Week in Review: Treating jaw pain; pediatric treatment studies; and new products

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Sometimes when you see patients who cite pain in their jaw, you can treat their pain using your communication skills, training, and clinical expertise. Sometimes, however, as periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg notes, you have to consider causes beyond a patient's mouth. Read his column here.

Two studies we reported on this week focus on your pediatric patients. In the first, when you are treating preschool children for early childhood caries, is moderate sedation more effective than protective stabilization or general anesthesia in terms of improving the child's behavior at future dental visits? This was the question researchers from Brazil focused on in a new study. Read more here.

The second found that the vast majority of overweight and obese children show signs of gingivitis. While this study was relatively small, the authors highlighted the need for a multidisciplinary approach to care for children with excess body fat. Read more here.

The University of the Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry celebrated Veterans Day by providing free oral health checkups for veterans. Several of the volunteers who conducted the screenings are attending dental school on military scholarships or are veterans themselves. View our slideshow here.

And new products launched this week include the following:

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