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No one-size-fits-all solution for antibiotic resistance
March 4, 2021 -- There is no one-size-fits-all solution to tackling antibiotic resistance, according to a commentary published in the International Dental Journal. Instead, a variety of approaches are needed to craft tailor-made solutions for locally relevant factors that drive the unnecessary use of dental antibiotics. Read More
What are the risks of counterfeit or DIY dental materials?
March 3, 2021 -- A Washington dentist elected not to follow the standard of care with endodontic cold vitality testing for patients. He allegedly swapped an approved refrigerant with an off-label product used to dust off computer keyboards. In this column, Dr. Michael W. Davis warns dentists not to make the same mistake. 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
New OSHA standards, unannounced inspections may be coming
March 2, 2021 -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may soon issue new infectious disease standards that include unannounced inspections at dental practices, according to a February 26 session at the virtual 2021 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
Dentists must watch for COVID-19 vaccine's side effects
March 2, 2021 -- The COVID-19 vaccine may cause side effects that dentists must be aware of, according to a letter published on February 26 in the British Dental Journal. Read More
Air Techniques debuts ventless systems at Chicago Midwinter
March 1, 2021 -- Dental equipment manufacturer Air Techniques launched a new ventless vacuum system series at the virtual Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
Dental ethics show value in the time of COVID-19
February 26, 2021 -- The ethical principles that helped dentists through the 1918 flu pandemic can also guide dentists today, noted dental ethics expert Nanette Elster. Elster spoke with DrBicuspid.com about ethical decisions during COVID-19 -- a topic she's also discussing at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
How safe are aerosol-generating devices during the pandemic?
February 25, 2021 -- COVID-19 has made us rethink our norms, including the use of powered dental tools. Hygienist Karen Davis sat down with DrBicupsid.com to discuss the safety of aerosol-generating devices -- a topic she's also speaking about at the virtual 2021 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
Beyond that old fence: Tectonic shifts in dental hygiene
February 25, 2021 -- The science shows hygienists play a crucial role in providing whole-body healthcare, but practice norms haven't kept up. Dental hygienist Casey Hein explores the expanding role of hygienists in this column and in her associated presentation at the 2021 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
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Getting to the root of dentinal defects

Do newer instruments for preparing root canals induce small dentinal defects that can lead to root fractures, or have improvements in nickel titanium alloys alleviated this potential problem? Since the evidence is unclear, a new study used microcomputed tomography to analyze dentinal defects in root canals prepared with various instruments. Read more.

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