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A peer-reviewed journal that offers evidence-based clinical information and continuing education for dentists.

Contents

This Month’s Features

Caries Prevention and Management in Light of The COVID-19 Pandemic

The following strategies for caries prevention and management will help reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission during routine dental care.

Overview of Oral Sedation For Children With Autism

An exploration of clinical considerations when choosing oral sedation and behavior guidance techniques for pediatric patients with autism spectrum disorder.

Clinical Advantages of Coaxial Illumination

When carefully chosen and properly worn, coaxial illumination may enhance not only visual acuity, but also proper clinical posture.

Continuing Education

Scaling and Root Planing Remain Key to Successful Periodontal Therapy

High-quality instrumentation, effective self-care, appropriate reevaluations, and additional therapy are key to a successful periodontal treatment regimen.

Insights Into Molar Incisor Hypomineralization

This overview of molar incisor hypomineralization explores the clinical presentation and treatment of this developmental defect.

Understanding the Oral Manifestations of Khat

Cultural competency training will help oral health professionals provide appropriate care and referrals when treating patients who use khat.

Role of Chemical and Biological Indicators in Infection Prevention

Proper sterilization monitoring requires a combination approach using mechanical, chemical and biological indicators.


Departments

Editor’s Note

Calculus’ Role in Periodontal Inflammation

Until the 1960s, calculus was considered a primary etiologic factor in periodontal disease. The writings of Waerhaug and others emphasized the complete removal of supragingival and subgingival deposits as an important tenant of treatment.

At a Glance

Perspective on Bioactive Restoratives

Bioactive materials are taking restorative dentistry one step further by helping to prevent demineralization, promote remineralization, and, when used as a liner or pulp-capping agent, stimulate the formation of dentin.

Products and Services

September 2021 Marketplace

A listing of featured products.

Newsline + Industry Info

The Art of Dental Finance and Management

Podcast Hosted by Art Wiederman, CPA.

Researchers Identify New Clinical Response to Oral Inflammation

Investigators at the University of Washington (UW) School of Dentistry have identified a third type of oral inflammatory phenotype that exhibits a delayed response to bacterial accumulation.

U.S. Surgeon General Urges Americans to Fight Health Misinformation

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, has issued a brief citing health misinformation as a serious threat to public welfare, with inaccurate or false news resulting in individuals declining COVID-19 vaccinations. Exposure to misinformation has also caused people to push back on health safety recommendations, such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing or following [...]

Dentist Invents Comfort Control Clock

Jeffrey Berlin, DMD, a pediatric dentist at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio, has designed the Comfort Control Clock to help post­opera­tive patients remember to take their medications in a timely manner. The goal is to assist patients who are alternating drugs for non­narcotic pain control. For instance, the clock’s four hands can be customized with [...]

Analysis Finds Medicare Recipients Often Skip Needed Dental Care

A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of Medicare will be helpful in informing policymakers as they develop a possible dental benefit for adult Medicare recipients.

Novel Therapy May Relieve Temporomandibular Joint Pain

University of Connecticut scientists are studying medications called senolytics that are designed to target and kill damaged cells — called senescent cells—that cause inflammation and damage to surrounding healthy cells.

Colgate-Palmolive Partners With Verily on Oral Health Research

Colgate-Palmolive and Verily have formed a strategic collaboration to advance oral health research.

Breath-Based COVID-19 Testing Appears on the Horizon

A team of researchers from Ohio State University has appliedto the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency useauthorization for its proprietary COVID-19 breath-based test.

Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarker Studied in Gingival Microbiome

Research from New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry and Weill Cornell Medicine suggests older adults with pathogenic gingival bacteria are more likely than study controls to have a key biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease in their cerebrospinal fluid.

 

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