Science and Technology

Fluoride toothpaste use in young children — updated recommendations

A father brushing a toddler's teeth

To create consistent recommendations regarding fluoride toothpaste use in children younger than 6 years, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs conducted a systematic review of the evidence. The results of the study demonstrate that for children younger than 6 years, fluoride toothpaste use is effective in caries control. Based on the evidence, the Council recommends the following:

The Council stated, "This regimen is intended to maximize the caries-preventive benefits of fluoride while further reducing the risk of developing fluorosis when compared to the previous recommendations." The complete systematic review is published in the February 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Conference: Implementing Science in Practice, May 9-10, Chicago

Research - knowledge - fact

Whether you are an evidence-based dentistry (EBD) enthusiast or you want to know what EBD is all about, this conference has something for you. The EBD Champions Conference 2.0: Implementing Science in Practice will take place on May 9-10 at ADA headquarters in Chicago.

The conference brings together dental professionals who are leaders in practice, academia and public health to discuss implementing evidence-based clinical research into practice and understanding the impact on outcomes. Participants earn up to 10 hours of CE credit.

Steven Novella, MD, assistant professor of neurology at Yale University School of Medicine and host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, will explore the question, Why is Science-Based Medicine Important?, in his keynote address. Other topics covered include:

Participants continue the tradition of EBD Champions and act as resources to their local dental communities by promoting an evidence-based approach to patient treatment and disease prevention.

The registration fee is $150 for ADA members and $225 for non-members. For more information and to register, visit or contact Erica Vassilos, You can also register by phone at 1-800-621-8099. The conference is supported by a contribution from Procter & Gamble.


ADA launches new chair-side app for dentists

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ADA Oral Pathologist is a chair-side reference to oral pathology conditions that can assist dentists with formulating diagnoses. Conditions can be searched by name or by entering clinical observations. ADA Oral Pathologist is a reference you can use every day with photos and descriptions of the most common oral pathology conditions seen in your patients. Search over 200 conditions for only $59.99! Download the ADA Oral Pathologist from the App Store on iTunes or Google play.



Seeing is Believing: Fabricating an implant overdenture prosthesis

An implant overdenture prosthesis

You can experience innovative continuing education courses from the ADA annual meeting year round with ADA365. Upgrade your free ADA365 access to take Dr. Joseph Massad's Education in the Round course "Seeing is Believing." Pay only $99 for 2.5 hours of CE credit.

The webcast of this course will demonstrate the complete fabrication of an implant overdenture prosthesis from start to finish. View the latest methods in a digital examination and the newest impression and jaw recording procedures. The webcast for "Seeing is Believing" is available on demand for you to watch and earn CE credit at your convenience. The next live webcast will take place on Friday, April 9. Read more and register.

If you don't have a user name and password for ADA365, preregister for one. Members can use the access code F8LHA2 to get free access.


Podcast: Clinical recommendations for topical fluoride agents

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In this podcast, Dr. Robert Weyant discusses updated clinical recommendations for topical fluoride agents to prevent dental caries, including professionally-applied and prescription-strength home-use products. He discusses why the update was necessary and the process that was used to generate the clinical recommendations. An executive summary of the systematic review was published in the November 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. You can read the full report and download your free chair-side guide at

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