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Dental Dose: TikTok trend with serious side effects
January 14, 2022 -- In this episode of Dental Dose, pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, talks about a viral TikTok trend that led teenagers to take high doses of common over-the-counter medications. Read More
FDA warns that buprenorphine causes dental problems
January 13, 2022 -- The use of transmucosal buprenorphine, a drug prescribed to treat opioid use disorder and pain, may cause dental problems, according to a warning issued January 12 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read More
NYU Pain Research Center names new director
January 10, 2022 -- The New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry's new Pain Research Center has named Rajesh Khanna, PhD, as its director. Read More
NIH drops long-awaited sequel to surgeon general's report
December 21, 2021 -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research on December 21 released the long-awaited sequel to the U.S. surgeon general's 2000 report on oral health. Read More
Forward Science releases oral pain-relief gel
December 21, 2021 -- Forward Science has released BioStom, a nonopioid oral pain-relief gel that is part of its professional use product line. Read More
Computerized anesthesia devices cause less pain, anxiety
December 14, 2021 -- Using computerized anesthesia devices results in less pain and anxiety for adult dental patients compared to traditional anesthesia delivery, according to a review article published online in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Henry Schein agrees to pay $500K to settle opioid case
December 6, 2021 -- Henry Schein has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a case in which the wholesale distributor allegedly improperly distributed hundreds of thousands of painkillers to dentists and other doctors despite red flags of drug abuse, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Read More
Is cold saline the key to less pain after root canals?
December 3, 2021 -- Using a cold saline solution as a final irrigating agent during root canal treatment may reduce patients' postoperative pain, according to a systematic review published on November 28 in the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice. Read More
Researchers seek comment on dental pain management guide
December 1, 2021 -- The ADA Science & Research Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pittsburgh are seeking feedback on a draft acute dental pain management guideline. Read More
U.S. overdose deaths top 100K for 1st time
November 24, 2021 -- For the first time, the U.S. reported more than 100,000 overdose deaths in 2021, and many were due to opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Read More
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Second Opinion: Outpatient detoxification for opioid-addicted patients

While steps are needed to reduce the number of prescribed opioids in the U.S., what about those patients who may already be addicted and at risk? In this Second Opinion, Vikram Tarugu, MD, details a detoxification program that may be appropriate for your patients and your community. Read more.