CBCT radiation risks higher for orthodontic patients
September 16, 2010 -- With the majority of orthodontic patients being young teens who often undergo full-head imaging before, during, and after treatment, there is concern that using cone-beam CT (CBCT) in every case exposes them to dangerous amounts of radiation.  Discuss
Isolation devices: No man is an island, but his teeth should be
September 15, 2010 -- With adhesive dentistry now the standard of care, a composite or all-ceramic crown bonded in a wet field won't stay put long enough to check the occlusion. In fact, proper isolation/evacuation is one of the most underrated factors affecting the longevity of restorations.  Discuss
Hu-Friedy contest winners show orthodontics' creative side
September 14, 2010 -- Offered the chance to win thousands of dollars worth of dental instruments, what would you create from a bunch of orthodontic wire? The latest winners of the Hu-Friedy wire-bending contest share their stories and what inspired their unique sculptures.  Discuss
At-home whitening can yield same results as in-office
September 13, 2010 -- Dentist-prescribed at-home whitening can produce similar outcomes to in-office bleaching -- and at far less expense, according to a randomized study in Operative Dentistry.  Discuss
Aligner could make CBCT scout images moot
September 10, 2010 -- An alignment device created by U.K. researchers may help practitioners better position each patient undergoing cone-beam CT imaging, eliminating the need for preliminary scout views prior to scanning and reducing radiation dose.  Discuss
Actor's diagnosis puts spotlight on oral cancer
September 9, 2010 -- Michael Douglas' recent revelation that he has stage IV oropharyngeal cancer has highlighted the growing incidence of oral cancer, and experts say dentists can help stem the alarming increase in the disease.  Discuss
Do resins and sealants expose kids to more BPA risks?
September 8, 2010 -- A new study in Pediatrics is stirring the bisphenol A (BPA) pot once again, most notably in the popular press. But the study authors conclude that pediatric patients' exposure to BPA from composite resins and sealants is short-lived and that school-based dental sealant programs should continue.  Discuss
'Going green' good for the pocketbook as well as the planet
September 7, 2010 -- Using eco-friendly, nondisposable dental products rather than those made from plastic can help you go "green" in more ways than one. In addition to saving natural resources, it can save money, too.  Discuss
Allergan to pay $600M for illegally marketing Botox
September 3, 2010 -- Pharmaceutical giant Allergan has been accused of aggressively marketing Botox to medical professionals to encourage off-label use, including cosmetic and therapeutic procedures offered by dentists.  Discuss
Preop prophylactic antibiotics -- yes or no?
September 3, 2010 -- Despite a recent meta-analysis indicating that giving patients antibiotics prior to implant surgery can prevent implant failures, some experts still question whether antibiotic prophylaxis is necessary in every case.  Discuss
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