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Unique gum cells may prevent perio disease in the future
October 8, 2019 -- Newly discovered sensory cells in gums that protect the mouth from infections that cause tissue and bone damage to teeth may be the answer to periodontitis prevention treatments in the future, according to new research.  Discuss
Centrix launches topical vitamin E treatment
September 12, 2019 -- Centrix has debuted a topical vitamin E treatment for damaged gingival tissue.
2 keys to anesthesia safety: Patient and case selection
September 11, 2019 -- Safe anesthetic procedures begin with patient and case selection, according to oral and maxillofacial surgery expert Dr. Stuart Lieblich. He spoke about keeping patients safe during office-based anesthesia procedures at the recent 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco.  Discuss
4 tips to prevent medication errors
September 4, 2019 -- Medication errors and adverse events are not uncommon, and they seem to be happening with increasing frequency. Experts outlined four ways dentists can help prevent patient harm from medications in the September issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association.  Discuss
Tramadol linked to low blood sugar in new study
September 3, 2019 -- Tramadol is one of the most used opioid analgesics, but new research suggests it may have a severe side effect -- hypoglycemia. Patients who used tramadol were significantly more likely to experience low blood sugar than those who used comparable medications.  Discuss
Dental assistant gets prison sentence for selling opioids
June 21, 2019 -- A dental assistant from Pennsylvania has received a 19-month federal prison sentence for selling oxycodone tablets, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Second Opinion: A comparison of 2 opioid alternatives
May 22, 2019 -- In this Second Opinion, oral surgeon Dr. Colin Bell writes about practical pain management alternatives to opioids, focusing on two specific examples. Dr. Bell also discusses new dental codes for reimbursement while emphasizing patient safety and practitioner awareness of the ongoing opioid epidemic.  Discuss
Can a mouthwash relieve oral mucositis pain?
April 18, 2019 -- More than 80% of patients with head and neck cancer develop painful oral mucositis during radiation treatment. Researchers compared two frequently used mouthwashes with a placebo mouthwash to measure the pain relief they provided.  Discuss
Calif. halts new prescription requirements law
March 18, 2019 -- California has temporarily halted a law that requires dentists writing prescriptions for controlled substances to use forms that include a unique serialized number approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Family history is a risk factor for long-term opioid use
February 27, 2019 -- Dentists may want to ask about family members' opioid use before prescribing an opioid to a patient for oral surgery. Adolescents with persistent opioid use were nearly twice as likely to have a family member who also used opioids regularly in a new study, published on February 27.  Discuss
Hot Topic
Second Opinion: Outpatient detoxification for opioid-addicted patients

While steps are needed to reduce the number of prescribed opioids in the U.S., what about those patients who may already be addicted and at risk? In this Second Opinion, Vikram Tarugu, MD, details a detoxification program that may be appropriate for your patients and your community. Read more.

Conferences
Yankee Dental Congress 2020
Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2020
Boston, Massachusetts United States
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
February 7-23, 2020
San Diego, California United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
February 14, 2020
San Diego, California United States
Sedation Permit Renewal/Refresher for Dentistry
February 15, 2020
San Diego, California United States