Category Archives: Science

Small fish in a big pond: What it’s like to develop a clinical practice guideline

It’s not every day you’re asked to help create a clinical practice guideline that will be used by dentists all over the United States. During the end of my second year in dental school, I was asked just that. I was conducting research at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois and was fortunate enough to visit the ADA… Read More »

New ACE Panel Report: Dental Erosion

How often are you diagnosing patients with dental erosion? The latest ADA Clinical Evaluators (ACE) Panel report examines the prevalence of these diagnoses caused by extrinsic acids from diet and caused by intrinsic acids from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), bulimia or alcoholism. Learn what differentiates these types of erosion and how to recognize them. The reports main findings… Read More »

2017 10 Under 10 Winner: Leading Dentistry in 3D

“Commitment is doing the thing you said you would do long after the mood you said it in has left you.” For Dr. Gerald E. Davis II, leadership means commitment — and he demonstrates it in unmistakable fashion every day as the assistant dean of academic affairs and an assistant professor at the Meharry Medical College School of… Read More »

Three new dentists, three different paths

The ADA New Dentist News spoke with three dentists — all 2018 dental school grads — to learn what led them to dentistry and how they chose their career path. Military Dr. Kristofer Harris took a demotion to become a dentist, but he couldn’t be happier. Dr. Harris, 37, was recommissioned as a lieutenant in the Navy Dental… Read More »

Ahlstrom award recipient’s project focus on 3D printing

Dr. Suvendra Vijayan envisions a future where dentists can use 3D printing to create accurate models of patients’ anatomy, helping plan any needed surgical interventions and assist in teaching patients and students. One day, it could even potentially create accurate and personalized prostheses for patients, the new dentist said. For his innovative research on the subject, Dr. Vijayan… Read More »

Bioactive materials: 3 key takeaways

Bioactive materials are emerging as an innovative tool for a number of dental treatments. The latest report from the ADA Clinical Evaluators (ACE) Panel takes the pulse on how and why dentists use bioactive materials in practice, based on a survey of more than 300 practicing dentists. The survey’s highlights include: Defining a Bioactive Material: There are differing… Read More »