The following news reports about dentistry
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May News

The issue of dental pollution impacting the environment has recently made headlines around the globe:

A Supreme Court ruling against the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners has generated discussion about the legal implications of this action. The case consisted of non-dentists practicing teeth-whitening procedures claiming that the state dental board violated anti-trust laws when they tried to prohibit their competitive services. According to JD Supra, “In a 6-3 decision, the Court held that state agencies controlled by market participants are not entitled to immunity from suit under the federal antitrust laws unless they operate pursuant to a clearly articulated anticompetitive policy of the state and are actively supervised by the state.”

Two new documentaries are exploring issues related to dental amalgam mercury, and the IAOMT has supported both of these efforts.

Dr. R. Lamont MacNeil, dean of the University of Connecticut’s School of Dental Medicine, recently discussed the importance of personalized medicine and genomics information in dentistry, and details about this exciting new topic can be read in UCONN Today at

Dentists will likely find the rising reported cases of “self-dentistry” relatively disturbing; however, consumers taking their dental issues into their own hands has, in fact, been a trend in recent news.

April News

A number of journalists are exposing information that suggests the Big Sugar industry influenced dental research with denial over health risks similar to the Big Tobacco industry. The reports are based on a new peer-reviewed article published in PLOS Medicine entitled “Sugar Industry Influence on the Scientific Agenda of the National Institute of Dental Research’s 1971 National Caries Program: A Historical Analysis of Internal Documents.”

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom’s Cosmetic Dentistry Guide issued a warning about fruit beverages containing sugar at

Dental mercury from amalgam fillings has made headlines in Pakistan again. Now, authorities there are citing studies and a survey of curriculums as proof that changes need to be made in dental schools to protect students from mercury.

Research from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark about glass ionomer fillings (an alternative to mercury amalgam) has recently made the news, although these fillings contain fluoride.

The controversy over fluoride continues, as these reports demonstrate:

Debate over legislation that would permit non-dentists to have more responsibilities in dental work is also continuing, as this story from Washington’s KING 5 News, an NBC affiliate, shows:

As usual, Dentistry IQ is providing helpful information to dentists about business practices. For example, you can read about 24/7 scheduling technology at, or you can read about “how to nurture your dental flock” of patients at

Finally, you might have heard that Ringling Brothers is phasing out elephants from their circus, but did you know that elephants’ teeth are one of the reasons? Elephants’ lives are engendered both by the sale of tusks and by the fact that when their teeth wear down, they can die from an inability to eat. Find out more about Ringling’s decision and elephants in these stories:

March News

Dentistry and genetics have joined forces in several recent scientific developments:

In response to petitions and legal complaints from the IAOMT, the FDA reaffirmed its position on dental amalgam fillings in 2015:

New research published in the journal Neuroendocrinology Letters examines the link between dental amalgam mercury and anxiety, depression, and fatigue. Read the abstract on PubMed at, and check out a press release about this research at Mercury Free Baby’s website at

A dentist and dental hygienist are being credited for saving the life of an eleven year old girl from Oklahoma. Her dental visit for a cleaning resulted in the child being sent for medical tests which revealed a tumor impacting her liver and pancreas. Watch a news segment from Oklahoma News 9 at and/or from Chicago’s WGNtv at

Access to dental care has made the headlines in a number of different U.S. communities for a variety of different reasons over the past several weeks:

In an article for Dentistry IQ, Sasha Burau, MBA, and Alex Chrysostom, MBA, share information about beneficial financial plans for dental practices:

Read about an 880-pound dental patient in need of help for an abscessed canine and fractured canine. The story of Boris the Polar Bear’s trip to the dentist can be read at CBS News at

February News

The issue of mercury being released from cremations of people with dental amalgam fillings has been featured in several recent stories:

2015 began with very good news for dentists and dental hygienists: their occupations have been ranked as the top jobs in America!

