Congratulations to's 2018 Dental Excellence Award winners
December 19, 2018 -- is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Dental Excellence Awards. Please join us in honoring the best new products in dentistry. Awards will be presented at the Chicago Dental Society's Midwinter Meeting in February.  Discuss
Is there a link between periodontitis and metabolic syndrome?
October 31, 2018 -- Periodontitis and metabolic syndrome are manifestations of chronic inflammation. Could there be a causal relationship between the chronic inflammation of gum disease and the chronic inflammation of metabolic syndrome? In his latest column, periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg investigates.  Discuss
Kids' oral microbiota composition may predict obesity
October 4, 2018 -- Obese adults and adolescents are thought to have certain gut and oral microbiota variations, but less is known about the corresponding relationships in young children. As part of a larger study on obesity prevention, researchers examined the relationship between these bacteria in toddlers and childhood weight gain.  Discuss
Is there an autoimmune component to periodontal disease?
October 3, 2018 -- Periodontal disease can be looked at as both an acute and a chronic infection, notes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg in his latest column. He wonders if the chronic phase is related to an autoimmune reaction in patients. Dr. Danenberg examines the research and suggests some new areas of treatment that might help your patients.  Discuss
A historical perspective on handpiece sterilization
October 2, 2018 -- Handpiece sterilization may be considered a routine practice in today's dental office, but it wasn't always so. In fact, the practice of sterilization evolved rapidly in response to infectious diseases and best practices. Dr. Louis DePaola examines how handpiece sterilization recommendations have changed and the events that contributed to these developments.  Discuss
Study seeks perio, RA link to oral microbiome health
September 25, 2018 -- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and periodontitis are chronic inflammatory diseases that share common risk factors. Researchers conducted periodontal exams on patients with rheumatoid arthritis to determine what bacteria were present and how these patients might benefit from periodontal treatment.  Discuss