Is there a better way to treat severe periodontitis?
August 5, 2022 -- Combining conventional scaling with an anti-infective drug treatment may improve outcomes for patients with severe periodontitis, according to a commentary published on August 1 in Periodontology 2000. Read More
Hygienists' mental health worse than dentists during COVID-19
August 2, 2022 -- In the first known U.S. survey to analyze the long-term mental health of dental professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, dentists and hygienists frequently reported poor mental health during peaks of COVID-19 transmission. However, hygienists had higher rates of anxiety and depression. Read More
Most guidelines support antibiotics to prevent endocarditis
July 28, 2022 -- Antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines to prevent endocarditis following dental care vary, but most support its use despite the risk of antimicrobial resistance, according to a systematic review published on July 25 in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology. Read More
NIH scientists discover stomach viruses can be transmitted via saliva
July 28, 2022 -- A class of viruses known to cause severe diarrheal diseases can grow in the salivary glands of mice and be spread through saliva, scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have found. The findings indicate that a new route of transmission exists for these viruses, which affect billions of people worldwide each year and can be deadly. Read More
I misdiagnosed my daughter with COVID hands
July 21, 2022 -- A few months ago, Dr. Teresa Yang visited her daughter in Northern California. As mothers do, she took a silent inventory of her daughter. Was she eating enough? Did she look happy? Then she noticed her fingers. A trip to urgent care confirmed the diagnosis of a condition familiar to oral health professionals. Read More
How dental schools are minimizing COVID-19 transmission
July 21, 2022 -- At the end of 2019 as COVID-19 spread globally, the World Health Organization released infection control protocols to reduce the rate of infection. A study published July 18 in the International Dental Journal details how dental schools rapidly adjusted to ensure the safety of students, staff, and patients. Read More
What dental professionals need to know about monkeypox
July 20, 2022 -- Clinicians should be aware of the signs and symptoms of monkeypox, since some of the most prevalent lesions associated with the virus may be first observed in the maxillofacial region, according to a letter to the editor published July 17 in Oral Surgery Read More
Should you prescribe antibiotics to patients with prosthetics?
July 18, 2022 -- When it comes to prescribing prophylactic antibiotics to patients with prosthetic joints who are undergoing invasive dental procedures, dentistry and orthopedic surgery remain divided, according to a session at the 2022 Illinois Summit on Antimicrobial Stewardship. Read More
5 best practices for dental office cleaning
July 14, 2022 -- The state of your dental office reflects your service and attention to detail, writes Johnny Pallares. He shares five best practices for dental office cleaning to ensure your patients see a clean office and to show that you care about your work environment. Read More
OSAP announces its new board of directors
July 12, 2022 -- The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) announced the members of the 2022-2023 OSAP Association Board of Directors. Read More