Archive for January 2017

Pediatric Fevers Not Caused By Teething, Analysis Concludes

CNN (2/19, Kounang) reported online on a new study in the journal Pediatrics that confirmed “high-grade fevers are not a sign of teething,” but could be a sign of another illness. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Pediatric Oral Health and Research and Policy Center director Dr. Paul Casamassimo said, “If a child has a really high fever, or is in significant discomfort, or won’t eat or drink anything for days, that’s a red flag for concern.” CNN provided tips for managing teething, including use of infant pain relievers, while cautioning regular use thereof could lead to tooth decay.

Dentists “Uniquely Positioned” To Screen For Pediatric Obesity, JADA Study Suggests.

Dr Bicuspid (2/2, Domino) reported that dental professionals are “uniquely positioned” to provide screenings for obesity in children, according to a new study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association. The authors of the study said, “Dentists, hygienists, and other oral healthcare professionals often have more frequent and regular contact with children than pediatricians.” While acknowledging there is no link between dental caries and body mass index in children, the researchers say “the role of diet in dental caries and overall pediatric health is indisputable and could indicate that there is a role for the [oral healthcare professional] to provide diet and weight screening interventions.” Oral health practitioners “should measure weight and height during the patient’s first visit and at each six-month dental recall visit to assess weight status over time, the study authors recommended.”

        The JADA study is available online.

JADA Looks At Effectiveness Of Fluoride Varnish Treatment For Carious Lesions

According to research in the February 2016 Journal of the American Dental Association, “fluoride varnish may be an effective treatment for the reversal of incipient carious lesions in primary and permanent dentition.” An article at ADA News (1/29, Manchir) reported that after a “systematic review and meta-analysis,” the researchers “found a significant trend of effectiveness of fluoride varnish on the reversal of the lesions,” although “further clinical trials concerning efficacy of topical fluorides for treating those lesions are still required, mainly regarding fluoride gel, researchers noted.” Tathiane Larissa Lenzi, PhD, the study’s lead author, said, “There is no clear evidence supporting the additional benefit of fluoride gel on reversal of active enamel caries lesions subjected to weekly supervised tooth brushing. However, there is an association between the number of inactive enamel lesions and the number of gel applications.” Read the full article here.

Tips Provided To Address Dry Mouth

KTVI-TV St. Louis (2/3) spoke with a local dentist about how treat dry mouth, stating that dry mouth treatment generally focuses on three areas: “managing underlying medical conditions causing the dry mouth, preventing tooth decay,” and “increasing the flow of saliva, if possible.”

Oral Health Tips Provided In Honor Of National Children’s Dental Health Month

In recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month, several sources are continuing to discuss the importance of preventive dental care, providing tips to promote oral health.

        PRNewswire (2/3) hosted a Georgia Dental Association release stating that “during Children’s Dental Health Month in February, the Georgia Dental Association reminds parents about the importance of oral health for both children and adults alike.” President of the Georgia Dental Association, Dr. Tom Broderick, said, “Establishing a dental home and seeing your dentist twice a year, along with brushing twice a day, could help prevent many of the problems faced by people with poor dental care.”

        The Charlotte (NC) Observer (2/3) provided tips for selecting a toothbrush and toothpaste, and brushing and flossing children’s teeth. The article notes that “the American Dental Association recommends your child starts visiting the dentist within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth.”

        The Sanford (FL) Herald (2/3) reported that “February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, an important time to promote the benefits of good oral health to children.” According to the article, the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County is encouraging “parents and caregivers to teach children proper oral care at a young age to reduce risk of getting cavities.”

        The Mountain View Telegraph (2/4) reports that the New Mexico Department of Health is also encouraging parents to help their children reduce the risk of tooth decay by developing “good oral health and eating habits.” Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH, said, “A healthy mouth is an important part of disease prevention, not just for oral health but our overall health as well.”

Subscription Electric Toothbrush Reviewed

Business Insider (2/2) carries a Tech Insider (2/2, Letzter) review of Quip, an electric toothbrush subscription company, which offers an “electric toothbrush for $25, with $5 head replacements every three months.” Noting “the American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes every three to four months,” the review states that the replacement heads, “scarcely more expensive than a new brush,” help ensure toothbrushes are replaced in the recommended time-frame. The review adds that the electric toothbrush vibrates and pulses at different intervals to ensure “you cover your whole mouth in two minutes.”

Interview: Using Scientific Evidence To Improve Oral Health

While at AEEDC Dubai 2016, Dental Tribune (2/3, Chalupsky) spoke with Dr Marcelo W.B. Araujo, vice president of the Science Institute for the American Dental Association, about evidence-based dentistry and the focus and responsibilities of the ADA Science Institute. “In the past year ADA has had a stronger focus on our members, especially in terms of educating them based on science,” said Dr. Araujo. “The number one priority in our science department is evidence-based dentistry.” Dr. Araujo discussed the ADA Seal of Acceptance Program, calling it a “powerful instrument” that lets patients know a “product is trustworthy.” Dr. Araujo added that “the ADA is responsible for dental standards for practices and products in the US,” providing members with information on the “latest materials, dental instruments, and technologies suitable for dentistry” in the ADA Professional Product Review.

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