Tom Viola, RPheditorial@drbicuspid.comDental HygieneNew asthma indication for triple-ingredient inhaler may increase complicationsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the supplemental new drug application for Trelegy Ellipta for the maintenance treatment of asthma in patients ages 18 years and older. This new indication is important because the ingredients have dental implications and adverse effects that may be additive and synergistic. Tom Viola, RPh, explains more in this article.October 5, 2020PeriodonticsStudy shows link between periodontal disease and increased risk of colorectal cancerA recent study published in Cancer Prevention Research indicates that periodontal disease is associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Previous studies have pointed to associations between periodontal disease and other types of cancer. Tom Viola, RPh, breaks down the information.September 14, 2020Oral-Systemic LinkStudy finds vaping leads to increased COVID-19 risk among teens, young adultsA recent study found that vaping is linked to a substantially increased risk of COVID-19 among teenagers and young adults. The study, led by researchers at Stanford University, showed that young people who vaped were five times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those who didn't vape.August 24, 2020OpioidsFDA update: Naloxone and opioid labeling changesTom Viola, RPh, explains why dentists may want to know about naloxone and why it is being discussed currently by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in connection with opioid use disorder.July 27, 2020RestorationsA connection between proton pump inhibitors, COVID-19, and dental implants?Tom Viola, RPh, discusses why there appears to be a connection between proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and the odds of testing positive for COVID-19. He then joins Kevin Henry, DrBicuspid.com's editor in chief, for a short podcast on the link between PPIs and dental implants.July 20, 2020AntibioticsWhat to know about antibiotics and the risk of cardiovascular deathThe relative safety of azithromycin was first questioned following a study published in 2012, which reported an association between azithromycin use and sudden cardiac death. Now Tom Viola, RPh, discusses why the drug is once again making headlines.July 8, 2020Orofacial PainWhat every dentist and team member should know about these 2 drugsA new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning regarding gabapentin and pregabalin recently caught the eye of Tom Viola, RPh. Now, he has some advice to share with DrBicuspid.com readers on why the warning is something they should understand and heed.June 30, 2020Orofacial PainCombination ibuprofen + acetaminophen effective for dental pain managementRecent studies have consistently demonstrated that a combination analgesic containing acetaminophen and ibuprofen was more effective in treating dental pain than the ingredients were when administered alone. Dental pharmacology expert Tom Viola, RPh, discusses these findings and some of the background behind them.March 15, 2020OpioidsThe over-the-counter opioid epidemic?Most of the attention about the opioid epidemic focuses on the abuse of prescription drugs, but pharmacist Tom Viola notes that over-the-counter products also can contribute to the issue. He details how a popular treatment for diarrhea may contribute to opioid abuse and also influence how you treat certain patients.February 7, 2018AntibioticsProphylaxis against overprescribingThe prophylactic use of antibiotics for preventing prosthetic joint replacement infection remains one of the most contested issues in dentistry. Pharmacist Tom Viola walks you through the clinical practice recommendations.November 13, 2017Page 1 of 2Next PageTop StoriesRestorationsWant to restore teeth? Maybe crack some eggsA new biomaterial that contains an unusual ingredient and promotes bone growth has been developed and may be used for regenerative dentistry in the future.Legal IssuesDentist sentenced for claims of swapping scripts for cocaineOrganized DentistryABOMS names its 2023-2024 presidentAIOwandy to launch AI-based scanner at 2023 GNYDMSponsor ContentWe care about what you think.