Dental Research / 18.06.2024

Key Takeaways
  • Regular dental check-ups play a critical role in maintaining oral health and preventing dental issues.
  • Professional cleanings remove plaque and tartar that are difficult to eliminate with at-home brushing and flossing.
  • Early detection and treatment of dental problems can save on more extensive and expensive procedures in the future.
  • Routine dental visits contribute to overall health by potentially identifying systemic issues like diabetes or heart disease.
Introduction Many people tend to overlook the importance of regular dental visits, considering them an unnecessary expense or an unpleasant task. However, maintaining oral health through scheduled check-ups is crucial for your teeth and gums and overall well-being. Regular visits ensure that any issues are caught early and treated promptly, a practice followed by experienced Ottawa dentists offering gentle care. These dental professionals provide an essential service that goes beyond merely cleaning teeth; they help prevent long-term health issues and ensure a healthy lifestyle. In Ottawa, dentists offering gentle care prioritize patient comfort and well-being. With serene environments and compassionate staff, these practices ensure a relaxed experience for all patients, even those with dental anxiety. Using modern techniques and personalized approaches, they transform routine visits into serene encounters, fostering a welcoming environment where every smile feels cared for and confident. (more…)
Author Interviews, Dental Research / 12.05.2024

 Brussels, 10 May 2024. Gum health may play a pivotal role in overall health and quality of being, and deserves to be better acknowledged and explored by the research community. That is why the EFP promotes Gum Health Day 2024 on 12 May, an outreach initiative celebrated in more than 30 countries around the world to raise awareness among the medical profession and the general public of the importance of periodontal health. Dr Mia Rakic, Gum Health Day 2024 co-ordinator and member of the executive committee of the EFP (European Federation of Periodontology,, explains why Gum Health Day 2024 focuses on Generation Z and why gum health is so relevant: (more…)
Author Interviews, Dental Research, JAMA, Pain Research / 19.03.2020 Interview with: Dr. Romesh P. Nalliah BDS, MHCM Associate Dean for Patient Services Clinical Professor Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation Michigan Institute for Data Science Director, Synergy Program What is the background for this study? Response: We designed and conducted this study because there is a paucity of knowledge related to opioid prescribing for acute dental pain. (more…)
Author Interviews, Dental Research, Opiods / 10.02.2020 Interview with: Katie J. Suda, PharmD, MS Study Principal Investigator Professor of Medicine University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine What is the background for this study? Response:   Dentists are one of the top prescribers of opioids; prescribing 1 in 10 opioids in the United States. Dentists also prescribe a lot of opioids to adolescents and young adults which are a high risk population for substance misuse. This is especially true because studies have shown that non-opioid pain medications are similar or more effective for the treatment of oral pain. (more…)
Author Interviews, Dental Research / 02.06.2019 Interview with: Dr. Katie Suda, PharmD, M.S.  Associate Professor College of Pharmacy University of Illinois at Chicago What is the background for this study? Response: Dentists prescribe approximately 1 in every 10 antibiotics in the United States and are the top specialty prescriber. Dentists are the primary prescriber of clindamycin in the U.S., which is associated with a high risk of C. difficile infection (an overgrowth of bacteria in the GI tract that can cause a life-threatening infection). Clinical guidelines recommend that patients with specific cardiac conditions receive a dose of antibiotics prior to undergoing invasive dental procedures to prevent infective endocarditis (an infection of the heart values). Taking a dose of antibiotics prior to a dental visit is referred to as antibiotic prophylaxis. Starting in 2007, these guidelines were narrowed secondary to poor evidence on the effectiveness of antibiotic prophylaxis and the risk of antibiotic-related adverse events. Antibiotic adverse events include antibiotic resistance, C. difficile infection, and other general adverse events (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea). While significant research has been conducted on unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics by medical providers, little work has described appropriateness of prescribing by dentists. We assessed if antibiotics prescribed for prophylaxis prior to dental procedures were consistent with clinical guidelines. (more…)