This Month’s Features
The Technology of Tooth Whitening
Clinicians who offer whitening services will benefit from a deeper understanding of the chemistry behind professionally supervised and over-the-counter bleaching therapies.
Nonsurgical Treatment of Peri-implant Mucositis
By determining the etiology of the lesion and initiating appropriate treatment, oral health professionals can reverse the disease process and prevent boneloss.
Insights Into Proliferative Verrucous Leukoplakia
An examination of what we know — and don’t know — about this distinct, yet rare, variant of oral leukoplakia.
Applications for Three-Dimensional Printing in Dentistry
Although its full potential for oral health care delivery is unknown, this additive method of fabrication has indications for treatment planning, orthodontics, oral surgery, restorative dentistry and other therapies.
Guest Editorial: Pathway to Professional Excellence
Helping patients develop and maintain wellness-focused habits and lifestyles is critical to long-term clinical success.
Radiographic Considerations for Pregnant Patients
Consider these risks and benefits before deciding whether a radiographic examination is appropriate for an expectant mother.
Zika Virus in the Dental Setting
An overview of the epidemic and what dental professionals can do to manage the risks and recognize the signs of illness.
Update on Sugar Alcohols and Their Role in Caries Prevention
Here’s what the evidence says about the potential oral health benefits of commonly used sugar alcohols.
Dental teams should be trained and adequately equipped to provide an immediate and coordinated emergency response for patients experiencing chest pain or cardiac arrest.
Keeping Up With Evidence-Based Dentistry
The science and practice of dentistry are evolving at a record pace, and it has become extraordinarily difficult to keep up with all of the changes.
At a Glance
Solving the Crisis in Little Teeth
While there has been much angst and hand wringing over the early childhood caries (ECC) epidemic, significant progress has been made addressing this crisis in what the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) calls “little teeth.”
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Regenerative Endodontics Could Open New Frontiers
New research into regenerative technologies may revolutionize clinicians’ approach to endodontic therapy.
Report Warns Clinicians to Improve Infection Prevention Efforts in Dental Settings
Authors who reviewed more than 10 years’ worth of reports have concluded that transmission of blood-borne pathogens is rare in dental settings — but not rare enough.
Pediatric Study Finds Two-Stage Injections Ease Needle Anxiety and Pain
A simple, two-stage injection technique can reduce pain and ease fear of local injections.
Feds Address Unregulated Tobacco Products
In a move advocated by organized dentistry, the U.S Food and Drug Administration has approved a rule extending its authority to e-cigarettes, along with all tobacco products, including cigars and hookah and pipe tobacco.
Coalition Urges Congress to Raise the Annual Flexible Spending Cap
Concerned that out-of-pocket costs are preventing patients from seeking care, dental advocates are urging the U.S. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee to increase the annual Flexible Spending Account cap.
Senate Bill Recommends Increased Funding for Oral Health Research
In mid-June, the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended 2017 funding for S. 3040 (Blunt, R-MO), the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017.