Friday, December 2, 2022

Sunstar eBrief

Bacteria in a biofilm 3d illustration

Artur Plawgo / iStock / Getty Images Plus Biofilm can form anywhere that offers moisture, nutrients, and a surface. It’s basically a community of microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi, that stick together on a surface in a self-generated matrix of proteins, sugars, and nucleic acids. Unfortunately, biofilm can grow on structures throughout the human body, including implant surfaces....

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elderly man and nurse

Michelle Noblet-Vacha, RDH, BS After witnessing the dental neglect experienced by many nursing home residents, Michelle Noblet-Vacha, RDH, BS, opened her own nonprofit organization, Senior Mobile Dental, to ensure these individuals received the oral healthcare they desperately needed in the Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo areas. Since 2006, she has been providing in-house care to residents of long-term...

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The human Microbiome, genetic material of all the microbes that live on and inside the human body.

Design Cells / iStock / Getty Images Plus According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the US annually, resulting in more than 35,000 deaths. The agency’s 2019 report reflects various levels of threat posed by 18 antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and fungi, with three more on a watch list.1...

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nursing home

Deborah H. Dowd, RDH, MSDH As a practicing clinician and educator, Deborah H. Dowd, RDH, MSDH, has a wealth of experience as a dental hygienist. Currently, she is an adjunct instructor at Fortis College and Utah Valley University in Salt Lake City. While earning her Master of Science in Dental Hygiene at Idaho State University, Dowd embarked on...

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graphic of woman and covid

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared SARS-CoV-2 a global pandemic. Recent research published in both the Journal of the American Dental Association and the Journal of Dental Hygiene looks back on how COVID-19 impacted those responsible for delivering oral healthcare.1–3 Those working around the oral cavity were really in the crosshairs of the virus. Because...

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