Kantipur Publications featured a story from Kathmandu, Nepal, about a coalition of civil groups calling for the end of dental mercury in Asia:

The hazards of dental mercury to the environment made headlines in southwest Florida, where a sculptor dedicated to representing science in art has created a piece on display at Florida Gulf Coast University. See a video, view photos, and read a news article about this tooth-based monument, which tracks the harms of mercury in the environment, in The News-Press:

Dental Economics reporter Ryan Dulde, DDS, offers interesting insight into the future of dentistry at the hands of Generation Y’ers in his article entitled “Millennials in dentistry When generations collide.” Read it here:

According to WNDU of Indiana, digital dentistry is expanding. Find out more about the growth of this new 3D aspect of dental practices here:

The Globe and Mail of Toronto, Canada, shared the latest about the alleged scandal involving dental students from Dalhousie University. The report explains that they had been accused of misogynistic postings on Facebook but have since been cleared of the crime:

A new mercury-free filling has been invented by students at the University of Saskatchewan. The metallic, mercury-free alternative is described in this report from CBC News:

January News

Dentistry IQ shared a two-part series entitled “How e-learning can affect the future of the dental hygiene profession” which examined the impact of this new technology on education for dental hygienists.

The IAOMT has also recently unveiled an e-learning program for dentists and other professionals interested in biological dentistry training. The program is free and can be viewed at

Members of the IAOMT, dental patients, health professionals, and researchers around the globe are mourning the death of renowned dentist Hal Huggins. He is regarded as the “father of holistic dentistry,” and Dr. Huggins’ work is recognized as instrumental in bringing mercury-free, mercury-safe, and toxic-free dental practices to the world at large. Read a tribute to Dr. Hal Huggins at

The concept of applying dentistry to the understanding of other health conditions was reported in an article titled “5 Scary Health Conditions Your Dentist Can Spot” and published on the Yahoo Health website. See the story in its entirety at

A company known as 3D Print recently publicized its state-of-the-art product for dental use. The modern technology allows dentists to print a 3D view of their patients’ mouths. Learn more about this development at

Columbia Dental is using a case in Connecticut to caution others about the dangers of embezzlement. NBC Connecticut shares the story of a dental office employee who cashed over $60,000 in insurance checks for herself:

In financial news, Zacks reports that an acquisition of Holt Dental Supply is planned by Patterson Companies, Inc., which is known for its veterinary supplies and is now expanding its dental division. See the details here:

Donna Domino of offered statistics suggesting that dentists’ earnings do not appear to have surpassed the economic recession. Find out more at

CBCNews in Canada has been following allegations that dental students at Dalhousie University used social media to promote hateful comments about women. See some of the alleged Facebook posts from the students and more information about this situation at

Dentists and other doctors debated proposed legislation in Rhode Island that would prohibit medical professionals from prescribing pain killers to family members. Read more about this issue in the Providence Journal:

Researchers are using dental plaque to identify the diet of the indigenous people of Easter Island before European contact. Explore the evidence at Science Daily:

December News

Fluoride has been in the headlines of newspapers around the world this month due to community debates over its use. A number of vicinities have had public discussion and votes about the issue, as the following articles demonstrate:

This issue of DPNL is dedicated to the late IAOMT member and friend, Jeffrey Lee Green, who worked for over two decades to educate the public about fluoridation and to assist communities in ending its use in their water supply. You can visit his website at and read a tribute to Jeff written by IAOMT member and DPNL editor, Dr. David Kennedy at

The latest, most widely read articles about dentistry are related to alleged malpractice by a dentist in England. Dr. Desmond D’Mello, who worked at a dental clinic in Nottinghamshire for over 30 years, is accused of putting over 20,000 patients at risk for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and other blood-borne illnesses. At least 22,000 patients have been recalled, and the death of one patient is being investigated. Read some of the stories by visiting the following links:

A dental laser has been recognized on the 2014 “Best of What’s New” list from Popular Science. According to a recent news wire report, customers who use Convergent Dental’s Solea CO2 Laser suggest that “95 percent of their hard and soft tissue procedures are done with no anesthesia and soft tissue procedures are done with virtually no bleeding.” Read the entire article here:;_ylt=AwrTWVXiOGVU7W0AglrQtDMD

