School-based program leads to 50% drop in untreated caries
March 4, 2021 -- A school-based oral health program resulted in a 50% reduction in untreated cavities in a study of 7,000 elementary students in the U.S. The findings were published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
No one-size-fits-all solution for antibiotic resistance
March 4, 2021 -- There is no one-size-fits-all solution to tackling antibiotic resistance, according to a commentary published in the International Dental Journal. Instead, a variety of approaches are needed to craft tailor-made solutions for locally relevant factors that drive the unnecessary use of dental antibiotics. Read More
Dental x-ray used to read sealed 17th-century letter
March 3, 2021 -- Researchers used a dental x-ray scanner to virtually unfold and read a sealed letter from the Renaissance in Europe, according to a study published on March 2 in Nature Communications. This is believed to be the first time the technique has been used. Read More
What are the risks of counterfeit or DIY dental materials?
March 3, 2021 -- A Washington dentist elected not to follow the standard of care with endodontic cold vitality testing for patients. He allegedly swapped an approved refrigerant with an off-label product used to dust off computer keyboards. In this column, Dr. Michael W. Davis warns dentists to not make the same mistake. Read More
Fewer opioids prescribed in 3rd-molar surgeries with bupivacaine
March 3, 2021 -- Oral surgeons prescribed 59% fewer total opioids for patients who received liposomal bupivacaine (LB) during third-molar extractions than for those who did not receive LB, according to a study published on February 22 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
State of U.S. oral health: 4 dental trends to watch
March 2, 2021 -- The U.S. spent $135 billion on dental services in 2018, according to a March 2 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the health status of the nation. The whopping sum was just one of several dental trends outlined in the report. Read More
New OSHA standards, unannounced inspections may be coming
March 2, 2021 -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may soon issue new infectious disease standards that include unannounced inspections at dental practices, according to a February 26 session at the virtual 2021 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
Saliva tests may be effective in diagnosing COVID-19
March 1, 2021 -- Saliva may be a reliable and cost-efficient way to diagnose COVID-19, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. Saliva-based tests were found to be roughly as reliable as nasopharynx or throat swabs. Read More
Do's and don'ts for 5-star customer service
March 1, 2021 -- Dentistry is a service-based business, so customer service is always an important part of providing care. Keep in mind that people gravitate to places where they feel good, appreciated, and important, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
Dental ethics show value in the time of COVID-19
February 26, 2021 -- The ethical principles that helped dentists through the 1918 flu pandemic can also guide dentists today, noted dental ethics expert Nanette Elster. Elster spoke with about ethical decisions during COVID-19 -- a topic she's also discussing at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
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