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U.K. school gets $2M to study therapy for dental anxiety
March 15, 2021 -- The University of Sheffield's School of Clinical Dentistry was awarded a grant for 1.6 million pounds ($2.2 million U.S.) to study whether cognitive behavioral therapy can reduce dental anxiety in children. Read More
Oral damage common in COVID-19 survivors
March 11, 2021 -- More than 80% of COVID-19 survivors had damage to the oral cavity or surrounding structures in a study published on March 3 in the Journal of Dental Research. Abnormal salivary gland dilation and dry mouth were the most common conditions identified in 122 formerly hospitalized patients. Read More
What you need to know about cannabis
March 9, 2021 -- When it comes to cannabis in the dental office, there are more questions than answers. Pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, sat down with DrBicuspid.com to discuss what we know -- and don't know -- about the controversial green plant. Read More
95% of opioid prescriptions are for 5 dental procedures
March 5, 2021 -- Dentists wrote about 2.7 million opioid prescriptions to patients during a five-year period, according to a study published on February 23 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. About 95% of these prescriptions were written for five dental procedures. Read More
Searches for toothaches up during COVID-19 lockdown
March 5, 2021 -- The COVID-19 lockdown increased online searches for toothaches in Iran, according to a study published on February 15 in BMC Oral Health. Pain is seen as one of the biggest dental complaints around the world. Read More
COVID-19 pandemic spurs stress-related dental conditions
March 5, 2021 -- Dentists are seeing an increase in patients experiencing dental conditions associated with stress, such as teeth grinding, cracked teeth, and temporomandibular joint disorder symptoms, according to new poll data released by the ADA on March 2. Read More
Fewer opioids prescribed in 3rd-molar surgeries with bupivacaine
March 3, 2021 -- Oral surgeons prescribed 59% fewer total opioids for patients who received liposomal bupivacaine (LB) during third-molar extractions than for those who did not receive LB, according to a study published on February 22 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Patterson's dental sales spike in fiscal Q3
March 3, 2021 -- Patterson Companies reported higher sales in its dental segment for the third quarter of fiscal year 2021. Read More
State of U.S. oral health: 4 dental trends to watch
March 2, 2021 -- The U.S. spent $135 billion on dental services in 2018, according to a March 2 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the health status of the nation. The whopping sum was just one of several dental trends outlined in the report. Read More
Researchers warn of jaw training device
March 2, 2021 -- U.K. researchers are warning the dental community about a "face and neck toning" device called Jawzrsize, cautioning that it may produce negative effects, in a letter published on February 26 in the British Dental Journal. Read More
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Second Opinion: Outpatient detoxification for opioid-addicted patients

While steps are needed to reduce the number of prescribed opioids in the U.S., what about those patients who may already be addicted and at risk? In this Second Opinion, Vikram Tarugu, MD, details a detoxification program that may be appropriate for your patients and your community. Read more.

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