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Cover Story: Intraoral Radiographs: A Comparison of Dose and Risk Reduction With Collimation and Thyroid Shielding

The authors determine and compare the efficacy of intraoral radiograph dose reduction using 7 intraoral collimators.



Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Tooth Loss, and Edentulism Among Adults in the United States: 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey

The authors determine the association between asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and tooth loss among US adults using a nationwide database.


Measuring Sealant Placement in Children at the Dental Practice Level

The authors evaluate 3 novel dental electronic health record–based clinical quality measures that evaluate sealant care only after assessing sealable potential of teeth.


Teaching and Utilization of Silver Diamine Fluoride and Hall-Style Crowns in US Pediatric Dentistry Residency Programs

The authors assess the use and teaching of silver diamine fluoride, Hall-style crowns, and other caries-control methods in postgraduate pediatric dentistry programs and compare the results with those from a 2015 survey.


Patient Aggression Toward Dentists

The authors provide an initial estimate of rates of patient aggression in US dental practices.


Prophylactic Antibiotic Prescribing in Dental Practice: Findings From a National Dental Practice-Based Research Network Questionnaire

The authors quantify dentists’ beliefs and behaviors regarding the use of antibiotic prophylaxis before invasive dental procedures.


Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Caries Experience: An Examination of Children and Adults in the United States, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2014

The authors examine the association between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and the prevalence and severity of the caries experience in children and adults in the United States.


Utility of Measuring Anterior-Posterior Spread to Determine Distal Cantilever Length Off a Fixed Implant-Supported Full-Arch Prosthesis: A Review of the Literature

The authors appraise the relationship between anterior-posterior spread and other factors that affect the cantilever length off an implant-supported fixed full-arch prostheses.


Dental Practice Reopening: Following the American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct

The authors address some common ethical questions that dentists may be faced with as they begin to reopen their practices while the COVID-19 pandemic persists.


Is There an Upside to COVID-19 for Dentistry?

The ADA President addresses how responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has helped strengthen the profession.

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Contemporary Radiation Protection in Dentistry: Recommendations of National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements Report No. 177

The authors highlight the recommendations from NCRP Report No. 177, Radiation Protection in Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Imaging that are most immediate and relevant to clinical dental practice.


CSA Corner: Bonding Crowns and Bridges With Resin Cement: 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 bonding dental crowns and bridges with resin cement.


Getting Whiter Teeth

Use this handout to present patients with options for whitening their teeth.


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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:

• A comparison of intraoral radiograph dose and risk reduction with collimation and thyroid shielding
• Silver diamine fluoride and Hall-style crowns in US pediatric dentistry residency programs
• Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and caries experience


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