This Month’s Features


Diagnosis and Prognosis for Dark Tooth Bleaching

Due to multiple possible etiologies, the following case reports help illustrate variations in the diagnosis and treatment of a dark tooth.

Update Your Approach to Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia administration is a source of dental phobia, but clinicians willing to retrain their dogma will find learning new skill sets may enhance the patient experience.

CAD/CAM Utility in Dentistry

Fadi AL Farawati, DDS, MS, MClinDent, and Edgar Davila, DDS, MS, CDT, FACP, share insights and perspectives from academia and private practice on dental applications for CAD/CAM technology in dental practice.


Continuing Education

Strategies for Immediate Implant Placement

An approach to immediate implant placement based on the socket shield technique and buccal bone morphology.

Oral Effects of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Therapy

As part of a multidisciplinary team, dental professionals play a pivotal role in managing oral complications from hematopoietic stem cell transplants.

Hypertension Screening in Dental Settings

By implementing routine testing, dental teams can have a significant impact in reducing high blood pressure and other chronic diseases.

Applications for Facial Injectables In Dentistry

As the field of esthetic facial injectables continues to grow, dentists interested in expanding their practice will benefit from this systematic approach to evidence-based treatment.



Departments


Editor’s Note

Alzheimer’s Might Be Transmissible

A finding that could have significant clinical implications suggests a medical procedure transferred a key component of Alzheimer’s disease from one person to another.

At a Glance

Health Costs Are Tip of the Iceberg for Smokers

When counseling patients to quit smoking, dentists and other health professionals naturally stress the impact of nicotine on health.

Products and Services

Interproximal Cleaning Solutions from Sunstar

Customized interproximal care Is key to managing biofilm and inflammation.

GrandioSO Heavy Flow from VOCO

High-viscosity universal composite offers unmatched clinical versatility.


Newsline

Mollusk Teeth May Lead to Improved Dental Materials

A team of researchers from Okayama University in Japan and the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering has discovered the genes that allow a marine mollusk — the gumboot chiton — to regrow teeth containing magnetite, a geologic material with the maximum hardness of any known biomaterial. The findings may lead to improvements in abrasion-resistant dental materials. The mollusk uses specialized teeth made from the magnetic mineral magnetite to scrape algae off ocean rocks, and once teeth wear down a new set forms. Magnetite is deposited only in the cusp region. After examining the teeth’s transcriptome, researchers found [...]

American Dental Association Comments on Healthy People 2030 Objectives

The American Dental Association (ADA) has suggested six additional oral health objectives to the committee overseeing development of the federal Healthy People 2030 initiative. In a letter sent to the U.S. Health and Human Service’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the ADA recommended adding objectives designed to: Reduce the oral cancer death rate Reduce the incidence of oropharyngeal cancer Increase the number of community organizations providing population-based primary preventive dental services Increase the proportion of children with access to a dental home Increase the proportion of older adults in long-term care facilities who have access to [...]

CDC Cautions That Young Children Are Using Too Much Fluoridated Toothpaste

Almost 40% of children between the ages of 3 and 6 are using too much toothpaste, putting them at increased risk of dental fluorosis, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. The paper, “Use of Toothpaste and Toothbrushing Patterns Among Children and Adolescents — United States, 2013–2016,” used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The results show that among children ages 3 to 6, the amount of toothpaste varied, with 12.4% using a smear, 49.2% using a pea-sized amount, 20.6% reporting a half load, and 17.8% using a full load of toothpaste. Parents [...]