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Cover Story: Parent Perceptions of Dental Care Providers' Role in Human Papillomavirus Prevention and Vaccine Advocacy

The authors evaluate the attitudes of parents of adolescents regarding the role of dental care providers in human papillomavirus prevention and vaccine administration.



A Survival Analysis of Primary Second Molars in Children Treated Under General Anesthesia

The authors assess the association between treatment and status of primary second molars at time of general anesthesia and time to need new treatment in young children treated under general anesthesia.


Salivary Factors Related to Caries in Pregnancy: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

The authors compare salivary factors related to caries and decayed, missing, and filled teeth in pregnant and not pregnant women.


Antimicrobial Stewardship in Dental Practice

The authors address the implementation of antimicrobial strategies in outpatient dental practices.


Trends in Use of Dental Care Provider Types and Services in the United States in 2000-2016: Rural-Urban Comparisons

The authors evaluate the disparity in trends of dental professionals visited and dental services received by rural and urban residents.


Should Medicaid Include Adult Coverage for Preventive Dental Procedures? What Evidence Is Needed?

The author examines evidence supporting Medicaid coverage of cost-effective preventive services and the evidence gaps that remain.


Treatment Options for Large Posterior Restorations: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis

The authors compare restorative treatment types and materials for large restorations in permanent posterior teeth in adults.


Direct-to-Consumer Orthodontics: Surveying the User Experience Features

The authors assess users’ experiences with direct-to-consumer aligners.


Ethical Moment: Ethical Dilemmas in Treating a Colleague's Patients

The author explores dentists’ ethical obligations when they discover substandard treatment when covering for colleagues.



Disruptive Innovations in Dentistry

The author addresses innovative disruptions underway in dentistry today.

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CSA Corner: Dental Light-Curing Units: An American Dental Association Clinical Evaluators Panel Survey 

The authors report the results of an American Dental Association Clinical Evaluators Panel Survey in which panel members were asked about dental light-curing unit use, unit type and selection, training, maintenance, technique, and safety measures.


Common Oral Sores and Infections

Use this handout to provide patients with information about common oral sores and infections include canker sores, cold sores, and oral yeast infections.


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Licensed US dentists can earn up to 3 CE credits every month through the JADA CE Online program. This month's program highlights 3 topics:

• Parents’ perceptions of dental providers’ role in human papillomavirus revention and vaccine advocacy
• Salivary factors related to caries in pregnancy
• 2000-2016 rural-urban trends in use of dental provider types and services


Introduced in 1913, The Journal of the American Dental Association is the nation's premier dental journal—a reliable, peer-reviewed source of information on dentistry and dental science.