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Dental Dose: TikTok trend with serious side effects
January 14, 2022 -- In this episode of Dental Dose, pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, talks about a viral TikTok trend that led teenagers to take high doses of common over-the-counter medications. Read More
Researchers seek comment on dental pain management guide
December 1, 2021 -- The ADA Science & Research Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pittsburgh are seeking feedback on a draft acute dental pain management guideline. Read More
Dentists overprescribe opioids despite knowledge of alternatives
October 21, 2021 -- Dentists continue to overprescribe opioids to their patients despite being aware of the effectiveness of nonopioid analgesics for managing dental pain, according to the results of a Georgetown University survey published on October 21 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
Etoricoxib may be answer to wisdom tooth surgery pain
September 27, 2021 -- A preemptive low dose of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug etoricoxib may reduce the need for analgesics after third-molar surgery, based on the results of a randomized clinical trial published on September 23 in BMC Oral Health. Read More
You're not dreaming: Hypnosis works as an anesthetic
August 6, 2021 -- Hypnosis is a safe, effective, and inexpensive technique that could be used in place of anesthesia during dental procedures, according to a clinical report published on July 28 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
Needle sticks, burs cause most dental school injuries
July 22, 2021 -- Needle sticks and uncovered burs are responsible for most dental school injuries, according to research presented on July 22 at the virtual International Association for Dental Research meeting. Read More
CBD spray may help treat oral ulcers
July 22, 2021 -- Cannabidiol (CBD) oral spray may inhibit inflammation in tongue ulcers, relieve pain, and accelerate the closure of lesions, according to an animal study presented at the virtual 2021 meeting of the International Association for Dental Research. The finding may help advance efforts to develop new therapeutic strategies for oral ulcers. Read More
NIDCR seeks grant submissions on pain management
June 25, 2021 -- The U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and other agencies of the National Institutes of Health are seeking grant submissions for developing safe, effective, and nonaddictive therapeutics to treat pain. Read More
Dental Dose: The brief history of cocaine in dentistry
June 18, 2021 -- In the late 1800s and early 1900s, cocaine was an anesthetic agent of choice in dentistry, explains Tom Viola, RPh, in the latest episode of Dental Dose. But perhaps more surprising, cocaine has accepted medical uses as an anesthetic agent to this day. Read More
Dental Dose: Why lidocaine is the golden child of dentistry
June 4, 2021 -- Everybody loves lidocaine. It is a great anesthetic agent. It has so many advantages that it's hard to keep track of them all. But should lidocaine be held in as high regard as it is? Tom Viola, RPh, breaks it down in the latest episode of Dental Dose. 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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