Have you shifted your caries management paradigm? April 16, 2019 -- The current surgical model of caries management relies on symptomatic treatment via drilling and filling. However, the authors of a new review article in Dentistry Journal suggest practitioners should be refocusing their caries management using a medical model centered around prevention, timely intervention, and support of natural healing. Discuss
Komet adds to abrasives line April 8, 2019 -- Komet USA has added four new instrument configurations to its line of coarse, yellow DCB (diamond with ceramic bond) abrasives.
CDC: Half of adults don't know what dental sealants do April 5, 2019 -- Dental sealants are one of the most commonly used tools to help prevent dental decay, but more than half of U.S. adults don't know that. A recent survey published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 46% of adults could not answer a basic question about the nature of dental sealants. 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
Do porcelain laminate veneers last well over the long term? April 1, 2019 -- Porcelain laminate veneers can provide dependable, conservative treatment for anterior teeth with aesthetic problems. However, issues such as porcelain fracture and chipping can mar results, and long-term clinical data are limited. To learn more, researchers investigated the long-term performance of this restorative option. 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.
3M settles dental crown lawsuit March 28, 2019 -- 3M has agreed to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit filed by 39 dentists concerning its Lava Ultimate dental crown, according to multiple published reports.
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.