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The Safe Use of Topical Anesthetics

Dental topical anesthetics are among the most common drugs used in patient care, but their risks and adverse reactions are not always well known; in addition, many practitioners are not well versed in United States Food and Drug…

Implant Dentistry Continues to Grow

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 3 million people in the United States have implants. This number is expected to grow by 500,000 each year. As the number of patients with implants continues to rise, so does the risk…

Support Oral Health in Menopausal Women

With nearly 3,000 women reaching menopausal age each day in the United States and living 25 years to 30 years beyond its onset, dental hygienists are poised to provide comprehensive care to women before, during, and after menopause.…

Update on Water Fluoridation

In 2015, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) lowered the previously recommended range of optimally fluoridated water from 0.7 ppm to 1.2 ppm to simply 0.7 ppm. The DHHS also reaffirmed the safety and efficacy of…

Problem of Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is one of the most significant public health challenges of the 21st century, both in the United States and globally. Childhood obesity is a multifactorial disease with risk factors related to genetics, development, and the…

Be Prepared for Anything

Medical emergencies in dental settings occur for a variety of reasons. A survey revealed that among 2,704 dentists polled over 10 years, more than 13,000 medical emergencies took place. The chief reason is an increase in the number of older…

Dogs to the Rescue!

The use of animal-assisted interventions in health-care settings is an evidence-based practice. There are two types of animal-assisted interventions used in health-care settings: animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and animal-assisted activities…

Impact of Asthma on Oral Health

Asthma ordinarily begins in childhood/adolescence, and—once established—the ongoing inflammatory process leads to underdevelopment of the lungs, further impeding their function. More than 6 million United States children under the age of 18…