Embracing functional foods can lead to better oral health care, patient engagement

Embracing functional foods can lead to better oral health care, patient engagement

Functional foods can be communication tools for all health care providers, especially in dentistry, where the mantra has been so monotonous – brush, floss, avoid sugar – that people don’t hear it any longer. This course focuses on the role functional foods play in our overall oral health. From chewing gum to tea, properties in certain foods can serve as a way to protect teeth, gums and overall systemic health.

Geriatric Endodontics: Field to expand as elderly population increases

Geriatric Endodontics: Field to expand as elderly population increases

Geriatric endodontics will gain a more significant role in complete dental care as an aging population recognizes that a complete dentition, and not complete dentures, is a part of its destiny. This course provides an overview of the aging population and how this group will contribute to the future of endodontics.

Infection Control Is Not Optional:  Dental Practitioners Need to Be Involved

Infection Control Is Not Optional: Dental Practitioners Need to Be Involved

Failure to comply with infection control standards increases the risk for disease transmission and jeopardizes patient safety. The course reviews the occurrence of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and then delves deeper into recent infection control breaches in dentistry and how not only the patients, but the dental practitioners themselves, were impacted.

PlasmaDent:  Breakthrough Technology for Dental Hygiene and Dentistry

PlasmaDent: Breakthrough Technology for Dental Hygiene and Dentistry

The emergence of low temperature atmospheric pressure plasma (LTAPP) is becoming a groundbreaking field of research. This course provides an overview of plasma science and what is possible for the future of dentistry.

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Dr. John Basile Talks HPV and Oral Cancer on Cross Link Radio


HPV AND ORAL CANCERShirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH, host of Cross Link Radio, sat down with Dr. John Basile to talk more about the link between HPV and Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinomas.  Listen to the radio show and learn more about this very important topic.




Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) Cost up to $147 Billion per Year


washHealthcare associated infections (HAIs) are becoming a substantial concern throughout the United States. Moreover, they are contributing to acute hospital costs that are now estimated to total $147 billion dollars every year, according to a new report published in the online edition of the Journal of Medical Economics. What is more alarming is the fact that this annual total may be even higher than what was just reported, so more epidemiologic research has been requested to confirm the latest infection rates and trends in patient mortality. 

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HPV + Oropharyngeal Cancer: Facts & Figures


HPV and oropharyngeal cancer FACTSOne of the most trending topics in the dental industry right now is the link between human papillomaviruses (HPV) and oropharyngeal cancer—predominantly in the young adult population. With so much new information being published on the topic, it can be difficult to keep up with it all and distinguish key findings that are applicable in clinical practice. For that reason, the list below represents the most recent facts and figures from evidence-based sources that support this oral-systemic connection…

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1 in 2 Adults admit some Fear of the Dentist


% Adults afraid of Dentist

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Superbugs: A Harsh Reality in Healthcare


CDC LogoThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that the epidemic of drug-resistant germs in the U.S. has become a grave concern—with over two million people now being infected every year. Moreover, these infections cause approximately 23,000 deaths on an annual basis, and these numbers are only expected to grow until some type of solution is acquired. The problem is that up to half of all prescriptions for antibiotics are, in fact, unnecessary, and now none of them are strong enough to kill these developing superbugs. One example is a group of ‘nightmare’ bacteria (known as CREs) that resist even the strongest antibiotics, which includes Klebsiella Pneumoniae that saw a 550% spike in the its rate of infection between 2001 and 2011.

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NEW Oral-Systemic CE: HPV and Oral Cancer



A brand new dental CE course has just been published by The Richmond Institute titled, “The Link between HPV and Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinomasby Dr. John Basile, DDS, DMSc. This course is worth two CE credits, and may be viewed for free by anyone in the dental community to learn more about how the highly prevalent infection known as human papillomavirus (HPV) might be a possible cause of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas (OPSCC). It includes evidence from scientific literature that covers everything from clinical and histopathological identifiers to the epidemiology of HPV-induced cancers and techniques for diagnosis. To view this course, click the link below or contact at support@richmondinstitute.com for more information. 

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ADA: U.S. Dental Expenditure will Grow…Slow


ada 2In the near future, total per-capita dental expenditures will grow as expected throughout the U.S., but the rate will be much slower than it has been over the past few decades. Although more research is needed before this can be confirmed, there are a number of known factors that could potentially contribute to this deceleration of dental spending. Regardless, the belief has been formulated from an accumulation of data produced by the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) in order to forecast trends through 2040. 

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