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Reactions in the wake of the recent flossing controversy

August 2, 2016 was a day that inflamed the dental community, while leaving the general public scratching their heads; news outlets “broke” the story that flossing had scant – if any – evidence to support the practice. Dental practitioners are irritated, and the general public is confused. How did the controversy over such an innocuous – if not mundane – topic arise?
Caring for senior patients in the dental practice
. With better overall healthcare comes a prolonged life expectancy; it follows, then, that the coming years will see increased numbers of geriatric patients visiting dental practices for everything from routine prophylaxis to extensive dental work. In fact, it is estimated that the number of Americans aged 85 years and older will double by the year 2050. What things might the dental clinician have to be prepared for as the age of those in her chair changes?
Hu-Friedy proudly supports Dental Missions of Mercy clinic
Dental "MOM" clinics provide needed care to underserved communities

The Illinois Mission of Mercy, in conjunction with the America’s Dentists Care Foundation Mission of Mercy held a Mission of Mercy dental clinic in Collinsville, Ill. for the fourth time July 15-16, 2016. The clinic drew over 1,000 patients in need of dental care to the Gateway Center over the course of the two-day event.
Special needs dentistry
Tips on providing dental care to all patients

As dental practitioners and allied healthcare professionals, one is obligated to provide care to as many people and demographics as possible. Dental care, however, extends far beyond the “simple” middle-aged, able-bodied recall patient with impeccable oral hygiene. Who is a special needs patient? The answer depends on whom you ask, and the people who may be considered special needs are diverse.
Smiles for miles
Hannah Wilson bikes across America in support of OHA

Hannah Wilson, an advocate for oral health and an aspiring dentist, has a few passions that play a large role in her life: dental hygiene, travel, and biking. For summer 2016, she has decided to combine all of these passions into one admirable mission: a transcontinental bike ride across the USA to raise money for Oral Health America.
Survey:Perceptions of dental professionals on sugar consumption and obesity screening or advice for patients
Dr. Petya Karadobreva is currently surveying dental professionals on their perceptions of sugar consumption and obesity screening as part of her MSc Dissertation in Restorative Dental Practice. We figured our Friends community could help!
Congratulations to the Hu-Friedy / American Dental Assistants' Association Merit Scholar Award Recipients!
On behalf of Hu-Friedy and the American Dental Assistants Association, we are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Hu-Friedy/ADAA Merit Scholar Award!
A summary of the ‘Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care’
By: Marie T Fluent, DDS

Marie Fluent: "As I concluded reading the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care for the first time, I found myself thinking a more alluring title might have been 'An Infection Control Primer for the Time-Constrained Dental Team.'"...
Hu-Friedy Expands EverEdge 2.0 Line with Gracey Curette Designs
EverEdge® 2.0 scientifically-proven to be sharpest, longest lasting hand instrumentation

Hu-Friedy, a global leader in the manufacturing of dental instruments and products, today announced the addition of Gracey Curette designs to its line of EverEdge 2.0 hand instruments designed to help clinicians achieve the best clinical outcomes.
Fluoride – Tiny element, massive impact
Part III: Liquidating the myths

Community water fluoridation has been a favored topic of pseudoscience for years. In this installment of our Fluoride series, we analyze and dispel some of the more sensationalist myths about fluoridated water.
An interview with Laura Smith, recipient of the Esther Wilkins Future Leader Award
Hu-Friedy and the ADHA awarded Smith at the 2016 ADHA CLL Session in Pittsburgh

Laura Smith discussed her feelings about the award and told us a bit about her career as a dental hygienist. The award recognizes dental hygienists who exhibit a strong commitment to the dental hygiene profession and demonstrate leadership in ADHA within five years of graduation.
An interview with Melissa Obrotka, recipient of the Esther Wilkins Master Clinician Award
Hu-Friedy and the ADHA awarded Obrotka at the 2016 ADHA CLL Session in Pittsburgh

We spoke with Melissa Obrotka about the award and about dental hygiene. The award recognizes a clinical dental hygienist who demonstrates outstanding clinical expertise in relating interdependence of clinical practice and patient education for the improvement of patient compliance.
Hu-Friedy will be at Under One Roof 2016!
Join us at Washington, DC National Harbor July 28-30, 2016

The 2016 ADHA CLL may have just ended, but Hu-Friedy’s exciting summer continues at Under One Roof at Washington, DC, National Harbor July 28-30, 2016! Join us Friends of Hu-Friedy for a special Sharpening Corner, and a “Keep your edge” course led by Tami Wanless, RDH.
Dental hygiene students from across nation compete in board review challenge
Nearly 200 students participated in the Are You Smarter than Esther Wilkins competition at ADHA CLL 2016

On Thursday, June 9, 2016, nearly 200 students gathered at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh to compete in the ever-popular, annual Are you smarter than Esther Wilkins? board review challenge.
Karen Neiner awarded with ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene
The Award, issued annually by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), recognizes “hygienists who have evidence of active involvement in ADHA and its constituents, exhibit evidence of leadership in and the advancement of dental hygiene experience… [and who] have a significant impact on the future of the dental hygiene profession.”
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