More than half of the articles we published in November focused on exposure at dental practices and indicators of the virus, as well as the pandemic's continuing effect on patient volume and the financial health of practices. Case reports also kept you interested. As the year ticks closer to the end, we decided to give you a look at some of our most-read stories from the past month:
- How did hygienists fare working during the COVID-19 peak in Italy?
Our top story this month revealed that only seven dental hygienists who were working while COVID-19 was surging in Italy, including the hotspot of Lombardy, tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
- What store-bought mouthwashes kill SARS-CoV-2 in half a minute?
Preliminary results from a study showed that over-the-counter mouthwashes containing cetylpyridinium chloride or ethanol/ethyl lauroyl arginate killed SARS-CoV-2 within 30 seconds of exposure to the virus in lab tests. A study in humans is underway.
- Oral rinse recalled due to possible microbial contamination
Illinois-based medical supplier Sunstar Americas has issued a voluntary U.S. recall for its chlorhexidine oral rinse, which dental patients are prescribed to treat gingivitis, due to possible microbial contamination. Some dentists also have patients gargle with this type of rinse to reduce the viral load of SARS-CoV-2 in patients prior to procedures.
- Do you know which dental habit may limit the spread of COVID-19?
People who were living with at least one person who had COVID-19 and brushed their tongue daily were less likely to become infected by the novel coronavirus.
- Did you know there's a rare tumor that mimics periodontitis?
In this case report, an oral surgeon diagnosed and treated a teen with a rare vascular tumor in her mouth after a dentist and periodontist erroneously treated her for periodontitis for two years.
- Imaging saves teen with oral surgery-linked 'forgotten disease'
Imaging and early antibiotic intervention saved the life of an 18-year-old man in Kansas who was diagnosed with Lemierre syndrome, also known as the "forgotten disease," after wisdom teeth extraction, clinicians wrote.
- Is your patient a virus superspreader? It may be the teeth
Patients who have a full set of teeth and a clogged nose may be more likely to spread viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, a recent study suggested.
- The top 7 reasons dental insurance claims are rejected
Steve Roberts, the president of Vyne Dental, explains the top seven reasons dental insurance claims get rejected, such as failing to update codes.
- Do you know how hard COVID-19 is hitting dentists' wallets?
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many dentists spending more to operate practices, with about 40% of them either breaking even or losing money, according to the ADA's Health Policy Institute (HPI).
- Is the pandemic patient drop here? Maybe
Though 99% of dental offices in the U.S are open following pandemic shutdowns, fewer practices are reporting "business as usual," according to survey results from HPI.
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