When NY Fashion Braces suddenly closed after the death of its orthodontist owner, thousands of patients lost access to their files and to their appointments for pre-paid services. The NY Daily News shares a story about how these patients will be reunited with their dental records and in some cases, a refund for the procedures that never occurred:

Cynthia Witson of Dentistry IQ offers advice about which real estate websites can assist a dentist in buying property for a new office:

A “dental coverage crisis” for senior citizens is addressed in a press release offered on Yahoo Finance. The information about the growing number of older Americans in need of dental coverage is provided by the business “:Dental Plans” which offers services to assist seniors in purchasing options for dental health care:

Dr. Steven Nerad and his dental office staff in California bought back over 533 pounds of Halloween candy at $1/pound to protect the health of children’s teeth and simultaneously support U.S. military members on duty overseas. Read the article from Pleasanton Weekly here:

The volunteer efforts of dentist Larry Herman from Lexington, KY, have led him to interesting leadership positions in his community. As a reading tutor, he helped one of his students prepare for a boxing official test, and with the knowledge he gained from the endeavor, he now raises money for universities and other entities as a charity boxing organizer. Read the full scoop at Kentucky’s Lexington Herald-Leader:

As the holiday season approaches, the American Dental Association (ADA) has employed “Hermey the Elf” to assist in raising awareness about dental health. Hermey is best known for his appearance in the decades-old television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as a misfit elf who wants to be a dentist. Read about the ADA’s partnership with Hermey here:;_ylt=AwrSyCN3PGVUY0UA.XnQtDMD

November News

The sixth intercessional committee (INC6) of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Minamata Convention on Mercury will be meeting this November in Bangkok, Thailand. The Minamata Convention on Mercury, now signed by the United States and over 100 other nations, calls for a global phase-down on the use of mercury, including dental amalgam mercury. IAOMT is a member of UNEP’s Global Mercury Partnership, and IAOMT members have been active in participating in all sessions of these meetings. Read more about the UNEP Minamata Convention on Mercury by clicking this link:

In relation to UNEP’s global treaty on mercury, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a requirement for dentists in the U.S. to use amalgam separators as a means of reducing mercury pollution to the environment. You can read the EPA’s proposal at their website link , or read an article from The Hill here:

African nations are also working towards fulfilling UNEP’s mercury treaty with the support of a number of non-governmental organizations, who have collectively proposed that Africa become the first continent to go mercury-free in dentistry. Read an article from Ghana Web here:

Additionally, The Dhaka Tribune, a daily newspaper in Bangladesh recently reported on the dangers of dental amalgam mercury for patients in this South Asian nation:

An Ohio newspaper, The Mansfield News Journal, ran a story this autumn that over 80,000 people in the state per year have gone to the emergency room seeking treatment for dental problems, often because they do not see a dentist regularly. Some states have developed “dental therapists” to provide services at a lower cost. Read more about this subject at

The Supreme Court is hearing a case about tooth whitening that could impact thousands of licensing boards due to controversy over whether non-dentists can offer this service. Because the arguments in the case are ongoing, to read the most updated information about this legal issue, you will have to search the internet for it yourself. However, the following stories offer details about the root of this debate:

A federal jury ruled that a former inmate in Pennsylvania deserved $100,000 for not receiving treatment for a broken tooth while incarcerated. Read the article from Pittsburg’s Action News 4 WTAE here:

In celebrity news, Shia LaBeouf and Charlie Sheen made headlines for dental-related topics. LaBeouf was surprised it took time to find a dentist who would remove a healthy tooth for his role in a movie, as the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail reports here: . Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen is being accused of pulling a knife on a dentist, although Sheen’s lawyer claims the actor had a reaction to “noxious gas.” Read TMZ’s account of the celebrity-dentist altercation here:

In other odd and interesting news, many people are not aware that squirrels endure many tooth injuries due to falls from high places and the fact that their rodent teeth never stop growing. Read a story about squirrel dental care from California’s Marin County newspaper, Marinscope here:

