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  • 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...
  • Assessing the impact of an opioid prescribing gu...
  • Spin in abstracts of randomized controlled trial...
  • Are dental patients able to perceive erosive too...


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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Assessing the impact of an opioid prescribing guideline for dentists in Ontario, Canada (January 2020 Article 3)

JADA January 2020

Background. The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario introduced a new dental opioid prescribing guideline in November 2015. The authors examined whether introduction of this guideline was associated with changes in opioid prescribing patterns.

Key Words. Opioids; dental prescribing; prescribing guideline.


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Spin in abstracts of randomized controlled trials in dentistry: A cross-sectional analysis (January 2020 Article 2)

JADA January 2020

Background. Spin in randomized controlled trial (RCT) abstracts can misguide clinicians. In this cross-sectional analysis, the authors assessed the prevalence of spin in RCT abstracts and explored the factors potentially influencing it.

Key Words. Evidence-based dentistry; randomized controlled trial; spin; abstract; clinical decision-making.


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Are dental patients able to perceive erosive tooth wear on anterior teeth? (January 2020 Article 1)

JADA January 2020

Background. Erosive tooth wear (ETW) is irreversible loss of dental hard tissue. The authors examined patients ability to recognize ETW relative to sound teeth and teeth with caries.

Key Words. Erosive tooth wear; caries, patient perceptions; oral health; care-seeking behavior.


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