Patrick McKeown discusses simple breathing re-education techniques for children and adults for oral and whole-body health Most dentists, regardless of experience, understand the dangers of oral breathing.1 Yet there is currently no standardized procedure for dentists to identify mouth breathing in their pediatric or adult patients. Moreover, a vital step is missing in the long-term …Read CE Article
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Dr. William M. Hang discusses orthodontists’ logical leading role as healthcare providers for very young children with airway problems Introduction The 2017 ADA directive for dentists to screen for sleep/breathing problems1 opened the door for a completely new era in dentistry. With this new focus, the orthodontic profession logically becomes the best-positioned group to assume …Read CE Article
Tyler Dougherty, PharmD; Michael O’Neil, PharmD; and Nikki Sowards, PharmD; review key considerations when prescribing and storing controlled substances Introduction Prescription medication misuse, substance use disorder (SUD), and diversion continue to remain problematic across the United States. Dental practitioners are often targeted by patients since they are a potential source of potent prescription opioids. Additionally, …Read CE Article
Drs. Jaimeé Morgan and Stan Presley discuss how appealing to patients’ desires for esthetic enhancement during orthodontic treatment can have other positive effects Orthodontic patients are often overlooked when it comes to addressing their needs for whiter teeth. These patients are usually forced to wait until the end of treatment when the brackets are removed …Read CE Article
Nikki Sowards, PharmD; Michael O’Neil, PharmD; and Tyler Dougherty, PharmD; discuss how prescription drug monitoring programs play an important role in monitoring controlled substances Introduction Although not first-line therapy, prescription opioids play an important role in the management of acute dental pain. However, all medications carry risks, which in the case of opioids can lead …Read CE Article
Dr. Amy Jackson discusses retention as an important part of orthodontic treatment Retention is the unspoken, fairly unmonitored phase of orthodontic therapy, and arguably one of the most important parts of orthodontics. There is no perfect tool for retention based on the fact that every tool, even permanent retainers, requires some type of compliance and …Read CE Article
Ali Oromchian, JD, LLM, offers suggestions to find out about your potential new hires without legal concerns When you’re in the position of leading a company or charged with hiring a team to run a practice, you want to make sure you’re hiring the best possible candidates. However, when your business is a dental practice, …Read CE Article
Drs. Barry Glassman, Don Malizia, and Daniele Manfredini discuss various viewpoints on occlusion, pain, and dysfunction Introduction The study of dental occlusion and its potential contribution to pain and dysfunction has been a fascinating topic for generations of dentists who spent careers assuming a rather direct relationship. In 1957, Campbell wrote that while dentists should …Read CE Article