The PAAS study will evaluate the effectiveness of adjunctive antibiotics in the treatment of periodontal disease. Antibiotic stewardship calls for optimizing antibiotic prescribing to effectively treat infections, and to reduce antibiotic misuse to prevent the development of antibiotic-resistant microbial strains. The ADA expert panel recommendation for antibiotics as adjunctive therapies to SRP was considered of weak strength and suggested that larger pragmatic clinical trials would benefit dental professionals in their clinical decision making.
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.
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.
Watch this short recording about the Dental Implant Restoration Study. Dr. Nico Geurs talked about the registry and why we need to better understand the outcomes of implant restorations.
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.
The purpose of this Quick Poll was to evaluate Network participants’ perceptions regarding the impact of National Dental PBRN participation on various aspects of their clinical and business outcomes including clinical decision-making, internal and external relations, organizational culture, and risk management.
The findings of this Quick Poll indicate a vast majority of dentists have at least one or more Sjögren’s Syndrome (SjS) patients in their practices. Sjögren’s syndrome (SjS) is a multisystem autoimmune disease which manifests as dryness of the mouth and eyes, fatigue, and joint pain. With an incidence of 0.5% to 1.0%, it is the second most common systemic autoimmune disorder in the US.
The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network, founded and hosted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, is now home to the nation’s first dental implant registry.
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.”
“Being a member of the network gives me a fresh outlook on dentistry. I believe it cuts down on burnout. To be involved in practice-based research network makes the daily practice more interesting to be involved in the studies. Plus, I think it provides so real life, real practice information that is helpful for the research that is being done. My patients always have a positive attitude about being participants. We have not had many people decline participation.”