Tony Edwardseditorial@drbicuspid.comOpioidsStudy finds opioids less effective after tooth extractionPatients who took opioids for pain relief after tooth extraction reported higher levels of pain than patients who took other analgesics in a new study, published in JAMA Network Open. The findings suggest nonopioid analgesics should be the first-line pain relief for extractions.March 23, 2020Dental SpecialtiesWest Coast tops U.S. wellness rankingsWellness is composed of many factors, such as a healthy diet, affordable healthcare and medical costs, and opportunities for being physically active. Personal finance website WalletHub examined 43 key indicators and found that West Coast cities are the best, at least in terms of healthiest U.S. cities.March 5, 2020Oral BacteriaVaping changes oral microbiome, increases perio riskVaping changes a user's oral microbiome and makes the mouth more prone to inflammation and periodontal disease, according to a new study by researchers from the New York University College of Dentistry.March 3, 2020PeriodonticsReview suggests cavities, periodontitis share common originSugar, sweet drinks, and other fermentable carbohydrates may promote the development of both cavities and periodontal disease, according to recent research. These diseases may both emerge in response to nutritional imbalances in your patient's mouth.February 18, 2020Dental PracticeUtah, La. at different ends of U.S. dental rankingsLouisiana has the fewest dentists per 100,000 residents in the U.S., suggesting an opportunity for entrepreneurial dentists or dental service organizations. On the opposite side of the scale, Utah is the state with the most dentists per capita. These and other findings were announced in the latest report on the state of U.S. dental care by personal finance website WalletHub.February 17, 2020Oral-Systemic LinkReport: Smoking costs add up in healthcare tallySmoking costs more than $300 billion each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But which U.S. states bear the brunt of these costs? Personal finance website WalletHub ran the data and found that Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York had the highest total annual costs per adult smoker.January 15, 2020Oral CancerReturning to work may offer benefit for oral cancer patientsReturning to work may have a positive effect on the survival rates of patients diagnosed with oral cancer, according to a new study. The benefit may be due to higher income, increased physical activity, and better emotional status, the authors noted.January 6, 2020ObesityReview suggests link between perio disease, obesityDoes body weight affect the likelihood that a patient may have periodontal disease? Evidence suggests it does, according to a recent review published in the British Dental Journal.December 11, 2019Oral-Systemic LinkReport: Midwestern cities rank highest for excessTotal the number of smokers, coffee drinkers, and the number of fast-food restaurants in a city and you have one formula to identify a population in need of dental care -- and potential for periodontal disease. Personal finance website WalletHub ranked U.S. cities for "vice and excess" and found three midwestern U.S. cities ranked highest.December 1, 2019Imaging SystemsRadiation-free imaging system aids caries detectionNear-infrared light transillumination (NILT) does not expose patients to ionizing radiation, but is it an effective modality for detecting caries? Researchers tested NILT against direct digital radiography in almost 140 teeth to find out.October 17, 2019Page 1 of 1Top StoriesDental HygieneKing Charles has some quirky oral care demandsA new book about the royal family has revealed some of King Charles' oddest oral care demands.Legal IssuesAssault claim led to arrest of 2 men running an illegal practiceAIUCSF gets $4M grant to teach AI to spot cavitiesTeam ManagementThe reason you chose to be a dentist may surprise youSponsor ContentWe care about what you think.