Oral Health’s Top 10 News Stories of 2022

Another year is coming to a close, so let’s look back on the headlines that caught your attention.

Oral Health stayed busy in 2022, publishing 13 issues of Oral Health and 4 issues of Oral Hygiene. We shared the results of our annual Data Driven Dentistry survey, revealing how dentists were finding success post-pandemic. Our Special 13th issue featured a new theme: Technology – Today and Tomorrow! It highlighted some of the tech companies to keep an eye out for, discussed how to protect your practice with cybersecurity, and explored the AI revolution. A webinar presentation was released alongside the issue, hosted by Dr. Lou Shuman, CEO of Cellerant Consulting Group.

Looking forward to 2023, Oral Health is excited to share that we are launching a new website design in January. We can’t wait to continue delivering valuable digital content in a much more user- and mobile-friendly way. Another new initiative we are happy to announce is the Brush Up Podcast. Stay tuned for a new episode every month next year.

As for 2022, there were a wide variety of topics that had you clicking away this year. Take a look below at the top 10 most popular and most discussed news stories from the past year.

  1. Leading D2C Teeth Aligner Company Candid Closes DTC Business and Goes All-In on Dentist Network Model, CandidPro

This press release from Candid intrigued many dentists this year. The clear aligner company announced that it was closing down its direct-to-consumer business to entirely focus on growing its partnership with dental practices and DSOs.

  1. B.C. Researchers Tout Promising Progress on Oral Insulin Tablets

Great news for those living with diabetes. Researchers at the University of British Columbia are developing an oral insulin tablet to replace injections. While still in early stages, the trial results are showing promising potential!

  1. dentalcorp and Envista Partner to Offer Dental Implants Across 500+ Practices Nationwide

For those a part of the dentalcorp network, it was interesting to learn about their partnership with Envista. This partnership was meant to expand on implant services for patients across the country.

  1. New Data Reveals the Countries in Europe With the Best Oral Health

Of course it’s interesting to see which countries have the best and worst oral health. Spoiler alert: the UK did not make the top ten for best dental hygiene despite having low sugar consumption and less smokers than other countries in Europe.

  1. Research Reveals Impact of COVID-19 on Dental Hygienists

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association released some interesting data this year. Hygienists have a low COVID-19 infection rate yet less than half of the hygienists that left employment during the pandemic have returned. This has led to the recent staffing challenges.

  1. A Chewing Gum That Could Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

One of our most popular news items was released very early in the year when a group of researchers created a chewing gum that could reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission. At the time, they were working towards obtaining permission to conduct a clinical trial.

  1. COVID-19 Update – Directives to be Withdrawn

In early 2022, it was announced that many of the COVID-19 measures would be coming to an end. The RCDSO made an effort to remind dentists that as a health care professionals, they were expected to continue providing safety measures for patients, despite this news.

  1. ‘Turkey Teeth’ Trend Leaves Thousands of Britons with Dead Stumps, Abscesses and Serious Dental Issues

Unfortunately, this dental trend left many people in pain this year. This story shows the importance of educating your patients so they do not resort to listening to popular, yet dangerous, dental TikTok hacks.

  1. Allergic to Flossing? It Can Happen, Small Study Finds

While flossing is recommended for most patients, this study found that flossing may be making some patients’ health worse. Dr. Anastasia Cholakis found that something in the wax coating or flavouring can trigger an allergic reaction to dental floss in some patients. Yikes!

  1. COVID-19 Update – New Requirements for Dentistry in Response to Omicron Variant

It is no surprise to see that an update on COVID-19 requirements makes the number one spot! We are happy to see so many of you were keeping up with the latest rules and procedures to keep your office a healthy and safe place for all.

The Oral Health Group would like to thank our dedicated readers for the continued support. We wish everyone a happy New Year!

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