. CAMBRA aims to diagnose and prevent caries through the process of assessing a patient’s risk for caries by examining various health and lifestyle factors as part of their regular dental checkup. When Jean Creasey, DDS, introduced the principles of CAMBRA into her Nevada City practice 13 years ago, she never envisioned the benefits reaped for her patients and the practice she shares with her husband, Craig Creasey, DDS.
With the passing of Major League Baseball great Tony Gwynn from mouth cancer, CDA reminds dentists that there are many resources available to help their patients stop using tobacco and smokeless tobacco products. Though Gwynn's mouth cancer was never medically linked to the use of smokeless tobacco, he believed it was related to his cancer diagnosis. Experience shows that an oral cancer lesion, which often grows slowly and may be painless, can easily be overlooked by a patient who has "had this spot forever."
In the past decade, there has been a significant increase in the number of health care professionals reporting allergic reactions to latex. Because frequent exposure to latex products can lead to increased sensitivity, health care professionals are at a higher risk of developing an allergy to latex proteins. CDA Endorsed Program PureLife weighs in on the problems, reactions and precautions associated with latex gloves.
The Scholastic education component of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign led by the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives and the Ad Council has created a big impact in classrooms across America. Since launching last October, Scholastic’s “Two Minutes, Twice a Day” in-school program materials were delivered to 125,000 teachers nationwide via print and have reached more than 3,750,000 children and their families.
The Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC) faced its first legislative "sunset review" hearing last week. Based on that hearing, all indications are that the legislature will continue the committee for another four years but will not support expanding the committee's authority or the hygiene profession's scope of practice as proposed by the DHCC and the California Dental Hygienists Association.
March 20 is World Oral Health Day, a day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of good oral hygiene for everyone old and young. World Oral Health Day is organized by the FDI World Dental Federation in collaboration with the ADA and recognized in more than 50 countries worldwide. California components, schools and businesses across the state can celebrate the day by holding events under the slogan "Celebrating Healthy Smiles" and the benefits that come with good oral health.
A recent ADA study finds that dentists could save the health care system millions of dollars each year by incorporating overall health assessments into chairside screenings. Specifically, the ADA Health Policy Resources Center found that savings could reach $102.6 million each year, simply by conducting screening for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol in the dental office.
CDA applauds the decision by CVS Caremark to discontinue the sale of tobacco products. For decades, CDA and other health organizations have been warning tobacco users of the dangers of these products and urging them to kick the habit. CVS recently announced that it will stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by Oct. 1.
February is American Heart Month, and in an effort to increase oral health awareness, the California Dental Association is highlighting the importance of good oral hygiene habits to help keep mouths and hearts healthy. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, several studies have shown periodontal disease to be associated with heart disease.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a new public awareness campaign around the dangers of tobacco use. The youth tobacco prevention campaign, “The Real Cost,” launched Feb. 11 and will run across multiple media platforms, including TV, radio, print and online for at least a year.
As a precaution to the risks of liver injury, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says dentists and other health care professionals will need to limit the amount of drugs they are prescribing to patients that include acetaminophen.
The U.S. Surgeon General has updated Dr. Luther Terry’s landmark report on smoking and health. According to the ADA, the 998-page report, titled The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014, updates evidence on the implications for oral health from tobacco use and the “expanding use of multiple products or the replacement of conventional combustible cigarettes with other nicotine delivery systems.”
Dentists interested in learning about and implementing Caries Management By Risk Assessments (CAMBRA) into their practices can take advantage of the new app developed by the UCSF School of Dentistry and Firsthand Technology Inc. The MyCAMBRA mobile app, available in the iTunes store, lets dentists perform a CAMBRA risk assessment right on their iPhone or iPad.
In an effort to motivate parents and caregivers to take action to reduce their children’s risk of oral disease, the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives have released a new, free mobile gaming app called Toothsavers. The goal of the game is to motivate kids to save their own teeth by brushing for two minutes, twice a day.