October News

Toothpaste troubles have made headlines again this month. While last month’s focus was on the potentially toxic consequences of the ingredient triclosan in some toothpastes, the newest stories are about the tiny plastic beads also used in some brands of toothpastes. The beads, made of polyethylene plastic, are added for visual appeal, but a dental hygienist recognized the hazards of these beads, which can become lodged in between teeth and in gums and are now being linked to periodontal disease. Hundreds of articles about this latest toothpaste controversy have appeared around the globe, but here is a sampling of several such news stories:

  • In the account of this story from Yahoo News, Jennifer Jablow, a cosmetic dentist in New York City told Yahoo Health: “‘The ADA still feels that [microbeads] don’t pose a safety hazard…You have to raise a question mark with that. I think it may be because Crest, P&G, is such a wealthy company — that there might be a political aspect to [the ADA’s statement].’” Read the story here:

The news outlet All Africa posted an article stating, “More than 30 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Africa, including Agenda for Environment and Responsible Development (AGENDA) of Tanzania, have signed a declaration calling for Africa to be the first continent on the planet to end the use of mercury in dental care.” Read the entire story here:

IAOMT’s work to end the use of dental mercury in Brazil was featured in a Dental Tribune article about a sub-regional meeting the United Nations Environment Programme’s Minamata Convention on Mercury. Find out more from the Dental Tribune by clicking on this link:

The European Union’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) suggested in a recent report that while “the current use of dental amalgam does not pose a risk of systemic disease,” more research is needed. Read the whole story, as offered by the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society here: Concerns over this position have been raised in other posts, such as this one:

IAOMT’s efforts with other groups to end the use of dental mercury were the subject of a recent story from The Colorado Springs Independent. To learn more, click here:

Cynthia Witson, DDS, shares “9 mysterious facts” about dentist search engine optimization in an article posted on Dentistry IQ. Read the facts here:

Richmond’s WRIC ABC News shared a piece about therapy dogs’ growing role in dentistry. Watch the story here:

Mercury-free dentistry for a panda bear? Yes, it’s true! Bai Yun, a panda at the San Diego Zoo, received a composite filling to fix a tooth damaged by her bamboo-chewing. Read the story from the LA Times here:

And finally, in “odd” dental news, read about how a dentist is credited with inventing the machine to make cotton candy, which was originally called “fairy floss”:

September News

The chemical triclosan, an antibacterial used in toothpastes and other products, has been revealed to potentially have toxic consequences by a number of news outlets reporting on scientific studies relating the chemical to cancer and developmental issues in children.

Expounding on the triclosan dangers, Fox News ran a story on August 12, 2014, entitled “Hidden Dangers in your Dental Care Products,” examining toothpastes, mouthwashes, and whitening pastes. Read the article here:

KING5 News of Seattle, Washington, aired a report entitled “Metal fillings in your teeth could make you sick” about mercury fillings on July 16, 2014. To view the report and read about, click here:

UK’s The Mail Online recently ran an article about a woman who discovered her multiple sclerosis symptoms could be related to her mercury fillings. Check the story out at

The Asbury Park Press offered an account relating cardiovascular issues, autoimmune illness, and diabetes to dental health. Read the article here:

Dr. Richard Hark of Dentistry IQ offers advice for choosing a partner for your dental practice so as to protect yourself from litigation similar to a divorce:

Read the Associated Press story “Surgeons in India remove 232 teeth from teen” by clicking here:;_ylt=AwrBJSD55OtTvkUA8oDQtDMD

And finally, in “odd” dental news, read about how dental calculus on skeletons from over 8000 years ago helped scientists to identify their prehistoric diet here:;_ylt=AwrBJSD55OtTvkUA7YDQtDMD

August News

News outlets from England to India to the US reported on a new cavity treatment developed by Professor Nigel Pitts from King’s College London’s Dental Institute that does not require drilling and uses calcium and minerals to heal the tooth.
Read The Guardian’s report here

In addition to the dental innovation for tooth decay developed by Prof. Pitts, this story from the UK’s Mail Online lists a number of recent dental discoveries that could result in a new age of oral health products:

