UIC study shows 2% of asymptomatic pediatric dental patients test positive for COVID-19

A study by a University of Illinois Chicago pediatric dentist has shown a novel way to track potential COVID-19 cases — testing children who visit the dentist. The study also showed an over 2% positivity rate for the asymptomatic children tested. Dr. Flavia Lamberghini, UIC clinical assistant professor in the department of pediatric dentistry, has co-authored the article, “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection in asymptomatic pediatric dental patients,” in the April 2021 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Pain doesn’t take a holiday: Dental opioids study points to need for better prescribing

As dentists and their teams across America get back to their regular schedules after a sharp COVID-19-related reduction, a new study shows a key opportunity to reduce the use of opioid painkillers by their patients.
The analysis shows that those who had dental procedures on a Friday or a day before a holiday were much more likely to fill a prescription for an opioid than other patients.

American Association of Endodontists Kicks Off Save Your Tooth Month

We have three main message points this month: 1) Endodontists are available to see dental emergencies and relieve the burden of emergency rooms and departments. 2) The public can easily find an endodontist in their area with our user-friendly tool: findmyendodontist.com. 3) Endodontists are highly valued – always, but even more so in these times. If you’ve received care from an endodontist, be sure to #thankanendo this month.

American Association of Endodontists Announces New President Dr. Alan H. Gluskin

The American Association of Endodontists (AAE), the 8,000-plus-member association representing dental specialists known as endodontists, is announcing that Alan H. Gluskin, D.D.S., will serve as its new President, effective April 30, 2020. Dr. Gluskin succeeds Dr. Keith V. Krell. AAE Presidents serve one-year terms and are elected by Association stakeholders

Scientists use neutrons to try to develop better, less costly dental restorations

Teeth damaged by trauma or disease require treatment to look and feel as good as new, but the restorative materials available to dentists don’t always last and can be costly for patients. Researchers from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s College of Dentistry are using neutrons at ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor to change that.

Study Reveals How Too Much Fluoride Causes Defects in Tooth Enamel

Exposing teeth to excessive fluoride alters calcium signaling, mitochondrial function, and gene expression in the cells forming tooth enamel—a novel explanation for how dental fluorosis, a condition caused by overexposure to fluoride during childhood, arises. The study, led by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry, is published in Science Signaling.

American Association of Endodontists Underscores Recommendations on Endodontic Competency and Treatment Standards

Furthering its goal to advance the best patient care, the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) distilled its white papers on competency and treatment standards into executive summaries that provide key recommendations and directives to guide the insurance industry, state boards, and other communities of interest to support appropriate endodontic care.

American Association of Endodontists Racks Up a Record 27 MarCom Awards

The American Association of Endodontists continues to make great strides forward when it comes to creativity and communications excellence. The AAE is proud to announce it has received 27 MarCom Awards — its most awards in a single year to date — recognizing outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, design and production of marketing and communication materials.