A big part of identifying and ultimately treating periodontitis is explaining to patients just how serious the implications can be, not only for their oral health, but also for their overall health. Here are some key talking points.
Depending on a patient’s oral health, preventive care requires different strategies and treatments. The three levels of prevention – primary, secondary and tertiary – consider the role that age, genetics, social, economic and environmental factors play in caries risk.
Celebrated on March 20 each year, World Oral Health Day highlights the importance of oral health care and its relation to overall health. Here are a few ideas on how you can participate and make a positive impact in your community.
The ADA advises dentists to be on alert for internet security risks; health leaders call for research and policy changes to improve oral health equality; and a new study builds on previous evidence that oral health can affect heart health.
Creating a positive experience for a child’s first dental visit is important in setting the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. Here’s how to keep children comfortable in the chair.
Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges is a culmination of two years of research and writing by over 400 contributors.
There are many reasons why cosmetic dentistry is growing in popularity. Knowing why patients are seeking cosmetic treatment is just as important as the treatment itself. Here’s what dental practices need to know.
Successful implant home care depends on educating patients about how infection risks for implants are different than for natural teeth and encouraging them to develop an effective routine for plaque removal that they can practice two or three times a day.
Celebrating World Oral Health Day is a great opportunity to go beyond the walls of your dental office by raising awareness within your community. Here are five ways to educate both your patients and your community on the importance of good oral health.
National Children’s Dental Health Month is a great time to remind yourself and your patients why pediatric dental care is so important and revisit the steps that can help ensure a lifetime of good oral health.
Almost a year since the COVID-19 pandemic forced public awareness of PPE, disinfection practices and social distancing, even those who were previously compliant with biannual dental visits may think that unless something is noticeably wrong, in-office dental care can be postponed indefinitely. But reassuring adults is only one challenge, another highly important task is conveying to parents what efforts your practice is making to maintain a child-safe environment.
In an update about her now finished dental studio, Irene Iancu explains how she made her vision of owning her own hygienist-run dental practice with a strong voice on social media come to life.
After the initial outbreak of COVID-19 shut down almost 200,000 dental practices in the United States in early 2020, the industry needed to quickly develop an effective response that would not only allow practices to reopen safely but also ensure that patients could access the oral care they needed.
Regular comprehensive dental exams provide patients the best chance at improving their health and quality of life while allowing practitioners to deliver a higher standard of care. This OnTarget article discusses oral health screening guidance for clinicians before and during the exam, the importance of oral cancer screening, and recommended products for dental exam and prophylaxis.
Making sure patients are well informed of the importance of oral health before they even book their hygiene appointment can help curb anxiety or other barriers that may be preventing them from coming into the dental office. And with staff training on how to communicate key oral health messages with patients, the oral hygiene appointment can be the perfect way to build relationships and trust with patients.
Oral healthcare is essential at any age, but for children, maintaining a healthy mouth holds special importance. Dental caries is the most common chronic childhood infectious disease. As of 2015, approximately 573 million children worldwide had at least one untreated cavity.
What if you could restore teeth by regrowing dentin and enamel? Although that technology remains the province of science fiction for now, bioactive restorative materials that do more than just take up space already do exist, and have for more than 40 years.