- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Updates Screening Recommendations for Type 2 Diabetes
Expert panel recommends diabetes screening for asymptomatic adults with sustained high blood pressure (over 135/80 mm Hg).
- ADA Issues Evidence-Based Clinical Recommendations on Pit-and-Fissure Sealants
ADA report provides a comprehensive analysis of the best research evidence on pit-and-fissure sealants, plus graded recommendations for use in clinical decision-making.
- Cannabis Smoking Associated with Periodontal Disease, New Study Says
Longitudinal research finds regular marijuana use may be a risk factor for periodontal disease in young adults, independent of tobacco smoking.
- Recent Developments in Salivary Diagnostic Research for Cancer Detection
Scientists use salivary rinse to detect molecular changes associated with head and cancer, and new proteomic research finds 49 salivary proteins that are differentially expressed in breast cancer patients.
- Study Supports Benefits of Community Water Fluoridation for Older Adults
Analysis of dental HMO data found that older adults living in areas with water fluoridation received fewer restorations.
- Potential Salivary Biomarkers Identified for Detecting Primary Sjogren's Syndrome
UCLA scientists identify first panel of candidate genomic biomakers for the potential detection of primary Sjogren's syndrome.
- American Heart Association Issues New Guidelines for Preventing Infective Endocarditis
The AHA recommends antibiotic prophylaxis only for patients at greatest risk of negative outcomes from infective endocarditis, and only if they receive dental procedures that involve mucosal perforation or manipulation of gingival tissues or periapical region of teeth.
- Study Finds No Association Between Breastfeeding and Early Childhood Caries
Evaluation of national health survey data identifies poverty, Mexican American ethnic status, and maternal prenatal smoking as independent risk factors for early childhood caries.
Australian Study Evaluates Nitrous Oxide Safety for Patients Undergoing Major Surgery
International clinical trial suggests that nitrous oxide in major medical surgery may be associated with more adverse side effects, but the study authors caution that the findings are not applicable to dental procedures or other minor surgery.
Cochrane Review Finds Acetaminophen Effective for Pain Relief After Wisdom Tooth Extraction
New systematic review supports 1000 milligrams of acetaminophen as an optimal dose for safe and effective treatment of postoperative pain following third molar surgery.
Systematic Review Finds Home-Use Tooth Whiteners Have Short-Term Effectiveness, But Long-Term Evaluations Still Needed
New systematic evaluation of over-the-counter and dentist-dispensed tooth whiteners for home use found differences in product effectiveness were due to levels of active ingredients.
Study Shows Oral Health Improvements, but Disparities Remain
Some Americans are making more oral health progress than others, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).