The University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry will host a C.E. course on Caries Management By Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) beginning in March for dentists interested in implementing the strategies in their practice. Coursera: Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) will be led by John D.B. Featherstone, MSc, PhD, Professor and Dean, UCSF School of Dentistry, from March 31 to May 12 and will teach attendees to immediately apply “caries management by risk assessment” into their clinical setting or into their personal health care.
The Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives is implementing a national oral health campaign on Nov. 1 to remind parents and kids about the importance of regular oral hygiene and brushing for two minutes, twice a day. “National Brush Day” promotes improving the nation’s children’s oral health by supplying parents with simple information on when to start various levels of oral hygiene with their kids.
The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives and the Ad Council have joined together with Scholastic to launch an educational component of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to educate parents and children about the importance of proper oral care, create and distribute educational oral health-themed materials, and direct educators, community leaders and parents to visit the campaign website, 2min2x.org.
The CDA Foundation and the UCSF School of Dentistry are attempting to alter the way dentists prevent caries through a practice-based clinical trial, and volunteers are needed. The Caries Management By Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) Practice-Based Research Network formalizes the process to assess a patient’s risk for caries by examining various health and lifestyle factors as part of their regular dental checkup. The Foundation and UCSF are looking to expand an already established research network, which focuses on the implementation of CAMBRA.
The ADA has announced the release of the first set of dental performance measures under the Dental Quality Alliance (DQA). The DQA, comprised of multiple stakeholders from across the oral health community, was created to establish a series of oral health care performance measures.
More parents report regularly monitoring and maintaining their child's oral health, therefore more children are regularly brushing, according to a survey administered by the Ad Council one year after the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign began.
Being at the peak of the summer weather, parents and children often take advantage of the warm season by enjoying more recreational sports and outdoor activities, which can increase injury potential for the teeth and mouth. For safe oral health all year long and especially during this season, CDA is offering helpful tips to avoid oral injuries and dental emergencies.
Volunteer registration is now open for the CDA Cares San Diego free dental clinic set to be held on Dec. 7-8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The clinic will help provide oral health care services to the large number of expected patients. Dentists and dental professionals are needed in areas throughout the clinic, including restorative, numbing, pediatric, triage and routing. Dental team members are encouraged to volunteer as well. Community volunteers are needed to assist with registration, clinic setup, data entry, escorting patients, translating and much more.
The ADA recently launched a nationwide campaign to combat what it calls “a disturbing dental divide in America.” The Action for Dental Health: Dentists Making a Difference is designed to counter staggering statistics such as these: 181 million Americans didn't visit a dentist in 2010, nearly half of the population over the age of 30 is suffering from some form of gum disease and nearly one in four children under the age of 5 already has cavities.
Six leading dental professionals from the Kenya Dental Association recently visited Northern California, including CDA headquarters, as part of a 10-day training program to help develop and promote oral health education activities for a program called Kenya Smiles, aiming to improve the oral health of children in the African country, particularly remote areas. Besides spending time at CDA, the delegation, which included Kenya’s chief dentist and dental school professors, the delegation visited dental schools as well as the State Capitol to be recognized for their work and learn more about advocacy efforts on behalf of children’s oral health.
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, has officially endorsed community water fluoridation as "one of the most effective choices communities can make to prevent health problems while actually improving the oral health of their citizens."
Kids’ Healthy Mouths, the oral health literacy campaign sponsored by the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, continues to have an impact nationwide. Since launching in August 2012, the campaign has received significant attention in the national media.
An annual health care spending report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services suggests the dental economy is growing; however, the amount spent by consumers remains flat, according to an ADA analysis.
February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month and Give Kids a Smile — an annual one-day volunteer initiative to provide free dental screenings, treatment and education to underserved children — are approaching. Registration is under way for the ADA-sponsored event to be held on Feb. 1, 2013.
Since the launch of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign in August, preliminary statistics show that the oral health literacy campaign sponsored by the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives is off to a good start.
CDA, along with 35 dental organizations formed the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives and collaborated with the nationally recognized Ad Council to produce a three-year advertising campaign, aimed at raising awareness about the value of good oral health for children.
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