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Hygienist, assistant shortage may be on verge of crisis
October 4, 2022 -- Dentistry is facing a harrowing workforce shortage that began before the COVID-19 pandemic, and it may get worse before it gets better, according to data released on October 3 during a webinar hosted by the ADA's Health Policy Institute. Read More
Childhood medication linked to molar incisor hypomineralization
October 4, 2022 -- Exposure to certain medications in early childhood is suspected to be associated with molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH). Researchers analyzed associations between MIH, exposure to medication, and prenatal factors in a study published on September 30 in the Journal of Dentistry. Read More
1 round of laser therapy may reduce 3rd molar surgery pain
October 4, 2022 -- Administering an extraoral low-level diode laser for one session of irradiation following wisdom tooth surgery may decrease patient pain, according to the results of a clinical trial recently published in BMC Oral Health. Read More
Bone defects found in adults after clear aligner therapy
October 3, 2022 -- Imaging revealed an increase in alveolar bone defects in adults with mild to moderate crowding who underwent clear aligner therapy without tooth extractions, according to a study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Read More
Are dentists overdiagnosing burning mouth sensation?
October 3, 2022 -- Patients with burning mouth sensation are frequently seen in dental clinics, yet dentists may be overdiagnosing the condition, according to a study of more than 500 patients that was published on September 24 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
Do's and don'ts for improving the new patient experience
October 3, 2022 -- Ensure that more new patients become loyal, long-term patients by creating a positive initial experience for them. Each aspect of the new patient experience should be planned and scripted for maximum effectiveness, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
Antipsychotic induces open bite in 27-year-old woman
September 30, 2022 -- A 27-year-old woman developed an open bite when she took the atypical antipsychotic aripiprazole, and her malocclusion worsened as her medication dosage increased, according to a case report recently published in Frontiers in Psychiatry. Read More
$8B U.S. plan includes fortifying dentists' nutrition literacy
September 30, 2022 -- On September 28, the Biden administration unveiled an $8 billion plan to end hunger and reduce diet-related disease in the U.S. by 2030 through several actions, including pledges from the Children's Oral Health Institute and others to bolster education in nutrition. Read More
More dentists are going to residency: Here's why it matters
September 30, 2022 -- Though it isn't required for practice in most states, postgraduate dental training has grown significantly in recent years. Researchers discussed what the trend means for the field of dentistry in an ADA Health Policy webinar held on September 28. Read More
Are dental professionals properly using PPE?
September 29, 2022 -- Are dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) properly using personal protective equipment (PPE)? Researchers used a fluorescent marker to illustrate pathogen trasmission and assessed PPE donning and doffing practices among DHCP. The findings were published on September 26 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
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