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Webinar: Periodontal Adjunctive Antibiotics Study

Webinar: Periodontal Adjunctive Antibiotics Study

This webinar delves into the intricate role of adjunctive antibiotics in periodontal treatment, a complex yet valuable tool in the field. It aims to provide the latest insights on their use, prescription patterns, and best practices. The webinar also highlights the PAAS study, a randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of adjunctive antibiotics in treating periodontal disease.

Webinar: Best Practices For The FreSH Study

Webinar: Best Practices for the FreSH Study

Catch the recording of the insightful FreSH Study Webinar held on January 30th, 2024. Led by experts Dr. Sandra Japuntich and Dr. Matthew Carpenter, the session provides effective strategies for recruiting and treating cigarette smokers. A must-watch for practitioners and those interested in tobacco control and behavioral medicine.

Webinar: Post-Operative Pain Study Updates

Webinar: Post-Operative Pain Study Updates

Watch our most recent webinar where Dr. Walji, Dr. Tungare, and Dr. Alan Law discuss the POPS study. They highlight the importance of active post-operative symptom tracking in identifying patients with less than ideal pain experiences, enabling timely intervention and personalized care, preliminary results from the POPS study, and discussion on audience questions.

National Dental PBRN Dentist Characteristics Study

National Dental PBRN Dentist Characteristics Study

The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) conducted a study to describe the characteristics of its member dentists in the United States and determine how often they provide specific dental procedures. The results showed that dentists participating in the National Dental PBRN have much in common with dentists at large. The network has a broad representation of dentists, practice types, patient populations, and treatments offered, including diversity regarding race/ethnicity, gender, insurance, and geography of its practitioners and patients.

Study: Self-contamination Of Dental Personnel PPE When Donning And Doffing

Study: Self-contamination of dental personnel PPE when donning and doffing

Personal protective equipment (PPE) can help protect dental personnel from exposure to pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2. However, correctly donning and doffing PPE without self-contamination can be difficult. The network studied how dental care workers don and doff PPE, when and where self-contamination is most likely to occur, and how to help improve knowledge about this. The results from the study were recently published and Kimberly Reske and Jennie Kwon, the study principal investigator, shared their findings with us in our blog.

Innovative MDentistry EHygiene Study Shows Promise In Dental Care

Innovative mDentistry eHygiene study shows promise in dental care

The mDentistry model supplements the traditional practice of dentistry with virtual visits supported by mobile devices and mHealth tools such as mobile phones, wireless infrastructures and intraoral cameras. This mDentistry eHygiene study is the first step of utilizing the mDentistry model to assess the acceptance of virtual intraoral examinations by patients and the dental health care personnel, along with testing patients’ abilities to take intraoral photos using a digital mobile health tool.  

Webinar: Addressing Tobacco Use In Dental Care

Webinar: Addressing tobacco use in dental care

Dr. Sandra Japuntich was joined by Dr. David Louis, a general dentist from Eden Prairie, MN, Dr. Paul Pentel, a physician at Hennepin Healthcare, MN, and Dr. Brad Rindal, a general dentist and researcher at HealthPartners and the Network node director for the midwest region, in a panel discussion about smoke cessation and the FreSH study.

Network Dentists Use Selective Caries Removal For Deep Carious Lesions

Network dentists use selective caries removal for deep carious lesions

The results from this cross-sectional study were recently published in JADA, and we interviewed Dr. M. Marianne Jurasic, the study principal investigator, for our blog. Dr. Jurasic is the Director of the Center for Clinical Research as well as a Clinical Professor of General Dentistry and Health Policy and Health Services Research at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. “Treating teeth with deep carious lesions with a more conservative approach such as selective caries removal has the potential to extend the longevity of the tooth and affect a patient’s oral health and quality of life. I therefore wanted to know to what extent this more conservative approach to caries management has been adopted by Network dentists.”

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The Mental Health Screening and Referral to Treatment in Dental Practices (MSDP) is recruiting oral health providers

Mental health screening can improve quality of life and treatment engagement. Unlike primary medical services, where screening for mental health concerns is standard practice, dental offices rarely perform this as part of routine dental care. The MSDP pilot study will evaluate the feasibility of integrating mental health screening and referral to mental health services into dental practice workflows. Five practitioners from the South-Central Region of the National Dental PBRN will be recruited to enroll between 5 and 8 patients in each dental office.