Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome to the first roundup of 2016! First up this week, we take an in-depth look at why going to the dentist is so hard for the elderly. Next up, is an informative article on how one school is rethinking oral health education for medical students. Our final article is about the effect of bioactive glass on tooth fillings. Start the New Year off right and educate yourself on what’s trending in the news. You and your practice won’t regret it.

 Why going to the dentist is so hard for the elderly
According to the American Dental Association, a fifth of people age 75 and older haven’t seen a dentist in the past five years. Many patients are resistant because of fear, neglect, impaired cognitive skills or affordability. How do you encourage your elderly patients to make oral health a priority?

UCSF rethinks oral health education — for med students
In 2015, medical students at the University of California, San Francisco learned how to perform a basic oral health screening and apply fluoride varnish to better integrate dental with other healthcare professions at UCSF. Read on for more information on how these two professions learned from each other.

New study: Bioactive glass prolongs the life of tooth fillings
A new study conducted by Dental Materials shows that bioactive glass inhibits bacteria decay and promotes remineralization when used in tooth fillings. Bioactive glass is a type of crushed glass that is able to interact with the body and has been used in types of bone healing for decades.

What do you think about integrating dental with other healthcare professions at medical schools? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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