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Teledentistry to the Rescue

Teledentistry describes the use of technology to facilitate communication and oral health care between patients and dental providers in separate locations. Implementing teledentistry practices can enhance oral health care delivery and…

Instrumenting Premolars

The complex root anatomy of premolars poses a distinct challenge during hand instrumentation. Regardless of difficulty, mechanical debridement is an essential component of oral health care for patients with a healthy periodontium, gingival…

Treatment Tips for Millennial Patients

Patient compliance is an ongoing challenge for oral health professionals. Significant time is spent educating patients with varying results. While compliance, or lack thereof, applies to patients of all generations, Millennial patients…

Screening for Diabetes in the Dental Office

Chronic diseases diabetes and periodontitis share a common inflammatory burden. In fact, it has been suggested that periodontitis is the sixth complication of diabetes. The dental setting is well positioned to provide screening for the…

Early Detection of Gingival Cancer

While rare, gingival cancer can be deadly, and patients’ first line of defense is in the hands of their oral health professional. Frequently mistaken for periodontal disease or local tissue trauma, gingival cancer is thought to arise from a…

Adverse Effects of Medication Use

Complications of medication use can negatively impact oral comfort, function, and quality of life. How much do you know about the oral health risks of your patients’ drug regimens?

What Do You Know About Caries Risk Assessment?

Staying abreast of the changing landscape of caries risk assessment, management, and prevention will help oral health professionals provide the highest quality patient care. Read on to see how much you know about this important facet of…

How Much Do You Know About Sleep Disorders in Children?

Knowledgeable oral health professionals are uniquely positioned to identify children early in the sleep disorder disease process, helping to prevent serious oral and systemic health problems. Read on to test your knowledge on sleep…

Test Your Knowledge on Ultrasonic Instrumentation

Site-specific ultrasonic inserts/tips (UITs) can increase access to difficult-to-reach areas and may help to improve periodontal therapy outcomes. How does your knowledge stack up on adapting site-specific UITs?

How Much Do You Know About Cleft Lip and/or Palate?

Oral health professionals play a role in caring for patients with cleft lip and/or palate as part of the patient’s craniofacial team. Read more to discover how much you understand about a clinician’s role in treating this patient…