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  • Were Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ...
  • Oral health status and oral health care use amon...
  • Setting the PACE for frail older adults in the c...
  • Different anesthetics on the efficacy of inferio...
  • The Healthy Eating Index and coronal dental cari...
  • Guideline on Antibiotic Use for the Urgent Manag...


Association of income inequality with orthodontic use (March 2020 Article 3)

JADA March 2020

Background. Income inequality has been associated with worse oral health outcomes and reduced dental care use. It is unknown whether income inequality may motivate people to seek orthodontic treatment.

Key Words. Oral health; income inequality; orthodontic care; oral health care; health care use; Gini coefficient.


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Were Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act spillover gains to private dental coverage for dependents widely shared? (March 2020 Article 2)

JADA March 2020

Background. The dependent coverage mandate policy of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act led to spillover increases in private dental coverage among affected young adults. The authors investigate whether such gains were widely shared across racial or ethnic groups and shared across income levels. The authors further explore the relationship between dental coverage and dental services use stratified by race or ethnicity and income using the mandate as a natural experiment.

Key Words. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; dental insurance; oral health care use; dependent coverage mandate.


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Oral health status and oral health care use among formerly incarcerated people (March 2020 Article 1)

JADA March 2020

Background. Incarceration carries adverse consequences for health, yet there is limited research on the association between incarceration and oral health outcomes. The authors examined the relationship between former incarceration and 2 self-reported oral health outcomesdperiodontal disease and oral health care usedand assessed the degree to which postrelease factors mediate the relationship between former incarceration and oral health outcomes.

Key Words. Oral health; oral health care use; incarceration; young adult population; health; vulnerable populations.


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Setting the PACE for frail older adults in the community: an underused opportunity for furthering medical-dental integration (February 2020 Article 3)

JADA February 2020

Background. The integration of dentistry into comprehensive and long-term care has occurred infrequently and with limited success. The authors aim to describe how the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) has the potential for such incorporation for the growing population of nursing homee appropriate older adults preferring to age in place.

Key Words. Homes for the aged; senior centers; oral health care; aged; oral health care for aged; frail older adult.


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Different anesthetics on the efficacy of inferior alveolar nerve block in patients with irreversible pulpitis (February 2020 Article 2)

JADA February 2020

Background. The authors of this systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the effect of different anesthetics on the efficacy of inferior alveolar nerve block (IANB) in patients with irreversible pulpitis.

Key Words. Endodontics; instrumentation; systematic review; meta-analysis; randomized controlled trial.


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The Healthy Eating Index and coronal dental caries in US adults (February 2020 Article 1)

JADA February 2020

Background. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to determine if Healthy Eating Index (HEI-2015) scores are associated with coronal caries and the odds of untreated coronal caries in adults 20 years and older.

Key Words. Dental caries; NHANES; dietary guidelines for Americans; diet quality; nutrition.


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Guideline on Antibiotic Use for the Urgent Management of Dental Pain and Intraoral Swelling

The overuse of antibiotics has resulted in bacterial strains that are resistant to these medications. To improve antibiotic stewardship and reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance, the ADA has released a clinical practice guideline on the use of antibiotics for the urgent management of pulpal- and periapical-related dental pain and intraoral swelling. This course provides an overview of the guideline and addresses when to prescribe and when not to prescribe antibiotics for clinical scenarios involving symptomatic irreversible pulpitis, symptomatic apical periodontitis, and localized acute apical abscess.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the current evidence on antibiotic use in dentistry
  • Incorporate into practice the latest ADA recommendations for the use of antibiotics for dental pain and swelling
  • Work with patients to identify the situations when antibiotics may or may not be necessary


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