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  • Benefits of implementing pain-related disability...
  • Disparities in oral health by immigration status...
  • Oral Health Topics: Aging and Dental Health
  • Predictable and Practical Posterior Composites
  • Baking Soda Dentifrices: Benefits for Oral Healt...
  • Assessment of inappropriate antibiotic prescribi...


Trends in annual dental visits among US dentate adults with and without self-reported diabetes and prediabetes, 2004-2014

June 2018
The authors assessed the trends of annual dental visits in dentate adults with diabetes or prediabetes or no diabetes, and assessed whether the racial and ethnic disparities in dental visits changed from 2004 through 2014. Data for this analysis came from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a US health survey that looks at behavioral risk factors that was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in cooperation with state health departments. Respondents indicated whether they had a dental visit in the past 12 months. Weighted proportions were calculated for annual dental visits in adults by diabetes status, and trends were assessed by racial and ethnic groups.

Key Words. Dental visits; diabetes; racial disparity.


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Benefits of implementing pain-related disability and psychological assessment in dental practice for patients with temporomandibular pain and other oral health conditions

June 2018
Evidence in the field of dentistry has demonstrated the importance of pain-related disability and psychological assessment in the development of chronic symptoms. The Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders offer a brief assessment for the diagnostic process in patients with orofacial pain (Axis II). The authors describe relevant outcomes that may guide general oral health care practitioners toward tailored treatment decisions and improved treatment outcomes and provide recommendations for the primary care setting. The authors conducted a review of the literature to provide an overview of knowledge about Axis II assessment relevant for the general oral health care practitioner.

Key Words. Orofacial pain; primary health care; general practice.


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Disparities in oral health by immigration status in the United States

June 2018
Few investigators have explored differences in oral health status between immigrants and natives. To address this gap, the authors used nationally representative data to characterize disparities in oral health among noncitizens, naturalized citizens, and native adults. The 2013 to 2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a nationally representative in-person survey, provides oral health data for US natives, naturalized citizens, and noncitizens. Univariate and multivariate regression analyses were conducted to compare evidence of caries and periodontal disease, as well as recommendations for oral health care, stratified by immigration status for adults.

Key Words. Dental health services; caries; periodontal diseases; health policy; dental care; dental public health; minority groups; public policy; public health or community dentistry; vulnerable populations.


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Oral Health Topics: Aging and Dental Health

Key Points

  • The demographic of older adults (i.e., 65 years of age and older) is growing and likely will be an increasingly large part of dental practice in the coming years.
  • Although better than in years past, the typical aging patient’s baseline health state can be complicated by comorbid conditions (e.g., hypertension, diabetes mellitus) and physiologic changes associated with aging.
  • Older adults may regularly use several prescription and/or over-the-counter medications, making them more vulnerable to medication errors, drug interactions or adverse drug reactions.
  • Potential physical, sensory, and cognitive impairments associated with aging may make home oral health care and patient education/communications challenging.
  • Dental conditions associated with aging include dry mouth (xerostomia), root and coronal caries, and periodontitis; patients may show increased sensitivity to drugs used in dentistry, including local anesthetics and analgesics.


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Predictable and Practical Posterior Composites

This course discusses options for bulk fill composites that provides create quality restorations that are an aesthetic improvement, efficient, and affordable.  The course include a live patient demonstration of the entire process from anesthesia through polishing.  Also included is an article from the journal of Clinical Oral Investigations that reviews and analyses the performance of bulk-fill and conventional resin composite restorations in posterior teeth.

This course is sponsored by Bisco.

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Baking Soda Dentifrices: Benefits for Oral Health

This program is based on a compilation of numerous reports based on research of the effects of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as a dentifrice ingredient. This program provides information of value to dental practitioners on the benefits of baking soda dentifrices on oral health. This information is applicable to our daily practice of dentistry in which the cornerstone of all our therapy is effective control of biofilm by our patients. This program summarizes the efficacy and safety of baking soda-containing dentifrices for a variety of uses. In reviewing the evidence presented, the following summary statements are appropriate:

  • The low abrasivity of dentifrices containing baking soda makes them especially suited for safe daily use in oral hygiene regimens.
  • Microbiological studies have shown that baking soda products have significant bactericidal activity against oral pathogens which explains benefits demonstrated in clinical studies on plaque biofilm and gingivitis reduction.
  • Baking soda dentifrices favor patient compliance because they have stain reducing and whitening properties, a feature which motivates patients to brush as instructed by their oral care practitioner.
  • Neutralization of plaque acids by baking soda supports caries reduction as well as facilitation of remineralization of incipient carious lesions.

This course is sponsored by Arm & Hammer.

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Assessment of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing among a large cohort of general dentists in the United States

May 2018
The purpose of this study was to assess dental antibiotic prescribing trends over time, to quantify the number and types of antibiotics dentists prescribe inappropriately, and to estimate the excess health care costs of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing with the use of a large cohort of general dentists in the United States. We used a quasi-Poisson regression model to analyze antibiotic prescriptions trends by general dentists between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2015, with the use of data from Express Scripts Holding Company, a large pharmacy benefits manager. We evaluated antibiotic duration and appropriateness for general dentists. Appropriateness was evaluated by reviewing the antibiotic prescribed and the duration of the prescription.

Key Words. Antibiotics; dentistry; prophylaxis; treatment; epidemiology; public health.


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