This Month’s Features

Five Misconceptions in Endodontics

Exploring commonly held myths will result in a deeper understanding of modern root canal treatment.

Dehydrated Amnion-Chorion Membranes for Periodontal and Alveolar Regeneration

An investigation of biologically active, cell-guiding, growth-factor-laden devices designed to enhance regenerative outcomes.

Infection Control in Austere Practice Settings

Whether providing care in a field operatory or urban weekend clinic, clinicians must ensure that asepsis standards are met.

Continuing Education

Human Trafficking: Red Flags for Dental Professionals

Dentists and dental hygienists should look for the subtle signs of victimization so they can offer appropriate treatment, resources and referrals.

Applications for Homeopathy in Dentistry

An overview of the background and pharmacology of homeopathic remedies, and their clinical use in oral health care.

Immunizations for Oral Health Care Workers

The following vaccination strategies will help prevent disease transmission in the dental workplace.

Pain Management in Endodontic Treatment

An examination of clinical strategies for managing pain before, during and after endodontic procedures.


Editor’s Note

Search for the Elusive Caries Vaccine

Just before I graduated dental school in 1971, one of our instructors delivered bad news.

At a Glance

Dental Antibiotic Prescribing Still on the Rise

Researchers have found that approximately 30% of the antibiotic prescriptions written in outpatient settings are inappropriate.

Products and Services

Product Profile: Dia-X Rotary Files from DiaDent

Nickel-Titanium File System Maximizes Clinical Efficiency.

Product Profile: easy-graft CLASSIC from GUIDOR

Bone Graft Can Be Placed Directly Into the Defect.


A listing of featured products.


Blocking Candida albicans Interaction May Help Prevent Early Childhood Caries

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine continue to build on existing knowledge of how the fungus Candida albicans takes advantage of the enzyme GtfB, produced by the Streptococcus mutans bacteria, to form oral biofilm that contributes to early childhood caries.

Texas A&M College of Dentistry Receives Grant for Tooth Development Study

Researchers at Texas A&M College of Dentistry have received a $1.8 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to study the gene required for cartilage development — FAM20B — to determine how it affects tooth development.

World Dental Federation Prioritizes Periodontal Health as a Global Concern

The World Dental Federation has implemented a proposal to raise awareness among the public, health professionals, educators and policymakers about the personal and societal benefits of periodontal health.

DentaQuest Recognizes Oral Health Leaders

Five oral health professionals have been named DentaQuest 2017 Health Equity Heroes for their contributions to breaking down barriers and developing innovative programs to improve health outcomes and access to care for underserved populations.

Straumann Donates Equipment to Establish Digital Dentistry Program

Straumann has donated milling machines, scanners and software to the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry to assist in establishing a digital dentistry program.

Dental Teams May Be Ignoring Precautions to Control Exposure to Nitrous Oxide

A survey by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has found that while scavenging systems are widely used by dental teams to prevent nitrous oxide from escaping into the operatory, adherence to other recommended practices is not as strong.

Stanford Medicine Launches Report on Health Care Trends

In its first Health Trends Report, Stanford Medicine has found big data to be the most important trend facing the health care sector.

Organizations Collaborate to Promote Wellness

As part of efforts to prevent oral cancer, the American Dental Association and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are collaborating to develop programs aimed at dental and medical professionals to help increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations and encourage cessation of all tobacco use.

Legionella Poses Risks in Health Care Facilities

Safe water and water management systems may not be at the forefront of every practitioner’s mind, but they should be, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).