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
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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
Speech pathologist Sharon Moore discusses orofacial-nasal-pharyngeal function in the management of sleep-disordered breathing This article outlines connections between medical and dental science, the whole-body health axis, the oral health-function axis, and sleep. The clinical relationship between the speech pathologist, who is dealing with processes and functions in the upper airway that govern alimentation and communication, …Read CE Article
Drs. Barry Glassman and Don Malizia delve into sleep-breathing disorders and the orthodontists’ role in this medical subspecialty Introduction Sleep medicine is a young medical subspecialty. The medical community, as well as the population at large, is becoming more aware of the significant role that quality sleep plays in patients’ general health. Physicians who treat …Read CE Article