Want to improve teens' oral hygiene? Text them December 19, 2018 -- If you want your teenage patients to brush and floss regularly, you may want to text them. In a new study, teenage orthodontics patients who received daily text reminders showed remarkably improved oral hygiene within a few weeks. Discuss
'Hope for the future' drives orthodontic decision-making December 17, 2018 -- How do potential patients and their families make decisions about undergoing orthodontic treatment? The process can be complicated, in part because of the treatment's expense and largely cosmetic status, as well as the involvement of mental health factors. Researchers interviewed orthodontic patients to learn more. Discuss
3Shape integrates with 3M ortho software December 13, 2018 -- 3Shape and 3M have announced a partnership that allows practitioners to use 3Shape's scanner to digitally integrate with 3M's Oral Care portal.
Why do our kids have tooth decay? December 12, 2018 -- It's a question dentists and hygienists hear every day whether they are in the office or not: Why do our kids have so much tooth decay? Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes that the roots of the issue are nutrition and activity. Discuss
Does CBCT top panoramic images for accuracy? December 12, 2018 -- Researchers asked residents in oral surgery and orthodontics to make a diagnosis for nine different conditions by first looking at a panoramic radiograph and then at a cone-beam CT (CBCT) image. They reported on which modality was more accurate and the factors that might influence imaging decisions in a new study. Discuss
Case report: Anesthesia-free subgingival restoration December 11, 2018 -- Dr. Joshua Weintraub reports on the case of a 67-year-old man found to have recurrent subgingival decay under an old composite restoration on examination. He describes performing a gingivectomy and restoring the tooth using a laser for treatment. Discuss
What determines nickel-titanium rotary instrument usage? December 10, 2018 -- Why are some practitioners using nickel-titanium rotary instruments and some not? What might encourage practitioners to try these instruments? Researchers surveyed endodontists and general dentists to find out the answers to these and other questions. Discuss
Study finds SDF safe and effective on kids' teeth
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) was found to be safe and 100% effective in stopping active caries in primary teeth of at-risk children and was also well-accepted by their parents in a new study, published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Read more.