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Cover Story: Oral Health Status and Oral Health Care Use Among Formerly Incarcerated People

The authors examine the relationship between former incarceration and periodontal disease and oral health care use.



Antibiotic and Opioid Prescribing for Dental-Related Conditions in Emergency Departments: United States, 2012 through 2014

The authors evaluate the frequency and patterns of antibiotic and opioid prescribing for dental-related emergency department visits.


Were Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Spillover Gains to Private Dental Coverage for Dependents Widely Shared? An Analysis Using Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Data

The authors evaluate whether spillover gains in dental coverage owing to the dependent care coverage mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were widely shared based on race or ethnicity and income.


Association of Income Inequality With Orthodontic Treatment Use

The authors evaluate the contribution of income inequality to orthodontic treatment use in a population with primary medical coverage through a major private insurer.


Endodontic Management of an Autotransplanted Mandibular Third Molar: A Simplified Approach

Dr. Boschini and colleagues review the standard protocols for endodontic treatment of autotransplanted molars and report on the 5-year follow-up of a clinical transplantation case.



Mixed Density Mandibular Mass in a Patient With Pain and Paresthesia

The authors ask readers to diagnose the case of a 71-year-old man with a large mass in the right mandibular area.


Medial Sphenoid Wing Parasellar Meningioma Masquerading as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder A Case Report

Dr. Kalladka and colleagues describe the case of a 35-year-old woman with a chief complaint of a 3-year history of “pain in the left temporomandibular joint.”


JournalScan: Selections From the Current Literature

This article offers summaries of studies in the current dental and medical literature on topics such as malignant transformation of common oral lesions, influence of smoking on periodontal healing, follow-up of caries prevention intervention among indigenous children in Australia, and patient history accuracy.


Scent of a Patient: Ethical Implications of a Patient With Offensive Body Odor

Dr. Jonke explores the ethical considerations when treating patients with excessive body odor.


Living Under a Cloud: Electronic Cigarettes and the Dental Patient

The authors provide background supporting a 2019 American Dental Association interim policy that supports the ban of vaping products.


The Word on Vaping: Dont Start

Use this handout to let patients know why they should not use electronic-cigarettes.


It is very difficult to not only keep up with the most up-to-date information in dentistry, but also to be able to assess the scientific rigor of the information. Clinical Scans is your go-to resource!


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:

• Oral health status and oral health care use among formerly incarcerated people
• Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act spillover gains to private dental coverage for dependents
• The association of income inequality with orthodontic treatment use


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.