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Is it safe to use an ultrasonic scaler? It's complicated
May 7, 2021 -- Dental hygienists should consider multiple factors, including positive COVID-19 cases in their communities, before using ultrasonic scalers on patients, according to a webinar hosted by the American Dental Hygienists' Association and the ADA on May 4. Read More
Case report: Universal composite repairs leaking amalgam
May 7, 2021 -- This case report examines the steps taken to repair leaking amalgam. A 30-year-old man presented to the dental practice with a chief complaint of a sensitive tooth on the upper left posterior. Upon examination, the clinician diagnosed the patient with reversible pulpitis. Read More
Preventive dental care tied to lower Medicaid costs in NY
May 6, 2021 -- Preventive dentistry services provided more than just better health outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries in New York, according to a study published on April 21 in the Journal of Dental Research. Participants who took advantage of preventive dental care also saved the state Medicaid program money. Read More
10 questions recent dental grads should ask new patients
May 6, 2021 -- It's that time of year again: Finals are ramping up, licensing exams are being completed, and a new batch of dentists are getting poised to enter the workforce. Dr. Mark Hyman hopes to make the transition a little easier with 10 questions new dental graduates should ask new patients. Read More
Consider pulling wisdom teeth before bone disease therapy
May 5, 2021 -- Oral surgeons should consider prematurely extracting the third molars of children before they start bone disease therapy to prevent jawbone destruction, according to an article published on April 20 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Teledentistry is vital for practice success
May 5, 2021 -- Now more than ever, teledentistry is vital for practice success, writes Sylvia Rochon. Learn why teledentistry became an invaluable tool during a challenging year and how teledentistry can help you gain control of your schedule. Read More
Secondhand smoke exposure raises risk of oral cancer by 50%
May 4, 2021 -- Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke may increase a person's risk of developing lip, mouth, and throat cancers by more than 50%, according to a systematic review published on April 26 in Tobacco Control. Read More
Most adults, children visited dentists in 2020
May 4, 2021 -- About seven out of 10 adults and nearly nine out of 10 children visited their dentists during 2020 despite the challenges COVID-19 posed, according to Delta Dental Plans Association's 2020 report on the state of America's oral health released on April 30. Read More
Wisdom teeth could hold secret of regenerative medicine
May 4, 2021 -- Scientists analyzed five extracted wisdom teeth to conduct the first comprehensive single-cell atlas of the human tooth. Published recently in iScience, the study found novel insights into the working of stem cells and could pave the way for regenerative medicine. Read More
Treating dental pain with opioids triples patient overdose risk
May 3, 2021 -- Overdose risk is nearly three times higher for patients who fill opioid prescriptions after undergoing dental procedures, researchers reported in a study published on April 29 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Read More
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