This Month’s Features


Clinical Treatment of Deep Caries

Adopting a minimally invasive approach in managing deep caries lesions will help avoid complications with pulpal involvement.

Managed Care Plans in Dental Practice: A Commentary

Along with medicine, dental practices may soon be shifting to a health care model that is managed via provider-based incentives associated with quality metrics.

Proper Glove Use Prevents Spread of Infectious Diseases

As a key element of personal protective equipment, gloves provide an important barrier to contact transmission in dental settings.


Continuing Education

Risk Factors in Oral Cancer Screening

A review of oral screening and oral cancer risk factors — including the old, the new, and the unusual.

A Child’s First Dental Visit

An exploration of why the age 1 visit is a game changer in terms of overall oral health and childhood caries.

Handling Medical Emergencies In Dental Settings

Preparation and practice, along with reviewing patients’ medical histories and vital signs, will help dental teams assess risk and appropriately respond to medical emergencies.

Asthma’s Effects on Oral Health

An evidence-based asthma action plan will help dental teams support optimal oral health in pediatric patients with asthma.



Departments


Editor’s Note

Controversy Over Genetic Engineering

Not long ago, He Jiankui, PhD, an assistant professor at Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzen, China, made headlines after announcing he had used CRISPR-Cas9 technology for in vivo genetic modification of human embryos.

At a Glance

Young Dentists Are Reshaping the Workforce

As more dental practitioners delay retirement beyond age 65, the average age of dentists is going up nationally.

Products and Services

Omnichroma from Tokuyama Dental

Omnichroma is the first one-shade universal composite that matches every tooth — from A1 to D4 and beyond — with a single composite shade.


Newsline

Erratum—Decisions December 2018

In the introductory paragraphs of the “Managing Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Dental Office” article in December 2018.

Platelet-rich Fibrin Studied

Researchers from the University Hospital Frankfurt Goethe University, Nova Southeastern University, University Medical Center, Germany, Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf, and the Pain Therapy Center in France have released a 15-year retrospective study in the Journal of Oral Implantology evaluating the regenerative properties of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) therapies.

Contributions to Periodontal Education Recognized

The American Academy of Periodontology has awarded members for outstanding contributions within the academy and specialty.

Medicare Dental Bill Introduced

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md) has introduced S.22, the Medicare Dental Benefit Act of 2019.

Study Puts Numbers to Dental Opioid Trends

The first introduction to opioids for teenagers and young adults is often in the dentist’s office when they are prescribed pain medications following oral surgery.