What factors predict root caries in your patients? July 16, 2019 -- Root caries is a multifactorial disease that can be prevented. So how can you identify patients who might be at risk? After reviewing almost 20 years of studies, researchers found that older patients who are tobacco users are among the most at risk. Discuss
Which stops caries better in preschoolers: ART or SDF? July 15, 2019 -- Atraumatic restorative treatment (ART) is known as an inexpensive way to treat early childhood caries, but silver diamine fluoride (SDF) also has been investigated as a low-cost method. Researchers conducted a study to find out which method is more effective when treatment access is limited. Discuss
Fluoride varnish has little new caries impact July 2, 2019 -- Fluoride varnish is widely recommended because of its assumed anticavity benefits. When researchers conducted an analysis to see if those benefits were supported by the literature, they found that perhaps the benefits of the treatment are overstated. Discuss
CDC report questions rise of dental fluorosis April 23, 2019 -- A new publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) casts doubt on the reliability of previously reported data that suggested that U.S. dental fluorosis was on the rise among U.S. children. Discuss
FDA proposes limiting fluoride in bottled water April 3, 2019 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a rule to lower the allowable level of fluoride in bottled water. The new level of 0.7 mg/L parts per million is the same as the standard set by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2015 for community water systems. Discuss
Second Opinion: An update on the Utah fluoride overfeed March 29, 2019 -- In early February 2019, the residents of 50 homes in Sandy City, UT, experienced a brief "fluoride overfeed" that resulted from a combination of human error and a snowstorm that caused a power failure at the city's water plant. Dr. Johnny Johnson Jr., president of the American Fluoridation Society, gives an update to the situation in this Second Opinion.
Does fluoride concentration matter for decay prevention? March 27, 2019 -- Data support the use of fluoride in toothpaste to prevent decay, but there is no standardization of fluoride levels in toothpaste. Researchers performed an updated, comprehensive review to see if the level of fluoride in toothpaste affected its ability to fight tooth decay. Discuss
CDC survey: U.S. kids brush at 1 year but use too much toothpaste February 6, 2019 -- Almost 80% of U.S. children and adolescents began brushing their teeth at or before their first birthday, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, nearly 40% of children ages 3 to 6 are using too much toothpaste when they brush. Discuss
Study finds SDF safe and effective on kids' teeth
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) was found to be safe and 100% effective in stopping active caries in primary teeth of at-risk children and was also well-accepted by their parents in a new study, published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Read more.