December 7, 2021
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Va. study evaluates awareness of Medicaid pregnancy dental coverage
Researchers from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in Richmond found 1 in 3 Medicaid-enrolled women of reproductive age who were surveyed in 2017 and 2018 did not know they were eligible for Medicaid pregnancy dental coverage. Women covered by Medicaid were half as likely as women with private insurance to have visited the dentist in the past year, 40% were unaware of the higher risk for oral health issues during pregnancy, and one-fifth did not know that oral health and general health are connected, according to the study in Journal of Women's Health. The ADA has resources for dentists on providing oral health care during pregnancy and patient resources for oral health during pregnancy at
Full Story: Virginia Commonwealth University (12/2) 
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The ADA House of Delegates in October passed Res. 96H: The Practice of Dentistry and Cannabis, which calls for more research and the development of best practices for managing patients, caregivers, dentists and dental team members who are under the influence of marijuana, ADA News reported. "The oral health effects associated with smoking cannabis that include periodontal complications, xerostomia and leukoplakia have always been a concern to dentists," said Ana Karina Mascarenhas, B.D.S., Dr.P.H., chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. The resolution was a response to the increasing number of states that have legalized the medical and recreational use of marijuana and other products that contain cannabis. The ADA Council on Communications Trend Report for 2021 showed that 57% of ADA members who responded to a March survey said more of their patients are using marijuana or CBD and 61% said they screen patients for marijuana use or vaping. More information on the oral effects of marijuana use can be found at the ADA's Oral Health Topics page on cannabis.
Full Story: ADA News (12/6) 
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Government News
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., urged the administration to extend the payment pause on student loans, which is to expire Jan. 31, New York's Staten Island Advance reported. Sen. Schumer cited data from the Student Debt Crisis Center and Savi, showing that 89% of student-loan borrowers who are working full time are not financially ready to resume payments in February. "Moreover, with Omicron spreading, the uncertainty with what happens next demands at least one more extension of the student-loan payment pause," Sen. Schumer said.
Full Story: Staten Island Advance (N.Y.) (12/6) 
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Dentistry in the News
A study in the Journal of Dental Research, from researchers at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center, identified a method dentists can use to determine the ventilation rate in treatment and waiting rooms. The study ties into previous research that found a low ventilation rate may allow respiratory aerosol particles to linger in the indoor air, making ventilation an important part of COVID-19 safety measures in dental offices, the university said. A video demonstration and the tools dentists need to measure ventilation rate can be found on EIOH Covid Safety & Resources webpage.
Full Story: University of Rochester (New York) (12/6) 
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Dentists choose different pathways to help patients improve their oral health
Ray Rebong, D.D.S., an orthodontist in Oakland, Calif.; Raquel Rozdolski, D.M.D., a dentist anesthesiologist in Hawthorne, N.Y.; and Mariana Velazquez, D.D.S., an oral surgeon in Miami, chose different dental specialties, but each was motivated by a desire to provide quality care and help patients improve their oral health, ADA News reported. "My goal in becoming a dentist anesthesiologist is to bridge the gap between providing a medically necessary service in an ambulatory setting and reserve the operating rooms for individuals who are medically complex, thereby reducing significant wait times, while also improving patient's overall health," Dr. Rozdolski said. Dr. Velazquez said that women make up just 10.6% of oral surgeons in the US so more women are needed in the specialty, and Dr. Rebong said creating the best personalized plan for every patient "has made every day in orthodontics unique and exciting."
Full Story: ADA News (12/6) 
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Health and Safety
Patients with type 2 diabetes had a higher risk of mortality after an acute myocardial infarction -- especially young female patients -- compared with those without type 2 diabetes, Medical Dialogues reported. Researchers said the findings in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice underscored the importance of early detection of coronary artery disease among young women with type 2 diabetes, as well as good management of cardiovascular risk factors to reduce the risk for AMI.
Full Story: Medical Dialogues (12/2) 
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Study: Nighttime eating linked to blood glucose changes
A study in Science Advances found people who worked overnight shifts and ate meals during the night had increased blood glucose intolerance and reduced pancreatic beta-cell function, which can be precursors to type 2 diabetes. Researchers said people who stayed with a daytime eating schedule did not have those changes even though they were up all night, according to Healthline.
Full Story: Healthline (12/3) 
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COVID-19 Update
Anthony Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said early signs for the coronavirus Omicron variant are "a bit encouraging," but it still is not known if it will lead to more severe disease, according to CNN. Dr. Fauci said COVID-19 vaccine booster doses will have an important role in addressing the Omicron variant. Reuters reported that as of Monday, the US has administered about 471.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, and about 199.3 million people were fully vaccinated. About 47 million Americans have received a booster dose, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
Full Story: CNN (12/6),  Reuters (12/6) 
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Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined a new COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all New York City private-sector employees that will go into effect Dec. 27 and affect about 184,000 businesses, The Washington Times reported. Vaccination also will be required for 5- to 11-year-olds using indoor fitness, dining and recreation venues and participating in group extracurricular activities.
Full Story: The Washington Times (12/6) 
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Data on 139 teens and young adults ages 12 to 20 with probable or confirmed myocarditis following a COVID-19 vaccination showed most had mild symptoms and rapid clinical recovery, according to a study in the journal Circulation. The study reported that most patients started showing symptoms a median of two days following their second vaccine dose, with chest pain the most common symptom, according to United Press International.
Full Story: United Press International/HealthDay News (12/6) 
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How to make extra cash from dental scrap
Precious metal prices have increased exponentially in recent years, making dental scrap a valuable commodity. Dental practices that regularly sell old crowns, bridges, and other scrap stand to earn sizable profits. Selling dental scrap directly to a precious metals refinery, like Garfield Refining, is always the best choice. CLICK HERE to learn more about refining dental scrap from Garfield!
Action for Dental Health
The Arizona Mission of Mercy will be held Dec. 10 to 11 in Phoenix, hosted by the Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation and staffed by more than 300 volunteer dentists, according to CITYSunTimes and KPNX-TV of Phoenix. The clinic, which will have 100 portable dental units, will be held on a first-come, first-served basis, and patients will not be allowed to camp out the day before due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Full Story: CITYSunTimes (Phoenix) (12/6),  KPNX-TV (Phoenix) (12/3) 
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Today's message from the ADA
Are your patients' holiday dishes smile friendly?
Holiday recipes are often filled with love, cheer and loads of sugar. Keeping teeth in mind this holiday season will help prevent cavities in the New Year. Adding healthy alternatives will keep your patients' teeth happy! Share these delicious holiday recipes with your patients to encourage a healthy holiday.

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