I started following a new blog today, the Ohio State Amercian Student Dental Association page.
They have a newsletter that goes out every once in a while, goes by the name “The Quarterly Rinse”. It discusses current issues in our government, public policies, and so forth that affect the dental world.
Currently, Washington D.C. held a “Lobby Day”. Dental professionals and reporters from all over the country gathered here to discuss main things that the dental world could improve. The main issue discussed was the “Oral Health Act” that is currently under review in our government. It is two bills that ask ultimately for 20 million dollars in grants for improving our public oral health care access and quality. Also, we want it to further our ability in research and aid for the public. That being said, the call for more co-sponsors is also discussed at this “Lobby Day”. This newsletter specifically said it was a successful time of just mere conversation about these issues and ways to improve them.
Although lengthy, I have finally started to read the September 2012 issue journal titled, “The Journal of Professional Excellence: Dimensions of Dental Hygiene“. It has stories ranging from how to protect your patients from the everyday bacteria they can come across in the office, to the ties between oral and systemic health testings with saliva. I just came across the most interesting find about breast cancer tying into your oral cavity health and the upkeep of science with salivary testing.
Above is the website where you can access the journal.
Inside the journal also contains many advertisements for new cleaning products that are up and coming, products that are more environmental friendly and so on.
The first disseciton of an article that I am doing is the one about the Science of saliva, as mentioned earlier. So far, it was made clear that just as the world is majority water and we focus on the cleanliness and upkeep of our planet’s to prevent environmental problems, our bodies are also majority water. That being said, the liquid that is in our mouths (saliva) is 99.5% water (said Jackie Sanders, RDH, BS, Manager and Professional Relations of Sunstar Americas Inc.). We must use research methods to find out ways to better our bodies and rid our saliva of small bacteria that can cause major problems with full body health, along with the obvious oral health.
I will post my newer findings soon!
I started following a blog last night, http://dentaleducationblog.com/, is a site that is loaded with different helpful information. This site offers highlighted news stories, certain frequently asked questions, answers to questions people do not necessarily think about, services to help people find local dentists, current trends, and so on.
It talks about the current issue in New York of the ban on sugary drinks. The banned products include sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces such as energy drinks, pre-sweetened teas, and non-diet sodas. It leaves out fruit juices, dairy based drinks, low calorie diet sodas, and alcoholic beverages. It is an extremely controversial subject in the American Dental Association and the New York Board of Health that is currently making headlines. It is a story that shows how the ADA and Board of Health is finally trying to convey the huge connection between general body health and oral health.
The topic of systemic, full body, health being connected to oral health is a topic that is sweeping dentists across the country. Dental services are making plans for the future to help control the tie between the two, and to manage general health in all of their patients, starting with their mouths.