CBS Seattle shared a story about how energy drinks are causing dental problems for some athletes:

Cosmetic Dentistry Guide offered information about new research linking oral bacteria to complications with irritable bowel syndrome and colitis.
Read about the research at their site

Louis Malcmacher, DDS, MAGD, of the Dentistry IQ Network offers advice for dentists to learn how to bill medical insurance since many people only have medical insurance and not dental insurance.
Read about the business opportunity Dr. Malcmacher thinks many dentists are missing here

If you’re interested in “odd” dental news, on July 8, the New York Post ran an article entitled “Thief steals enough dental equipment to open own practice,” which described this repeat robber’s “sweet tooth for stealing dental equipment.”
Read about the serial dental bandit here

In other “odd” dental news, the trend of having dental crowns emblazoned with tattoos painted on them was recently reported on by The Times of India and reporter Rachel Raczka explains of the fad, “…it’s happening, whether you like it or not.” Learn more by reading about it…
The Times of India article story

A final “odd” dental news story is that Kim Kardashian owes her dentist $3,486.85 due to a judgment he received after Kardashian allegedly did not pay for his services. He is now hoping to profit from the ordeal by selling the judgment to a fan or other interested party.
Read about it on TMZ’s website


July News

A June 2014 article from the Daily Independent (Lagos, Nigeria) describes plans to phase down dental mercury on the continent of Africa: “At the meeting, they called on the governments of all African countries to declare that the children of Africa — and all the people of Africa — have a basic human right to mercury-free dental care and a mercury-free environment; work together and make Africa the first continent with mercury-free dentistry…”
Read the article here

An article by Kira Peikoff in Cosmopolitan in April 2014 documents the illness caused by dental amalgam and the recovery of Alethea Black, a writer who had her mercury fillings removed by an IAOMT dentist. Read the article here
Read the article here

KATV 7 ABC News from Arkansas reported that “Dr. Ben Burris, an orthodontist, is suing the state board to overturn the law that prohibits him from offering basic dental exam services.” Watch the June 2014 news segment here:
Watch the segment here

In May 2014, Marissa Evans of Kaiser Health News wrote about the issue of many children not receiving dental insurance coverage in health care marketplaces.
Read the report on PBS Newshour’s website

A June 2014 article from the Himalayan Times (Kathmandu) notes, “Government officials and experts have underscored the need for mercury-free dentistry in the country to address the possible public health and environmental implications from the increased use of mercury amalgam dental filling in the oral health care system.” Read the article here

A report presented at the he Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) in June 2014 “aims to improve, evaluate and revise the syllabus content in dental teaching institutes in Pakistan with regard to mercury amalgam.”
Read the report here


June News

On January 2, 2014, The Telegraph, a popular newspaper in the United Kingdom, featured a story that over 100 dentists wrote a letter alleging that the National Health Service’s dentistry branch is “‘unfit’” and that the dentists “‘are witnessing the manipulation of Government figures and statistics that hide the rotten truth.’”
Read the article here

Claudia Buck of The Sacramento Bee recently reported of changes in dental office operations, including longer work hours and fewer patient visits. She notes, “Like all health-care providers, dentists are being pressured to bite down on costs, not only by insurers but by government, employers and consumers.”
Read the article here

Headlines swept the nation in early January about a three year-old Hawaiian girl who died of brain damage after receiving sedative drugs for a root canal treatment at her dentist’s office.
Read one of the articles here

Comfort Dental plans to sue four dental school professors at Colorado University, according to Steve Raabe of The Denver Post. The news story contained specific derogatory comments allegedly made to students and others about the dental chain.
Read the article here

WHNT-19 News, a CBS affiliate in Huntsville, Alabama, ran a televised segment about dental mercury, which included interviews with consumer Freya Koss, who shared her story of mercury poisoning, and Dr. Ada Frazier, a holistic dentist. Both Koss and Frazier are associated with the IAOMT.
Watch the segment here

Finance reports from MarketsandMarkets claim that the dental impants and prosthetics market could be worth $9091.2 million by 2018.
Read about it here