How Fixing Your Teeth Can Fix Your Face

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The New York Times released an article on June 12,2019 with some great information. We tend to forget how much dental work can change our face and the way we look. We overlook at how big of an impact our teeth can have on our features and aging process. It is easy to solely focus on the color of our teeth but not on how it can change the height and projection of your face… Read the full story here

Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen More Effective For Dental Pain Than Opioids, Study Finds.

The Cleveland Patch (4/18, Mosby) reports a new study from Case Western Reserve University found that “opioids are not the most effective way to manage dental pain.” Instead, a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen provides more effective pain relief for adults, according to the findings published in The Journal of the American Dental Association. “What we know is that prescribing narcotics should be a last resort,” said Dr. Anita Aminoshariae, an associate professor in the dental school’s Department of Endodontics and one of the study’s authors.

Separately, the Peoria (IL) Journal Star (4/18, Renken) notes that the American Dental Association announced in March a new interim policy on opioids that supports mandatory continuing education for dentists, prescription limits, and utilization of prescription drug monitoring programs.

 The study referenced above is one of four cover articles in the April issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association focusing on the subject of opioids and dentistry. The other cover articles examine opioid prescribing patterns among US dentists; disparities in opioid prescriptions for Medicaid dental patients; and prescription monitoring programs.

 For more information about opioids, including upcoming webinars and prescriber tips, visit ADA.org/opioids. In addition, the ADA Practical Guide to Substance Use Disorders and Safe Prescribing helps dental practitioners identify and treat patients with drug addiction, prevent drug diversion, and properly manage and prescribe controlled substances.

Article provided by the ADA Morning Huddle

CloSys Oral Health Rinse Helps Treat Mouth Sores Resulting From Chemotherapy, Patients Say.

KNXV-TV Phoenix (3/13, Graf) reports that patients going through chemotherapy have found using CloSys oral health rinse, a product with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, “not only eased the pain of their mouth sores, but it eliminated them.” Dr. James Ratcliff, CEO of CloSys, said, “We’re really pleased to be helping people in their fight and maybe making their life a little bit better.” According to the article, “Dr. Ratcliff says CloSys isn’t a cure but rather a pain management tool, although it’s safe for anyone to use and is sold over the counter.”

The ADA provides a complete list of mouthrinses with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

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